Dog Friendly Gardening

Tips and Advice for Creating a Dog Friendly Garden

Best Dog Friendly Grass Choices

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Best Dog Friendly Grass Choices

Yes you can have it all – an attractive, organic lawn and a happy, active dog … You may need to lower your standards a wee bit since any grassy area where dogs tread will most likely not be pristine, golf course quality, or win the best lawn in your neighborhood award. The sooner you […]

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Yes you can have it all – an attractive, organic lawn and a happy, active dog … You may need to lower your standards a wee bit since any grassy area where dogs tread will most likely not be pristine, golf course quality, or win the best lawn in your neighborhood award. The sooner you can accept that simple fact, the sooner you can move forward and take the steps necessary to achieve a harmonious outdoor life with your pets. Certain varieties of grass perform better than others do under the pressure of life with our canine friends. Two grasses suitable for most areas of the United...

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How To Stop Your Dog From Digging

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How To Stop Your Dog From Digging

Dogs dig for several different reasons. Sometimes dogs dig to make a cool spot to lay in on a hot summer day. Some dogs (such as hounds) dig to pursue the odor of prey animals such as rabbits. Others can hear or smell insects just beneath the soil and dig for buried “food” like worms […]

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Dogs dig for several different reasons. Sometimes dogs dig to make a cool spot to lay in on a hot summer day. Some dogs (such as hounds) dig to pursue the odor of prey animals such as rabbits. Others can hear or smell insects just beneath the soil and dig for buried “food” like worms and grubs. Pent up energy or boredom causes some dogs to dig for the sheer thrill of it … Or they may dig to try to escape from the yard so that they can go on a tour of the neighborhood or meet favorite canine friends. Some breeds are predisposed to digging, like terriers and dachshunds. Dogs...

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Organic Weed Control

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Organic Weed Control

ORGANIC WEED CONTROL FOR DOG FRIENDLY YARDS Weeds can easily overtake an outdoor space, turning any landscape from beautiful to horrific in a single growing season. Weed-infested flower beds and gardens are an eyesore, make you unpopular with your neighbors, and create optimum habitats for fleas and other pests. Do what’s right for the health […]

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ORGANIC WEED CONTROL FOR DOG FRIENDLY YARDS Weeds can easily overtake an outdoor space, turning any landscape from beautiful to horrific in a single growing season. Weed-infested flower beds and gardens are an eyesore, make you unpopular with your neighbors, and create optimum habitats for fleas and other pests. Do what’s right for the health of your pet and the environment, by practicing organic weed control. Puppies are particularly vulnerable to toxic outdoor chemicals. By far the most important step is early weed prevention. Start by catching problem spots early and remove weeds...

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Dog Friendly Fruits

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Dog Friendly Fruits

Dogs can enjoy a variety of fresh fruits as snacks. Adding fresh fruits to their diets occasionally gives you the opportunity to share your garden bounty with your four-legged friends … Providing your pet with a helping of nutrient rich fruits can help him live a healthier, longer life, even reducing the risk of certain […]

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Dogs can enjoy a variety of fresh fruits as snacks. Adding fresh fruits to their diets occasionally gives you the opportunity to share your garden bounty with your four-legged friends … Providing your pet with a helping of nutrient rich fruits can help him live a healthier, longer life, even reducing the risk of certain diseases, including cancer. In Moderation Please Always remember to feed fruits and vegetables in moderation – a few berries here, a spoonful of pureed pumpkin there. Too much of a good thing can trigger stomach upset, particularly fruits, which contain certain...

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Creating A Dog Friendly Garden

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Creating A Dog Friendly Garden

Hardscaping is an important element in dog friendly yards. First let’s define it, “hardscaping,” or “hardscape” refers to the non-living elements of a landscape. Hardscapes include patios, sidewalks, stone paths, mulched areas, retaining walls, arbors, trellises, fences and lattice dividers. Living plants, by contrast, constitute the “softscaping” or “softscape” of the yard … Hardscaping is […]

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Hardscaping is an important element in dog friendly yards. First let’s define it, “hardscaping,” or “hardscape” refers to the non-living elements of a landscape. Hardscapes include patios, sidewalks, stone paths, mulched areas, retaining walls, arbors, trellises, fences and lattice dividers. Living plants, by contrast, constitute the “softscaping” or “softscape” of the yard … Hardscaping is a practical choice for yards shared with our canine friends because it is low maintenance, practical and very useful. The benefits that...

