hendi_alex wrote:Alternatively, you could move the fence out a couple of feet further and allow a two or three foot buffer between fence and garden. You could hang shade cloth, lattice, construct a wooden fence, other other such remedy. It seems this problem has many fairly simple solutions.
I think this may work for young dogs who are still trainable. They can learn to recognize the "boundary."
I have no fences, but use raised beds. 5-year-old boy dog, all 105 or so pounds of him, *could* just step into the beds and destroy them by simply lying down. But he never has, even though last year was the first year he'd ever seen these "things" with plants growing in them.
He (and my 9-year-old girl dog) comes outside with me when I work with the plants and watches carefully, so he knows this is something "Mommy" is working on. He has *never* peed on the veggies in the raised beds, but *has* peed on the weeds just outside of them!
His personal "weed control program," I guess.
Hey, he can take out the oxalis and valerian any time he wants to, as far as I'm concerned. I'll take all the help, however fashioned, I can get!
But the best part is: when the Romas *finally* came into season in October and early November, some of them fell onto the gardening soil before I could pick them. Vergil LOVES fallen tomatoes, esp. when "Mommy" presents them as a treat. And he has NOT helped himself--although he has no such compunction about loaves of bread in the kitchen...
So it may be easier to train the young dogs about the boundary than the OP thinks. Setting the garden off with a buffer zone and then, in successive seasons, decreasing that buffer zone, sounds good.
What breed/size are these 1-year-olds? Are they of a usually trainable breed or a more independently-minded breed?
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