Gardening With Fido

Has your dog curtailed your gardening projects? Man’s Best Friend has many talents, but landscaping isn’t one of them. In fact, our canine pals have been known to trample gardens! We can help! A Pleasanton, CA vet offers some helpful tips on gardening with Fido in this article.

Doggy Highway

Before planting your garden, watch your pup at play in the yard. Does Fido tend to run back and forth in a certain area? Incorporate your furry buddy’s ‘puppy roads’ into your landscaping. This will help reduce the chances of your canine friend trampling your plant beds.


Another thing that can help keep your four-legged pal out of your garden is to use borders to create separate areas for your pooch and your plants. Some things you can use include plant pots, box gardens, statues, driftwood, fencing, low walls, and even shrubs.

Ground Covers

Be sure to choose pet-friendly ground covers. Mulch is very popular, but isn’t really the best thing for dogs. Some types of mulch, such as cocoa mulch, are toxic to Fido. Your pup could also get splinters in his paws. Ouch! Our four-legged pals also occasionally try to eat mulch, which can be very dangerous. Some better options include thyme, Buffalo grass, and artificial turf.

Puppy Play Zone

Dedicate a portion of your yard to Fido, and fence it in. Then, add lots of toys and fun elements to make it entertaining for him. For extra tail wags, incorporate a doghouse, a kiddie pool, and/or a sandbox.

Doggy Workout

Take Fido for a walk every day, and play with him regularly. This will help keep your furry friend active and entertained. It will also help burn off your dog’s excess energy. Our canine companions are often tired out after a fun play session. Needless to say, if your pooch is feeling worn out, he’ll be more interested in napping than gardening.

Choose Pet-Safe Plants

Keep your four-legged friend in mind when choosing plants. Many popular plants are toxic to our furry buddies! Azaleas, lilies, oleanders, and sago palms are just a few of the things that are poisonous to Man’s Best Friend. You can find a complete list of toxic and nontoxic plants online at the ASPCA website.

Please feel free to contact us, your Pleasanton, CA pet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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