If you are only just designing your garden, the task is easy. In that case, delimit the areas, where the dog is most likely to roam and try to plant it with flora which is resistant to dog urine. If your dog is to enter an established garden, you can still adjust it to the pet’s needs and secure the places you do not want it to go into. Remember that the larger the dog, the more space it needs. Introducing a large energetic dog into a miniature garden is not a very good idea, unless you take it out for regular long walks, during which the pet can let off steam.
Dogs will usually try to stand guard by the fence of the garden. The edges of the garden should hence comprise a suitable pathway for the dog. It is thus advisable to resist planting anything in those areas, as it is virtually impossible to convince your pet to repress this natural behaviour. The pathway should be at least one-metre in width. It is worthwhile, however, hedging it with conifers or other suitable plants.
While racing through the lawn, the dog may tramp down the less resilient kinds of grass, so it is advisable to choose reinforced grass dedicated specifically for lawns or sport grounds. What is more difficult, is to deal with dog urine. In low concentrations, it may work as fertilizer (as it contains nitrogen); however, high concentration of urine might destroy your lawn. One of the possible solutions is to…walk your dog more often outside of the garden and teach it to ‘do their business’ only during the walks. You can also teach it to go potty in one specific place of the garden. It may, moreover, help to set up an automatic grass sprinkler – water will dissolve the urea and minimise its negative impact.
A male dog might have the instinct to pee onto vertical objects. Conifers are plants, which often fall victim to such behaviour. Dogs are capable of damaging conifers very quickly – young trees and bushes die away having been sprayed on several times. To protect them, you can fence them off with a net or a palisade. If possible, it is a good idea to sacrifice one bush for your dog. Alternatively, you can fix into the ground a wooden pile, which the dog might take an interest in instead.