Witnessing your pet wreak havoc on your plants or flower beds is disappointing and can undermine the fulfillment you should derive from all the effort you poured into making your garden grow.
Curiosity drives a dog's inclination to dig in plants, a behavior that, if left unchecked, can escalate into a potential health hazard. The disturbed soil can expose roots, disrupt delicate ecosystems, and even unearth toxic substances for dogs.
Introducing well-targeted deterrents can help discourage digging, while guiding your dog towards safer activities. Here are a few common tactics:
Lay down some chicken wire. For our compulsive diggers, new mulch and dirt are especially exciting. Before you mulch, put down some chicken wire to keep your dog out of the garden, since dogs will usually stop when they hit the metal.
Add a keep out zone. With SpotOn GPS Fence, you can create off-limits areas within your virtual fence boundaries. By creating a Keep Out Zone around your garden, you can train your dog to understand that the alerts and warnings issued by the collar and naturally guide them away from this no-go zone.
Utilize pet-safe repellents. Apply commercial or homemade pet-safe repellents, such as vinegar, citrus sprays, or diluted essential oils, around the garden area to discourage dogs from approaching and digging.
Employ physical barriers. Erect low fences, chicken wire, or decorative lattice panels around your garden beds to create a barrier that deters dogs from entering and digging.
Elevate planters. Place your plants in elevated planters or hanging baskets to keep them out of reach of curious paws, ensuring your garden remains untouched.
Apply textures dogs dislike. Cover the soil surface with materials dogs find uncomfortable to dig in, such as rocks, gravel, or rough mulch, discouraging them from engaging in this behavior.
Supervise and intervene. Monitor your dog's behavior in the garden and intervene promptly if you catch them digging. Use a firm "no" and guide them away from the area.