Dog Friendly Tips For Your Breast Cancer Healing Garden

By Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Maintaining a backyard healing garden with a lush lawn can sometimes be an issue for gardeners who also own dogs. So if you want to have a garden and a dog, but think both of your passions can’t coexist within the confines of your backyard we have some ideas that may help. With a bit of understanding, you can grow a dog friendly garden — and a garden-friendly dog. Here are a few tips we encourage you to try in your backyard.


  1. Try using densely planted areas, raised beds and mounds to reroute a dog through a space.
  2. Plant edging plants like boxwood or low, resilient creepers as a buffer zone between the dogs’ play area and your fragile flowers.
  3. Turn your dog’s favorite route into a decorative pathway and landscape around it.
  4. Use edging around beds. This will create a physical distinction between areas that are off-limits.
  5. To prevent dogs from digging provide a shaded area.
  6. Designate a certain area of your pet-friendly landscaping for your dog to use the bathroom.
  7. Water the area(s) afterward to dilute the urine.
  8. Taking your dog out regularly so he can empty his bladder and bowel cuts down on the impact on your garden.
  9. The best policy for vegetable gardens is to fence the whole area off so that your dog cannot have free access. Potato sprouts, fertilizers and insecticides can be toxic.
  10. Aerate your lawn every year to keep it from getting compacted by running dogs.

We talk a lot about gardening in this blog to encourage you to help raise your spirits by connecting with Mother Earth. You will enjoy the rewards and experience the beauty of Mother Earth’s creations in your backyard once you understand your dog’s natural preferences, and design your garden to be dog-friendly.


Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at if you have questions.

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