A sensory garden for dogs

Adding a few plants and features to your garden can create a whole new environment for your pet to discover.

As well as tantalising all their senses, the sensory garden encourages dogs to interact with their surroundings and provides physical and mental challenges.


Put a paddling pool in your garden and fill it up with water. This is perfect for your dog to cool off in. Bonus point if you add any of their favourite waterproof toys! Lots of dogs really enjoy this, especially over the summer!


Tie a wind chime to the branch of a tree in your garden to give your pet a zen atmosphere.


Place some old cushions on the ground for your dog to walk on and experience a variety of textures. You can also try making a game of it: help your dog to jump over all the cushions for more exercise, or why not set up a mini agility course?


If you have a sandpit or a patch in your garden that is ‘for dogs only’ you can hide a toy for him to dig out. You need to be certain that your dog will know the difference between his play area and the rest of your garden - we don’t want him digging up your flower beds!


Rather than feeding your dog from a bowl, try throwing dry food in a patch of garden where you let the grass grow longer. This creates a tasty game of hide-and-seek! Be sure not to give them extra food though!


Plant some dog-friendly and medical flowers to sniff or chew such as:

  • Lavender
  • Jasmine
  • Magnolia


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