Gardening with Dogs Part II

Gardening with Dogs – Part II

Black labrador

Having covered how to prevent as best as possible your dogs from running recklessly through the entire garden in Gardening with Dogs – Part I, now we are going to continue solving the rest of the 5 most common problems related to maintaining a beautiful garden while taking care of pets that run in it.

How to prevent dogs from chewing on plants and garden accessories?

Animals need to chew on plants from time to time, and generally you can do very little to prevent it from happening. However, if you have shrubs that are known to be poisonous to dogs like rhododendrons or camellias, you need to make everything within your powers to limit the access to them. The best way to do it is to add some sort of a barrier – wire works best for me.

However, it is not an eye-pleaser, so unless you want to end up with a landscape that resembles a war zone, you might want to reconsider those plants or re-think your garden design. Luckily, companies like Fantastic Gardeners Melbourne have excellent landscape architects to aid you with the pet-friendly design.

Schnauzer dog

For newly emerging or planted plants, you might use plant support. The instincts of your dog, at least in most cases, will kick in, and warn it that it is something to not to be run over. Nevertheless, your devices need to be sturdy enough to withstand the full mass of your dog should a clash with it be unavoidable. In my experience, metal plant supports work best as the plastic ones just aren’t strong enough.

How to deal with yellow spots and faeces when gardening with dogs?

Surely, cleaning up after your dog has a special place in your “most-annoying-chores” list. The best tactic is to start training your puppy as soon as possible to relieve itself at only one spot in the garden, so that you wouldn’t have to go around cleaning everywhere. Even with older dogs, it is still possible to teach them “good garden manners” but it will take more time.

If your puppy is rather stubborn, you could try the “caught-on-the-spot” tactic. Most dogs tend to remember the shame of being scolded while they are “doing it”, and would avoid similar situations in the future. Nevertheless, most dogs are creatures of habit, and will usually find an out-of-the-way place in the garden that they will stick to – naturally with the exception of pups.

Don’t forget cleaning after your pet is one of the most important, though not so pleasant, chores you will have to face when gardening with pets running nearby.

In the third, and last part of the article, I will help you solve the mystery of the holes that keep appearing in your garden, as well as how to prevent your pet form drinking, and taking a bath in your garden water features.

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