Source: Krugersdorp News (Extract)
Posted: November 9, 2022

It’s said pet-friendly properties are in high demand.

Curating a dog-friendly garden will not only benefit pets, but it could also help homeowners add value to their property.

When curating a dog-friendly dwelling, RE/MAX of Southern Africa suggests the following factors to consider for a pet’s comfort and safety…

1. Avoid toxic flora and fauna

Did you know that certain flowers and plants can be toxic if ingested by dogs? Some of the most common plant species to avoid include Azaleas, Lilies, Daffodils, Sago Palms, Tulips and Hyacinths. There are other common plants that may also be harmful to pets, including Peonies and Geranium, so it is always best to check with your vet and / or local plant nursery before planting anything.

Fertilizers and mulch can also be harmful and should be carefully considered before being applied to a garden that is home to pets. Avoid cocoa bean mulch, as this is known to be toxic to dogs.

2. Ensure that your outdoor fencing is secure

Building a secure perimeter wall or fence can be costly, but it will be worth it for your pet’s safety. Also, with safety and security being a top-priority among South African buyers, a well fenced-in yard can also potentially increase your home’s resale value. Depending on the dog breed, carefully consider the height and durability of the fence to ensure that your pet cannot escape the safety of the backyard. Also take care to properly maintain any fencing so that your dog doesn’t pick up any splinters or cuts from damaged boundary walls.

3. Consider the creature comforts

South African summers can be brutal for certain dog breeds, particularly those that are bred for cooler climates. It is essential to provide some form of shade to prevent your dog from overheating. You could also invest in a swimming pool or set up a splash pool for them to cool off in. To make your life easier, install a tap in the garden so that you can easily refill your pet’s drinking bowls. You can also place a hardwearing outdoor rug as a paw-wipe station so that your dogs don’t tread mud through your home.

There are so many ways to make any outdoor space safer and more enjoyable for man’s best friend. If you cannot wait to own a pet but do not have a garden of your own, then it might be time to start looking for your own pet-friendly property.