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Organic Pest Control

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Organic Pest Control

ORGANIC PEST CONTROL FOR DOG FRIENDLY GARDENS At its foundation, organic gardening simply means working with nature, rather than against it. Dog owners find themselves drawn to this approach to pest control which minimizes the potential for your pets to come in contact with irritating and harmful chemicals … Organic dog-friendly pest control starts with […]

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ORGANIC PEST CONTROL FOR DOG FRIENDLY GARDENS At its foundation, organic gardening simply means working with nature, rather than against it. Dog owners find themselves drawn to this approach to pest control which minimizes the potential for your pets to come in contact with irritating and harmful chemicals … Organic dog-friendly pest control starts with savvy plant selection. When choosing plants for your landscape, ensure you select varieties well-suited to your local climate and soil type. A mismatched plant can struggle to survive in your garden. At the first sign of illness, plants...

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Worm Composting

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Worm Composting

Worm Composting is an important element of a dog friendly garden. It’s easy, eco-friendly and very rewarding! Given the right environment and a little routine attention, a handful of worms will rapidly multiply and digest your kitchen scraps faster than any other composting method available … You can compost your food scraps with worms and […]

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Worm Composting is an important element of a dog friendly garden. It’s easy, eco-friendly and very rewarding! Given the right environment and a little routine attention, a handful of worms will rapidly multiply and digest your kitchen scraps faster than any other composting method available … You can compost your food scraps with worms and reduce the volume of your household garbage by as much as 25%. Your plants will be eternally grateful for this organic treat. It’s especially a neat, environmentally friendly thing to do as a family. Best of all, young boys think...

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Dog Friendly Vegetable Gardening

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Dog Friendly Vegetable Gardening

You can share some of the bounty from your backyard vegetable garden with your canine friend! Supplementing your dog’s meals with small amounts of veggies is a healthy snack for your hound. By cultivating an organic garden, you ensure no traces of potentially toxic herbicides or pesticides make it into your pet’s dinner bowl … […]

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You can share some of the bounty from your backyard vegetable garden with your canine friend! Supplementing your dog’s meals with small amounts of veggies is a healthy snack for your hound. By cultivating an organic garden, you ensure no traces of potentially toxic herbicides or pesticides make it into your pet’s dinner bowl … When you’re considering the addition of vegetables to your dog’s diet, it’s important to be aware of ones that are potentially harmful to dogs. Two that should be avoided are garlic and onions since they’re known to cause...

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Recommended Dog Friendly Plants

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Recommended Dog Friendly Plants

Good site planning and proper plant selection provide the blueprint for a successful dog friendly yard … Get creative and make it fun! There are lots of plants, vines, and shrubs that can thrive alongside your four-legged friends. Careful selection of woody shrubs will serve your need for a beautiful yard and your dog’s need […]

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Good site planning and proper plant selection provide the blueprint for a successful dog friendly yard … Get creative and make it fun! There are lots of plants, vines, and shrubs that can thrive alongside your four-legged friends. Careful selection of woody shrubs will serve your need for a beautiful yard and your dog’s need to patrol and play. You can hide perimeter wear and tear (and other possible eyesores like old fences, utility boxes..etc.) with the colorful leaves or flowering branches of a variety of sturdy shrubs. Many woody shrubs tolerate aggressive pruning and will...

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Dog Friendly Fence Ideas

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Dog Friendly Fence Ideas

A very important consideration for a dog friendly yard is keeping your dog out of harm’s way. Dog fences are designed to keep dogs in an owner’s yard, or within a certain perimeter of their home. Similarly, dog fences can be used to keep other people’s dogs out, in addition to providing a barrier for […]

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A very important consideration for a dog friendly yard is keeping your dog out of harm’s way. Dog fences are designed to keep dogs in an owner’s yard, or within a certain perimeter of their home. Similarly, dog fences can be used to keep other people’s dogs out, in addition to providing a barrier for ne’er-do-wells of the two-legged and four-legged varieties … Keep in mind that a fence is not a fail-safe device as countless dogs have learned to dig under, gnaw through, jump over, or otherwise defeat fences of all types. Before deciding on a fence, think about what...

