Who says that you have to do all your cleaning and list checking in the spring? We think that fall is also a perfectly good time to go through your doggie’s environment and supplies to make sure that everything is in tip-top shape and in working order. By doing so, you are ensuring that your pooch has a safe and healthy environment in which to live and play. Keep reading to learn other ways you can make sure your home is dog friendly.
Keep your yard tidy – A thick layer of leaves can cover up materials that can potentially be harmful to your pup like sharp sticks, stones or other debris that can get blown around and covered up during brisk, fall winds. Raking up leaves and other yard waste on a regular basis can keep your yard free of sharp objects and other things your pup might step on that could cause injury.
Make sure your Tulip and other plant bulbs have been completely buried and stored safely – Late summer and early fall are popular times to get those tulip and other bulbs in the ground which later go on to produce beautiful springtime blooms. Unfortunately, if ingested by your pup these bulbs can be harmful, which is why it is important to make sure they are completely buried. Better yet, do your planting away from your pup either by keeping him in the house or in another part of the yard when you are doing your gardening. Dogs that like to dig should be watched when outside to prevent them from potentially digging up your bulbs. If you suspect your dog may have gotten at your flower bulbs, contact your vet.
Stock up on food and supplements – keeping your dog’s food and supplements on hand and in good supply will prevent you from having to go out in unexpected snow storm or other inclement weather that fall can be notorious for. Nobody likes to dash to their car for an unplanned trip to the pet supply store during a cold rainstorm because Fido is out of his favorite kibble.
Make sure all your doggie supplies are in working order – this includes your pup’s doggie bed. Check to make sure it does not have any holes in it where stuffing can come out and possibly be eaten by your dog. While you’re at it, throw your pup’s bed in the washing machine and give it a good wash. Also, make sure doggie toys are in working order as damaged toys can easily fall apart and be ingested by your dog, which can potentially be harmful. If you notice a few toys that need to be replaced why not add some squeaker toys and bones to Fido’s Santa wish list.
Check your tie-outs and leashes – During the summer months, which can be hot, damp, and dry or a combination of all three summertime weather conditions, it is possible for your dog’s leash and outdoor tie-outs to take a beating. Check for rust and other signs of weather or environmental damage. A rusty leash or tie-out clip can easily break and potentially release your dog, which could lead to your pooch getting out of your yard and even lost.
Add a new healthy habit – The fall is a great time to start a new healthy routine like adding another walk to your dog’s day or beginning a high quality vitamin supplement. You and your dog will appreciate feeling healthier and happier.