Top 7 tips to make your garden dog-friendly
If you have a 4-legged buddy in your home, then, consider yourself lucky enough!
Their cute, little hops and jumps, following your trail by simply wandering behind you by waggling their tail! Ah! Only a dog lover can relate to this!
I am pretty sure all the dogs get excited when they see lush green lawn accompanied with pretty flowers and plants.
The only thing that bothers every person having a pet is that is it safe to let their dogs play in the garden? If not, how should the garden be made dog-friendly?
Here's a simple solution which can fix all your doubts and problems. So, ready to create an awesome "paw" someplace to your dog? Let's go!:
#1: Say no to toxic plants
No wonder plants can enhance the entire place with liveliness by soothing our eyes!
But, what should not be neglected is that many plants which look blissful to appear aren't really good for your pets as they are poisonous!
Example, rhododendrons, azaleas, rosebay, oleander can cause heart problems.
The wild mushrooms, Sago palms and the members of the cycad family are responsible for liver failure.
It is great if you have designed a dog-friendly garden for your buddy.
But, if you are planning to take your dog for a walk to a nearby park or to a friend's place, then, make sure the place you choose is also dog-friendly.
Do not hesitate to keep your dog away from the plants or lawns you are not familiar with. They might contain something toxins which your dog might be allergic to.
#2: Insecticides can harm your buddy too!
As your doggy loves to jiggle and wiggle in every nook and corner of the yard or garden, it is your responsibility to store the insecticides which should not be accessible to your dog.
The pesticides or insecticides work great on killing the insects and flies and so does work on dogs too!
So, always remember to read the manufacturer's label so that you can have clear guidance while storing or using them.
I agree that you need specific fertilizers, sprays, granules, etc. to keep your garden as healthy as possible.
But, do remember that the ingredients within them might be dreadful for your dogs. So, don't keep them within reach of your dog.
#3: Keep the heavy, sharp tools away
Of course, you may find it lame considering how the pity tools can harm your buddy. Just so you know, the tools we use for gardening is quite heavy and sharp.
Thus, randomly placing them somewhere on the lawn or ground might be dreadful.
The dogs are wander lovers and also keen on the things they see. They might tend to touch the trowels, hoes, rakes, or tillers lying in front of them.
Thus, they might end up injuring themselves on eyes, nose, legs, or paws. Also, these sharp, heavy, rusted tools can invite tetanus too.
#4: Artificial grass
If you are way too afraid of letting your lovable dog play in the lawn thinking of potential harms, then, it is efficient to switch to the artificial grass.
There won't be any insecticides or pesticides involved and nor does the hard and heavy tools.
Also, as icing on the cupcake, you can let your dog enjoy without having to worry about whatever the weather might be!
As you already know, dogs just love the outside world! Don't they? The only thing you should be concerned about is keeping it clean.
Using the Roomba vacuum cleaner helps your dog by cleaning up the whole place without leaving a minute trace of dirt!
#5: Avoid sharp-edged stones
As you know, your little wanderer just loves the idea of jiggling, running, hopping all around the garden.
So, try to avoid placing sharp-edged stones or anything which might injure your dog.
You can place some nice, large pebbles instead, which looks stylish and as they are not sharp, they won't be involved in harming your dog in any manner.
Thus, you do not have to restrict your dog from being all joyous and jumpy!
Be specific while designing and choosing the decors for your garden. All you need is to think twice for this question - Does this particular thing harm my buddy?
#6: Picking up right and safe mulch
For those us who are not quite sure what a cocoa mulch is, this chocolate by-product can be found using during landscaping.
As most of the dogs just love the fragrance of cocoa mulch, they tend to sniff the smell while they are playing.
Thus, if consumed/ingested for a certain amount, this might cause some severe symptoms.
Vomiting, sickness, muscle tremors, diarrhea, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, and many such side effects can be due to the reason which I just mentioned above.
Thus, be careful while picking up the mulch. Make sure you go through the details and make some research from your end before reaching out your wallet.
We recommend you to switch for the substitutes instead. You can always go for options such as shredded pine, hemlock bark, or even cedar.
Just by switching to an alternative source will not really suffice as you have got the naughtiest little monster as your buddy.
So, make sure you check with what your dog is doing all the time.
#7: Composting is great only for plants
As your dog buddy gets all excited and rushes to every nook and corner hopping and running, it will be much better if you keep the garden or kitchen waste out of their reach.
Some food substances, say some fruits, musty food, coffee, or even vegetables might cause harm to your dog when consumed.
Also, the garden waste, say leaves, stems, weeds, and seeds might be dreadful too.
Thus, instead of placing them on the ground, keep them somewhere which is beyond the reach of your naughty buddy.
Well, choosing the proper material and going with the right one will always make a smart choice!
Of course, it requires some effort from our end, but trust me, it is all worth it the moment you see this cute, humble creature happily playing and wiggling its tail around the whole garden!
And that's when you realize to wander is wonderful!