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Amazing Tips on Creating a Dog-Friendly Garden

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The thought of inviting your dog into your garden is a little uncomfortable. A dog can quickly turn your garden into a playing ground and cause a lot of mess. However, whether you know it or not, your dog wants to follow you to your garden. Something about spending more time with an owner makes dogs excited.

If your dog is already too stubborn about it, it might be time to consider letting him come with you to the garden. However, you must put forth some measures to make sure you do not suffer a great loss to all your hard work in the garden. Here are some amazing tips to help you create a dog-friendly garden:

Keep your tools safe

One of the reasons why bringing your dog into a garden can be a bad idea is your gardening tools. Dogs like to play with anything. If they find your tools misplaced, they might secure some injuries from playing with them.

Some people have customized a way to strap most of their gardening tools on their waist to carry along as they work in the garden. If this is not you, find a secure shed or locker where you can keep all your tools away from the reach of your dog.

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Create some shade

Your dog is not going to help much with the gardening. However, since he wants to keep you company, why not create a comfortable environment for him? Creating a shade will help your four-legged pet remain cool throughout your stay there. The idea is to ensure he is comfortable enough to sit still and relax, without roaming all over your garden and destroying your plants.

Make a path

While your wish is to have your dog sit still until you are done, this may not be possible. He will want to move around as you do. If you can make a path in your garden, then you can help make sure that the dog is not stepping on your plants. This way, you do not restrict your dog from walking around as you protect your plants.

However, this may take a little training. Encourage your dog to walk on the paths you have made before your garden turns into a big mess.

Create digging spots

Other than a walking path, dogs will want to dig around. The last thing you want if for your dog to dig out all the plants you have worked hours to plant. In that case, consider allocating some spots in your garden for digging. Make those spots raised to keep them digging. You can also make a small pit to encourage them to dig in.

Why create digging spots in your garden?

Steer clear of poisonous plants

Now that your dog is part of your gardening experience, be careful he does not die in the process. Ideally, dogs are very sensitive to some plants, even to the best dog bed in the market. If you are not watchful and intentional with the plants in your garden, then your dog may bite on the wrong leaf and suffer a major health condition.

Some of the plants you want to avoid include, lilies, onions, clivia, oleanders, and cycads, among others. If you still want to plant these plants, be sure to restrict your dog from going to where they are.

Add a marking post 

A marking post is perhaps the best way to steer clear of poisonous plants for your dog. Marking posts are used to help dogs establish their territory. Within your garden, add a marking post to suggest how far the dog can go into your garden. It helps in ensuring he does not go destroying budding plants, or eating of poisonous ones.


It is not a bad idea to include gardening as part of the nice memories you make with your dog. However, make sure you have a dog-friendly garden before you invite your dog over.



About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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