Your dog likes to spend as much time outside on warm summer days as you do, so create a space that invites it to romp and relax with you in your backyard! Here are some tips to guide you in creating a pooch friendly patio for your furry pal:
Make sure to include plenty of shade for your pup. A great way to provide some shade for both you and your dog is to opt for a patio umbrella. An articulating umbrella is a gorgeous addition to your yard's design, and you can move it around to cover any part of your deck or patio you choose. Roll the umbrella around your yard to take advantage of your space on sunny days, and provide your pooch with a cool place to relax. Large trees are another attractive option for offering shade (and creating some enviable landscaping).
You'll want to make sure your pup is as safe as possible in your yard, so plan to fully fence in your space or create a dog run that it can securely play in. As an alternative to unattractive chain-link fences, try choosing a fence style that fits in with your backyard's theme. If you have a more traditional, cottage design, go for a picket fence. For a more modern look, opt for fences made from horizontal boards. That way, you don't have to worry about keeping your dog on a leash while you enjoy the outdoors.
Your dog will need plenty of water flowing in your backyard to make sure it stays comfortable and hydrated. So why not add a water feature to your landscape that you and your dog can enjoy? You can choose a splash fountain or stream, depending on the landscape of your yard, or perhaps a small pond or pool. Arrange your outdoor dining set around your new water feature so you and your friends and family can enjoy it too! Just make sure to design a gently sloping side or easily accessible shallow steps for doggy safety.
Choose materials for your backyard landscape that are paw-friendly. Concrete, flagstone, brick, smooth rocks and pebbles are all good choices because they don't get too hot on summer days.
Mulch and bark chips are very dog-friendly and they won't heat up too much and hurt your pooch's feet. Your pup might dig up your lawn if you go the grass route, but artificial turf is gaining popularity.