Pets love to roam around and explore the back yard, especially after being cooped up all winter. Before you let your pooch or kitty out, be sure to perform a thorough check of the grounds to ensure it’s safe for your pet.

  1. Check your fence and patch any holes, fix loose boards, and look for open spaces a pet can crawl through.
  2. If your pet likes to dig, be sure to place chicken wire, cement blocks, or plastic garden edging around the fence perimeter.
  3. Ensure your gate latch is pet proof. Some pets are smart enough to figure out how to open it.
  4. Add fence extenders at a 45º angle to prevent your pet from climbing or jumping over.
  5. Consider landscaping ideas to help prevent escape, like dense shrubs.
  1. Keep items like benches, small sheds, or bird baths away from the fence so your pet doesn’t use them to jump out of the yard.
  2. Give your pet toys or chew treats to keep them occupied.
  3. Spaying or neutering your pet will help prevent their desire to escape.
  4. Ensure your pet is always wearing their collar.
  5. Keep your pet’s microchip info up to date at

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