Book Review: “Dog Friendly Gardens, Garden Friendly Dogs”
Dog Friendly Gardens, Garden Friendly Dogs is one of the few books written on the topic of creating a garden that both you and your pet will love. Every part of this well-written book shows you how garden design and traditional gardening tasks can blend harmoniously with dog ownership. Just like a dog can be trained to respect your indoor living space, he/she can also be trained to respect the garden and its many features.
In this easy to follow, full-color paperback book, the author details how to design your yard with the dog in mind by observing dog behavior. The author describes materials that work well with dogs as well as plant selections that can withstand even the most energetic canine. She also explains how to have a lush green lawn without harmful chemicals and offers tips for growing fruit and veggies for the entire family, including the dog!
You will learn how the breed of dog (or mix of breeds) can affect garden behavior and how to avoid dog-garden conflict by good garden design and positive dog training. Boundary training, outdoor equipment, and directing digging and elimination to appropriate areas – are all covered in this useful book.
This resource not only offers down-to-earth, dog-friendly (and garden-friendly!) advice, it contains lovely, inspirational photos of pooches enjoying their yards. Suggestions on garden design, plant choice, and easy maintenance planning help readers get the most enjoyment out of both their gardens and their dog friends. The book also offers great tips on teaching your dog acceptable garden etiquette — welcome advice from an author who is also a dog trainer.
I highly recommend Dog Friendly Gardens, Garden Friendly Dogs by Cheryl S. Smith. Cheryl is the author of nine books and numerous articles on the subject of dogs and gardens. She also lectures extensively on both subjects nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association, Association of Pet Dog Training, and Garden Writers Association.
You can order this interesting and resourceful book here: Dog Friendly Gardens
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”– Groucho Marx