Gardens for Dogs
Mans best friend needs consideration in your outdoor spaces. You may think that any outdoor space is good for your four-legged friend but there can be many aspects of the garden to consider.
Firstly, safety does your dog have the opportunity to escape? Are fences and walls sturdy and high? Make sure you leave only a small clearance under gates and doors to ensure your dog cannot wriggle underneath. Not all dogs are that interested in escaping, but they cannot resist the call of another dog or an interesting person walking past.
Most dogs are happy enough to play about within their own garden, but your lawn can suffer. From the friction of your dog running about and their urine. Urine can be diluted with water to reduce the nitrogen build up that causes the brown areas on the grass. Could you create a specific area for your dog to go in?? possibly with bear soil or chippings? Or artificial grass that will stay green and only need be hosed down to clean. A doggy toilet area can always be promoted to your pooch and can be put in an area away from kids and vegetable planting areas.
Gardens are a great space for all the family and extra joy can be created for your dog with toys and games. From the simple ball to all out-agility courses available – obviously there is something to suit any type of dog and garden.
If your dog is prone to digging depending on where in your garden it may be happening it might be a nuisance if you have plants in that area that may be disturbed. You could try adding gravel to the area to see if that deters your family friend away from that area.
If you already have an established garden or want to create a new planting scheme it is important to understand the hazards to dogs. Some include toxic plants thorns and spiky leaves. Plants to avoid due to their toxicity causing fatalities in dogs are cherry laurel, rhododendron, sweet peas, yew, lily of the valley. Don’t worry though there are far more dog friendly plants about that you can create a lovely planting scheme with.
There are also some vegetables though great for humans are NOT good for dogs’ onions leeks, garlic can cause anaemia and some fruit for example peaches have toxic stones. The plants you want to look for include Alyssa, cosmos, roses, nasturtium.
You know your own dog are they likely to chew plants, dig or try to escape? Some minor things can be done to make your garden a fun and danger free area for the whole family.