Creating A Dog Friendly Garden – A Veterinarian’s View

This kind of fencing will not stop your dog

I am a Veterinarian, not a gardener. If you want advice on plant varieties – ask a gardener but if you want advise for your dog’s safety – I am your man:

  • First and foremost – ensure the doors/gates are secure and dog-proof. It’s not a dog friendly garden if the dog can get out at will.
  • A dog will destroy your garden plants – fence them off out of dog’s reach.
  • Have a shaded/covered area for shelter in case of rain or extreme heat.
  • -n my opinion grass surface is best. Make sure to choose a hardy lawn variety (no point going fancy) and mow it regularly.
  • Keep weeds and creepers in check as a lot of them can cause skin irritation to your dog.
  • A dog will keep urinating/defecating in the same place. In my experience it is almost impossible to ‘pick’ the place on dog’s behalf. So if the toilet choice is not your cup of tea, put a food or water bowl next to it. Dogs will not urinate/defecate next to food.
  • I found the picture above under the heading ‘dog friendly garden’. I hate to break it to you but a fence like that will not stop your dog or save your plants. The fence needs to be solid and 3 foot tall.


About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim is a house call Veterinarian in Melbourne
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