Dogs and gardens can sometimes seem like a match made in hell. A beautifully neat flower bed that took hours to plant can be flattened in just a few seconds by an excitable canine. Then there are the dangers of poisoning from certain plants, the risks of a digger escaping under a fence and the tricky fact that, for most dogs, the garden is also the ‘loo’.
But don’t despair green fingered pet owners! Here are our top tips for a dog – friendly garden where both you and your dog can enjoy a stress free summer outdoors.
Many common garden plants are highly toxic to dogs. The most dangerous plants which may even be fatal if ingested in enough quantity include: daffodils, Rhododendrum, Yew, Rhubarb and Larkspur. Here’s an extensive list of plants that should be avoided to keep curious dogs out of harm’s way: Plants to Avoid >
There are lots of easily available plants which are completely harmless to our canine friends so it’s still possible to plant a colourful array of blooms in your garden. Here’s a handy list of Dog Friendly Plants >
Nitrogen in dog’s urine will rapidly turn patches of your lawn yellow. To avoid this you could train your dog to go on a different type of ground, such as a gravel area, or you could scrap the grass altogether and use heavy plant pots (although make sure these are high enough to avoid being urinated on if you have a male dog!)
An outdoor kennel will make your dog’s life much more comfortable if he spends a lot of time outside. It will help keep him warm and protected from wind and rain in the cooler months and out of the hot sun in the summer.
The Trixie Natura Log Cabin is a cleverly designed kennel with built-in ‘verandah’ so your dog can enjoy the cool shade while still getting plenty of fresh air.
For seriously hot days in the garden your dog will be grateful for a cool dip to help regulate his body temperature. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a full size pool or live by a stream we’ve got just the thing – our top selling doggy paddling pool!
Our Doggy Pool is simple to use – just unfold and fill up with water from the hose. A special non-slip coating will ensure that even very bouncy dogs don’t slip and hurt themselves.
Secure fencing is an important consideration and many rescue organisations will check the height and stability of your garden fencing before allowing you to adopt a dog from them. If digging is a problem then either make sure your fence is dropped into the ground when it’s erected or place some heavy duty bricks or slabs around the edges of the garden.
All dog owners should be aware of the dangers of the Lungworm parasite Angiostrongylus vasorum. It can be passed on to dogs when they eat slugs or snails and is on the rise in the UK. If you are worried your dog may have ingested a slug or snail, take them to the vet and visit www.lungworm.co.uk for more information about this potentially life threatening infection.