There are a couple of reasons you need to keep your new pup out of your garden. A garden can be a dangerous place for a young dog. Of course, you work hard to keep your garden just so, and you do not want all that hard work to be for nothing. These tips will help keep your fur baby safe and out of the garden.
Start With Training
You can have a beautiful garden and a well-behaved pup by teaching your pup boundaries. Show your pup where they can and cannot go in the yard. Reward good behavior when your pup steers clear of the areas you don’t want them in. It can take a little time to train your pup to avoid your gardens fully, but it will be well worth it in the end.
If you are like 32% of Americans, you work in your gardens several times a week. Whenever you head out to do some work in the garden, it is a great opportunity for a training session. Take the pup with you and work on training them to understand boundaries.
Switch Up Your Garden
If training takes longer than you thought, you can consider switching up where your garden grows. About 90% of Americans prefer to have homes that are surrounded by lawns. If you’re part of this population, you have plenty of areas to plant a new garden. Planting a garden out of where your dog hangs out in the yard can help keep them out of your plants.
Make Your Gardens an Unwelcome Place
Dogs are susceptible to smells. Mixing up the right spices batch can help persuade your puppy to keep out. Try dry mustard mixed with some pepper flakes and spread that around generously. Some gardening sites recommend using orange rinds as well. Experiment with different scents to see if it works. You will undoubtedly find something that will keep your pup out of the garden.
Put Up a Barrier
A small garden fence encircling your gardens may be the solution to keep little paws out. Dogs do not like to squeeze into tight spaces. A small fence with little wiggle room to walk through can be an easy way to keep your pup away. It does not have to be an elaborate fence. It just needs to be a fence that will create a barrier your pup will respect.
Create a Play Space
Dogs will follow a path if one is available. Create a path to space that is all their own. A play space for your pup that has interesting things to play with, like sticks, dog toys, and other things to keep them busy, will entertain them. Of course, having a space in the yard where they can run around will also help to keep them healthy. An alarming number of dogs are overweight from lack of exercise.
Keeping an eye on your dog’s weight is important. According to the National Veterinarians Association, a body condition score chart can be used to determine if your dog is overweight. The scale on a BCS chart runs from 1-5. A score of 1 means your dog is too skinny, and a score of 5 means that your dog is overweight. Ideally, your dog’s BCS score should be a 3. A place in the yard all their own will help to keep the pounds off.
You and your pup can live in harmony. You do not have to sacrifice having a dog to share your life with to keep your garden in good shape. You do not have to give up gardening to have a dog. You can have them both. Follow these tips to find a peaceful compromise. If these tips do not help, consider professional training.
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