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Dogs LOVE to spend their time outside. As a parent of four-legged babies, you can provide the place and environment for your dogs to play freely in your own backyard. However, make sure you provide them with the basic essential needs. Here are just some tips you should think of when you are planning out your backyard. Whether you have an active dog or a lazy dog, keeping your backyard dog-friendly is the key to living with a happy and healthy dog.

The Essentials

First is the fence. Putting up a strong, stable fence will not only give boundaries for your dogs, but will also keep your dogs safe. Make sure they are not able to dig around or under the fence. We all love our dogs, and we would never want them to run away or get hurt. 


Next is shade. Most dogs enjoy sleeping in the sun, but establishing a shaded area will prevent your dogs from getting sunburned. Simply clearing out an area under the tree will be enough shade for your dog to spend time relaxing under.


Finally, do not forget about water. Whether it is a simple clean water bowl or a fancy running fountain, access to clean, fresh water is the most important feature. Just like humans, dogs can also become dehydrated without proper amounts of water. 



There are few cautions doggie parents must be aware of. The biggest one is toxic substance. Weed killers and certain types of fertilizers may contain chemicals that are harmful for your dogs. While we may not notice - because we do not eat grass or flowers in our yard - some dogs will nibble on plants outside. Try to limit the number of chemicals you use, and if chemicals are necessary, choose organic options. 


Just for Fun

Now that we have talked about the essentials and the caution, why not dream a little? Here are some dogtastic  ideas people came up with to transform their normal backyard into a dog's dream environment. (via Pinterest)

How about a peek of the outside world?








A pawsome water fountain?







How about going on an adventure through a tunnel?






This is not a normal dog house; it's a dog mansion!









And lastly, why not get a private doggie pool?
















Summer is the perfect time to spend with your dogs outside. You know how much dogs love the sun, but are you making sure you are protecting them from common summer hazards? Here are keywords you should keep in mind when you and your dog are enjoying summer: Car, Hydration, and Burns.



NEVER, leave your dog in the car! It does not matter how long or short you leave your dog; the temperature inside the vehicle can quickly rise in minutes. Even if you leave the car window open, the inside temprature can still be harmful for your dog. Dogs are not able to control body temperature like people. For dogs, their sweat glands are only located on their footpads and they must pant to lower their body temperature. 


Consequences of leaving your dog in the car include heatstroke, permanent organ damage, and even death. In addition, you may experience interrogations by the police and animal control. 

We may have done this at least once in the past, but in order to keep our precious furry friends safe, let's stop this bad habbit now, before it's too late!



Dehydration and heatstroke are common hazards of the summer heat. In order to prevent these from happening to your dog, make sure you keep them well hydrated. Always have access to fresh, clean water, and always carry portable water bowls for your dog.


Speaking of water, why not enjoy summer at the pool or the beach? Swimming and playing fetch in the water can help keep your dog cool. Also, who doesn't like a wet dog!




Just like people, dogs can also get sunburns, especially parts of their body with less fur. Most common areas vulnerable to burns are the nose, ears, belly, and the groin. Provide shade, and although your dog may love to sunbathe, make sure he/she dosen't spend too long under the sunshine. Sunblock is another option for skin protection; however, be sure to find one that is safe and non-toxic for your dog. 

The paw is another area of the body that is vulnerable to burns. Hot surfaces, such as sidewalks, streets, and sand can result in burned footpads and can be very painful for your dog. To avoid burned pads, adjust your walking schedule to cooler parts of the day, such as in the morning or at night. Also, let your dog walk on the grass, where the surface temperature is often cooler.


Keep these keywords and tips in mind, and go spend the best summer with your four-legged best friend!



There's nothing quite like having a big backyard BBQ on Memorial Day - plates full of potato salad, an ice cold drink in your hand, and let's not forget the main attraction here…. grilled meat! Mmmm we can smell it now. 

It all sounds like fun & games, but there are many dangers for your pets when it comes to grilling that might not immediately come to your mind. Following the proper safety precautions can guarantee a fun-filled day of outdoor activities, relaxing in the sun, and, most importantly, eating! 

1. Fight temptation. We know it might be difficult, but try to keep your dog out of the cooking area (or at least away from the grill). The smell of grilling meat is a tempting aroma for everyone, but especially to your dogs, who are typically hungry, hungry carnivores. Hot surfaces, burning coals, sizzling meat, and a curious pet is not a combination that is likely to lead to a positive experience for anyone.  

2. Beat the heat. Usually by the time Memorial Day rolls around, the thermometer is reading a temperature you were beginning to think you'd never see again. Aside from taking care of yourselves and your children by using sunscreens and getting plenty of hydrating fluids, you should never ever forget that your dogs are hot and need care, too. Your dog can't shed that thick coat of hair and will need some special attention if you plan on keeping him outdoors all day. To avoid a heat stroke, make sure your pet has plenty of access to shady areas and a bowl that is constantly filled to the brim with ice water. 

3. Say no to food? You don't have to say no to any of the delicious dishes at your barbecue, but unfortunately, Fido does. Sorry, Fido. Here is a list of foods to keep your pet far, far away from: 
Bones. This might be a tough one since your dog loves gnawing on chew bones, but with so many people around, it will be hard to monitor the types of bones he is being given and how often. You'll be saving yourself a lot of grief by avoiding any fractured teeth, internal tears caused by bone splinters, and choking.

  • Avocados
  • Raw onions 
  • Grapes or raisins
  • Nuts
  • Dairy products

Now go enjoy your sun-filled backyard fun. And try not to make your dogs too jealous (Hint: Have lots of Blue dog Bakery doggy treats on-hand)!