Pet owners who love their gardens can find it difficult to strike a balance between a manicured greenspace and an area that allows pets to roam freely and comfortably. Dogs, in particular, can be a challenge to a well-maintained backyard. However, with a few key considerations, creating a pet-friendly space will provide your pet with a play area that won’t take its toll on your landscape.


The first consideration for a pet-friendly space will be fencing. To protect your pet against outside animals, and to stop them from wandering off and getting into trouble, a fully fenced yard is a good idea. Choose fencing materials the

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