The Landscape Artist

Some dogs can be incredibly destructive in the backyard: digging up the lawn, chewing on plants and trees, and uprooting the garden. These behaviors can have several different sources. First of all, if your dog likes to uproot plants, don't let her watch you dig holes and plant new plants. After all, if you can do it, why can't she? Also, those new plants probably have good smelling dirt in their pots, most likely with some bone meal or manure. That's an invitation to a dog, "Come dig here!" Dogs dig for many reasons, from chasing that gopher in your yard to trying to bury a toy or bone. The things that we call problems in the yard are all very natural behaviors.

Have you heard the adage "Good fences make good neighbors"? Well, good fences also can protect your garden. Put up some decorative fencing around your special gardens or plants. You may think they look out of place initially, but you'll get used to them, especially if they teach your dog to leave your garden alone.

Digging is not only unsightly in your yard but can also be dangerous should someone step in the hole. Hatcreek's Doctor Bashir, an Australian Shepherd, owned by Liz Palika, bred by Karen Russell.

The landscape artist also needs good, vigorous, aerobic activity every day. If she's tired—good and tired—she's not going to have any energy left over to ruin your garden! She also needs training on appropriate backyard behavior. When she approaches a garden fence, tell her to leave it alone, call her away and praise her.

If your landscape artist must be left alone for many hours each day, seriously consider building a dog run. It should be large enough for her to run back and forth, play, and still have a spot to relieve herself. It should have shade and a source of unspillable water. The dog run will prevent her from getting into trouble so that when you come home, you won't be mad at her and can then let her out to spend enjoyable time with you.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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