Forget asking your kids to help in the garden. Ask your dog instead. He’s a natural at digging, is a pro at scaring off squirrels and loves being outside. It's like he was born with a green thumb — or a green paw. Really, what could go wrong?

Check out these seven tips from our canine horticulturists for a garden that will be the envy of all your neighbors.

1. Make sure you dig really deep to plant those bulbs.

Dog sitting in huge hole he just dug

2. Do most of your gardening on rainy days.

Maci Moo Cow the Golden Retriever-Lab mix in the mud

3. Sprinklers are smart.

Jack the Blue Heeler mix plays in the sprinkler

4. Dress appropriately.

Zoe and Pebbles the Shih Tzus in the garden

5. Always pick the most beautiful and colorful flowers.

dog with a bouquet of flowers

6. Squirrels can appear at a moment's notice. Be prepared.

Quincy the Boxer waits patiently for a squirrel

7. Leave the heavy lifting to the humans.

Dog in wheelbarrow

Of course, before you let your pup help in the yard, make sure your garden doesn't have any plants that are toxic to canines.

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