Dogs are man’s best friend and great company. They are funny and adorable, but can also be a pain in the behind. When they aren’t busy chasing the mailman or squirrels, they dig in the garden and destroy prized flowerbeds and plants. They don’t even feel guilty about it. Instead, they look at you with their big puppy eyes and wait to be praised.
Here’s how to keep your naughty pooch away from your garden:
1. Address the Real Problem
Your canine friend may be digging holes for a number of reasons. It could be a way to beat the heat, deal with boredom or find rodents. The bigger dog breeds, like the husky, make the holes so they can lie in them. Others just want to hide their food. Observe your pooch’s behaviour, and maybe you won’t need the next steps.
2. Build a Fence
You can always set up a low fence. Even if it’s a small one, it can play a visual barrier for your dog. You can keep your flowerbeds safe from canine raids. Sometimes you need to build a taller fence because some breeds love jumping and can hop over your garden palings. Don’t forget to check once a month for holes under the fence. Your four-legged friend may have dug an escape route and find its way to your precious petunias.
This may seem a bit drastic, but it’s tested and it works. Blow up balloons and bury them where your dog likes to dig in the garden. When the canine hits the balloon, it will blow up right under its nose. The shock it will receive will be big enough to keep it away from the garden for a long time.
4. Create a Moat
Consider your flowerbeds as your castle and the dog as an invader. How do you protect castles? With a moat. Well you don’t need to make a ditch and fill it with water and crocodiles. Instead, you can use pinecones. Spread them around your flowerbeds. They will be really uncomfortable for your four-legged friend and keep it away for good.
5. Dig Pit for Your Dog
Some dogs just love to dig no matter what. They always find they way to your flowerbeds and make holes till they drop. Here’s how to keep your plants safe and your dog happy at the same time. Make a dig pit for your pet. It will be really grateful if you leave a clear patch of soil in your garden. The canine can dig there and enjoy its hobby.
6. Strategic Pruning
If you have rose bushes, you can use them to protect your garden beds. Some gardeners shared this great idea. When you prune your roses don’t throw away the branches. You can use their thorns. Spread them on the ground around your flowerbeds. Your dog won’t dare to step on them. Just make sure that your bushes aren’t infected with a disease, or you can infect your other plants.
7. Add Some Spices
Dogs don’t like hot and spicy stuff. They aren’t big fans of red pepper. You can take advantage of this and mix equal parts of it with powdered mustard and chilly. Sprinkle it over your garden beds. When your pet tries to dig, its nose will burn from the spices. Remember that you need to do it again if it rains.
8. Stink up the Place
That’s right, you need to make it smelly. Just like humans, dogs don’t like the strong smell of ammonia. You can make stink bomb with it. Just pour it in coffee filters and place them on strategic spots around your flowers. Next time your pet tries to dig around them, it will run away with its tail between its legs.
Don’t let your dog outside in the garden alone. Go out with it and provide supervision. If it tries to dig in your flowerbeds, you can stop it. You can arm yourself with a spray bottle with cold water. Every time your pet decides to enter the garden beds, you will spray it and say “No!”. This is a tested method and you can use it to train your dog.
10. Play with Your Dog
That’s right. This is the best and easiest to follow advice you can get from any gardening expert. You can play games with your pet and wear him out. Run around, throw balls, you know, all that stuff that dog owners do to amuse their canine friends. If your pooch gets enough exercise and stimulation, it will be too tired to make archaeological excavations in your back yard. Keep it busy and your flowerbeds will thank you. Exhausted dog, happy flowers!
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