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.
These dogs know how to have it!
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