Now that the weather is finally warming up, you may be itching to get out and start working on your yard.

If you have a dog, you may have experienced the frustration of landscaping, only to have your dog quickly destroy it. You love your dog and want him to be happy and safe, but you’re also partial to your yard and flower gardens.

A few easy tips can help you.

First, make sure that any plants you have are non-toxic to animals. A quick online search at will give you lists of what not to use.

When choosing new plants, look for hardy varieties that can take an occasional trampling.

If you want to use plants and flowers that may be more delicate, instead of a traditional flower bed, consider large pots or wooden boxes placed around your yard. Raised beds, climbing vines or hanging baskets are also good ideas.

If your dog likes to dig, one way to keep you both happy is to create a doggy sandbox. Dig a large, shallow hole and fill it with sand and dog toys. Then, encourage your dog to only dig there and reward him when he does.

If he still insists on digging in your plants, try covering the beds with fabric or weed cloth and layer with chicken wire in any place he especially likes to dig.

Some dogs will eat landscaping rocks and mulch. Both can be dangerous and mulch can also be poisonous.

Your dog might do this for a number of reasons, including everything from simple boredom to underlying medical issues. If your dog does this regularly, have him checked by your vet, and consider removing the rocks and/or mulch completely.

Some people also try replacing the rocks with large stones instead.

If you’re proud of your green lawn, you might be frustrated by lawn burn, caused by the nitrogen in a dog’s urine. This is more common with female dogs, who tend to urinate in one place.

If you know where your dog is urinating, you can dilute the area with water or, with a little work, you can train your dog to urinate in a regular, less visible space each time.

By keeping the grass trimmed and removing any standing water, you can cut down on dog-loving pests such as fleas and ticks (and mosquitoes).

Now, go out and enjoy your yard, and take your dog with you!

Brown County Humane Society

Dog of the Week

photoThis little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, and this little piggy ran circles around all of them!

Speed is not the first thing you think of when you meet Velma. She looks like an adorable little pig (with very large ears) and you wouldn’t think those short, little legs and stout body could move so fast. But when she’s out with her doggy buddies, she can really move!

Vivacious Velma embraces people with the same enthusiasm she shows when playing with dogs. Lively and lighthearted, Velma always seems to have a smile on her face and it’s contagious. You just can’t help but feel happy when you’re with her.

Humane society calendar

Dawg Gone Walk & Fiesta: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at new, bigger location: Eagle Park in Nashville. Tickets now on sale at

SPOT Spay/Neuter Special: In April, all cats and dogs fixed for $1 each. Call 812-703-0797 for an appointment.