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How to Create a Dog-Friendly Garden

By AmberKingsley. | Dog Info

Many of us have furry friends in the family. We love our dogs and will do anything for them. However, some of us also love our springtime ritual of growing the perfect garden. But, as we all know, the combination can be cumbersome. How do you create a garden that is also dog-friendly? 

Making that perfect garden takes a lot of effort. After all, some of us also want to make it environmentally-friendly by saving water, as well. Don’t worry. We have you covered. The following information will help you create the dog-friendly garden of your dreams. 

Get Rid Of The Toxic Plants And Chemicals

Obviously, we love our four-legged kids. But, since we don’t speak the same language they do, we need to pay a little more attention from their point of view. For starters, according to HGTV, think about the flowers they may have access to. Low hanging plants - especially irises and geraniums may be considered a treat to them. However, you should consider the ASPCA’s list of toxic plants. This information will tell you what not to keep near your dog. However, healthier items such as wheatgrass, and others, are not only safe. They can help reduce fleas. 

You should also start using natural, chemical-free, herbicides. Using the eco-friendly versions will ensure that your dog doesn’t ingest anything that will send them to the vet. 

Make A Peaceful Place 

Many dogs love to dig around your yard. So, help make sure they have a spot to nap on. You can do so by removing any thorns, and prickly plants that they may otherwise step on. Their “naked” paws will appreciate it.

Drink Up 

Although it’s a good idea to be environmentally-friendly, and save water, your dog will need to keep hydrated. Better Homes and Gardens has a great solution that will enhance your garden, as well. Since your dog needs fresh water, you can easily install a water fixture of any kind that will fit right in with your space. Anything from a recycled container, to a “doggie dish” or even a decorative fountain will work. If your yard is big enough, you may also add a fresh-water pond. Any of these ideas will keep your furry friend hydrated throughout the day.


You may think that having a dog means you have to completely change your landscape - or that it might get ruined. However, Sunset disagrees. You can create an attractive space for plants while still having a comfortable place for your dogs. But, you need to keep your dog in mind when designing your garden - and you also need to let go of perfectionism. It won’t happen here. 

Since each breed has different personalities, every dog has his or her own needs. But, in general, you should provide a space in which they can run around, a comfortable spot to relax on such as a pile of mulch, and a visible border so they don’t go outside the yard. After all, dogs need their exercise. But, as with humans, they’ll eventually get tired, and may want to snack on something. That’s why it’s a good idea to provide plants that are healthy for them. The goal is to create a space that you, and your dog, can appreciate. 

Growing a garden is something that many people love to do. However, if you have a dog, you need to consider several things. The information in this guide should help you create a space that you and your dog will love. You can enjoy the fruits of your labor knowing that your dog will be safe, and have just as much fun. 

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Amber KingsleyAmber Kingsley

Amber Kingsley is a freelance writer whom has donated countless hours supporting her local shelters. With writing, she has spent most of her research on animals with regards to food, health and training.


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