Create a Dog Friendly Garden

Often a dog means the yard goes to "poop,” literally! But how about creating an outdoor garden both you and your dog can enjoy!

Most articles about dogs and plants talk about making sure you are not planting anything poisonous. Why not take it a step further and create a garden for your dog – complete with veggies they can enjoy, flowers that are beneficial and grass to roll in.

Dog-Friendly Vegetable Garden

There are many great fruits and vegetables that you and your dog can both benefit from. Not only are vegetables filled with vitamins and minerals, but the non-starchy vegetables make for a great doggie treats that are low in calories and promote healthy digestion.

Check out these fruits and vegetables that are safe for your dog and easy to grow. They can be planted in  your yard and also make great container plants. Just be sure to fence in your plants so your dog doesn’t help himself to an upset tummy.

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  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes

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  • Cantaloupe
  • Pumpkin
  • Strawberries
  • Squash
  • Watermelon (no seeds)
  • Zucchini

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*Dogs do enjoy vegetables raw as a tasty treat, but due to their short digestive systems get more benefit from eating them cooked and pureed.  

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Not sure if you are ready to take on a full garden of doggie Eden?

Dee Merica, retail director for Natural Alternative, a company that makes environmentally and pet safe, chemically free lawn care and garden fertilizer products, has some dog garden tips to share. 

Consider these canine friendly herbs that you can include in your garden. Herbs are easy to grow and do well potted in your garden or even  your windowsill:

  • Chamomile – settles upset tummies, colic, gas and anxiety. Make a tea, chill it and then spray it on skin irritations and hot spots. The tea kills yeast and bacteria.
  • Catnip – is not just for kitties. It works for the carsick puppy as well. Make a weak tea, freeze it into ice cubes, and offer them as “treats” before a car ride. Take a thermos of cubes along for the ride when puppy gets thirsty.
  • Licorice – Steep licorice plants in water and make a tea. Chill and add it to fresh water daily to help with Addison’s Disease in dogs.
  • Parsley – Does your doggie have bad breath? Parsley helps and can also alleviate UTI’s and sour stomachs. Simply chop and add it to meals.
  • Sage – is an antibiotic and antimicrobial herb. Boil it and make a poultice for skin infections. Never apply a hot poultice to a dog’s skin. Warm or cold is best.
  • Tansy – a perennial, herbal flower. It looks like yarrow, and it’s very attractive in the garden with bright yellow flowers. Plant tansy in the doggy’s potty area to keep fleas away. It also repels lice, flies and mites.
  • Eucalyptus – can be used as a natural body spray for a good smelling pooch. (Never spray anything in or around the dog’s face.) Eucalyptus chases fleas away, too. Going on a hike with Fido? Make a potpourri of eucalyptus, cedar chips and lemon peel. Tie it in a handkerchief around his neck for a natural flea collar.

Keeping a dog-friendly lawn

dog in grassFor a grassy knoll your dog can roll in, plant a durable grass such as rye, Bermuda, or Kentucky bluegrass. Avoid fescues – they take too long to recover from damage. If your dog has grass allergies, pay for a test that tells you which grasses he is allergic to so you can plant one she can handle.

If you are worried about urine damage on your lawn, try Dog Rocks. These are an igneous rock found only in a unique location in Australia and they act as a filter in your dog’s water bowl – filtering out the nitrates, ammonia, and harmful trace elements which cause your dog’s urine to “burn” your lawn.

For the dog allergic to all grasses, consider an artificial grass, such as K9 Grass. That way your dog can still have a place to do his business without itching afterward!

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