DIY Sensory Garden for Your Dog | Wellness
Ever noticed your dog stop to smell the daisies? Dogs love being outside, and there are many different plants, flowers and terrains that can provide some great enrichment for your dog. Battersea shared a fantastic guide for creating an exciting, sensory garden for your canine companion that got us feeling super inspired! Creating a garden, or a piece of garden, specifically for your dog can help decrease boredom and encourage natural behaviours, so here are a few simple things you can do to engage their senses...
Make sure that your garden is secure as you will be encouraging your dog to spend more time out there! Double check fences for any holes, gaps or weaknesses and address any of these problems first. Also make sure there are no dangerous plants in your garden that may harm your dog - think nettles, azalea, lupin and bulbs. Also make sure any garden tools or chemicals are safely stored away and remember to use dog-friendly weedkillers or pesticides if you are using them.
Create different moods
You can stimulate your dog to experience different moods by planting various herbs. Rosemary and lavender will create a calm, soothing spot for your dog to go and relax. They are also fairly hardy plants so your dog can be free to frolic amongst them! If your dog is in need of a little pick-me-up, try planting mint or lemon balm. They will love sniffing and chewing on these, and in moderation, they are both said to aid your dog’s digestion too! Dogs will best enjoy the herbs when planted in groups, so avoiding mixing too many together as you could send your dog into sensory overload!
Add some colour
Dogs can’t see the same spectrum of colours like us, but they are able to see blues and yellows. Pansies commonly come in these colours, are safe for dogs and grow all year round, so planting them can give your dog a bit of visual stimulation. Just remember these plants can be fairly delicate so be prepared that your pup might destroy them! Try planting them higher up if you have a particularly destructive pooch.
Space to dig
Digging is a natural behaviour for dogs and one that they often aren't allowed to enjoy freely. Save your lawn by adding in a sand pit for your do. If you do decide to make your own sand pit for your pup there are a few things to remember. Only use soft, children’s play sand and never sharp builders’ sand. Including a weed suppressing layer will keep unwanted weeds at bay. You will also want to bear in mind that your dog may use the sand pit as a toilet too, so make sure it is for your dog only and cleaned regularly.
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