We're big believers of dogs get ample time outdoors during the winter, and this means ensuring our pups' safety and taking on additional responsibilities during the cold season (especially if you live in a harsher climate). One of the biggest necessities during winter is escape-proofing the yard. Below, we've compiled some tried and true tips on how to reinforce yards so your pooch can romp and play to her heart's content and remain safe from any harm.
Fortify the Fence
Having a strong fence is perhaps the most important factor in preventing a dog from running away from home. We have a comprehensive guide on creating the ideal safe fence for dogs that covers everything from how deep you should dig the holes for the foundation of your fence, to what kind of fence you should build (we think wooden planks are best). Do your pup a solid and spend a weekend day going through our guide, making sure that your fence will keep your dog safe within the boundaries of your home.
Shovel the Snow
If it snows where you live, it is crucial to check the level of snow packed around your fence daily. Snow packs up around the edges of fences and when it gets tall enough, it becomes an easy slope for dogs to scamper up, jumping straight over the fence. Prevent these snowy staircases to escape by keeping an eye on the snow level around your fence and shoveling it down when necessary.
Install a Doggy Door
Dogs (especially short-haired ones) can get pretty cold outside during the winter, so provide them with easy access to shelter by installing a doggy door in your home. This will not only let them conveniently come inside whenever they are cold or need to eat or drink, it will also prevent them from feeling the need to find alternative shelter (aka, escape from the yard to an alternative indoor place).
Provide Water in a Glass or Plastic Bowl
Ever stuck your tongue on a pole and got it...well, stuck? The same principle applies to metal bowls—in winter when it gets cold enough, dogs' tongues will stick to metal bowls. Switch out your pup's bowls for glass or plastic ones, and make sure you provide them with ample amounts of water. Hydration helps dogs burn calories, and hence, aids them in keeping warm. Once again, providing your pooch with everything they need in an easily accessible place will prevent them from feeling the instinct to wander off and find it for themselves.
Need more tips for how to be a great dog parent during the winter? Check out our guide on how to keep your dog fit during the cold season, as well as our comprehensive Winter Do's and Don'ts.