Dog lovers and destroyed lawns often go hand in hand. Playful dogs will have no problems doing a number on the plant arrangements of your lawn. The same goes with their highly acidic form of marking territory. Clearly, man’s best friend, if not trained properly, can also be your lawn’s worst enemy.
The rough behavior on plants can be reduced if your pooches are trained by a professional. As for your dog’s urinating habits, several measures must be undertaken to preserve your lawn.
Urine: The Club Soda Treatment
The urine of dogs is acidic. A generous splash of dog urine is toxic enough to stain, burn or even kill the plants on your lawn. You must use a common soft drink ingredient to counteract the effects of dog urine.
- 10 oz. club soda
- Once you see your dog urinate, grab a rug and a bottle of club soda.
- Go quickly to the spot where your dog urinated. Tap on the urine with your rug. Avoid rubbing the urine because it can cause further damage to the plants.
- When the rug has absorbed much of the urine, douse the area with at least eight ounces of club soda. The abrasive property of the soft drink ingredient can dilute the urine, lessening its destructive effect on your garden plants.
- Tap at the urinated portion with your rug.
- For the hard to reach portions, use a vacuum to suck out all the traces of dog urine on your plants.
Alternative Treatment: Water Your Plants Thoroughly
Buying club soda can be a hassle for some people, especially those who live far from convenience stores. The high prices of gasoline can make the cheap soft drink additive more expensive than it should really be. Instead of using club soda, you can just water the urinated spot thoroughly.
- water hose
- Plug your water hose to a faucet that is near the urinated spot on your lawn.
- Fire your hose at the urinated area for about 20-30 seconds. Make sure that visible traces of urine are not present after hosing. Be careful not to drown your plants with too much water.
- Wipe the urinated area using a dry rug to make sure that the diluted portions of the urine are eliminated.
- Use a vacuum to suck the remaining traces of urine from the affected plants.
After removing dog urine from your lawn, your next mission is to remove the urine’s stench. The scent of dog urine can stay in your lawn for several days even if you have done every measure to clean the smelly areas. You must apply a different method when removing unwanted urine odor.
- odor eliminator
- rug (if necessary)
- Purchase an odor eliminating spray from a pet shop. Buy a non-toxic spray so that the plants on your lawn won’t be damaged.
- Read the spray’s application instructions. Follow the amount stated by the spray, because the active ingredient of some non-toxic sprays are potent enough to harm your plants.
- After spraying, check if the odor has been eliminated. Spray a little more odor-eliminating solution if the scent remains.
- When the scent of dog urine is finally gone, get your vacuum to dry the previously stinky areas. You can use a rug to wipe off the odor eliminator, if your vacuum is not powerful enough to do the job.
Stop the Mutt
You have several options to keep your dog from urinating on your lawn. Consult a dog trainer to correct the behavioral patterns of your dog. You can also install lawn fixtures to keep your dog away from your lawn. You can also change the diet of your dog so that its urine will not be too harmful to the plants on your lawn. Just pick an option, depending on your budget and the amount of access that you want your dog to have in your household.
The Dog Trainer
Dog trainers have studied the behavioral patterns of dogs for years. They have established tried and tested ways to positively influence your dog’s behavior. If they can teach your dog how to do fancy tricks, they can easily teach your dogs not to urinate on your lawn.
To hire the best dog trainers, you can consult with other dog owners. You can also consult online formus on the Internet to get the lowdown on all the dog trainers in your area. Just read the posts on one or two forums and you will know who to hire. You can also post inquiries on those forums if you want a detailed rundown on the best dog trainers. (If you want to train the dog yourself, see how to house train a puppy)
Installing a lawn fence is a good way to keep your dogs from urinating or playing on your lawn. When selecting a fence, you must take note of the material and the height. Some dogs are powerful enough to push or leap over poorly made fences. Your best option is a fence made of hardwood.
Hardwood fences are heavy and durable enough to withstand the rowdy behavior of any dog breed. You can install a hardwood lawn fence that is taller than your dog, when standing on two legs, to ensure that your lawn is in good condition and urine-free.
The Doggie Sandbox
The sandbox is normally used for cats but it can also work well with dogs. You can dip the tush of your puppy at least three times a day. That simple act will teach your dog the habit of urinating and defecating on the sandbox. Upon reaching its adolescent stage, your dog should have already formed this new habit.
Sand is a known deodorizer, which makes it a good material for pet waste. The design of sandboxes makes the disposal of waste quick and easy. You must own at least one if you have more than one pet. (Tips on how to build a sandbox)
Lawn-Friendly Dog Diet
If you want your dog to run free in your lawn, you can give it a diet that will lower the acidic content of its urine. Consult a veterinarian so that he can prepare a non-acidic diet that will not neglect your pet’s daily need for nutrients. The vet also knows the best specific diets for different dog breeds, ensuring your pet’s good health and your lawn’s good condition.
Of course, you still have to minimize your dog’s urination to keep your lawn healthy. You can combine dog training to enforcing a lawn-friendly dog diet for maximized results.
Female Dogs and Territorial Males
Female dogs are known to have more acidic urine than male dogs. Territorial males, on the other hand, urinate on any spot the moment they feel that their territory is being invaded by a rival. These two types of dogs must be prioritized since they can make your lawn look like a wasteland when uncontrolled.
You can provide training and a healthy diet for both types of dogs. If you are versed with dog behavior, you can administer the training yourself to minimize costs. Consult a veterinarian to know the best diet for your dog.
Dogs are innately playful and territorial. As a responsible dog owner, you must be as territorial as your pet when setting boundaries for urination. Once you teach your dog new tricks, you will have a happy household for your family, pet, and lawn. If you’re interested in reading this article, might as well read how to get rid of dog urine smell.