Everyone knows that dog is man's best friend and we all want to keep our four-legged friend as happy and healthy as can be. Roaming around in the backyard is always one of their favorite activities, but before you open the door and let your pooch galavant happily, there are a few things you need to make sure you are on top of. 

Whether your dog is the most laid-back creature who strictly goes outside to lay in the sun for hours, or they run laps through the mud and mulch with a large chunk of leaves in their mouth, these suggestions are not to be taken lightly. What you plant in your yard along with what you spray are equally important.

Some plants, indigenous and popular to your region, are very unhealthy for your animal if they digest it. The ASPCA has compiled a lit of toxic and non-toxic plants at https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants. Although daffodils and daisies make a great arrangement in your kitchen or bathroom, consider planting basil, lilies, or roses in your yard just to be on the safe side. 

A lot of insecticides have the potential to sicken dogs. Most insecticides these days say they "get rid of pests - not pets;" however, it is best to use these with caution. 

Your furry friend's yard should include shade and be free of hazardous garden tools as well. Give little Benji his dream home by making sure he has a safe place to wander.