Dog lovers probably won’t be surprised to hear the latest news on why millennials are buying homes. It turns out it’s not because of their children or marriages. More millennials are entering into homeownership because of their dogs. A recent survey by SunTrust Mortgage found that a third of millennials who had already purchased their first homes said the need to have space for a dog influenced their decision. And the need to create a dog-friendly yard with an area where their pups can roam and play has become a game-changer in buying real estate.
Whether you’re a dog, cat or exotic animal lover, your yard is sacred space. You want your furry friends to be happy and fulfilled in their home with access to the great outdoors to roam and play.
But how do you create a dog-friendly yard that caters to their needs?
Here’s how to get started.
Dog-friendly yard: Create the best lighting
Chances are when you daydream about the perfect yard; you’re envisioning a stream of sunlight drenching your pets in natural light. That’s a great start but isn’t the whole story. Your pets also need enough light to use your yard in twilight or midnight hours. After all, nature calls and your dog likely needs to go out and roam or relieve themselves at all hours of the day and night. Start with outdoor flood lights that give your pets the light they need to keep them safe, happy and always on alert.
Dog-friendly yard: Pick the right plants and grasses
A lush yard full of green grass and plants sound fabulous in theory but can be dangerous unless executed correctly. To create a dog-friend yard, protect your pup from accidental poisoning by choosing non-toxic plants and grasses. That means skipping the astroturf and going natural. And while you’re at it, make sure those plants are durable that can sustain plenty of rough-housing.
Aside from the safety concerns, you can also choose plants that tantalize your dog’s senses. Opt for herbs like rosemary or lavender for soothing fragrances, or natural catnip for a day of play if you’ve got a kitty. And a garden with fresh veggies can also keep your pets satisfied come snack time.
Dog-friendly yard: Make it fun
Why should kids have all the fun when it comes to the backyard? Create a backyard oasis for your dog with a freshwater feature for your pet to splash and play in, along with an obstacle course.
Remember to add your own weatherized toy box to store balls, toys and other favorite playthings. The end goal is to give your pet plenty of opportunity and incentive to play while getting in some exercise at the same time.
Dog-friendly yard: Keep it cozy
Pets need downtime and plenty of sleep, just like adults. The yard is a perfect place to create a comfortable spot with plenty of shade and areas to lounge. That also means avoiding surfaces or patio furniture that get too hot in the sun or sharp pebbles that can hurt their paws. You can also create more shade with soft foliage of ornamental grasses and add a cushiony surface for a long nap.
Another option, add a covered deck. Determine the right size to fit your yard and home using a deck calculator and then create a space that will suit both your desires and your dog’s needs.
Want to create an indoor oasis? Be sure to use dog-friendly plants inside, too.
Feel free to decorate with African Violets, Begonias, Boston Ferns, and Spider Ivy.
Be sure to avoid Aloe, Diffenbachia, Calla Lillies, and Jade Plants.
The best part about creating a dog-friendly yard is how much fun it ends up being for their owners, too. Think of your yard as a chance to transform it for everyone in the household. It just may become your favorite spot to spend the day.