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How to arrange a dog-friendly garden?

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Gardening and animals is a combination that can’t go wrong – especially when it comes to your dog! This popular thinking is unfortunately not always true. It’s not just your garden that can succumb to the destructive power of your beloved, energetic pet. Make sure that your dog really enjoys his time in the garden, safely and without unnecessarily raising your pressure.

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For dogs only, no humans allowed!

A special area just for your pet will really solve many of your problems and dilemmas that you might not have thought of before. When you were arranging your garden, you also made sure that you created a suitable seating area, didn’t you? Comfortable furniture, a bit of shade, pleasing to the eye and fragrant plants… Why not provide such a corner for your dog too? With a place where your four-legged friend can play, he certainly won’t be as eager to run wild in your well-tended flowerbeds. He’ll also be able to rest in peace here, so make sure he can keep an eye on most of the garden with his watchful eye. A great idea, especially on hot days, is to opt for a dog bed, a cooling mat or a pool of water if your pet is a fan. This will also ensure that the sun won’t do him any harm. Decide on a natural surface. If you pave it, make sure it’s not rough, as this can cause your dog to cut his paws. Have you ever heard of dog sandboxes? If your dog is one of the breeds (or has characteristics) that dig very well, such as a dachshund or terrier, a great way to do this is to place loose sand in the dog’s area or simply leave the area undeveloped. By rewarding your dog for digging there and punishing him for digging up the beds, you will quickly develop the right reflexes while not suppressing his natural instincts.

Remember, too, that zoning your garden is a definite advantage for you. It is architecturally well organized, keeps things tidy, and makes it easier for you and your guests to enjoy.

Watch out, dog area!

Fencing is one of the most basic issues when it comes to gardening. Whether we’re talking about the area next to your house or a separate plot of land. You definitely want to ensure your privacy and stop anyone from roaming around your property. With a fence, you can also be sure that your dog will not escape from the property… However, are you sure? First of all, remember to adjust – if you have the option – the fence in relation to your pet. What for one dog is an obstacle impossible to jump over, for another will not pose any challenge. We are talking here not only about the size of dogs, but also about their personal characteristics or agility. It may turn out that for a small dog you need to put such a fence as for a large one, if your little four-legged dog jumps very high. If your dog is one of the “diggers”, you also need to make sure that the foundation makes it difficult for him to dig his way to the other side. With a small dog, the distance between the rails is also important. Make sure the gaps are not wide enough for a small dog to squeeze through. If your dog is large in size, you must first of all ensure that the fence is high enough.

Do not disturb, this is where the dog sleeps!

The solution that many dog owners opt for is a pen with a run. While pens and kennels don’t conjure up good associations for everyone, they don’t have to mean bad conditions! A large, comfortable pen is often also a comfort for a dog that doesn’t like or is afraid of strangers. When you have guests visiting, he can watch them from a safe distance, in an area that is completely his own (where you can put his bed, such as a rectangular bed, and his favourite toys). You, on the other hand, will avoid worrying about your pet

Attention, danger! The dog does not recommend it!

What if you have plants in your garden that are poisonous to animals? Apart from the obvious fact that you don’t want your flowerbeds to be ruined by a playful pet, it’s better not to take the risk that one day your dog will end up poisoned. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this from happening. You can try using scented products to repel them. A more effective solution is ultrasonic repellents, which emit high-frequency waves that only animals can hear.

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