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6 Backyard Design Ideas That Your Dog Will Love

This is a guest post from Abi Pennavaria, co-author of Saved By The Bark blog.

For those of us who keep our dog in the backyard, the issue of whether or not they have enough

entertainment back there can weigh heavy on us. The answer is to add a few things to your backyard that will keep your dog endlessly entertained and spice up their life. If you’re a dog owner and you want a way to stimulate your dog while he or she is kept in the backyard, here are a few design ideas you should consider.

Add a Water Feature

Unlike the large majority of cats, dogs love water. You don’t need a full-blown in-ground pool to keep them busy, though. A simple shallow pool or even a trickling fountain can be your dog’s new favorite backyard item. These are easy enough to have installed, but make sure you add the right drainage system to go along with it. Permeable paving around the water feature will prevent the area from being torn up into a muddy mess.

More Shade

Depending on how much shade you already have, it usually doesn’t hurt to add some more. Dogs need shade to relax in, so by installing a porch ceiling, patio cover, or even a big tree, you can give them options when it comes to keeping cool in the summer.

Build a Deck

A deck can be a great way to provide variety for your dog when it comes to getting exercise. They will love going up and down the steps, and you can use it for your own purposes as well. This can be a DIY project or you can have the professionals install a deck for you.

Add a Bed

If you don’t already have an outdoor dog bed for your dog, you should get them one. It doesn’t have to have expensive, lush carpeting or pillows in it, but they’ll be grateful for something softer than the ground or wood to lay on.

Build a Fence

If your dog is the type to run away when off the leash, building a fence is the perfect way to give them the freedom to run around without a leash on. You could opt for an invisible fence with the shock collar, or go with a more aesthetically pleasing and less painful version, like wood, chain link, brick, or vinyl. This will give you and your dog more privacy and you can even put a window or porthole in the fence for your dog to gaze through.


Dogs love to crawl through tunnels. You can buy a plastic one for cheap or install a fancier version. Either way, they’ll have a new option for keeping themselves busy and happy in your backyard.

Turn Your Backyard Into a Doggy Paradise

Dogs aren’t hard to please. By implementing some of the tips we’ve listed here such as a water feature with permeable paving or a porch ceiling, you can keep your dog cool, relaxed, entertained, and happy for as long as they’re around. The investment might be small, but for dog lovers, the payoff is huge.

Abi Pennavaria is a dog mom, avid veterinary volunteer, and co-author of Saved By The Bark blog. She enjoys sharing tips and tricks for dog owners of all breeds.


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