Short of paving or Astroturf? Quick cleanup of land mines might help,
but dogs are going to do their thing- either learn to accept it or find
a home for it where the owners understand that they've got a live animal
in their care, not a toy they can turn on and off at their convenience.
P.S. I heard dogs chew and dig. You might want to be on the lookout for
I know that's true! But I've lived in this house since 1961, and have
always had a dog. A Brittany, then an Irish Setter, then another
Brittany, and now a third Brittany. (Yes, I'm biased.)
If dog urine or feces damaged lawns, I would have no lawn at all. But
I can not recall EVER having brown spots on my lawn.
Weeds, YES! Brown spots, NO.
When weather permits, I hose away the piles. I do nothing about
urine. I have not put a penny's worth of fertilizer on my lawn for at
least 20, perhaps 30, years, but I have to mow the damn thing every
week. Perhaps I have the dogs to thank, or blame, for that.
Not everyones dogs are alike :-)
I have a very small rear lawn area that is potty zone to three dogs
totalling 493 lbs. That is equivalent to three adult humans using the lawn
as a toilet day after day year after year in an extremely hot and humid
I have significant lawn problems, but with daily diligence (immediate poo
pick-up and *daily* hosing in of urine, plus semi monthly detergent washing
plus lime applications) I am able to maintain it fairly well.
Make sure it has 24-hour free access to as much clean fresh water as
it wants, so that its urine will be as dilute as possible, and let it
pee often for the same reason. Patiently and kindly teach it to pee and
defecate on command on a paved area of the garden which you can clean
up/hose down. All guide dogs for the blind are trained that way using a
very simple, gentle and straightforward method.
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