French Bulldogs love to enjoy the outdoors as much as they love to snuggle indoors. These small dogs enjoy their outdoor time a lot. But there are some problems related to the outdoor spaces and it’s important to create a safe and secure yard for your pup to make sure that they play and explore without encountering any potential hazards. In this blog post, we will go through different strategies and tips for Frenchie-proofing your yard so your pup can enjoy worry-free outdoor time.
Secure the Perimeter with Fencing
To create a safe outdoor space the basic step is to make your outdoor space secure with proper fencing. French bulldogs are very curious and their small size means they can easily go through small spaces and openings. Always secure the premises with at least 4-foot tall fencing to stop the escape attempts. Additionally, make sure that the gap between the fences is narrow so that your Frenchie can squeeze through.
Don’t use chain link fencing, as Frenchies are skilled climbers and they always find a way to scale it. Furthermore, regularly inspect the fence for any kind of damage or wear and tear so you can repair it and secure the space.
Create a Shaded Retreat
French bulldogs are not prone to living in extreme temperatures, especially in hot temperatures. To keep your pup comfortable in outdoor space create a shaded space for them. Installing a shade sail or planting trees can provide relief from the sun's rays. Always make sure that the shaded area is easily accessible and put a water bowl in there to keep you hydrated and cool in warm weather.
You must also know that French bulldogs can’t bear cold temperatures, so add a heated bed or cozy shelter for cooler days. The main goal is to create an environment where your pup can easily live in different weather conditions.
Choose Frenchie-Friendly Plants
When you are preparing your lawing be careful about the plant you choose. Some plants are toxic if ingested by your pup and as Frenchies have curious nature, they love to nibble on greenery. Select the non-toxic plant with proper research to ensure the safety of your Frenchie.
Some dog-friendly plants are:
- Blueberry bushes
Don’t select plants like lilies, azaleas, and oleander because they are very toxic to your dogs. Place the plants in such a way that it minimizes the risk of ingestion and use a raised planter to keep your pup from digging the soil.
Remove Toxic Substances
Other than plants different substances are harmful to your dogs. Pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides are present in the garden which can be a serious threat to the health of your dog. Select pet-friendly alternatives or don’t let your dog play inside these substances.
Additionally, take special caution with mulch as it contains ingredients that are toxic for dogs. Select pet-safe mulch options like rubber or cedar to decrease the risk of accidental ingestion.
Provide Ample Toys and Enrichment
French Bulldogs are playful and they love to play it’s important to arrange enrichment activities for them in the yard where they can positively use their energy. You can put a sandbox for digging or an obstacle course to keep your pup physically and mentally stimulated.
You can also use interactive toys like feeders or treat dispensing balls that can engage your pup's mind and provide entertainment. A snuffle mat can keep your pup engaged as it mimics the natural hunt for food.
A snuffle activity for 10 min is better than one hour of outdoor running. You can also wash and clean this mat and use it again and again.
Install a Dog-Friendly Water Feature
Like all dogs, French bulldogs love to play and enjoy in the water. Add a dog-friendly water pool or a sprinkler in your yard where your pup can enjoy. This is not only a fun activity but also keeps your dog cool in hot weather
Make sure that water in the pond is shallow and has a slip-resistant surface to prevent all kinds of surfaces. Try to supervise your dog's water play to keep them safe.
Secure Outdoor Furniture and Décor
French bulldogs are small dogs but their curious nature can lead to many rambunctious behaviors. To prevent any kind of accidents secure all the decorations, furniture, and potential hazards that could cause any risk to your pup. You should cover sharp edges, secure loose cushions, and keep the lightweight items away so they don’t topple over.
Supervise Outdoor Time
No matter how much you proof your yard, it's essential to supervise your Frenchie outdoor time. Keep an eye on your furry friend to make sure that they don’t get in trouble or encounter any unexpected hazard. Supervising your pup will also allow you to intervene in any kind of conflict between other animals or humans.
Creating an enjoyable and safe outdoor space for your pup requires proper planning and consideration. You need to make your yard secure and pet-friendly and provide them with interactive toys to keep them engaged. Proper proofing of the yard requires a combination of proactive measures. By putting these tips in action and remaining vigilant, you can create an environment where your pup can play, relax stay confident, and enjoy their outdoor time.