Is there such a thing as dog-proof landscaping? A picture-perfect lawn may not be attainable with an energetic dog on the loose. But a safe yard, one that’s comfortable for both human and canine family members, is definitely possible.
A fenced-in yard is the perfect place for your best friend to romp and relax. Check out our rundown of fence types for dogs. Once your pet is contained with the right fence, there are lots of ways to make your landscaping dog-friendly.
Here are some things to try:
Make a Fence Dog Proof
Is your dog a jumper, climber or digger? If your high-jumper clears the fence, you may need an inwardly slanting extension to keep it in. An extension also keeps climbers on the right side of the fence. Buried chicken wire or rebar prevents diggers from tunneling out.
Remove Dangerous Plants
Some common landscaping plants, such as castor bean, are poisonous for dogs. Remove these plants from your yard. Avoid pointy plants, ones with thorns or spikes. These can scratch a dog’s eyes.
Some weeds and mushrooms are harmful. If you keep a compost pile, make sure your pet can’t get to it. Aside from the mess a dog can create in compost, some decomposers in the pile are toxic.
The ASPCA has a list of plants that are dangerous for dogs. Consult this list when you’re buying new plants for your yard. Your local nursery can also help you choose safe plants.
Carve Out a Path
Has your dog beat a path in the yard? Dogs naturally patrol the perimeter of their territory. You can make the path official – and more attractive – with landscaping. Cover the trail with material that’s easy on paws. Rounded pebbles or cedar mulch may fit the bill. Border the path with wood planks or hard pavers. Plant areas along the path with low shrubs or border plants.
Take steps to protect sensitive plants. A small fence, temporary or permanent, discourages dogs from trampling foliage. Place large landscaping rocks or decorative wood around planting beds. Raised beds can also establish a border. Once the off-limit area is clearly defined, teach your dog to stay out with boundary training.
Start Potty Training
Training your dog to eliminate in one place will keep your yard cleaner. Choose a spot that’s comfortable for your pooch and easy to clean. Leave the area natural, or cover it with a material you can hose off now and then. Flagstones, bricks or cement are simple to maintain.
Keep It Cool
If your yard doesn’t have shady areas, you’ll need to make a place where your pet can cool down. Garden structures, such as an arbor or trellis, provide shade while dressing up the yard. Dogs often enjoy having their own pad, so consider adding a doghouse in a shady spot.
When it’s time for your dog to come indoors, it will often need a quick wipedown. Create a grooming station next to the entryway. Keep a washcloth and grooming supplies handy to take care of muddy paws and dusty fur.
With the right elements, a yard can be a haven for both you and your dog. Pacific Fence & Wire can help you design a dog-friendly fence or dog run. Contact us today for an estimate!