From puppy pools to designated “potty areas,” more and more people are catering to their furry friends when it comes to designing their backyards. There’s even a cute name for it: Dogscaping – it’s a trend that is here to stay. A little bit of planning and forethought will result in an attractive harmony between your dog, your yard, and your lifestyle.
Here is a list of factors to consider when planning your next dog-friendly landscaping project or re-design!
Landscaping and Dog Safety
Your dog may end up chewing through and probably eating some of the foliage in your garden. Consult your veterinarian and keep and updated list (with pictures) of plants that can be harmful to your pets. Stay away from thorny plants (for dogs and children alike) because of the potential harm that could occur. If you happen to spot any mushrooms sprouting, be sure to dig them up and get rid of them immediately.
Factor in Dog Playtime into Landscape Design
Just like their human counterparts, all dogs need exercise having a space just for them will leave you with a happier and healthier pup! If you have an active space for your dog they will be able to work off excess energy and are less likely to dig and damage your terrain out of boredom. So if you have the space then give them as much of it as possible to keep them busy!
How well do you know your dog?
The better you know their personality then the better you’ll know their specific needs. Because they’re creatures of habit, they probably already have their own tried and true paths they like to take through your yard. What better way to accommodate them by creating cool and safe pathways?
Integrating a Potty Spot in your Landscape
Dogs like to relieve themselves in the same spots so why not use that to your advantage and jazz it up a little fun the process? Save yourself the “ick-factor,” time and hassle of poop pick up around your lawn and flowerbeds by designating a special “potty spot” for your dogs to relieve themselves. Set up a sand box or place an actual fire hydrant in their space. For male dogs, considering a marking post so he can mark his territory.
Success takes patient training but practice makes perfect!
3 Ways to Eliminate Digging in Your Backyard
- Strategically placing brick or rock borders around the perimeter of the fencing.
- Bury chicken wire in the soil under the fence.
- Install a “fence window” (made of plexi-glass) for your dog to stick their heads through and see what’s going on, on the other side of the fence.
By the time you’re done revamping your dog-friendly yard, there should be more than enough to keep your furry friend busy, but better to be safe than sorry!
Provide Outdoor Shade for Your Dog
Dogs love having their time in the sun just like the rest of us, but they can also get sunburned and overheat easily. So along with their little spot to sunbathe, they should also be provided with some shade. Even better, if you have the space and budget, go all out with a doghouse. And don’t forget to provide a fresh water source for your doggy buddy!
Your dog isn’t just a pet but a member of your family. And every member of your family should be able to enjoy the outdoor space your home has to offer. Take the time to make sure your yard provides your dog with the amenities he or she needs and loves. The benefits will be worth it in the long run!