Dog-Friendly Gardening

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Creating an inclusive outdoor living space for your dog-child can be challenging. They can be overly-curious, overly-rowdy, and overly-playful. It’s only a bad thing when they start ruining your garden! Here are some tips on how to garden with your beloved dogs:

  1. Training.  Training your pup is key. You have ultimate control over where your pet wanders and/or behaves, but it does take time to establish these expectations. Taking your pet to a training class is always an effective way to teach them obedience. If you have a puppy, they tend to be  more trainable than older dogs. Regardless of age, through repetition and consistency, you can train any dog! It’s helpful to envision the spaces of your garden that you do not want your pet to enter into and train them from there on out. *Note: As you are training, supervising your pet is important so you can see what their tendencies include (digging, chewing, stomping, etc.).

  2. Barriers. Although training is definitely effective, some dogs need more strict boundaries. Fences and gates are a couple ways to enforce keeping them out of certain spaces of your garden. Don’t worry--these barriers don’t have to be ugly! They can exist as an eye-catching extension of your home and can easily separate a garden space from a patio space in a stylish way.

  3. Plant and play. Including your dog in your garden projects by tossing around a ball or giving them some kind of attention is a great way to keep them occupied, entertained, and out of your precious garden. When dogs are bored, they are more prone to make a mess and be a nuisance. Love on your dog-children and they will respect you in return! (If not, take them to those obedience classes!)

  4. Establish pathways. Creating paved pathways guides your pet to where you would like them to be. Large patches of grass can grey the boundaries and cause confusion with your pet. Consider laying down some concrete, flagstone, brick, bark, or anything of your choosing; they are all able to establish clear pathways in your yard. Alongside these paths, you can plant trees, bushes, or any larger-scale plant that will bolden the barrier even more. Utilize this as an opportunity to incorporate some character into your personal space, too. Use a medium that compliments the look that already exists in your outdoor living space.