If you’re a dog mom or dad, you know how much our four-legged furry friends mean to us. Creating a dog friendly patio is the perfect opportunity for you and your four-legged best friend to spend time outdoors together. This doesn’t mean you can’t have the patio of your dreams. You’ll just want to keep a few things in mind to help make your dog safe and happy.
Give Your Dog Lots of Shade
With their furry coats and reliance on panting, hydration, and staying out of the sun to control their internal temperature, shade is essential for having a safe and comfortable outdoor space for your dog. Patioworld offers many beautiful umbrellas to match your decor and help you create a dog friendly patio. Check out our Creating Patio Shade blog for other ideas for making shade.
Make Sure to Have Plenty of Water
In addition to shade, dogs need to stay hydrated to keep their internal temperature regulated. Keep plenty of fresh, cold water on the patio for your dog to drink. Always put the water in a designated area (preferably out of the way of humans to avoid tripping), so your dog always knows where to look for a drink. If you don’t want the hassle of refreshing your dog’s water often, a replenishing water bowl is a great purchase.
Grow Dog-Safe Plants
Flowers and plants help make your patio beautiful. When creating a dog friendly patio, you’ll want to choose your flora wisely. Geraniums, tulips, hyacinth, azaleas, and daffodils can be toxic to your dog. Some safe choices include daylilies, snapdragons, marigolds, sunflowers, and roses.
Enjoy Your Dog Friendly Patio with Your Pet
Keeping these dog friendly patio tips in mind when creating your ideal outdoor space will make spending time there all the better. Knowing your dog is safe and comfortable will allow you to kick back, relax, and enjoy.