Dogs in the garden

Episode: 2
Title: Dogs in the garden
Broadcast: March 9, 2019
Presenter: Sam Sorensen

We all love our pets, but we also love our gardens, so how do we get them to work in harmony? Dr Sam has a few handy tips and tricks on how to keep our pooches from completely destroying the garden.

  • New plants, soils and fertilizers can be very hard for our canine friends to resist as they are full of exciting new smells. It’s only natural that they will want to investigate.
  • With new garden beds and plants try and create a barrier either around the plants or a small fence to keep your dog out of a certain area. Child-proof gates are excellent for this sort of thing.
  • Dogs have an acute sense of smell and are bound to follow their noses first before thinking of the repercussions!
  • Established plants, hedge borders and pathways are a great way of creating natural barriers around garden beds.
  • For those dogs that love to create potholes in the lawn or dig tunnels amongst the veggies – create a “designated digging spot” where your dog knows it’s allowed to dig. Encourage your pooch to dig in the one spot by hiding treats or toys. A child’s pool filled with white sand is a perfect doggy sandpit.
  • To encourage your dog away from chewing your furniture or reticulation, provide him with some alternatives, like chew toys filled with their favourite treats – it can keep them occupied for hours.