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Creating a Dog Friendly Yard

If you are a dog parent, you will understand the importance of having a dog friendly yard. Not only does your yard provide a place for your dog to exercise and have fun, it also doubles as a space for you to relax. Creating a Dog Friendly Yard can be easier than you think.

A dog that get regular exercise is not only healthy but also well behaved as the physical activity gives the dog a vent to its energy. So if your dog is restless or shows aggressive behavior like barking or chewing random things, you might need to consider canine behavioral therapy. Having a dedicated yard for that purpose will surely help in that case.

Continue reading to find out how you can create a dog friendly yard easily.

Requirements for Dog Friendly Landscaping

The first thing that you need to do while creating a dog friendly yard is to observe your canine friend’s behavior and traits. Take notes of where does your dog prefer to play, patrol, go potty or dig for a bone. You will want to incorporate these details into your yard design for best results.

Important points that you must consider during your yard building project

  1. Most dogs love to run around and engage in rough play. If yours is one of them then be sure to leave a considerable portion of the yard open. You can put turf in that area to make it activity friendly.
  2.  Apart from being hygienic, it also is aesthetically forgiving that way. Certain plants or shrubs like viburnum, spiraea, shrub roses, etc are suitable for this purpose. Regular watering of the area diminishes brown patches and you can consider installing an artificial tuft in this specific area as well.
  3.  For your pups to cool down after an activity session. You can plant trees for this or can build a small structure for your dogs to escape the sun and take a nap whenever they want.
  4.  In the yard for your furry friend to drink. Include a source of cool, fresh water while designing the yard so that your dog can always stay hydrated.

What to Plant in a Dog Friendly Yard

Once you have the above design points down, next comes the question of what to plant in your yard. Here is a list of all that you can plant and grow in your yard whether worrying about their effects on your pup.

A) Vegetables

  • Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflowers
  • Root vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes
  • Green beans and peas (edible pods)
  • Spinach, Lettuce, Kale, Collard Greens, Celery
  • Cantaloupes
  • Cucumbers
  • Pumpkin
  • Seedless Watermelon
  • Zucchini and yellow squash
  • Blueberries and strawberries

Be sure to avoid things like avocado, onion, garlic, eggplant, mushroom, potato, rhubarb, tomatoes as they are toxic to your dogs and can even be fatal.

B) Herbs

  • Sage
  • Chamomile
  • Parsley
  • Tansy, etc.

C) Shrubs

  • Lilac
  • Spiraea
  • Shrub roses
  • Red-Twig Dogwood
  • Viburnum
  • Forsythia

D) Trees

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Peaches, etc.

E) Ground Cover

A tough ground cover is essential so that the yard is not damaged from your dog’s exercising and frolicking around. You can use:

  • Irish moss
  • Wheatgrass
  • Labrador Violet
  • Miniature Stonecrop
  • Snow in summer
  • Elfin Thyme

In Conclusion

Follow these steps to create the perfect dog friendly yard and enjoy it with your canine friend.

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