How to create a dog-friendly garden? Our gardens can be the perfect place for our dogs to play, explore, exercise, and have fun! While a garden should be a relaxing leisure space for four-legged friends, your outdoor space might contain some plants that can be potentially toxic. Or there could be sharp objects and chemicals around. It is crucial to make your outdoor space a dog-friendly environment when it comes to your pets’ safety. It can also be a challenge to keep your back garden attractive and presentable while your dogs are wandering around, but we can help!
Take a look at our handy tips to help you transform your beloved garden into a dog-friendly space for all the family to enjoy:
- Secure Your Garden with Fences (of course!)
Prevent your dog from escaping from your garden through a strong, well-made fence – and ensure it has no holes. Also, erecting a division fence to protect ornate planting areas can be useful if you don’t want your dog to ruin your garden area. If you have a garden containing an outdoor building such as a shed, ensure that this is kept secure, as it could otherwise present doggy-danger.
Tip: Keep your fences at least 6ft high for larger dogs that are known to be high jumpers!
2. Always Keep the Garden Gates Shut
This may seem obvious, but we still tend to neglect and forget it sometimes. So, a double shout-out – keep gates shut to prevent your dog from running away and to stop other dogs from coming in and potentially causing damage your garden.
3. Clean up Any Exposed & Unnecessary Soil
Most dogs love to dig, especially when they see large patches of enticing soil that encourages them to. Cleaning them up will prevent your pooch from ruining areas of your garden and kicking dirt behind them during the process.
4. Avoid Growing Thorny Plants
Despite being a beautiful ornamental plants, cactuses and other thorny plants are harmful to your dog, with prickles getting stuck in paws, snouts and fur. Best to avoid them.
5. Poisonous Plants to Dogs
If you investigate, lots of plants that can sadly bring harm to your dog. Some of the most common garden plants can be toxic to your pets if eaten. Make sure you avoid having them in your garden, especially if you have a dog at home. Avoid plants that are toxic to dogs, such as: Parsley, Chrysanthemum, Hyacinth, Lily of the Valley, Hydrangea, Carnation, Tomato plants and more. Grow thoughtfully.
6. Cover Ponds and/or Pools When Not in Use
Most dogs love water and swimming in ponds and pools – especially in the hot weather. For puppies especially, prioritise protecting them from any danger to water when left unsupervised.
7. Choose Strong Self-Repairing Grasses
Toilet time on grass can spell disaster for gardens, affecting the condition of your grass and causing deterioration of growth and ruining roots. There are many available strong and self-repairing grasses to maintain a perfect looking lawn.
8. Space to Play
Provide your dog with some space to play in your garden. If you put some of your pet’s favourite toys and treats in an open space where they can be occupied in their own space, it will hopefully protect the rest of your garden from doggy damage.
We are proud pet-owners ourselves – and we know the importance of keeping them safe and happy! If you have any ideas or tips for happy pets in the garden, don’t hesitate to contact us.