How to make your garden dog friendly
Owning, or borrowing, a dog is a joy. Yet there are issues that spring to mind when thinking about the pros and cons of dog ownership. One is that they love to dig, roll in, and otherwise destroy (in their own doggy way) the garden.
This is a big problem if you are caring for your dog and are a keen gardener. It’s also a fairly large problem if you’re not so keen on gardening at all.
The good news is that a dog and a garden can both be trained to work with one another. Here’s how you can create a dog friendly garden so that man’s best friend can enjoy the outside space as much as you do from Ella Hendrix, dog-obsessed veterinary nurse turned freelance writer.
Most gardens come with a lawn, which is good news for dog owners and borrowers. However, if you move somewhere with artificial grass or stone and gravel, you may want to think about ripping it all up and adding turf instead. Artificial grass and paving stones retain heat during the warmer months and your dog could injure themselves just by walking on them. Gravel and similar small stones can get caught in a dog’s paw pads, or even cut the pads if they happen to step on a sharp edge.
Therefore grass is much better for your dog. It’s much better for you too if you like to walk about barefoot – whatever is too hot or too sharp for you it will have the same effect on your doggy too.
Maintain Things Carefully
Having a garden means maintaining it so that it doesn’t become an overgrown jungle which isn’t nice for anyone. Without a dog, maintaining a lawn and other parts of the garden is easy; there are plenty of chemicals and tools that will do the job for you.
One aspect owners, and borrowers, may not consider is mowing the lawn. It can often go without saying but it’s best to ensure that your furry friend is kept inside when the garden chores need to be completed, such as mowing the lawn. And let’s face it, it’d be a lot easier to do so without your doggy running around the garden and potentially becoming a hazard.
As a bonus, keeping the lawn short means you are more easily able to see where your dog has been to the toilet, so you can clear it up more quickly to prevent accidents or damage to the grass (a dog’s faeces contains hazardous chemicals which can discolour the grass).
Free Of Toxins
To create a truly dog friendly garden you need to ensure you’re not adding any toxins to it that might be bad for your dog’s health. So don’t use any chemical fertilisers or any pest control that your dog might be able to eat and that won’t agree with them.
It’s not just what you put on the garden that can have a negative effect on your dog’s health, however. Some of the plants that you’ll find there can be nasty too if they are ingested. The worst ones to have in your garden include daffodils, foxgloves, sweet peas, and yews. Although it can be quite a task to remove these from your garden (especially the yew trees) it is worth it to keep your four-legged friend safe.
Give Them Their Own Space
Sometimes the best thing you can do is to fence off an entirely separate area for your dog to enjoy. You can keep this area safe for your dog, removing any potential hazards, whilst allowing the rest of your garden to thrive exactly as you want it to. This can be the ideal compromise for a dog owner who wants to keep their garden looking great; your dog can dig, scratch, nibble and so on in total safety and your garden won’t be any worse off for it.
Ella would like to thank Mowers Online (https://www.mowers-online.co.uk) for their insights.
We hope these tips can help you grow a doggy safe garden!