A small puppy and lots of play space in a large garden - at first glance that sounds more than idyllic. But before your four-legged household growth can romp carefree on the lawn, you should check the terrain critically. If you want to give your young dog a run there, the garden must be set up to be puppy-proof.
The puppy-proof garden: Warning poisonous plants!
What is considered a beautiful blossom in human eyes can quickly become dangerous if the curious puppy chews on leaves, stems or plant bulbs. The best thing to do is to remove poisonous plants as early as possible so that dangerous situations do not arise. Plants poisonous to dogs include, for example, laburnum, delphiniums, poppies, daffodils, lily of the valley, angel's trumpet, foxglove and rhododendron.
Contain the sources of danger in the garden
It is not just garden plants that can be dangerous for a young dog who wants to try everything and nibble on it. You should also check the rest of the garden furnishings for puppy-proof condition. The garden pond or the swimming pool can also become a danger for a puppy - even a shallow water should be fenced off or covered for safety.
Since a small puppy can easily squeeze through any gap, it is best to check the garden fence carefully for slip-through possibilities and to retrofit hedges with a close-meshed fence. Tools with sharp blades should of course not be lying around in the garden - just as pesticides, fertilizers, snail venom and the like must of course not be accessible to the puppy.