How to Create a Dog-Friendly Yard

Are you thinking about making some changes to your yard? The water restrictions that are in place in much of California are not likely to go away any time soon. As a result, many Golden State residents are revisiting their lawn and yard setups. This is a great time to incorporate some dog-friendly features! In this article, a Poway, CA, vet offers tips on creating dog-friendly yards.

Keep Pests Away

Spreading diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of your yard is a safe, eco-friendly way to keep fleas and ticks out without exposing Fido to dangerous pesticides. Remove debris piles, as these tend to harbor unwanted critters. Baby birds, mice, and toads can attract snakes, so make sure to safely relocate these little guys, or remove them using non-toxic pest control methods.

Create Borders

Do you want to plant a garden but hesitating out of concern that Fido will destroy it? Consider adding box-gardens, which conserve water and can be raised off the ground to keep your canine pal out. Or, create natural, attractive borders with low walls, thick grasses, or stone. Hint: observe Fido’s ‘traffic lanes’ and work with him.

Choose The Right Plants

This is a great time to add some dog-friendly, drought-resistant plants to your yard. Potted trees are a great way to green up your yard while conserving water. Choose dog-safe plants, like rubber plants.


Chances are, your pooch will love a home of his own to enjoy while he’s outside. Not all doghouses are created equal, however. Wood, for instance, offers much greater insulation than plastic. Make sure to raise Fido’s house off the ground to help keep out fleas and ticks. To make it even more fun, connect the doghouse to a dog run or pen. You can use stencils, paint, or dog-safe plants for decoration. A water station is also a great addition to your pup’s home!

Replacing Grass

If you’re thinking about getting rid of your grass, consider a pet-safe alternative for ground cover. Buffalo grass is a great, pet-safe ground cover. If you want to use stone, use rounded pebbles that won’t cut Fido’s feet. Mulch isn’t the best thing for dogs, as Fido might eat it or get painful splinters from it. Avoid cocoa mulch, as its toxic to pooches.

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