Five pet tips for outdoor living spaces

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Since the start of the pandemic, approximately 12.6 million U.S. households have adopted new pets, according to a COVID-19 Pulse study conducted by the American Pet Products Association.

At the same time, the popularity of outdoor living spaces has increased. To make sure your backyard is a welcoming retreat for your furry family members, follow these pet-friendly outdoor living tips:

Stop breakouts: If your dog is a runner, installing a fence may prevent your pet from executing an escape plan.

To eliminate the need for expensive training, consider a traditional fence. With a physical fence, you’ll keep your pet from leaving the yard while keeping other potentially dangerous animals outside – something electric fencing doesn’t offer. Plus, you can find durable and eye-catching fencing in a variety of colors and design options, from traditional to contemporary, to match the style of your home.

Make it an exciting experience: If you have a wood deck, consider upgrading to a composite deck to get the look and feel of wood without all the upkeep.

Made from 95% recycled content (including reclaimed wood waste and polyethylene plastic wrap), Trex composite decks provide a hard-to-scratch, chip-free surface that requires no sanding, seasonal staining or sealing with harmful chemicals. All it takes is a little soap and water to clean. Consider a dog bath at the same time for a two wash for a quick and easy one.

Prevent puppies from panting: Most pets are more heat sensitive than humans, so consider adding shade (and style) with a pergola. They are the perfect way to create the look of an outdoor room while adding a distinct architectural element. Pergolas come in a wide array of styles and colors to complement any aesthetic – and even come in easy-to-assemble kits for a fun and achievable DIY project.

Take care of business: To combat the impact of those inevitable potty breaks on your garden, consider planting more resistant varieties of herbs, such as Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, or zoysia. Use wood chips in the gardens to keep your dog from digging to cover his dirty deeds.

Keep the decor out of danger: Avoid potted plants that can be knocked over or pulled up by a pet, and instead consider a vertical garden wall or hanging planters.

Set up bird feeders to keep you and your pet entertained – just make sure they are kept out of reach of curious cats and dogs. Add stylish outdoor furniture made from durable materials like composite or aluminum that can stand up to the elements, along with claws and legs.

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