Every gardener’s favorite seasons are spring and summer. Our dogs, too, take note when our flowers begin to blossom and the change in season breathes new life into our gardens.
Their pawing, nosing, and chewing can wreak havoc on our plants and lawns, even if they have the best of intentions. It’s not easy keeping your beloved pet out of the garden, as their curiosity and persistence typically overwhelm ours.
We’ve compiled a list of useful tips for keeping your dogs out of the flower beds, which you can try out below. So, rather of feeling disheartened and submitting yourself to a season of staring at holes and broken stems, give them a go and let us know how it goes!
1. Create A Fence
This works well (depending on your dog’s size and determination!). Consider enclosing the garden with chicken wire or erecting a fence. Chicken wire is pliable and very simple to cut. It isn’t the most attractive solution, but it will get the job done.
Create a feature fence border if you’re seeking for something eye-catching. Fencing comes in a variety of materials, including bamboo, mesh, wood, and steel, and may be obtained at your local home improvement shop.
2. Create A Plant Barrier
We prefer fences, but some of the more thorny flower species may also be used to create a barrier. Alternatively, if you have roses or holly, you may make a barrier out of their trimmings. The thorns will irritate your dog just as much as they irritate you, so they should mix in perfectly.
3. Give Your Dog Something To Do
Dogs’ digging is sometimes an indication of boredom. Having toys on hand, taking your dog for walks, or playing fetch can keep your dog active and cognitively stimulated throughout the day, preventing them from digging.
After a long walk and a hearty meal, we’ve all seen how our dogs can crash and sleep for hours, so this is a perfect method to discourage them from digging up your garden flowers. Setting up a toy bin outdoors will enable your dog to play with a variety of toys, ensuring that he does not get bored!
4. Make A Dog-Friendly Digging Area
Some dogs dig because they’re bored, whereas others dig simply because they like it! They do it because it is enjoyable to them. Creating a dog-friendly digging place, such as a sandbox, allows your dog to dig without destroying your flowers or garden.
If you take the time to teach your pet to dig in his or her assigned area, it is far more likely to stay, and you could even have some fun!
5. Use Unfriendly Scents
Depending on the breed, a dog’s nose is 1,000 to 10,000,000 times more sensitive than a human’s. Garden fragrances may be seductive with that nose! Unpleasant odors, on the other hand, are enhanced just as much as the beautiful aromas of your flowers.
Chilli peppers, citrus fruits, coffee grounds, and vinegar (be cautious where you put vinegar; it will destroy weeds and plants!) are all disliked by dogs.
Your dog could simply turn the other way if you sprinkle a bit on the yard or flower bed. It’s advisable to complete your homework and research before adopting this strategy. Choose a perfume that is safe for your pet. .
6. Don’t Leave Them Unsupervised
This is especially true in the case of puppies. Even older pups are welcome! If left to their own devices, our dogs are certain to become restless and curious. It’s in their blood!
Destructive behavior is fairly typical in pups who are left outside unattended. They see it as a fascinating chance to learn and explore rather than harmful behavior. It’s a good idea not to allow your pet the chance to take out your cherished plants and drag them about the garden until you have time to instruct them not to.
7. Use A Sprinkler
If you have a sprinkler system, using it to keep your pet out of your flower beds may be quite effective. Your dog, like you, will despise being doused with cold water. Okay, some dogs may appreciate this, but the vast majority will not!
A strategically positioned sprinkler should persuade your pet that there are more exciting and comfy things to do than finish your hard job.
If your dog spends more time in the flower bed while the sprinkler system is on, they may be attempting to cool down, especially if they are a big breed like a husky.
8. Keep Toys Around The Garden
Dogs respond well to distraction and deception. They’ll be too occupied to make a mess of your flower bed if they have exciting toys in the garden. There are a variety of difficult and rewarding toys for dogs available today that reward them with food over time.
You’d be amazed how long something as easy as smearing peanut butter inside one of your dog’s favorite chew toys will keep them occupied. Just be sure you feed them peanut butter in moderation, and preferably unsalted. (NOTE: Check to see whether the peanut butter contains Xylitol, which is okay for humans but harmful for dogs.)
You can sit back, relax, and enjoy seeing your flowers and garden bloom and thrive all summer long if you take the time to dog-proof them.