How to Make the Best Backyard for Your Dog or Cat
As cozy as your home may be, your fur baby longs to be in the great outdoors. These ideas will transform your backyard into a pet paradise.
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Construct a sand pit for your dog
Just like little kids, dogs like to dig! A sand pit won’t only keep your pooch active and happy—it will also prevent him from digging in places that are off-limits. Just make sure to keep the sand pit or box covered when your pup isn’t playing in it to discourage other animals (including cats) from using it as a giant litter box. This Step2 Play and Store Sandbox with Cover may be made for kids, but your canine child will enjoy it just as much!
Invest in outdoor toys
Keep a bin of weatherproof toys outside so your pooch can play all afternoon under the sun—and you don’t have to worry if you forget to bring them in when it rains. Rocco & Roxie’s line of nearly indestructible toys are made out of seriously durable materials and are perfect for outdoor chewing enjoyment. Want to splurge on some more stuff for your pooch? Here are 15 things your dog wishes you’d buy from Petco.
Create a pooch playground
You don’t need to go all out with permanent slides and structures to provide your pooch with hours of endless entertainment as well as exercise. But adding a ramp or some fun play equipment, like this collapsible Houseables Dog Tunnel, are easy and relatively inexpensive ways to make a fun playground for your pooch, says Ellis.
Provide a pool float for Fido
Just like humans enjoy lounging on a floating device in the pool, so do many dogs. Luckily, there are pool floats made especially for our furry companions. This SwimWays Spring Float Paddle Paws comes in two sizes, accommodating dogs of all sizes. It is constructed out of a paw-and-claw-friendly fabric covering and puncture-resistant construction, ensuring that your dog will be able to enjoy hours upon hours of floating enjoyment. What other activities does your pet enjoy? Here are 50 secrets your pet can’t tell you.
Get a pet gazebo
Looking for a modern, stylish, and high-quality alternative to the traditional (and sometimes ugly) dog crate/kennel? The Advantek Pet Gazebo is great for full-time use in your backyard, and it assembles in just a few minutes without the need for any tools. Dog owners love it because of its superior quality and also the shade it provides dogs on hot days. There are a variety of modular configurations, sizes, and color/finish options available.
Construct a cat condo
What cat wouldn’t love an outdoor playhouse? This Petsfit Outdoor Cat House is made out of solid wood, has a weatherproof roof, and is raised off the ground to keep it dry when it rains. It also features a front door for easy access, as well as an escape door under the ladder that helps cats get away from predators, if necessary. It accommodates one to three cats, making it the perfect gathering place for all of your feline friends. Another bonus: It’s small enough to fit on your patio or balcony, so no backyard is needed! Now, learn the things you do that makes your pet tick.