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Dealing With Brown Spots

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Dealing With Brown Spots

Lawn burn or brown spots are caused by the nitrogen in dog urine. Because dog urine is very high in nitrogen, when the dog urinates, it is similar to pouring liquid fertilizer on the lawn. A little fertilizer is good for the grass, but an excess causes nitrogen burn. The prevention of lawn burn deals […]

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Lawn burn or brown spots are caused by the nitrogen in dog urine. Because dog urine is very high in nitrogen, when the dog urinates, it is similar to pouring liquid fertilizer on the lawn. A little fertilizer is good for the grass, but an excess causes nitrogen burn. The prevention of lawn burn deals with trying to reduce the amount of nitrogen coming into contact with the grass … Lawn Burn Contributing factors: There are several contributing factors that increase the likelihood of developing lawn burn. * Female dogs are more likely to cause lawn burn than males because they void their...

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Composting In A Dog Friendly Garden

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Composting In A Dog Friendly Garden

Composting Do’s and Don’ts in a Dog Friendly Garden Compost is the single most important supplement you can give your garden soil. Making your own rich compost will give you peace of mind and will help you create a naturally gorgeous landscape and a bountiful garden full of fruits and vegetables. Composting is a simple […]

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Composting Do’s and Don’ts in a Dog Friendly Garden Compost is the single most important supplement you can give your garden soil. Making your own rich compost will give you peace of mind and will help you create a naturally gorgeous landscape and a bountiful garden full of fruits and vegetables. Composting is a simple way to add nutrient-rich humus which fuels plant growth and restores vitality to depleted soil. It’s also free, easy to make, and good for the environment. Keeping your pets out of harm’s way by creating your own all natural, all purpose fertilizer just...

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Organic Lawn and Garden Care

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Organic Lawn and Garden Care

What does it mean to garden organically? At its foundation, organic gardening simply means working with nature, rather than against it. Organic gardening often conjures up images of hard, intense labor in an age where chemical weed control and fertilization appeal to instant gratification and ease of use. Natural alternatives can be far easier to […]

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What does it mean to garden organically? At its foundation, organic gardening simply means working with nature, rather than against it. Organic gardening often conjures up images of hard, intense labor in an age where chemical weed control and fertilization appeal to instant gratification and ease of use. Natural alternatives can be far easier to use in gardening and lawn care than you may imagine and can be made inexpensively from ingredients that you already own … Create an outdoor lifestyle that welcomes your four-legged friends, while also providing a beautiful and safe environment...

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Dogs And Bee Stings: Prevent & Treat

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Dogs And Bee Stings:  Prevent & Treat

Let’s face it…our dogs are curious creatures. They love to run, play, and chase things…including flying insects. This unfortunately can lead to painful stings … Our dog Daisy chased and captured a wasp…in her mouth. We didn’t see it actually happen, but had seen her snap at flying bugs before. She was stung multiple times […]

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Let’s face it…our dogs are curious creatures. They love to run, play, and chase things…including flying insects. This unfortunately can lead to painful stings … Our dog Daisy chased and captured a wasp…in her mouth. We didn’t see it actually happen, but had seen her snap at flying bugs before. She was stung multiple times and exhibited an allergic reaction. We quickly took her to the vet for treatment. Most of the time, an insect sting is just painful and irritating for your dog (just like humans). Multiple stings can be dangerous especially inside the...

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Plan Your Garden With Your Dog’s Traits In Mind

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Plan Your Garden With Your Dog’s Traits In Mind

When planning a dog-friendly garden you really should think about your individual dog’s personality and breed characteristics. Dogs have strong natural instincts you should be in tune with before turning them loose in your yard… Do you have a high energy dog who needs a lot of exercise? Or is your pooch a couch potato? […]

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When planning a dog-friendly garden you really should think about your individual dog’s personality and breed characteristics. Dogs have strong natural instincts you should be in tune with before turning them loose in your yard… Do you have a high energy dog who needs a lot of exercise? Or is your pooch a couch potato? Some canines are scent driven and others are sight driven…things to consider before designing a backyard enjoyable and functional for both you and your four-legged friends. The AKC (American Kennel Club) recognizes seven breed categories. Knowing the basic...

