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10 Top Tips for making your garden dog friendly

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

With the Summer months upon us and our gardens blooming, it's the perfect time to ensure your garden is dog friendly. With a bit of planning and training, your dog can make a great garden companion.

All plants could cause your dog issues if they are eaten a lot ! If your dog is anything like mine, I started with a beautiful climbing white rose and ended up with broken twigs this year! Plants like lavender, rosemary, calendula, dill and fennel are a much lower risk.

Plants that are commonly found in our gardens are toxic to our dogs, so please do avoid planting them or make sure that your dog stays away. These include and are not limited to chrysanthemum, daffodil bulbs, larkspur, foxgloves, hydrangea, tomato plants and wisteria. As beautiful as they are, if your dog starts exploring, especially when unsupervised, they can cause harm which we really want to avoid.

1. Always supervise your dog when they are in the garden. These are your babies and always need to be shadowed.

2. Check your fences are secure and there aren't any gaps that your dog or puppy maybe able to squeeze through

3. Ensure your dog's flea, tick and worming treatments are all up to date

4. Research your current garden plants to ensure they don't have anything toxic for dogs in them

5. Having your dog with you in the garden can be so much fun. They want to explore, smell and touch just as much as you. Plant scented varieties so your dog has exciting scents to track down.

6. A mix of textures like non-toxic sands, grass, wood chips or gravel offer interesting places to hide dog toys and treats for when your are creating enrichment games. This can be rewarding for both you and your dog.

7. On hot days, shallow water is another playful environment for your dog to enjoy. You may have to clear up a lot after but it's all part of the fun!

8. Ensure there is a shaded area for your dog to sit outside with you but not in direct sunlight. If it's too hot definitely keep them in the shade or even inside. Get the hose out and let them run around in the waterfall.


9. If you think your dog has eaten something toxic speak to your vet immediately. Signs of poisoning can include sickness, diarrhoea and skin irritations, depending on the source and how much has been consumed.

10. It's also a good idea to check your dog's coat, skin and ears regularly to look for redness and irritation. This can help you tell if they are sensitive or allergic to any other plants. When returning from your walks, check for any seeds that may have gotten stuck in their paws or their skin as this can also be painful for them.

So, your garden can certainly be enjoyed by you, your family and of course your dog. This no way means you should go and dig up all your mature, beautiful garden plants, as long as you are aware I'm sure you will keep you dog or puppy free from harm.

If you are looking for a dog sitter or would prefer dog home visits, I will check with you to see what plants you may have that may cause a problem. I will always ensure your dog is supervised at all times providing fun and trusted care at all times. View my dog walking and dog sitting services HERE

For more information on keeping your garden healthy for your dogs and puppies, visit https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/getting-a-dog-or-puppy/general-advice-about-caring-for-your-new-puppy-or-dog/puppy-environment/house-and-garden-plants-poisonous-to-dogs/

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