Do you have a garden or do you intend to put up one soon? While this may sound too easy for seasoned gardeners, this may not be the case for those who own dogs and have considered these furry friends as part of their family.
Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to come to the point when you have to choose whether you will keep the dog or the garden. You can have both, but only if you are being responsible pet owner and gardener at the same time. But first, let’s go over the two most overlooked causes of erratic behavior in your pup:
Behavioral treatments are a common option. I would look into this as the first option before applying anything to your garden as it could be as simple of proper dog training or a more natural diet.
Embrace Pet Insurance offers coverage for training classes if you get their optional Wellness Rewards Plan in addition to their accident and illness insurance policy. They also cover behavioral conditions under our insurance plan. Training classes would fall under their optional Wellness Rewards plan (well worth it).
They even cover behavioral consults with a veterinarian and prescription medications that may be prescribed for behavioral issues as long as it is not pre-existing for your pet, standard under their accident and illness policy.
If insurance isn’t your thing or out of your budget, you can look into getting a veterinary discount plan from Pet Assure. This should help lower the cost of proper dog training.
But what about their diet, you ask?
Many of Dog’s behavior has been attributed to the dry and canned foods we feed them. Their cheap and easy, but is it best for them? Once, I changed my dog’s diet to a better food, I noticed an immediate change in his behavior and demeanor. Put it bluntly he became a better dog. I don’t have the time to cook at home for myself let alone for my dog. Which is why I eventually used a homemade dog food delivery service like these ones to take care of it for me.
If after you take care of the above changes and you still need to figure out how to keep your dog off the lawn then you came to the right place.
It’s in their nature to dig!
First, you have to understand the nature of dogs. They are fond of chewing and digging. The first place that they will target is your precious garden.
So how can you make them listen to your do’s and don’ts? Not all dogs are equal intellectually, and at times, you have to resort to some means for them to understand what you want.
Remember, your garden is your sanctuary and it needs a peaceful environment and requires some attention to stay like that. By keeping your dogs away from digging this area it will enhance the growth of your vegetation and plants, something that is well worth it.
It doesn’t mean you are banning your puppy from the garden, quite the opposite, you want him or her to enjoy it as well. But, just not ruin and dig out the flowers as a means of having fun!
I have compiled a list of 13 best natural methods that you can try to ward off your pets from the garden. The list is intended to educate you about what kinds of materials and smell that can help you to succeed in your goal.
Protect your flower beds
As far as how to keep dogs from digging and out of flower beds, there are also some off the shelf ingredients that might damage the vegetation. Make sure that you always use these natural ingredients as recommended.
From the above information, hopefully, now it will be way easier to maintain a beautiful lawn and garden even if you own a lot of dogs or if you are not a pet owner, but your neighbors are. Be honest, how many times did you catch your neighbor’s dog on your lawn!
The best thing about this list is that all the ingredients are common and natural. This means that these are safe, not only for the dogs but also for humans. You are important too.
There are many home remedies to stop dogs from digging up plants, so try them first.
Additional Repellent Tips
Some dog repellents for flower beds, which are being sold commercially, aim to ward off various animals from your garden and not just canines. If you intend in trying any of these, read the ingredients carefully before putting it into action. And, gather feedbacks from other users on how well this product performed before putting it to use in your own garden.
Make sure that all these are safe and non-toxic, the last thing you want to do is get your dog sick. There are also certain elements, such as coyote urine, which can repel rabbits and deer, but attract dogs towards the smell. These are the things that you must avoid and look out for too when considering any so called best dog repellent for lawns and such.
As much as possible, prefer to use the natural methods in helping you towards your goal and let your pets roam freely in your backyard and garden. Keep away from other dangerous and unfriendly tactics that may hurt your pets. Hey, they have feelings too!
There are many benefits with this natural method – it is cheap, effective and a lot safer.
Most of these ingredients can also be used on the things and spots at home, where you wouldn’t want your dog to nibble on and destroy your garden.
Even though this may take a little trial and error process, it is well worth eventually.
Once you noticed a pattern from your dogs which no longer disturb your plants, maintained it that way.
Seeing the flowers growing well and your pets are in their optimum health, will be the ultimate goal for all gardeners alike.
Contribute by Shad Z, an avid greenist and a blogger in the gardening and botany industry. He is involved with community work in his home in Georgia by organizing campaign and raised awareness on the need to save and recycle.