If your yard isn't fenced or you don't like your dog spending too much time near your gardens unaccompanied, consider turning your porch into a safe outdoor play area that your dog can enjoy when you aren't home or when you don't have time to keep an eye on them outside. Here's how you can make it happen:
Enclosing the Porch Space
To ensure that your toddler doesn't wander off and to protect the play area from extreme weather elements, start your porch transformation by enclosing the space. All you need to get the job done is a large roll of screen and a staple gun. Simply staple the the screen to the rafters, framing, and flooring of your porch, making sure that the screen is secured tightly, until the entire area is enclosed. You can use 1x1 lumber to trim the screen and give it a finished look. The screen will keep wind, rain, dust, and allergens from building up in the play area as time goes on. You should find it easier to keep the space clean too.
Covering the Floor
After enclosing your porch, it's a good idea to cover the concrete or wooden flooring that's already there with artificial grass. This will improve comfort and give your dog a feeling of being outside while they spend time in the space. Have a piece of artificial turf grass cut to the size of your porch and just place it on the ground. Your dog will be able to play as if they were in the backyard, but you won't have to worry about them digging holes or ruining the grass when you aren't watching. You can remove the artificial turf grass when it gets dirty and wash it off with the hose outside. Let it dry, put it back on the ground in the enclosed porch area, and the space will look and feel like new again.
Furnishing and Decorating
You can make your enclosed porch space a multi-purpose area by furnishing and decorating it to be comfortable for both dogs and humans to spend time. In one corner, place a comfortable wicker love seat and side table for humans to use while watching the dog or relaxing. Hang various lengths of ropes with knots tied at the end in another corner for the dog to play with so they don't get bored while spending time in the space alone. In a third corner, set up a tall shelf where dog toys, books, and exercise mats can be stored. The artificial turf grass can be used as a comfortable and relaxing place to do yoga, meditate, or even have a picnic with your human and furry family members.
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