Dog Friendly Garden

We love National Public Gardens Day here at NDFC HQ. We get to view some lovely public gardens so we can get some ideas ready for getting our gardens summer ready!


Amidst the excitement of planting and tending to the garden it is essential not to overlook the safety and comfort of our dogs. Creating a dog friendly garden isn’t just about protecting your plants from playful paws, it is also about safeguarding your dog from potential hazards lurking in the greenery. Let’s explore why keeping your garden safe for dogs is paramount when planning your summer garden.



Many common garden plants, while visually appealing to us can pose serious health risks to dogs if ingested – species such as azaleas, tulips, daffodils and lilies are just a few examples of flowers that contain toxins harmful to dogs. Symptoms range from gastrointestinal upset and sickness to organ failure, highlighting the importance of knowing what is safe to grow in your garden. Before selecting greenery for your outdoor space, research dog friendly varieties or consider fencing off areas where toxic plants reside.


Chemical Treatments

Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers can be an important addition to a flourishing garden. Unfortunately, their chemical compositions can be hazardous to dogs, curious creatures by nature as well as being prone to sniffing, licking and even ingesting substances they encounter outdoors, leading them to be at risk of poisoning. Luckily there are many products on the market that have created pet friendly alternatives to the traditional chemical composition. Always remember to store all gardening products securely out of your dogs reach to prevent accidental exposure.



Gardening tools like trowels, shears and stakes can pose serious risk of injury for dogs – Sharp objects left lying around can cause cuts, puncture wounds or even become choking hazards if ingested. Develop a habit of promptly storing tools in a designated area after use and conducting regular sweeps of the garden to remove any items that may have been forgotten or missed. Investing in sturdy, durable storage solutions can help keep your garden free if potential dangers.


Water features

Water features such as ponds, fountains and birdbaths add visual appeal to gardens but they also present drowning hazards for unsupervised dogs – Even shallow bodies of water can pose risks to curious dogs especially those unfamiliar with swimming. To reduce the danger, ensure water features are securely fenced or covered when not in use. Teaching your dog basic water safety such as how to exit a pond safely, can also provide an extra layer of protection.



Dogs like humans are susceptible to extreme temperatures making it crucial to provide shaded areas in the garden where they can retreat from the suns intensity.

Heatstroke is a genuine concern for dogs left outdoors for extended periods, particularly during scorching summer days. Consider planting shade providing trees or installing canopies or umbrellas to create cool, comfortable spots for your dog to relax. Additionally, always provide access to fresh, clean water to prevent dehydration.

Visit our Beat the Heat post for tips on coping with the heat!



No matter how well fenced your garden may be, determined dogs can find ways to escape if given the opportunity. Small gaps in fencing, loose boards or even hastily dug holes can serve as exit points for your dog. Regularly inspect perimeter fencing for signs of wear or damage and promptly address the issue to prevent escape attempts. Always make sure gates are securely closed to prevent accidental openings leading to escapes.



While cultivating a lush summer garden is a rewarding endeavour, it is essential to prioritise the safety and well being of your dog. By taking proactive measures to eliminate potential hazards and create a dog friendly environment, you can enjoy the beauty of your dog friendly garden with space to explore and play. Remember a garden that is safe for dogs is not only a testament to responsible pet ownership but also a source of joy and harmony for both humans and their four legged friends.

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