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i to have a toy poodle and he is a great joy to have around,every morning after coming in from our morning walk i go out to feed the birds,of course ollie in toe barking his head of at the many many wood pigeons,squirells and magpies,it seems the little birds dont bother him or jays.he will not let me put bread out as i drop it on the lawn hes behind me hoovering it up.the poo poo is a problem from the birds though.


  • One's own dog no doubt is welcome but I don't have one and the neighbours' dogs seem to think my garden is preferable to their own as a toilet. i have just acquired a prickly Hakea to plant!
  • I have an Australian Terrier and he is great at chasing off visitors like pigeons and squirrels. He has also ridded me from rats from the bird feeders in winter. Any bread that falls from the bird table is fair game to him as far as he is concerned and is quickly woofed down even if it is stale.
  • can anyone help me
    I have trouble whith my dogs i love them to piece's but they eat my plant,s i have no grass in my garden as i have four dogs and it is not practical i am slowly going mad i have flower beds down the side and pot plant around the garden i also love the birds and feed them and have four cat which i love and would not be whith out one is sitting on my lap as i write this blog. please help many than
  • Can anyone please tell me how to rid my garden of moles. We have tried every available method on the market and some unconventional methods, but with no success. We are plagued by mole hills every morning, which we clear and use the soil elsewhere but they just come back again during the day. Our two dogs think it's a great game to pounce and dig down into the mole tunnels. Our beautiful lawn is now a mess - please help!
  • Luvu - your dogs seem to be grazers so why not plant flowers that have evolved strategies to ward off grazer? There are some very pretty prickly plants like brooms and cacti and some that do not taste nice but look great. You may have to look up evolution of flowering plants on the internet and do some research but this is always interesting. Moles do not like vibrations or loud music,Evie Nite, so try dancing on the molehills.
  • My Lhasa Apso "Honey" is fun in the garden but she has this desire to help me, when im planting she will sit close beside me watching with great intrest... then decides to help by digging her own holes!! never where i want them sadly!!
  • Surely if a dog is trained properly and calmly from the start, it is no problem in the garden?I have had several dogs over the years, they knew they were not allowed on the beds and borders. My father's dog went to the allotment with him every day, and would lie quietly on the grass path. He would sometimes look longingly at the rows of ripe peas, and when told, he would bite off some pods, scrunch them up, spit them out then lick up the peas! An untrained excitable dog is a nuisance to everyone.
  • my dogs are very well behaved they are grehounds and sleep all day only move to eat and go for a walk the promble is when i have vistor's and are put outside they protest and eat my plants.they are not a nuisance.
  • The current household canine is restricted to hard surface areas as he has a propensity for (a) digging large holes in the garden (lawn and beds), (b) using /all/ the garden areas as his toilet and (c) digging up and eating plants. Thankfully his brush with the gastronomic delights of foxgloves earlier this year do not appear to have caused him lasting harm.
  • my dog digs holes every where how can i stop him i showt at him once he went at the back of the pond and wene i came in he seen me and fell in the pond but that never stoped him from diging holes you can get loads of things that keeps cats of why not dogs may be ther is none or has eny one got an good idears? thanks

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