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Many dog owners may worry that they can’t have a garden because their dog will get into it and cause damage. Fortunately, by following a few simple guidelines, homeowners can combine their love of gardening and dogs safely. With some training and patience, dogs and their owners can both enjoy the garden.

Guidelines for Dog Owners Who Enjoy Gardening

If you have a dog, or more than one dog, you’ve probably realized that gardens and dogs don’t always go well together. Fortunately, some guidelines can help you integrate your dog and your garden, and keep everyone happy. The most important thing to remember is to keep your pets safe, so never leave them unsupervised in your garden or yard.

Early training

Although you can train older dogs to understand new rules, it’s easier if you start when they’re puppies As part of their regular obedience training, show them what areas of the garden they can explore and which areas you won’t let them sniff around in. Puppies are eager to learn and do new things at a young age So guide them on the correct garden path as soon as you bring them home.

Basic obedience training

If you have an older dog or have recently adopted a dog that is no longer a puppy, invest in some obedience classes. These classes will teach basic commands such as sit, stay, come and down, but they also help create and strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Understanding your dog’s behavior and what tricks work best to gain their obedience will help you teach them how to behave in your garden without getting into trouble or interfering with your daily gardening.

Constant supervision

To maintain the beauty of your garden and safety of your dog, make sure the latter is always supervised when outside. Don’t put them outside when you leave for the day, trusting that they won’t get into your garden because it has a fence or other barrier. Dogs love to dig, and they’ll alleviate the boredom of being alone by digging under fences, digging up plants, chewing on garden accessories and drinking out of water features. These activities damage your garden and can make your dog sick.

Fence garden areas

You don’t necessarily need a tall fence to keep your dog out of your more delicate garden areas. Many dogs respond well to visual barriers, especially when reinforced with obedience training. A low fence that you can still reach over or remove easily may be all that’s needed to keep your dog out of your flowerbeds and vegetable garden.

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