How To Keep Dogs Away From Your Flower Gardens

Dogs can be a major problem when it comes to destroying your flower gardens. They dig up the plants, eat them, and trample all over them with their paws.
dogs in flower garden
It’s not just about how much work you have to do afterwards to replace what they destroyed; it’s also that dogs leave behind droppings that are highly unsanitary and bad for the environment if they get into water sources or near animals who might drink from those water sources.
If you want to keep dogs away from your garden, there are a number of different things you can try. Here are some tips on how to deal with this problem in an environmentally safe way:

chicken fenceA chicken fence is essentially a sturdy barrier that dogs are slightly too big to crawl over. While it’s easiest to install one around the garden if you can, you can also use it to block off an area where dogs typically come in.

Place chicken wire or heavy duty plastic at the base to avoid dogs digging under it. Put up a sign that says “beware of dog”. This might seem like an obvious idea, but it’s a great way to let people know they shouldn’t be coming in with their dogs.

Using the word “beware” might even make some potential intruders more wary, if they understand what it means.

2. Chemical deterrents

pet repellentThere are a number of dog repellents that use chemicals such as scents and liquids to make it unpleasant for dogs to be in an area. 

This can be a great way to keep them out of an area if they don’t like the smell. Some of the repellents rely on strong aromatics, like lavender or garlic that humans tend to like, but dogs don’t. 

Others might use more unpleasant scents like urine from predators, which dogs will naturally want to avoid.

3. Noise deterrents

noise repellentDogs often don’t like loud noises, so a noise deterrent can be a good choice if you want to keep them out of an area. As with the chemical deterrents, some are more pleasant sounding than others.

They also tend to be louder options that can frighten or annoy dogs. Ultrasonic noise deterrents make sounds that humans can’t hear, but which dogs find unpleasant.

Manual noise deterrents like high pitched bells tend to be softer, but dogs can hear them. You might also want to try motion activated noise deterrents that will only work when the dog is close.

This can be a good option for a neighborhood where you have to worry about the noise scaring your neighbors.

4. Physical deterrents

dog fenceFencing can be a good option for keeping dogs out of an area. It can help with both diggers and jumpers, and it’s also safe for the environment.

There are a few different options with fencing, depending on what you need. Electric fencing is an option that only works on dogs that are afraid of the shock, but it’s not very environmentally friendly. Unlike the chicken wire option above, fencing needs to be more sturdy. 

A good option is a metal or wooden fence, depending on what you can afford and where you want to put it up. 

Metal fences tend to be more expensive, but they’re also heavier and harder for dogs to climb. And if you have a digger, you’ll need to sink posts in the ground.

5. Dog training

dog trainingIf you want to train your dog not to disturb the plants in your garden, it’s a good idea to start when they are still puppies. Dogs are easier to train when they’re young, but that doesn’t mean you can’t train them as adults.

Known as “puppy kindergarten”, these classes are meant to teach the dogs basic commands and social skills. They’re also a good place for them to learn not to disturb the plants in your garden. After all, they’ve also been digging up flowers in parks.

More serious training can be a good option if their digging behavior is problematic. Dogs can be trained to avoid gardens through positive reinforcement.

Final thoughts

While pet dogs can be a joy to have around, they can also do a lot of damage to your garden and flowers if you’re not careful. If you want to keep them out of your garden, remember that there are a number of different options for keeping them away from things they shouldn’t be digging in.

Even if you don’t have any pets on your property, there are ways that dogs can cause problems. They might not be digging in your plants, but they could be digging under a fence or gate.

If you have a few options for keeping them away, you’ll be able to choose the one that works best for your situation.

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