What Does a Dog WANT To Play On?

My new studio is coming along a treat.  Our plan is to offer dog-sitting & home-boarding so that your baby-woofers can be with me as I paint (and of course be with me at home in the evenings).  The studio is already in situ, my studio equipment isn’t yet - and it’s a sloooow process.

My research has now arrived at the point of what to put on the ground in the sectioned area around the studio? Whatever it is, it needs to a brilliant for dogs to sniff around and play in - so what are the best options?

 
The Dog Garden, Samantha Barnes is ipaintdogs.com
 

Let’s Think Dog!   

If I were a dog, I’d want to lie, sniff, possibly dig, jump, rest and play on the ground in the sunshine and likely in the rain too.  My four paws wouldn’t want too much in the way of small gravel and I’d need some purchase from the ground I play on!

So, that in my mind rules out Gravel, too bitty in the paw department.

Grass - yes lovely but could get trashed mighty quickly

Mulch - Hmm, I like this one - might look lovely and paddocky.  Coupled with some dog-friendly plants in large pots, this could be a very good option.  It’s like the stuff you find in a childrens’ playpark in case of falls from the monkey-bars (and lord knows we had enough of them when the children were small…)  

Concrete  - too cold and harsh for me, and for the dogs in my opinion. Not very green either.

Artificial Grass - I’d need to research this - but essentially what happens to the P & W?  Also a bit expensive and not good for wildlife either.

So, it’s looking like Mulch is going to be a good option.  Off to add some pics to my Dog Garden Pinterest Board now…

If you have any bright ideas they would be most welcome, no really...please?!!

Sam x


About Samantha

Samantha Barnes is ipaintdogs.com

Sam is a practicing artist of 25yrs with a deep love of dogs.  Her drawings, paintings and prints are exhibited in galleries throughout the country.  In 2017 she painted her dog Barney and clients began to ask for bespoke portraits of their own best friends.  Since then, Sam has successfully painted many personalised commissions and sends her dog paintings all over the world.  

She has a stand-alone testimonial page on Trustpilot and is proud to support charities & auctions too.

To talk about having your own dog painted or to give as a gift, email Sam on info@samanthabarnes.co.uk today.