Bringing a new member into your family is often an exciting and stressful time. The stress can often come from wanting to do everything you can to ensure the new arrival has a great experience in your home. When you are planning on adopting a puppy, you need to get the inside and outside ready. Preparing the inside typically involves hiding cables and buying supplies, but your yard has different requirements.
Get Rid of Harmful Plants
The first thing that you will want to do is take out any plants that may be harmful to your pup. This includes all types of plants from vines and flowers to trees and herbs. Most vines are invasive and harmful, so you should make it a top priority to get rid of them as soon as you can. Getting this done first will give you enough time to see if some of the roots ended up surviving and started growing again. If you have a lovely apple tree, this is another thing that you will need to remove before bringing a puppy home.
Remove Loose Rocks
If you have loose, decent-sized rocks lying around your backyard, you will want to remove them. Dogs will sometimes chew on rocks or attempt to eat them, especially puppies that do not know better. Since rocks can damage their teeth and be extremely dangerous if swallowed, you want to avoid this risk altogether.
Create a Potty Location
To prevent a large portion of your yard from getting damaged from dog urine, you should create a separate potty location. Getting it finished before you bring your puppy home will allow you to start house-training them to use the bathroom in a certain location of the yard.
Creating one of these spaces is not that challenging, but you will want a decent amount of space. This is where you should feel confident enough to use rocks as they only go on the bottom for drainage purposes. But, it is important to make sure the pea gravel on top never gets low enough to expose the rocks to your dog. Another thing that you will want to consider is the size of the potty area. A puppy will grow up, so you may want to consider starting off with a spacious area if you intend on bringing a large dog breed home.
With these ideas, you can turn your landscape into the perfect place for your puppy to enjoy.
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