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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

8 Droolworthy Dog Friendly Backyards

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8 Droolworthy Dog Friendly Backyards
by Taylor Malowney

As spring and summer approach, many pet parents are gearing up for much-needed lawn maintenance. Many problems were probably caused by Fido – digging, jumping, and going potty take their toll on grass yards.

Create a low maintenance backyard fit for a dog with inspiration from these outstanding examples. A dog-friendly backyard is a must-have for any serious dog lover.
 Image via Down to Earth Landscaping, Inc

Complete with fire hydrant, this simple backyard is paradise for any pooch. Down to Earth Landscaping in Bellevue, Washington, designed this canine-friendly creation, making-over an existing yard. Mucky mud was replaced with gravel for better drainage, while cedar chips brighten the area and make for an easy potty area.
Image via Houzz

Add a water feature for aquatic pets! Let Fido go off the deep end with a small jumping area and easy access in and out. Dog pools and ponds can be as crazy as you want; use a cheap play pool as an in-ground pool, or dig out a pond in your yard. 
Image via PetPeek  Fence Window on Amazon

Does your dog love to watch the world go by? Indulge your pet’s habit of spying on the neighbors with the PetPeek Fence Window. Or DIY a clear porthole by inserting a plexiglass bubble or panel in your fence. Being able to see his or her surroundings can reduce pets’ anxiety and prevent destructive behaviors like digging or escaping.

A dog sand box can serve one of two purposes – potty patch or digging heaven. Designating one area for bathroom business protects grass and lets you step easier in your yard. If your pet’s a champion digger, put a small fence around the dog’s sand box to keep dirt and grass separate.

Image via Allen Mandell/Sunset Magazine
Dogs who dig are some of the most destructive. Prevent escape artists and destructive diggers by placing a rock or brick border around fences. Another method involves burying chicken wire in the soil under the fence. River stone and rock gardens are attractive ways to prevent your dog digging under the fence.
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This classy log cabin is a must-have for the outdoorsy pet. Although this particular dog house is a custom job, there are plenty of amazing dog houses available online or for custom design. Another option is to design and build your own dog house from scratch! There are tons of DIY dog house blueprints on Pinterest and many books, too.

Image via Humane Society of West Michigan
Perfect for the pet parent with space to spare, a dog obstacle course is at the top of every pet’s wish list. A dog playground doesn't have to be expensive equipment; in the photo above, old tires are used as tunnels and climbing equipment for playful pooches. Use PVC pipes, scrap wood, trash cans and more – after a coat of paint, everyone will be praising your ingenious DIY.
 Image via A Tail of Two Dogs Doggy Daycare

If you have a multi-dog household or have a lot of doggy play dates, build a small dog park in your backyard! Low maintenance bark, a play pool, and shade are what pets need to have a good time with friends. Build your backyard dog run on existing fence, such as a corner, to cut costs. 

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