Ensure Your Garden Is Dog Friendly

How to ensure your garden is dog friendly. Your own garden is likely to be where your dog is spending a lot of their time at the moment

With spring here and the summer months approaching it is wise to ensure your garden is dog friendly

Eating Plants

Adult dogs do not typically try to eat plants and flowers

However, puppies this is not the case, and you will find they want to eat and chew through pretty much anything that gets in their way

Most poisonous plants which we grow in our gardens would need to be digested in large amounts. But even small amounts can have harmful effects, which could lead to further problems

Dogs do often eat grass to settle their stomachs, this is instinctive behaviour and it acts as a natural antacid

It can often make them sick but this again is normal. As long as there are no toxic fertilisers or pesticides on the grass, then eating of the grass is safe

They do not get any nutritional value from the grass just quick digestion relief, so is dog friendly

Toxic Plants

A toxic plant commonly found in gardens are Bergenia, (Elephant ears ) they induces swelling of the tongue once digested, which will affect their breathing and immediate help is required

Other symptoms of eating toxic plants consists of vomiting and drooling, these are more immediate noticeable effects

Affects which may only show an hour or so later could be diarrhoea and seizures

It is always advisable to seek veterinary advise if you suspect your dog has digested anything toxic in the garden or in the home

Plants To Consider Avoiding

Often the name of the plant is an indication whether or not it is safe for dogs.

Deadly Nightshade, Wolfsbane and Dogbane part of the Latin name ‘Apocynum’ means ‘away dog’

Wolf’s bane known as Monkshood is the most toxic. The root was even historically used to kill wolves hence the name

Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Orleander, Yew and Delphiniums are a few others which have very pretty blooms but can be fatal to dogs if digested. Most definiately NOT dog friendly


A lot of people have ponds in their gardens and it is common to have some more of netting or fencing covering it

If a dog is in the garden and it is the nearest water source they might tend to try and drink from it

Pond water isn’t particularly good for your dog to consume. Putting a non-metal bowl of water into the garden, into a shaded area to encourage them to drink from that is a good idea

Encouraging water play with their own paddling pool to help keep them cool or to drink from help keep them happy and safe in your garden

Sun Protection

Having a shaded area out of the sun is crucial for your dog to retreat to if they need to cool off

A lot of dogs like the heat and will lay in the sun. A parasol or tree which gives ample shade will be required so they don’t over heat

There are also the UV affects of the sun to consider. Dog sunscreen protection can be bought in a lot of pet shops as well as on line

White dogs and dogs which have white ears and noses are at higher risk of skin cancer, and will need to have extra care taken over their skin protection whilst in the sun

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  1. fiona waterworth
    20/05/2020 / 19:46

    Well my garden used to be dog friendly, now its an ex garden, no one told me if you value your garden dont get a border collie. I went out a got 3 and they systamatically dug out every planter and raised beds, then they attempted the great escape by digging a tunnel to next door. Well you live and learn.

  2. Susan Smith
    14/06/2020 / 07:44

    Through her younger days, we have made our garden very dog friendly she turned our garden upside down, didnt realise how much a little dog could get up to so much mischief

  3. Mel Pennie
    18/06/2020 / 23:45

    Our dog loves being in the garden and we have made it as dog friendly as possible. We do have an issue with him trying to bury anything he can get his little teeth into, and have unearthed some lovely surprises whilst trying to plant out!

  4. Susan B
    19/06/2020 / 09:31

    A very clear and helpful post. I check everything I buy for the patio to ensure that my pets are safe.

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