Designing a Dog-Friendly Landscape

Honeysuckle Nursery & Design Designing a Dog-Friendly Landscape

Designing a dog-friendly landscape doesn’t need to be difficult, but it does require some special considerations to ensure fun and safety.

Our furry companions bring joy, love, and companionship into our lives. As responsible pet owners, it’s our duty to ensure that our outdoor spaces are not only aesthetically pleasing but also safe and enjoyable for our four-legged friends. Designing a dog-friendly landscape involves careful consideration of both playfulness and safety. Thankfully, we have some tips to help dog owners maximize their landscaping design for play and safety.

Choose Pet-Friendly Plants

Opt for plants that are non-toxic to dogs. Some common plants that are safe for dogs include marigolds, sunflowers, and pet grass. Avoid plants that are toxic to dogs, such as azaleas, lilies, and oleander. Research pet-safe plants or consult with a landscaping professional to ensure your choices won’t harm your furry friends.

Create Defined Play Areas

Designate specific areas in your yard for play and relaxation. Install a sturdy fence to keep your dog contained and safe within the play area. Consider adding agility equipment like tunnels, hurdles, or ramps to encourage physical activity and mental stimulation for your pup if you have the space.

Provide Shaded Retreats

Dogs need shade to escape the heat during hot summer days. Incorporate shaded areas in your landscape design using trees, pergolas, or umbrellas. Place water bowls in shaded spots to keep your furry friend cool and hydrated while they play outdoors.

Install Dog-Safe Flooring

Choose flooring materials that are safe and comfortable for your dog to walk and play on. Avoid using gravel or sharp rocks that could hurt your pet’s paws. Instead, consider options like artificial turf, rubber mulch, or soft ground coverings to provide a safe and cushioned surface for your dog to romp around.

Include Water Features

Dogs love to splash and play in water, especially during the warmer months. Incorporate a dog-friendly water feature such as a shallow pond, a small fountain, or a kiddie pool in your landscape design. Make sure the water is clean and safe for your pet to play in, and always supervise them around water to prevent accidents.

Secure Hazardous Areas

Identify and secure any potential hazards in your yard that could pose a danger to your dog. This includes covering up or removing exposed wires, sharp objects, and toxic substances like fertilizers or pesticides. Keep garbage cans securely closed to prevent your dog from accessing harmful items.

Close Off Escape Routes

Dogs are curious creatures and may try to explore beyond the confines of your yard. Ensure that your landscape design includes escape-proof fencing and gates to prevent your dog from wandering off. Consider installing barriers or hedges along the perimeter to deter digging or jumping attempts.

Regular Maintenance

Maintain your landscaping regularly to keep it safe and enjoyable for your dog. Trim overgrown bushes and trees, remove any debris or hazards, and inspect fencing and gates for signs of wear and tear. Regular maintenance will help prevent accidents and keep your outdoor space looking beautiful for both you and your furry friend.


At Honeysuckle Nursery and Design, you will get construction and maintenance crews on site who have a minimum of 10 years of experience in all types of landscaping and hardscaping. Our designers will work closely with you to understand how you want to use your space so that we can make the most of your entire site. We are committed to providing complete customer satisfaction and will work with you along every step of the way to be sure that you are happy with your new trees. Please be sure to visit our gallery page for unique, creative designs and inspiration!

Whether you live in Anne Arundel or Howard Counties, we can help you experience your dream space in Annapolis, Davidsonville, Millersville, Ellicott City, Clarksville, Columbia, and surrounding areas. We specialize in Landscape Design & Maintenance, Swimming Pools, Hardscape, and Natural Stone, Water Features, Outdoor Living Spaces, and more! Dream, Create, Experience with Honeysuckle Nursery & Design by calling 410-849-5119 or email us to schedule your free no-obligation estimate today.

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