How to Keep Dogs Out of Flower Beds (Vet’s Advice)

After all the time you’ve spent and all the dirt that’s gotten under your fingernails, there’s nothing worse than your dog spending five exuberant minutes destroying your flower beds. If you yearn for the day when you can simultaneously enjoy the well-deserved beauty of your award-winning flowers and the company of your dog, follow these five tips for keeping dogs away from your flower beds.

1) Fence it (and the outside!)

Whether you opt for a tall chain link, a short picket or more of an invisible electric one, fencing your flower beds can provide the physical barrier needed to keep your puppies out. If visual appeal is a concern for fencing your flower beds, there are plenty of attractive options that allow for some customization. Cedar planks or a garden hedge might be more your style.

If you’d rather not have a fence blocking your green thumb’s efforts, an invisible or wire-free dog fence might suit your needs. Some wireless dog fences require buried wire around your no-dog spaces and come with a receiver collar for your dog that emits a sound or static shock when approached. Other wireless dog fences have a GPS-programmable collar that lets your dog know that flower beds are off limits.

Of course, there is always the possibility of installing a fence in your dog area. This option allows your flower beds to be open, visible, and safe from digging paws, but it doesn’t give your pooch as much freedom to roam with you.

2) Teach them boundaries

Dog digging under the fence

If you have the time and the patience, boundary training your dog is a great way to teach him to stay out of flower beds. You don’t have to worry about physical barriers creating horror or the safety of chemical deterrents. Instead, you have a dog that knows where it can and cannot go. Boundary training can be useful for flower beds as well as unfenced yards and even rooms in your home.

Training your pup to stay away from flower beds will require some basic commands, such as sit, stay, and lie down, along with positive reinforcement. Using flags or ropes to provide an easy visual barrier may be necessary at first so your dog can more clearly see the boundaries of his safe zone.

After that, have your dog sit or lie down outside the flower bed fence whenever you enter or if he approaches it on his own. Reward them for keeping their paws off your manicured dirt. However, if your pup strays into the no-go zone, simply ask him to come out, sit or lie down at the edge, and reward him when he is calm.

3) Try a clean chemical deterrent

You may already be using a chemical deterrent to keep insects or deer away from your flowers, so why not try one for your pup? Chemical repellents work by emitting an odor or taste that your dog doesn’t like, usually spicy or bitter flavors. Citrus fruits can also be a powerful deterrent for dogs. Since safety can be an issue with the chemicals you buy to use around your pup, a natural alternative like coffee grounds or red pepper flakes can work just as well as a commercial product without fear of harm. to be dangerous.

4) Keep your dog busy

Puppies usually venture into your flower beds out of curiosity or boredom. After all, they see you spending many pleasant hours among the flowers and might like to try it out for themselves. Keeping them busy with other games or exercise can help save your flower beds. Regular exercise through walks, dog park visits, or interactive fetch games will help burn off that extra energy that keeps your dog curious and helps them maintain a healthy weight.

If you don’t have time for a long walk, consider buying interactive toys that will help your dog keep your dog’s mind on the game at hand rather than how he’s going to destroy your azaleas. Mental stimulation is also an important element in warding off cognitive dysfunctions and separation anxiety.

Do you have a dog that just has to dig? If you have the space and you want it, make a pit to dig. Leave an area of ​​your garden or yard empty with lots of loose soil. This will allow them to satisfy the urge to dig somewhere that won’t destroy your spring bulbs. If you want a little more containment, consider a kiddie sandbox or other similar enclosure, preferably with a lid to keep neighborhood cats out.

5) Make some noise

Ultrasonic machines can be an option for keeping dogs away from your flower bed. However, these tend to work better for unwanted neighborhood dogs than for your pet. That’s because they emit a series of ultrasonic sounds that you can’t hear, but your dog can. The sounds, unpleasant for dogs, pests and other animals to hear, are often coupled with a flashing light. This can help keep them out of the area within earshot.

Again, this might not be the best idea if it’s your dog who enters your flower beds, as an ultrasound machine might make him want to stay out of your garden altogether.

Final Thoughts

If you dream of the day when your pup and your garden can co-exist in peace, these five tips for keeping dogs away from your flower beds can help make that dream come true. If you’re not looking for a huge investment, consider training methods your first choice. On the other hand, if the weather is not on your side, installing a fence may be your best bet.

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