You love your dog, and you love your garden, so it’s a shame that they always seem to be at odds! If you’re planning on a big garden makeover soon, or getting ready to let a new puppy explore the back garden, you may be feeling a little lost when it comes to the rules and precautions you should be exercising. To make things a little clearer, here are a few common myths about dogs and gardens mixing.
You Can Have a Dog OR a Nice Garden
This is a complete misconception. There are plenty of excellent gardeners out there who manage to maintain absolutely stunning gardens, all the while being great dog owners. You may not have a huge plot of land, and it’s true that the smaller your garden, the more likely it is to go through wear and tear at the hands (or paws, rather) of a dog. However, you don’t have to keep your dog confined inside, or let the garden become a big dug-up mess. With all the pet products for artificial grass on the market and simple disciplinary tactics you can use to get your dog out of naughty habits, there’s no reason why your garden can’t look stunning, all the while being a fun place to explore for a curious pup.
Dogs Can Self-Medicate Instinctively, So It’s Safe to Let Them Graze
If this myth were true, there would be far fewer cases of dogs poisoning themselves. Wolves and foxes might know which plants to stay away from, but domestic dogs are curious and sheltered, and young dogs, in particular, won’t hesitate to put almost anything in their mouths. If your dog likes to graze, then you need to make a point of avoiding any plants that are toxic to dogs, despite how pretty they are. It’s simply not possible to keep an eye on your dog every second that they spend in the garden. Whenever you’re planning to buy some new additions for your garden, make 110% sure it’s not going to poison your four-legged friend!
Dogs Dig Wherever They Can
While a lot of dogs show no interest in digging whatsoever, it’s true that there’s that some of them are excellent diggers. We’re not just talking about terriers here, either! If your dog likes to dig, it’s going to be hard to keep him or her from doing it, short of 24/7 surveillance of your garden. Even if you succeed in teaching them not to dig in a certain spot, there’s a chance that they’ll just assume it’s fine to move onto another one. Some dog owners have been successful in creating a designated digging patch for their dogs. Set aside a patch of your garden that’s a decent size for your dog, and churn up the soil to make it more appealing to them. You can also hide toys like rawhide bones in the patch. Your dog will pick up on the pattern quickly, and be encouraged to stick to that one area of the garden.
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