A Place for Pets in Your Backyard

It is not only family members who need to be able to enjoy the yard. Some pets spend a great deal of their time outdoors, and you can include features in your planning to help them enjoy it more too.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited


Dogs love to explore other yards, so provide strong, secure fencing to prevent them from escaping. Make sure any holes that appear in hedges or fences are quickly fixed or blocked up with chicken wire.


Chickens must be kept safe from foxes at night and love exploring the yard or a larger run during the day. They are woodland creatures and enjoy the shelter of a small tree or large shrub.


Fish are a calming presence in the yard, but they must have a separate pond away from wildlife. In cold areas, they’ll need a deep enough pond to avoid freezing in winter. A local nursery can advise on depths.

Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs need a secure hutch and run, and will escape if let out into the yard. They enjoy eating many easily grown vegetables, so consider making a dedicated vegetable bed, filled with parsley and carrots.


Cats crave a quiet, lofty position where they can bask in the sunshine. They love catnip, which can be easily grown in well-drained soil in full sun, and they eat grass to help their digestion.

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