When it comes to the garden space many of us share the space with a canine companion. Whether you call your friend Fido, Spot or something a little more unique, it is important that your garden works for both of you. In one instance it needs to be a great place to entertain, while in the other it needs to be a safe zone for both playing and relaxing for your dog. Good garden design can ensure that it is both.
So, what can you do in order to ensure that your garden is as dog-friendly as possible for your four-legged friend?
Good entertainment for a dog is a vital component in any garden. Appropriate stimulation can also prevent them from doing things that you consider bad behaviour, such as digging up your flower bed. Toys, a water supply, doggy puzzles and even their own little den can be a great way to ensure they get the most of out of your garden space. Of course, you should also ensure you take them on at least one walk a day in order to maintain a healthy level of mental stimulation. You can only make your garden engaging enough to pass some of the day, not all of it.
A fence can be a necessary barrier for your furry friend, to either keep them in or out of certain areas of your garden. If you want a seating area away from the rambunctious play of your pet, a vegetable patch you would rather not have dug up or whatever else, a fence does the trick (unless your pooch happens to be an Olympic vaulter). There are a great number of options to suit whatever your needs are.
The good thing about a fence is the fact that they can be a great anchor for growing climbing plants. In fact, if you want you could cover up the fence completely and make it seem almost ‘invisible’ if you grow enough greenery.
The last thing you want is for your dog to become ill as a result of a toxic plant in your garden. As such, researching ahead of time in regards to what plants are toxic to your pet before introducing them into the garden is vital. Some examples of this type of plant include the azalea, daffodil, tulip, foxglove, tomato, hydrangea, and even the amaryllis. Keep these either out of the garden completely or ensure that your dog cannot reach them (either by fencing them off or keeping them closed off in a greenhouse).
Dogs like to explore, it’s a well-known fact, and they are not put off by the danger that their exploration can present. This means that if you have sharp, dangerous, tools or heavy things that can fall on them located in your shed, they will not be put off by this and most likely hurt themselves. This is why a lockable, inaccessible, shed is vital for any garden with a dog. Both to ensure they cannot get inside of it and that you can safely store anything that might be hazardous to their health.
Having a pooch use your garden doesn’t mean that you cannot still maintain a good style in the space, however. Especially as your outdoor furniture can add a level of style, whilst still helping to maintain that all-important dog-friendly aspect.