Create a tantalising garden for your pooch and treat your four-legged friend to a round of acupuncture!
naturally curious, dogs need more than a patch of grass to keep them stimulated. Adding sensory elements to your garden will keep your pet’s mind active as well as help reduce anxiety and stress.
Certain plants will prove therapeutic to your four-legged friend. So choose plants that will encourage your canine explorer to sniff or munch. Consult your vet for plant advice specific to your dog. And steer clear of varieties toxic to dogs. Consider: • Oregano: An antioxidant with antimicrobial/antiviral properties.
• Echinacea: It has antimicrobial properties and helps support your four-legged friend’s urinary tract, as well as the lymph and immune systems.
• Houseleek: Its anti-inflammatory properties offer relief from insect bites and stings. • Chamomile and lavender:
A sniff or munch of these herbs will help calm your dogs.
• Peppermint: Good in small amounts for nausea, indigestion, soothing insect bites and freshening doggie bad breath. Use different textures underfoot – stone, wood or artificial turf. Add a paddling pool for splashing about and cooling down – any exercise will keep dogs’ minds sharp. • Incorporate soothing sounds such as wind chimes or a water feature. • Leave a few toys around to squeak, bounce or dispense treats.
a sensory garden
Grow calming lavender.