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How To Build The Perfect Backyard For Dogs

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How To Build The Perfect Backyard For Dogs

Catie Grossane

 This pup's got his backyard and his ball, all is well in the world. Photo credit: IG @chazz_the_dorgi

This pup's got his backyard and his ball, all is well in the world. Photo credit: IG @chazz_the_dorgi

A good way to enjoy summer is simply by hanging out in your own backyard. We’re sure your dog loves it too, and we’ve got some tips for setting up your garden in a more dog-friendly way. Don’t forget to check out the gallery of dogs hanging out in backyards below!


Some Tips For Dog-Friendly Garden Design

  • Build raised beds for the more sensitive plants or for any fruits and vegetables you may want to grow. Add some fencing or netting around the boxes to protect them if you have a curious dog who may jump up and poke around.
  • Build a dog-friendly path around the yard. This will guide your pet through the garden and minimize detours into flowerbeds. Consider watching where your dog walks normally, and creating a path along that route to keep everyone happy.
  • Discourage digging through design. Some dogs just love to dig, and if that’s the case with yours, consider building an area where he’s allowed to do just that. It could be a fenced area that has a sand box just for digging.
  • Create a designated area for bathroom breaks. Everybody needs a potty break now and then! Just pick a spot, and train your dog to go right there. It may take some time and effort, but just think of the time and money you’ll save replacing dead plants.
  • Provide places to sun. Many dogs love to sunbathe and have no problem flopping down in some plants to get to the sunniest spot. Discourage this behavior by having a small deck, or  few paving stones in a pretty design that will be a more welcoming place for your pet to lie down in to soak up the rays.
  • Have shaded areas too. Hot days are too miserable without relief. Plant trees or tall shrubs where your dog can catch a break after playing in the sunshine.
  • If you have a water feature, make sure the water that it uses is drinkable and free of chemicals.
  • Safe and hardy plants for dogs: go ahead and plant them—basil, oregano, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, Bears breech, holly fern, and many others.
  • Dangerous plants for dogs: these can cause illness or death in your pet, so just say no: aloe vera, any type of amaryllis, anemone, asparagus fern, chrysanthemums, cycads, cyclamen, daffodil, jade plants, lilies, lily of the valley, philodendrons
  • Use common sense before planting anything in your yard, double check with your vet or a reputable online source to be sure everything is safe to have around your dog.

Backyard Fun!

These dogs know how to have it!

 No in-ground pool? No problem! A kiddie pool works just fine! Photo credit: IG @booththelab

No in-ground pool? No problem! A kiddie pool works just fine! Photo credit: IG @booththelab

 Shady areas are super important. Photo credit: IG @canyonchasers

Shady areas are super important. Photo credit: IG @canyonchasers

 A larger backyard means more space to run! Photo credit: IG @dennisthecorgi

A larger backyard means more space to run! Photo credit: IG @dennisthecorgi

 Just keeping an eye on things. Photo credit: IG @djdigdug

Just keeping an eye on things. Photo credit: IG @djdigdug

 "Shh, I'm in my happy place." Photo credit: IG @meggle_b

"Shh, I'm in my happy place." Photo credit: IG @meggle_b

 The backyard is the perfect place to enjoy a bone. Photo credit: IG @meggle_b

The backyard is the perfect place to enjoy a bone. Photo credit: IG @meggle_b

 Just chillin' on the deck! Photo Credit: IG @tedddigrams

Just chillin' on the deck! Photo Credit: IG @tedddigrams

 "Let's play let's play!" Photo credit: IG @the_adventures_of_chika

"Let's play let's play!" Photo credit: IG @the_adventures_of_chika

Have a great backyard setup for your dogs? We want to see! Tag us in an Instagram post (@BrindlesNYC)!