Pets in the West

Great ideas for pet-friendly homes, gardens, trips, and outdoor adventures

How to create a dog-friendly garden

How to design a landscape both you and your pups will love

Dogs Path
Thomas J. Story

Dog-friendly gardens: Paths to run and patrol

Dogs need exercise; paths give them a designated space to do it as well as a venue to perform their perceived job ― to patrol your property line.

Readers suggested sacrificing a few feet along the fence for a perimeter path to simultaneously satisfy both needs. If your dogs have already created their own paths through the garden, don't try to redirect them. Instead, turn their well-worn routes into proper pathways.

A 3-foot-wide clearance is enough for most dogs. Plant a screen to hide this dog run if you like; pets seem to like having their own "secret garden."

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