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Extreme Home Makeover: Doghouse Edition

Dog house in yard

Woof! Maddie here, and I have some important tips for you on how to beautify your pet’s home.

You might not realize it but us dogs greatly appreciate a well-kept yard. If your dog is civilized, like me, you should consider adding some landscaping to their home. My tail is wagging just thinking about it!

A Pathway Home

For starters, a pathway leading up to the dog house is always a nice touch. This makes my home feel more refined and inviting after a long day of chasing my tail. There are many different ways to build a pathway so you should inquire with your pooch to determine their preference. You can use gravel, stones, wood chips, mulch, or an abundance of other diggable materials. If you want to get really extravagant you can even lay brick, stepping stones, concrete or log slices.

Style To Match

Once your pathway is in place, you really need to consider the style you’re going for. Does your pup lean more towards a French country look or Scandinavian minimalism? These are important things to take into consideration as your dog will most likely dig it all up if it doesn’t suit them. My owners scoured my Pinterest page to ensure that the space would be fitted to my tastes, I recommend you do the same.

Once you have a solid understanding of your pooch’s taste you can start planning the design layout. It is important to determine which types of plants you want to utilize and if they will look good together.

Pet-Friendly Greenery

As a dog, I can only see black and white so I will be perfectly happy with any color palette you choose to go with. What matters more to me is that you pick plants I can play in – and maybe take a nibble of! – without getting sick! The last thing I want to do is accidentally snack on some delicious flowers only to find out a few hours later they gave me food poisoning.

Pet-Friendly Plants:

  • African Violets
  • African Daisy
  • Snapdragon
  • Fennel
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Marigolds
  • Petunias
  • Sunflowers
  • Pansies
  • Impatiens
  • Tiger Lily
  • Hibiscus

Non-Pet Friendly Plants:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Carnations
  • Peonies
  • Begonias
  • Geraniums
  • Aloe Vera
  • Azaleas
  • Rhododendron
  • Boxwood
  • Gardenia
  • Hydrangea
  • Amaryllis
  • Daffodil
  • Tulips
  • Morning Glory
  • Wisteria

A Little Something Extra

Now that you have a layout in mind you should consider adding some special features. If you are feeling especially fancy, you could consider adding a water element to your dog’s space. For example, you could provide a small free-standing fountain or a pond with a more ornate waterfall. This will provide your pet with fresh water and the soothing sounds of flowing water to ease them to sleep every night. I can say from experience, the waterfall is the way to go.

In case you are not quite ready to commit to all that there are other options! If your dog cannot restrain themselves from digging – and let me tell you, it’s tough – you might want to consider pots and planter boxes. These enclosed garden spaces allow you to feature beautiful greenery around your pet’s home without having to worry. They can enjoy the green space without all the temptation.

Now that you have some ideas for how to elevate your pet’s home, go give them a nice head scratch and get started!

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