Keep your dog entertained with these backyard features. Watching your dog delight in bounding around the backyard is a joy that all dog owners can relate to. Keeping your dog happy will obviously be beneficial for its health, but keeping them distracted will also mean they\u2019ll be less likely to destroy your garden. Follow these simple hacks to make sure your dog stays healthy and happy while hanging out in your backyard. 1. Keep your pup safe and sound We can probably agree that the safety of your pooch is the most important thing of all. Anyone who knows dogs will be aware that they need boundaries \u2013 you don\u2019t want your pup roaming out of your yard and onto the road. Installing some sort of fence is usually the best way to keep your dog from escaping. There are plenty of ways to build a fence that fits with the style of your home, but you do need to build a fence that suits the type of dog you have. Some dogs are excellent jumpers, so if you\u2019ve got a breed that loves to bound, make sure it\u2019s high enough to keep them in. Dogs also love to patrol, so giving your pup a boundary to check several times a day will keep them content for long periods of time. Your dog will love spending time in your backyard if you put in a bit of effort. 2. Set up a path You can even go one step further and actually build a path for them patrol. Create a small one along your property line, or observe their existing walking route and build one along that. Go one step further and plant a screen to hide the path from view \u2013 pups love having a secret space to run around in. You could also install a tunnel along the path. If you have multiple dogs or children, they\u2019ll love chasing each other along the path and through the tunnel. Tunnels can also double as shade on hot days, which is something your pooches will be grateful for once summer hits. 3. Create a water park Access to plenty of fresh water is essential for any dog, so building a small water feature is a great way to keep your dog cool in the summer. They\u2019ll love having somewhere to splash about on a hot day, and watching them enjoy the water will always put a smile on your face. You have to be careful though \u2013 be sure to keep an eye on your pooch if they\u2019re not confident in water. It\u2019s important they can get out easily if need be, so make sure your feature has gently sloping sides or easily accessible steps. 4. Install artificial lawn Artificial lawn can be a great place to play for both children and pets. It\u2019s soft and safe and your pups won\u2019t be able to dig it up. The only maintenance it requires is the occasional spray with a garden hose, and it stays neat, tidy and green all year round. Since it\u2019s so low-maintenance, you\u2019ll have plenty of spare time to spend relaxing with your pups in your backyard. It\u2019s a win-win! Artificial grass can be great for your dog! 5. Create a digging area If artificial grass isn\u2019t your cup of tea, but you\u2019re still looking for ways to stop your pups digging, look at creating a digging area. First of all, set aside an area of your yard where you\u2019re happy for your dogs to dig. Next, lay down mulch or sand so your dogs won\u2019t hurt their paws. Train them to dig there by burying toys or bones \u2013 once they\u2019re used to it they\u2019ll likely start burying their own bones and toys there. This method will hopefully prevent your pups from digging up the rest of your yard! Any or all of these suggestions will hopefully help keep your dog happy and healthy in your backyard. Keep an eye on our blog for more hints and tips about loving your life outdoors! Australian Outdoor Living is passionate about helping people love their life outdoors. We offer a range of products, including: Outdoor blinds Artificial grass Roller shutters Concrete\u00a0and\u00a0fibreglass\u00a0swimming pools Carports Timber decking Pergolas, verandah and patios Have you been thinking about renovating your home? Fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article and a member of our dedicated sales team will be in touch.