Top tips for a dog safe garden

A few ways to dog proof your garden

All dog's love spending time in the garden but it's important that we create both a fun and safe garden for our furry friends to romp around in. So here are a few tips from our friends at Vets Now to help sure your garden is dog proof.

The best way to protect your garden and dogs is by designing a pet-friendly garden.  Raised beds and clearly designed pathways help to keep dogs out of the flowerbeds and protect the more delicate plants.  For areas where the dogs (and children) will be letting off steam choose tougher more hardy plants or shrubs that can withstand a bit of battering.

BorrowMyDoggy labrador in the garden
Doggy member Dempsey

Ensure your fencing is secure with no gaps or holes to prevent your dog escaping.  Look at your pet’s habits too – are they a digger? If so, why not give them an area that it is OK for them to dig in and encourage them to use this area instead by hiding toys or treats in it, rather than the lawn. 

BorrowMyDoggy spaniel in grass
Doggy member Elsie

The main dangers for your pup come from chemicals and fertilisers, so try and reduce your use of these products – it is better for the wildlife in your garden too.  Metaldehyde (slug pellets) is the most common poisoning we see.

Some plants can be toxic to animals.  Common plants that are toxic include: crocuses, azaleas, bleeding heart (dicentra), box, bluebells, broom, cyclamen, daffodils, dieffenbachia, hyacinth bulbs, mistletoe, yew, onions and rhubarb.  Although most plants are not attractive to pets, puppies and kittens are especially inquisitive and dog can chew on sticks when you are pruning.

BorrowMyDoggy labrador in grass
Doggy member Hugo

Mulches – cocoa mulch is toxic if eaten and has the same effect as chocolate. So make sure to keep this out of your dog's way.

Be careful with your compost heap as mouldy food can make your pet quite ill  and ensure your dog cannot access your compost heap for a quick snack.


  • Clear pathways
  • Raised flower beds
  • Secure fencing
  • Store fertilisers in a safe place
  • Identify toxic plants

We hope these tips help create a safe and fun garden for you favourite dog to play in. 

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