If it’s a new
home with new dogs,
let them establish
where they want to run first.
Once they beat down the dirt and make
their paths known, you can use that knowledge
to place plants in other areas. If you put plants in
their path, they’ll most likely be trampled. You’d have
to put up barriers there to keep them from that area.
As trainable as they are, if they get in a hurry, dogs
will forget now and then, just like we would.
—Chris Behrens, Pendleton, SC
My Plott hound, Duke, likes to crawl
under the front deck to lie in the
shade during certain times of the day
in summer. At his chosen entry point,
we had to replace pretty annuals
with a hardy ajuga. Ajuga leaves and flowers
bounce back—even when stepped on and lain upon by
a 60-pound dog.
—Val Kisamore, Morgantown, WV
I purchased a few motion-sensor sprinklers for
the critters. That solved that problem.
—Bari Bishop Latiolais, Lafayette, LA
All dogs like to dig—some more than others. It’s instinctive
and can’t be completely trained out of them. I
think the only way to really handle dogs in the garden
is to give them their own fenced-in section of
the yard. It needs to be big, depending on the size
of the dog; sheltered from sun, rain and wind; clean;
visible from the people area; and entertaining. And it
shouldn’t be used as a punishment or jail. Also, dogs
dig less if they’re exercised every day.
—Richard Ruby, Silver Springs, NV