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  • why not build a very narrow dog run on the border of your garden.lay slabs and you will have a run as you say.you will also never have to cut your dogs nails as my 10 year old springer is testiment to.you can put a gate in to let your dog in when your in.my dog run is fenced away from my part of the garden.i have raised planters in the dog run and statues.my 2000 gallon raised pond is also part of the dog run.i only have a 40` x 20` garden with a room soon to be a pagoda in it and everything grows well in it and the dogs are well.dog run is a bad turm realy as dogs need to walk not just for exercise excuse my spelling but to socialise and strengthen there pack ie you and your family.a dog is an animal that walks bye nature so any garden is just a big cage realy.the dog run is realy somewear for your dog to go to the toilet realy.if the run down the end is thin enough and slopes down towards the end then the dog will be more inlined to go down the end to do its busyness.if you then do a drainaway you can easily wash down the very thin path of slabs or concrete and pick up the rest.there are very few programs that actualy address this very real problem yet there are millions of dog owners.the best atempt i sore was ground force when they built a rediculas sand bit in the main garden for the dog to play in.thats it.i have 4 dogs and im disabled.yes down the end does smell a little but all things considerd its very good.if you want to look my garden is on utube under noseypotter or nosey potter .
  • Our Labrador loves watering time, she barks madly at the hose and see's it as some sort of intruder. She never gets quite close enough to bite it but snaps at it from a few inches away. As soon as you turn it off she calmly lays down and carry's on sunning herself. Unfortunately our lawn does suffer from burn marks, that is one of the down sides of having a bitch. I wonder if other dog owners have found a solution to this?

    http://www.dogcarriers.org.uk
  • There is no doubt that dogs and gardens mix. I think is is a pity to have a seperate dog run though - there are far too many plants vying for space in our gardens to give it up. There is another way though - to choose a design and plants that work with the dogs. I have no grass, but still have a garden worthy of opening under the NGS.

    http://gardeninganddogs.wordpress.com
  • Advice please for my guinea pig who has a run on the lawn. I've put a standard granular weed and moss killer on the lawn and can't find any information as to when I can put my g.p back on the lawn. When will it be safe for him to eat the grass?
  • I have also 2 labradors and they love it to play in my garden. Anyway even they digg or eat my plants :)) i love them and i try to offer them the all confort. I plant "everyday" someting in the garden.
    Also i tried to buy them artificial plants but they know and bring this to my door. Are very very sweets. for them i build also http://www.jocuri-caini.eu/
  • My 2 Westies love the garden and have earned ther keep already this year in dispatching of 2 rats. With the glorious sunshine they both love to tan themselves I am sure they think they will turn into a Scottie. Chloe the older sits back and watches but does the job of clearing the larger birds eith wood pigeon and jackdaws.Chili my little 2 year old westie is a keen gardener but tries to eat the produce before it gets to the dinner table; she loves the potatos and strawberries but my tomato plants I have had to put a makeshift cage around as these are her favourites. I must admit I think the problem is my fault as they get pieces of fruit and vegatables whilst I am preparing dinner.

    I wouldn't be with out my helpers at watering time as they try to drink from the tap as it runs cold.
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