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Outside Play Time With Your Dog

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Outside Play Time With Your Dog

As we always say…a tired dog is a happy dog (and one less likely to get into mischief or problem behaviors). Outside play time not only provides physical and mental stimulation for your dog, it’s great for people too. Step away from your computer or smartphone for awhile and enjoy some fresh air and fun […]

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As we always say…a tired dog is a happy dog (and one less likely to get into mischief or problem behaviors). Outside play time not only provides physical and mental stimulation for your dog, it’s great for people too. Step away from your computer or smartphone for awhile and enjoy some fresh air and fun together! There are so many games and activities you can introduce your pup to…excellent for burning off some energy and promoting further bonding for dogs and their human pack. Here are our “Top 5 Favorite Outdoor Activities With Dogs”: (in the backyard that...

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Poisonous Plants (and foods) For Dogs

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Poisonous Plants (and foods) For Dogs

Dogs love to see what we are eating and would jump at the chance to try most anything. As their guardians and pack leaders we must keep them safe from harmful foods. Don’t give into those pleading eyes … only feed your dogs food that is healthy for them! First of all, we need to […]

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Dogs love to see what we are eating and would jump at the chance to try most anything. As their guardians and pack leaders we must keep them safe from harmful foods. Don’t give into those pleading eyes … only feed your dogs food that is healthy for them! First of all, we need to educate ourselves and others about foods that can be very dangerous to their health … Please take caution to make sure your dog never gets access to the foods below. Even if you don’t provide your pooch table scraps, he or she might eat something that’s hazardous to his health by raiding trash cans,...

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Dog Friendly Garden: Fresh Water For Your Pet

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Dog Friendly Garden: Fresh Water For Your Pet

Dogs, like us humans, are made up of nearly 80 percent water. Fresh water is essential to keep the body running smoothly. Dogs need access to water at all times…both indoors and outdoors. As pet parents, its extremely important for us to ensure our dogs have a clean water source to quench their thirst and […]

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Dogs, like us humans, are made up of nearly 80 percent water. Fresh water is essential to keep the body running smoothly. Dogs need access to water at all times…both indoors and outdoors. As pet parents, its extremely important for us to ensure our dogs have a clean water source to quench their thirst and cool them down. Water nourishes, cleanses, and hydrates all living creatures on Earth. It is essential for survival. Top Four Reasons Water Is Important For Dogs: 1. Water helps dogs function overall. It helps your pooch digest food, think while athletically catching a frisbee,...

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Keeping Dogs Safe In Summer Heat

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Keeping Dogs Safe In Summer Heat

On a sunny day with temperatures at or above 70° Fahrenheit, most people know that the temperature inside their car can soar to intolerable levels for their dog. But even outdoors in a non-shaded area, the heat can quickly get to your pooch and cause serious complications … Dogs do not perspire the way humans […]

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On a sunny day with temperatures at or above 70° Fahrenheit, most people know that the temperature inside their car can soar to intolerable levels for their dog. But even outdoors in a non-shaded area, the heat can quickly get to your pooch and cause serious complications … Dogs do not perspire the way humans do; in fact, the only sweat glands that they have are on the pads of their feet. Dogs pant to cool themselves and also use a temperature exchange called convection to cool their skin … Both panting and convection cool the body by exchanging the warm body temperatures for the...

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Four Elements Of A Dog Friendly Garden

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Four Elements Of A Dog Friendly Garden

Every dog deserves a safe place to run, play, explore and nap. You can create a pet friendly yard that is both beautiful and functional for every member of the family. There are many low cost ideas to coexist peacefully with your furry pals … The first planning step to resolving any behavior challenges is […]

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Every dog deserves a safe place to run, play, explore and nap. You can create a pet friendly yard that is both beautiful and functional for every member of the family. There are many low cost ideas to coexist peacefully with your furry pals … The first planning step to resolving any behavior challenges is to study your dog’s personality and how it likes to use the landscape. Where does he like to nap? Where does she play? What are his favorite spots to “go potty”? What views does she like to sit or lie down and watch? Here’s one of the mistakes I made...

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