One of the great things about spring is that it means we can all spend more time outdoors in the garden, and no one will be more pleased about this than your pet pooch.

Indeed, after a long cold winter, many dog owners will be looking forward to spending more time playing outside with their pup and making the most of the warmer weather.

However, while your canine companion is likely to have a great time running around in your backyard and discovering all the new smells of spring, it's important to remember that gardens contain certain hazards that all owners need to be aware of.

"Going forward into spring your dog will start to spend more time outdoors and in the garden so you need to make sure your garden is secure to prevent escape," advises Nick Honour, canine behaviour specialist with The Behaviour Company.

It's a good idea to take a walk round your garden and check that your fencing is secure and doesn't have any gaps or holes a curious pooch could escape out under, and make sure that gates are always kept shut and locked.

In addition, you may also want to think carefully about the types of plants you grow in your outdoor spaces and if necessary have a cull of anything that could be poisonous to your pet.

"Look at the types of plants you have - as some are incredibly toxic to dogs - and remove them if necessary," adds Nick. "Make sure you don't use toxic substances to control garden pests, especially slugs and snails as slug pellets are easily ingested.

"Keep them up to date with their preventative medication to help prevent worm infestations which protect both you and your dog."

Worming treatments come in many forms - including pastes that can be mixed into your pet's premium dog food - so speak to your vet about your options and then you can relax and allow your pooch to make the most of your garden this spring.

Written by: Hannah