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dog friendly yard
You can also create a designated digging spot with sand or gravel. Think of it as the equivalent of a kids' sandbox. Bury some treats or toys to encourage your dog to dig there and offer praise for using that spot. And just like with a sandbox, you’ll probably need a cover to keep cats out.
Even better is to designate a bathroom area for your pet. It takes some work, but is possible to train dogs to go in just one or two places in your yard. The ingenious locale shown here is hidden behind a fence. Another option for a bathroom spot is a gravel patch that can easily be hosed down; dogs often prefer gravel to grass anyway.
Concrete, brick, flagstone, pebbles and smooth rocks are all good choices.
designated sitting spot or large flat rock might be just the right thing.
Another option is to create a fun play area. Take a hint from dog play courses and consider using plants and hardscaping to create obstacles to weave through, balance beams to walk on or tunnels to roam through. The one shown here is also people size, but you can always create one that’s just dog size. It can be your pet’s hiding spot. Even dogs sometimes need to get away from it all.
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