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Having dogs in your home can be a huge joy. But when they get to playing outdoors, your lawn and garden can end up seeing the worst of it. Puppies and adult dogs tend to wreak havoc on confined outdoor spaces, laying waste (literally) to freshly-manicured lawns, newly-pruned rose bushes, and anything else that’s in their path of destruction. However, there are actions you can take to make sure your dog doesn’t end up totally destroying your backyard. All it takes is a bit of training and the right tools for the job. If you’re trying to curb your dog’s unruly habits, here are a few tricks to follow.
Create Specific Pee Spots
Because of the high levels of nitrogen in dog urine, you’ll notice a few brown, matted-down spots in the grass where your dog chooses to pee. For homeowners who work hard on their lawn, having a bunch of dried up brown patches is less than ideal. Fortunately, there are a few ways to correct this. If you’re training a puppy, take the opportunity to teach them to pee in a specific spot, preferably one with pebbles or gravel that you’ve marked off. Designating pee spots for dogs in your yard will help you confine the damage to one area which you can easily treat and keep an eye on. You can also make the process easier by installing bright yellow ‘pee posts’ or putting down dog rocks on brown spots. Some homeowners even install Dog Waste Stations both in and outside of the home: These are usually raised platforms with a patch of fake grass on top.
Pick Up Immediately After Your Pet
Dog droppings also have high nitrogen content, but they’re less likely to do damage due to their solid nature. However, leaving droppings sitting for too long can easily affect the quality of your lawn. Try to keep an eye on where your dog poops so you can pick up and dispose of the waste immediately afterward. It’s a good idea to know where your dog poops in general, in case you decide to fence off the area eventually or treat it with a special solution.
Fence In Delicate Areas
If you have a dog who likes to explore, you’re probably terrified for the day when he finally discovers the garden. For dogs who like to dig obsessively, a garden plot presents ample opportunity to bring about destruction and ruin all your hard work. However, if you’re dealing with a smaller dog, you can easily install fencing to keep smaller plots protected from your puppy’s deep digging tendencies. For larger dogs, either a large garden enclosure like a pest-free protector or an electric fence should do the trick. A bigger structure will also help you keep other destructive animals out, such as rabbits and chipmunks.
Give Your Dog Enough Exercise
There’s no more destructive force on earth than a bored dog. Apart from dogs naturally have a need to explore their surroundings and get down and dirty, they also have a tendency to tire easily of the same activities. Many dogs, such as Jack Russell Terriers and Labradors, tend to express this boredom in destructive ways. An easy way to avoid this is by making sure your dog is properly occupied during key points of the day so that he doesn’t take to ripping your lawn apart for pleasure. If you’re walking your dog three times a day and it’s still not doing the trick, try something a bit more strenuous, like a short hike. Spend a few hours at the dog park each day to make sure your pup is being well socialized. If you’re spending a lot of time away from home, make sure your dog has plenty of toys to play with during the time he’s stuck indoors. That way, when the time comes to unleash some energy outdoors, your dog will be less likely to start digging a tunnel in the middle of your rose garden.
Water Your Lawn, and Your Pet
After you notice a dry spot on your lawn, show it a little extra care by watering it more diligently each day. This should help speed up the recovery time and help break down the nitrogen a bit more thoroughly. The same goes for your dog himself. The better hydrated a dog is, the lower the nitrogen content in his pee will be. As long as your dog is getting enough hydration and eating a balanced diet, the grass stains themselves should be less prone to show up on your lawn.