Along with planning a sturdy and Wink-proof fence design, I also am researching ways to make the yard more fun and interactive. One of the best tips I think I have ever received was that outside time should be a lot of fun and the dogs should look forward to it. That doesn’t seem too hard, right? Throw some toys out, and living in the country, there are plenty of things to hold their attention.
Well, that isn’t necessarily true. They will lose interest in toys, and the things out in the country that catch their eye as something fun to do will usually be on the other side of the fence. The idea with the dogs that like to roam is to make their yard so interesting and enjoyable that they would rather be there.
Google has been my friend and I have found many ideas to keep the pups interested and enjoying the yard and their time outside! I am going to share some of those ideas here. I will not be posting pictures of what I find as it so hard to tell what is and is not copyrighted online. I would also hate to steal someone’s picture without realizing I did, and that person’s hard work and design idea go unrecognized. There will almost certainly be a blog in the future of how their doggie play land turns out though.
I have decided that instead of burying part of the fence, I will use landscaping rocks along the bottom of the fence. This will make the perimeter much more attractive, and I could even put some rose bushes in there since I want rose bushes everywhere I can put them anyway. Climbing bushes maybe, oooh, ahhh. I could go so far as to put rocks on the outside as well, and put more plants there as well. The rocks will still discourage digging and will add a lot of beauty to the landscaping. Putting the plants closer to the fence line will also discourage the dogs from digging those up. Rocks are just no fun for digging at all, and especially not if they have a better place to dig (keep reading for that idea).