Gardening and dogs
Gardening and dogs don’t always go hand in hand. As soon as you head into the garden, your pet may interpret it as play time. This can make it hard to get the gardening duties done. On top of that, your dog may be tempted to disrupt all your hard work.
How can your garden and pooch co-exist?
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. Without them, your dog may be tempted to explore an area you may not want them to. This will especially be the case if you are carrying out activities such as planting and so on. Your dog will be interested in what you are doing making it hard for you to get on with the job. Toys will keep them distracted and entertained.
Fencing, pots and elevated plants
Be creative with the design of your garden. Explore different options such as potting and hanging plants. These will most likely be out of reach for your dog. Dogs can be notorious for sitting right on top of garden beds and veggie patches. This is usually because these spots receive a good amount of sun, making them an attractive place to nap, especially during the cooler months. You can do two things to manage this. Firstly, fence these areas. Choose fencing that blends in with the garden to keep it looking great. Secondly, provide an outdoor bed for your pet. This will discourage them from using your plants as one.
Understand why they are digging
Some dogs are renowned for digging! If you are a green-thumb, some breeds such as hounds and terriers may not be the breed for you. However, it’s important to note that a dog that is digging may be a sign of something else, such as boredom or frustration. Ensure you are walking your dog daily and giving them plenty of play and enrichment time. Other reasons dogs can dig is because they want or need shelter. Ensure your pooch always has a safe, dry and covered area to retreat to at all times.
Dogs can really enjoy the space of a garden. So it’s a great idea to keep them in mind when you are designing yours. Know that some plants can be harmful to animals. Talk to a professional gardener or qualified staff at a nursery to find out what plants will best suit your garden and dog.