Bringing a new puppy home is the beginning of an exciting new journey for your family. At the same time, the home can present hidden dangers to your puppy, including the outdoor areas like front and backyards. Follow this list to anticipate the potential dangers and prevent your puppy from ending up in areas where they shouldn’t be.
Plants, Shrubs, and Trees: Some plants and trees are toxic to dogs. Common ones include potato (all green parts), morning glory, foxglove, lily of the valley, and oak (buds and acorns). Many bulb plants, such as daffodils, are also poisonous
Poisons and Toxins: All gasoline, oil, paint, lawn fertilizers, insecticides, and auto supplies should be out of reach of your dog and in secure containers. Antifreeze and rat poison you must be extra careful with, as these taste good to dogs and can be deadly if ingested.
Open Water: Pools, ponds, and hot tubs should be closed off by either a fence or cover. Drain pipes can also be problematic for puppies who may still be small enough to fall in and get stuck or drown.
Hidden Dangers: Complete a walk through your property and consider other areas or items that could be hazardous to your puppy, such as broken glass, exposed nails, or other sharp objects. Come up with a plan to prevent your puppy from accessing these areas.
Garbage and Compost Piles: All food and garbage should be in securely closed containers. Used coffee grounds may contain caffeine amounts harmful to dogs, and decomposing food may contain toxic molds. Compost should always be stored in a secure bin.
Gardens: Gardens can be a place where toxic plants, fertilizers, and insecticides live. Plan to keep your puppy out of here to protect them and the garden, possibly with a fence.
Mulches and Ornamental Rocks: Cocoa bean mulch is a toxic mix for dogs. Some will chew and swallow landscaping stone, which may cause dangerous intestinal blockage.
Prevent Escapes: Prevent your puppy from wandering without supervision by building and outdoor kennel or secure fencing that cannot be jumped over or dug under.
Heat Sources: Fire rings, barbecues, and other heat or fire sources can potentially burn your puppy if they are able to get too close to them. Leave your dog inside while using these or place them in a separate area of your yard.
Child Play Areas: Provide for a separate area in your yard for use as a bathroom area. If you have children and a play area for them in the yard, mark this off with fencing or other means to keep your puppy out of areas where children may play, especially in sand boxes.
Are there any other hazards in the yard of a home that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!