Dogscaping Part 2: Tips for Designing a Beautiful Dog-friendly Garden

October 21, 2013

In our last post we discussed creating and maintaining a dog-safe yard, now let’s move on to the fun part – designing not only an entertaining and engaging garden for your pet, but one’s that’s aesthetically pleasing to you!

Just add water… dog’s love water!  Why not take this opportunity to add a water feature to your landscape – your pet will thank you.  A fountain for drinking or a stream for wading is ideal.  If you decide to add a pond or pool, make sure it’s shallow enough for your dog, especially a small dog, to readily get out of.  Another option is to add steps for easy accessibility. 

photo: California Waterscapes

photo: California Waterscapes

photo: Thomas J Story

photo: Thomas J Story

Another great way to keep your dog entertained is to create paths for patrolling and exploring throughout your garden.  By creating an designated path, your dog is less likely to tromp through your beds, crushing your prized daylilies.  A circular or figure 8 shaped path is ideal for those dogs that really need to run and will treat it like a race track.  You can also keep a couple feet clear along any fences or borders, since this is a natural place where dogs like to patrol.  Have plantings along to inside edge of the path to hide the dog run.

photo: www.theinspiredroom.com

photo: www.theinspiredroom.com

Similar to adding paths for patrolling is creating a designated spot for surveying the land.  What dog doesn’t like to keep an eye on their domain?  This can be a nice big flat rock, a high point in the garden or even a platform.  It’s a comfortable spot where your dog can sit and watch the world go by.

photo: Thomas J Story

photo: Thomas J Story

What if you have a digger?  If you have a dog who loves to dig, this is especially true with terrier breeds, set aside an area out of view where this is permitted.  Bury some toys and dog treats in a sand box or dirt patch to let your dog know, “this area is ok”.

photo: www.lacrittersitter

photo: www.lacrittersitter

If you have lawn, you may be wondering, “How do I avoid getting those dreaded yellow patches all over my grass?”  One solution is to add a “marking post” in a designated area of the yard away from other usable portions of the garden.  It can be a sculptural piece of driftwood that Fido will ideally visit rather than the lawn.

photo: Thomas J Story

photo: Thomas J Story

What dog isn’t curious about what lies on the other side of the fence?  Think about it, that’s got to be tough, they can hear footsteps, smell something different…  Why not satisfy your dog’s curiosity by installing a Pet Peek in your fence.  It’s a sci-fi looking plastic bubble window that allows Fido to watch the world go by.

photo: Pet Peek

photo: Pet Peek

 

Through thoughtful design, not only is it possible to create a beautiful garden that both you and dog can enjoy, it’s fun!  If creating a dog-friendly garden has been on your mind, please contact us, we’d love to help! 

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  1. Waaaww! What a usefull website! We found great tips to use in our beautiful (and! dog-friendly in future) garden… Never had them in mind… but now we are convinced that is great to put some dog-friendly objects in our garden! Especially the ‘pet peek’ and the ‘water-scape’ is great! We ‘ll send you some pictures if they are reality overhere 🙂
    Maybe it ‘s interesting for you to have a short look on the website of the designer and landscape-architect of our garden which is located in Belgium/Europe… (http://www.tuinenvranckx.be)

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