How do I stop my dog destroying our garden?

How do I stop my dog destroying our garden? “My dog is stripping the plants bare! Wondering if any other mums have had a dog who literally strips their palm trees bare? Frond by frond, he tears them apart until there is nothing left.  He has lots of chew toys and goes for walks so not sure what to do.  Any hints or tips?  These are big palms that cost hundreds so I’m not keen on them being destroyed!”

  1. Mis Jo

    12th August 2014 at 11:32 am,

    MoM Rewards: Mis Jo has a diamond MoM rewards level Mis Jo said:

    Try a dog whisperer!! They are really good!!

  2. Dennis12

    8th June 2014 at 3:01 pm,

    MoM Rewards: angeladennis has a diamond MoM rewards level angeladennis said:

    I’d love to know. Our dogs do the same, thanks for asking this question

  3. 23rd May 2014 at 3:32 pm,

    MoM Rewards: scottie has a diamond MoM rewards level scottie said:

    dogs apparently don’t like to dig near their own poo so that might help. also a big marrow bone might help too especially if a pup is teething. and chew don’t don’t prevent boredom – ask at the petstore for a challenge game

  4. mummy liana

    28th March 2014 at 3:36 am,

    MoM Rewards: mummy liana has a diamond MoM rewards level mummy liana said:

    there are some good comments here

  5. jtama

    6th March 2014 at 11:19 am,

    MoM Rewards: jtama has a emerald MoM rewards level jtama said:

    We had this same problem with our beagle when he was a puppy we had to re-do our garden twice because of it but then I discovered that he hated to go anywhere near his own poo so I would use it to put around the trees he would chew on and this stopped eventually he just realised that it is a no go zone so I was able to stop putting the poo there I also have heard that dogs who do this May be having some anxiety and chewing helps them to release that maybe give him I nice big bone

  6. buggerit

    28th February 2014 at 4:09 pm,

    MoM Rewards: buggerit has a diamond MoM rewards level buggerit said:

    I would spray the trees with a mixture of chilli powder and dish wash liquid. This will deter the dog from going anywhere near these trees. You could section off a run for the dog away from the garden behind the house maybe until the puppy phase has gone.

  7. meedee

    27th February 2014 at 10:40 pm,

    MoM Rewards: meedee has a diamond MoM rewards level meedee said:

    I was going to suggest just what Ann has suggested….planting Cacti and pickly plants that your Dog wont want to go near

  8. ann_boyd

    27th February 2014 at 7:00 pm,

    MoM Rewards: ann_boyd has a sapphire MoM rewards level ann_boyd said:

    Might seem a bit mean, but I planted a row of prickly plants where the do was attacking, one prick of the nose and she shot backwards and never went there again!

  9. ljsalomon

    26th January 2014 at 8:18 pm,

    MoM Rewards: ljsalomon has a diamond MoM rewards level ljsalomon said:

    Some good advice there below.

  10. tobysmummy

    2nd January 2014 at 11:52 pm,

    MoM Rewards: tobysmummy has a diamond MoM rewards level tobysmummy said:

    To keep him out if the garden, try placing some of his poo in there…

  11. 30th December 2013 at 9:56 am,

    MoM Rewards: kathryn has a diamond MoM rewards level kathryn said:

    What have liked to know what sort of dog – some dogs need ‘jobs’ to keep them busy and much more exercise than walks (runs, jogs, romps in parks twice a day).

  12. 28th December 2013 at 11:45 am,

    MoM Rewards: coppin85 has a diamond MoM rewards level coppin85 said:

    i hope you ended up finding a way

  13. lynzstevo

    10th December 2013 at 12:07 pm,

    MoM Rewards: lynzstevo has a diamond MoM rewards level lynzstevo said:

    Maybe try and keep the dog occupied with other toys. The toy balls that you put treats in are good, that way the dog has to play with the ball to get the treats. Or go to your local butcher and get a bag of dog bones, they’ll definitely keep him occupied!

  14. mle00

    2nd December 2013 at 11:46 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mle00 has a diamond MoM rewards level mle00 said:

    You could place wire or some sort of mesh around the base as a physical deterrent, but it would depend on the type of dog too!

  15. mggarner

    25th November 2013 at 9:18 am,

    MoM Rewards: mggarner has a diamond MoM rewards level mggarner said:

    What did you end up using?

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