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Five Tips for the Perfect Pet Friendly Yard

Posted by Rachel Karl

Feb 17, 2015


We all love our furry friends whether they are a dog, cat, goat or horse. Your pet has a huge impact on where you live, how you arrange the yard, and even on your home exterior choices.Pet Friendly Remodel

All of us at Peninsula Siding and our sister company SEA Construction know that creating the perfect human and pet friendly yard and home can be a great challenge. So, we wanted to pitch in together and give you five tips to create a fantastic yard for you and the fuzzball.

1. Designate space for your pet - away from the house. Lets face it, our pets love to dig and even relieve themselves all around the yard. Sometimes, this can harm the foundation of your home or leave you constantly cleaning up the “territory” they have marked (also known as, your siding.)  Instead of fighting against natural instinct, embrace it.

You can set up a “marking post” at your property line and coax your pets to mark there. Your pet may want to patrol the property - set up a path for her to do so. Designate a “digging” area and bury treats or a toy in there. Once your pet gets the hang of using their spots, they are less likely to do their deeds in locations you don’t want them.

2. Think like your pet. If you have a dog, he may want to check the yard for squirrels every time you let him out - so don’t plant a garden under your trees. Your cat may appreciate a sunning spot just for her. Your goat will probably eat everything she has access to - so don’t let her out around your prize bougainvillea.

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3. Safety first! I once met a dog so flexible she could squeeze through the tiny holes in cement blocks and make her escape that way. Her poor owner let her out and five minutes later was calling up and down the street for her. Fortunately, the curious girl had not gone too far, but this brings up a good point. What can you do to make your yard safe for your pet?

Fences and walls are always good deterrents to many pets. Cats can be a little tougher to keep from roaming. If you live in an area that is dangerous for cats - like in the city or in a location with a high coyote population - you may need to get a little creative. Some ideas include:

  • Keeping your cat indoors

  • Creating enclosed spaces outdoors using chicken-wire or other cage like materials

  • Extremely high walls

  • Training your cat

Honestly, out of all pets, cats are the most independent. If you don’t want them leaving the yard, it’s best to just keep them indoors.

4. Make sure you don’t plant anything poisonous. Here is a short list of toxic plants. You can find a much longer one here:

  • Autumn crocus

  • Atropa belladonna

  • Wisteria

  • Rhubarb

  • Rhododendron

  • Delphinium (Larkspur)

  • Narcissus bulbs

  • Yew

  • Sorghum

  • Velvet grass

  • Bird of Paradise

  • Cowslip

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Again, these are just a few. The full list linked above is provided by the Humane Society.

5. Give them plenty of drinkable water. This really goes for all animals - even those that are not your pets. If you want birds to visit your home, having water out and available is always a smart move. Depending on your pet’s size and flexibility, you could add a fountain, pond, bird bath, or just plain drinking trough somewhere in your yard so they have a good place to stop and get a sip.

Both your pet and your home are precious. Help protect them both by giving your pet the yard he or she needs to live a healthy, happy life.

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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