How to dog-proof a balcony

If you live in a pet-friendly apartment, you might enjoy the perks of a balcony, such as a beautiful view or outdoor relaxation. However, terraces can be cause for concern for many pet parents. Railings that keep you safe could be hazardous for canines, especially small breeds that may be able to fit between the bars.

Accidents can happen, which is why taking a few preventive measures could ensure the well-being of your beloved companion. Here are several ways to puppy-proof your balcony.

Add non-toxic plants

Many apartment dwellers use their terraces to grow flowers, herbs and even vegetables. However, some plants—such as peonies, lilies and tulips—can be toxic to dogs if ingested. If you want to beautify an outdoor space, stick to non-toxic plants. It’s also a good idea to keep gardening tools and chemicals stored safely out of your pet’s reach.

Create a mini dog garden

If you live in a city, it might be difficult to find green spaces for your pet to enjoy. Fortunately, with the right tools you can create a small-scale garden on the balcony. For example, try adding a little fence and a patch of grass. A doghouse and some fake plants could make the space feel homier.

A canine garden can be particularly useful if you are housetraining your dog, especially if it’s a puppy. It also makes a great place for your pet to sunbathe and relax.

Add canine-friendly furniture

If your pooch loves spending time on the terrace, it is essential to make sure the space is comfortable. Balcony flooring can sometimes be unbearable to walk on during the scorching summer months. For this reason, consider adding an outdoor rug or cooling mat to keep your pet’s paws off the hot floor.

You may also want to incorporate a bed, water bowl and your dog’s favorite toys. This will surely keep your furry friend comfortable and occupied while spending time outside.

Dog-proof your balcony railing

The railing surrounding your balcony can sometimes be a hazard for pets. A small breed might get its head stuck between the bars or squeeze through them completely. To protect against these dangers, install wire netting or plexiglass to your railing. Ensure that there are no gaps for your dog to shimmy under.

Your furry companion deserves to enjoy the outdoor space of your urban-living retreat, too. Fortunately, there are many ways to make a balcony safe for your dog so it can relish the fresh air and relax in the sun. By adding features such as a canine garden, non-toxic plants and security features to the terrace, you can keep your four-legged friend secure and happy.


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