Bet­ter pets

Cre­ate a tan­ta­lis­ing gar­den for your pooch and treat your four-legged friend to a round of acupunc­ture!

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - April Contents -

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.

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