Training Your Dog Not to Garden
Strategies for keeping your dog and garden happy and separate.
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Want to help your pooch and plants coexist peacefully? After the basic sit-stay-and-come training classes, you'll want to take your dog to the next level.
"First, have a spirit of compromise because you're both going to live in the space and your dog may sometimes want to use it in different ways than you do. Second, invest some time in training," says dog expert and journalist Cheryl Smith.
"I've chosen to use a consistent border throughout the landscape--either rock or cottage stone--to teach the dogs not to cross that, to see it as a boundary that they should not go past," she says. "The training requires a few weeks of some pretty high dedication by the owner."
She walks her dog up to a stone border and stops. When he doesn't go in, she clicks, pets him and gives him a treat. "Do that enough times and he learns that anything surrounded by stone is off limits. If he forgets, a vocal command reminds him of the rules."