There is no doubt that most pet dogs love spending time outside with their owners, whether it might be on a walk or while running around in a fenced-in yard. Unfortunately, this also means that your pet dog can encounter some very dangerous situations when you allow them to go outside unattended. Insect bites and stings, animal attacks (both wild and domestic), theft, poisonous plants – these are only some of the many things that pose a risk to your pet dog’s safety when he or she remains outside unsupervised for even just a few minutes. Here is how to keep your dog safe and protected while outside.
A Dog Fence
Dog fences should be high enough that dogs don’t try to jump over them but not so tall that dogs can’t easily go through them if needed. A fence should be at least 4-1/2 feet tall as the minimum required height for any dog. This allows most dogs plenty of room to roam around without getting hurt or escaping, even in an emergency situation such as fire or other danger.
If you have a particularly large breed of dog, or if your property has uneven surfaces or poor soil conditions which might make it difficult to construct a proper fence, consider hiring a professional instead of doing it yourself.
Consider a wireless fence. If you can’t or do not want to use a traditional fence for whatever reason, an underground electronic wire system is another option. The best wireless dog fences keep your dog in the yard without putting up anything that might detract from the aesthetics of your property. These fences are very popular because they are easy to install and maintain.
One of the most common dangers that dogs face when they’re outside is being attacked by other animals – wild or domestic. Foxes, coyotes, stray dogs, raccoons – any one of these can pose a danger when encountered alone without any humans around. The best way to protect your pet dog against these kinds of attacks is with an animal repellent spray.
There are many different kinds of sprays and detergents designed specifically for this purpose. They use different kinds of smells or tastes that animals instinctively don’t like to help repel any would-be attackers when your dog is outside alone. Verify that the repellant you’re considering will work on whatever type of animal poses a threat in your area, and consult with a professional if you’re at all unsure.
You should know that insect bites and stings can be just as dangerous to dogs as attacks from other animals, especially since some (like bees) may become extremely aggressive when their nests are threatened, such as if they feel they need to protect their young once you get near them.
Mosquitoes and ticks carry diseases such as Lyme disease risks and Ehrlichiosis, which can be deadly to dogs, so it’s important for your pet dog to have repellant applied as the first line of defense against bites and stings. DEET and permethrin insecticides are just some of the ingredients that go into quality sprays specifically designed for this purpose.
A Collar And ID Tag
Every time your dog goes outside, he should have a collar on with an ID tag attached to it. The collar is what you attach his leash to when it’s time for him to come back inside again. Make sure not only that he has one of these at all times but also that his license and rabies tags are current and up-to-date. You can also get a collar with a GPS tracker on it. According to The Pampered Pup, it will allow you to know the exact location of your dog and track its activities.
If your dog gets lost or runs away in an emergency, this identification will help you get him safely home again sooner rather than later, even if someone else finds him first and brings them back themselves (which doesn’t always happen).
Dog House Or Shelter
If you’ve got a particularly large breed of dog that will be spending extended periods outside (more than just a few hours or so), consider investing in a shelter or doghouse as well as an elevated bed inside the house. If you’re looking for something temporary, any sort of conventional wooden dog house should work fine; if you plan on using this “indoor dog” solution long-term, though, something sturdier and more insulated might be the better choice to keep your pet warm even when temperatures drop below freezing outside.
If you follow the steps in this article, your dog will be much safer and protected while spending time outdoors. Of course, keeping him in the house is always an option – especially if it’s in a part of town where there are larger animals or insects to worry about. However, even when he’s inside with you, these precautions should still be taken so that you know without a doubt your pet is well-protected wherever he goes.