Do You Have A Puppy Safe Garden?
So, it’s always good to know you can bring your puppy home and know they are safe in your garden.
There are lots of things that you need to consider – these include plants which could be toxic, holes where you pup could escape, things your dog isn’t allowed to chew, sharp objects your dog could hurt themselves on.
Here is a list of plants which are safe –
- Red watsonia
- Falling stars
- Wild iris
- New Zealand flax
- Cat grass
- Cat thyme
- African violets
For a swimming pool – you should make sure you cover the pool when it’s not in use with a pool net/solid cover.
For any ponds or water feature – you should cover these with a diamond mesh. You would put the mesh just below the surface of the water so you will barely see it.
This will ensure that your dog can’t drown. Sounds rough, but it’s reality
If you do swim with your dog – make sure you do teach your dog where the steps are so that if they do by mistake fall in without you around that they can find the edge.
Remember to also keep chemicals out of reach. Puppies can be very curious
Also, if you do use pesticides and chemicals on your plants, it may be best to keep your dogs away for at least a day till it settles
You can also get organic products which work just as well
Something to avoid is Cocoa Mulch (this contains theobromine) which is TOXIC to dogs
Dogs seem to find this smell intriguing and will try to eat it
Avoid using snail bait (this contains metaldehyde). This could cause seizures and can sometimes be fatal.
And then something important to remember is to keep your dog away from rat poison – this is so toxic to dogs…
Remember if you have plants which attract bees – dogs are often attracted to bees. Which can obviously lead to them being stung