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

Dog-friendly backyard
Thomas J. Story

Dog-friendly gardens: Lookout platform

Hester the pug likes to survey the world from her rocky perch in a West Seattle garden.

If you plant landscaped areas densely, dogs will generally stay out. Still, most dog owners recommend additional precautions: Plant in raised beds or on mounds, and start with 1-gallon or larger plants. Put up temporary fencing around newly landscaped areas; when you remove it, add a rock border or low fencing as a reminder to stay out.

Plant romp-proof shrubs and perennials like ornamental grasses around the edge of the garden. Put brittle plants like salvias in the center, where they'll be protected.

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