When planning out your new gardenscape, try to think like a Dachshund. These dogs are low to the ground, so, we need to keep our gardens comfortable for their little paws and low hanging belly.
Ground covers for your dog-safe garden need to be non-toxic, yet tough enough to withstand heavy doggie traffic. Here are some excellent choices for Dog-Friendly Ground Covers: Silver Carpet, Irish moss, Elfin thyme, Miniature Stonecrop, and many gardener’s favorite: Fortune’s Spindle.
Dog-friendly landscaping doesn’t have to include grass. Cedar Mulch can be used to create a nice area for your dachshund and acts as a natural bug repellent to ward off fleas and ticks. Smaller sized cedar chips are softer on your dog’s paws.
Avoid using Coconut Mulch or Cocoa Bean Shell Mulch, it is toxic to dogs. Always check the ingredients before using any kind of mulch.
Does your Dachshund love to dig? Mine do too! Unfortunately, digging can lead to destroyed flower beds. Try adding a small sandpit to your new garden. This will add a fun place for your doxie to dig to his heart’s content. You can even hide some of his toys to play a treasure hunt game with him. Also, when it gets hot outside, dogs will dig down to find a cool place to lay. They can use the sand digging spot instead of ruining the garden.
Garden Dog Paths:
Dachshunds are serious protectors of their territories. Providing a special doggie path for your pup will allow him to patrol the area with ease.
If you create your new pathway with loose gravel or small stones, this should stay cool on those hot summer days. Try to avoid using concrete, which can burn your dachshund’s paws.
I like the idea of some flat flagstones surrounded by smooth pebbles to make a comfortable walking path for you and your doxie.