New dog owner - what to do with existing plants
We are happy new owners of Harvey, a rescue dog. Can any dog owners out there provide reassurance / advice on what I should do about my garden plants - i have so far compiled a list of everything i have to cross-check toxicity. Some clearly are not ok e.g. foxgloves, ivy, hydrangea and I know lily family is a no to plant in the future. The internet as usual is contradictory in places. Will a dog really chew a hydrangea?! It seems most things I have are toxic if ingested in large quantities whereas a couple of others are immediately deadly - do I err on side of caution and remove everything noted as toxic to the tiny front / side garden which he can't access? Harvey is a grass eater so shall I grow a patch of grass in a flowerbed (as we have all hard landscaping and borders) for him to eat to avoid him eating other things or is this likely to encourage him to eat the borders?!
And he can eat grass out on his walks....
Most toxins have a very bitter or unpleasant taste and dogs have an extremely sensitive sense of smell too, so they usually know what's safe to eat and what's not by instinct.
I don't think you have anything to worry about.
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Not to be confused with Pelargoniums which are toxic, but as others have said, most dogs are sensible enough not to eat poisonous plants. Just keep an eye on Harvey and don’t leave him unsupervised whilst he explores and claims your garden as his, discouraging any investigatory chomping for the sake of your plants as much as his health.
I think all this fuss is unnecessary.