5 Tips for Dog-Friendly Outdoor Play Areas

Ever noticed a dog who doesn’t enjoy running on a wide lush green yard? Some canines relax on the grass, many others chase away the squirrels and have all the outdoor fun in the mud but the most naughty ones would jump in the pool and create a mess on the deck or patio.

Dog-Friendly Outdoor Play Areas

It keeps them healthy and active—and of course, kills boredom. But pet owners have to make the extra efforts to make the backyard the right choice for their furry friends.

If you own a dog who refuses to come indoors and have the best time in the backyard- like it is heaven—then this blog gives you 5 easy tips to help:

1. Safety first

Dogs’ safety is a prime concern if left unattended at home.

Fearing that your dog may fall sick outside in the sun, rain, or snow? Or drown in the swimming pool unattended? This is a nightmare for a loving pet parent.

A fenced yard sets the boundary for the dog to run, jump, and play all day long. If the dog is trained well, he or she will not jump over the fence, chew the wires, or dig under the fence.

Some of the popular recommended dog-proof fences are

  • Picket fences
  • Metal fences
  • Mesh-like fences
  • PVC or vinyl fences


There are invisible fences like electric fences to outdo a clever dog but may cost you more than the traditional fences.

For pool owners, putting up a patio enclosure keeps pets protected from unpredictable weather and gives them a comfortable floor to doze off. Open and close the enclosure as per your convenience. Enjoy complete peace of mind and prevent accidents like accidentally falling in the pool by installing automatic pool covers.

You may have to spend extra but the benefits outweigh the cost.

Alternatively, you can also consider building a dog house in the yard. Somewhere the canine can doze off when no one is around.

2. Water feature

Having a water feature installed in the outdoor pool or spa has multiple benefits. From waterfalls to pencil jets, you can add new life to the backyard oasis while allowing your dog to have water fun.

But make sure the dog can easily and safely access the water feature like building extra stares in the pool. Also, the dogs may mistake the pool water for the drinking water. So, train them to drink only from their water bowl.

Water feature


3. Hygienic and toxic-free landscape

Some dogs are allergic to plants such as Aconitum, Amaryllis bulbs, Bluebells, and Daffodil bulbs. Avoid growing such plants which when ingested by dogs cause a serious allergic reaction and may put their life at risk.

Using pesticides in the garden or disinfecting the landscape using chemicals can harm your dogs. Dogs are good chasers; if they smell a dead rat or squirrel, they will find the remains without provocation.

Make sure your backyard remains a safe place for canines.

4. Makeshift play area

Boredom makes dogs lazy and annoyed. In worst cases, they become destructive and chew the fence, or rip apart their bed and even soft toys.

Use commonly used DIY tricks to make dog tunnels and install dog agility equipment and leash posts. They like to prowl so create curvature paths to intrigue them and keep them busy. Use concrete, brick stone, pebbles, and small rocks for the pathways.


Makeshift play area

5. Adequate space for play

Dogs are amazing runners. They have the tenacity and agility to run behind squirrels, tennis balls, play tug of war with you or their furry mates. It prevents them from piling extra weight, kills the boredom, and promises sound sleep.


Your backyard should give them this freedom. Remove the old furniture, unused equipment, and all other household junk. This may not just harm the dogs but can be a breeding ground for pests, rats, and other animals.


The backyard is not a replacement for daily walks and indoor play. But gives your dogs ample freedom to move around, observe the beauty around, and have a great time amid nature.

This, when pet parents are away and they want to play outside.

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