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Dog-Friendly Landscape Tips for Your Yard

Did you know 75% of dog owners sign their pet's name on their holiday cards? Why? Well, because they're family. You spoil them with treats, toys and even the occasional spa day.

You can spoil them even more by creating a dog-friendly yard.

Here are tips for creating dog-friendly landscaping you can both enjoy: no harmful plants, pesky brown spots, or escape attempts under the fence. Just a relaxing yard for your best friend.

Try Dog-Friendly Plants

Dog's love chewing on things, and plants are too tempting to pass up. When creating a friendly space, be mindful of the plants.

Some common plants that are poisonous include:

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It's also wise to avoid prickly and thorny plants like blackberry or roses to avoid injuries.

If your buddy is prone to eating things, here are a few safe plants for your yard:

  • Sage

  • Cilantro

  • Sunflowers

  • Rosemary

  • Snapdragons

For more information on poisonous plants for animals, visit the ASPCA.

Watch Out for Rocks

Beware of rock sundaes. According to Kris Ahlgrim, D.V.M., of Golden, Colorado, "…when dogs eat rocks, it is very serious because, unlike wood mulch, rocks do not pass and can cause obstructions in their stomachs."

Avoid rocks if possible; if your design needs them, use large rocks that can't fit in their mouth – shoot for sizes at least 6 to 12 inches wide.

Use Fencing for Borders

Dogs love to "patrol their territory," and fences help make sure they aren't exploring your neighbors' yard. Fences are also a great way to create borders around gardens or sensitive plants to keep Fido away.

You can also discourage digging and fence jumping by installing a dog window to satisfy their curiosity about the other side.

Ditch the Bowl for a Fountain

All that exploring makes a dog thirsty. A water feature can replace the bowl, which means no more cleaning or refills – saving you time.

Some good options are:

  • Fountain

  • Dog pool

  • Sprinkler

  • Dog watering system

Avoid a Spotty Yard

Do you suffer from a spotty lawn? Try a potty corner.

A potty corner gives your dog a designated spot to take care of business. You can build it with cedar mulch and use a marking post to help them adjust.

You'll no longer worry about odor or a spotty yard. Just be sure to clean the site daily to avoid rodent issues.

Don't Forget the Shade

If they spend a lot of time outside, it's essential to create some shade to avoid overheating. Some natural options are tall trees, bushes, or grass.