Make Your Garden Dog Safe

You and your dog love to relax outdoors.  It is good for both of you to receive fresh air, sit outside, and enjoy your beautiful garden.  But you need to be careful.  There are components of a garden that may be harmful to your dog.  Here are some tips on what your dog needs to steer clear when hanging out in the garden area.

Pay Attention to Different Types of Mulch

Many people use mulch in their gardens, but if you have a dog be careful regarding which mulch you use.  Shredded pine, hemlock bark or cedar mulch are the least toxic varieties available.  These would be more suitable to use while owning a dog.  One of the most lethal mulches is the cocoa mulch.

Cocoa mulch is a chocolate product used in landscaping.  And since chocolate is poisonous to dogs, then dogs need to avoid cocoa mulch as well.  If digested, cocoa mulch may cause digestive issues, muscle tremors, and seizures.

Compost is Great for the Environment, Not So Great with Pets

I do not discourage composting.  It is a good thing for the garden soil and environment overall.  But you need to pay attention of what you are putting in the compost bin.  A certain array of vegetables, fruit, moldy foods and coffee are toxic to dogs.  They will cause serious medical injuries.  Check with a Florida dog training expert first about what is safe and what isn’t before starting the compost process.

For more information about how to maintain a safe garden for your dog, talk to a Florida dog obedience instructor today.