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Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

January 15 2021

Do you have a yard for your pup to run around in? If so, that’s great! Dogs should live inside, with the rest of the family, but they do enjoy and benefit from having space to run and play. Why not give your place a pupgrade this year? Read on as a Rancho Santa Fe, CA vet lists some things you can do to make your yard more fun for Fido.


Be sure to inspect your fencing regularly, and make sure that Fido can’t jump over it or dig under it. If you think your canine pal may try to make himself a little escape tunnel, bury chicken wire along the fence line and weight it down with rocks.

Ground Cover

Did you know that mulch can be dangerous for dogs? Fido could get painful paw splinters from stepping on the pieces. Some dogs will even try to eat the mulch, which is a huge choking hazard. Why not go for a more dog-friendly ground cover? Thyme, buffalo grass, and artificial turf are all good options.

Kiddie Pool

Does your canine buddy love to splash and play? Get him a kiddie pool to enjoy when it’s hot out. This can also make for some adorable photos.


Want to really get that tail going? Get your pup a doghouse! Fido will love having his own little spot to hang out in. There are some things to keep in mind here, however. Additionally, it’s important to take precautions to ensure your dog’s safety during the Halloween season, as discussed in our article ‘Keeping Your Pet Safe on Halloween‘. When getting the doghouse, don’t get one that’s too big. You want your furry pal to think of his house as a comfy little den. Also, avoid pressure-treated wood: the chemicals used to process it aren’t safe for dogs.


Do you have a four-legged pirate on your hands? Does Fido keep digging up the flowerbeds? Get your pooch a sandbox to play in. If your dog knows where the goodies are, he may leave the rest of the yard alone!

Remove Toxic Plants

This one is crucial! Many popular plants, such as Sago palms, are toxic to dogs. Foxtail grasses are also unsafe. You can find more toxic plants listed at the ASPCA website here. Remove anything dangerous. (Note: be sure to pull the roots out, so it won’t grow back.)

Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. In case of a pet emergency, our clinic offers ‘Critical Care’ services to provide immediate medical attention when your furry friend needs it most. At our animal clinic in Rancho Santa Fe, CA we are committed to providing exceptional veterinary care for your pets. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that your furry friends receive the best care possible.