At last, you’ve got a lawn to spoil your dog with. It’s lush. It’s green. It’s beautiful. But how do you keep it that way?
The minute your dog starts the process of claiming your green space for his or her own, you probably noticed a problem. Your green paradise may quickly be turning brown and becoming harder to maintain.
There are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to save your lawn from dog pee and turn your outdoor space into a place that you can both enjoy together. Here are five easy ways that you can start reclaiming your lawn today.
1. Rinse lawn damage away
To save your lawn from lawn burn, you’re going to need to keep your hose or sprinkler handy. Every time your pup pees, give the area a quick rinse. This instantly dilutes any potentially harmful compounds that could linger on your lawn. As a bonus, rinsing dog pee from your lawn gives your grass an extra shot of healthy hydration that will help it look better than ever. Note that if you live in an area with cool, snowy winters, you may get a bit of a break from this routine in wintertime -- the snow will dilute your dog’s urine for you.
Grass on your lawn can be overwatered. If you notice that your ground is already spongy or muddy from recent rainfall, skip the rinse until conditions dry out. Extra moisture on your lawn will dilute dog pee in the meantime.
If you need to rescue your lawn from dog pee spots that have already appeared, start by removing dead grass at the spot with a rake or a dethatching tool. If you haven’t already, give the area a good rinse before reseeding to flush out any chemical residue left in the soil from previous pee. Patch the area with Bad Spot!™and be sure to water it thoroughly. Protect the spot as new grass grows in, and make sure to keep the area clean.
2. Train your dog to pee on command.
Dogs of any age can be trained to pee where and when you would like. Remember, your very good boy (or girl!) wants to please you, and that extends to their bathroom habits.
Take your dog out on a leash to the place where you’d like them to do their business, and use a signal word of your choice to command your dog to go. Once your dog pees, give them a small reward to make it clear that you’re pleased with their behavior. Even if your dog hasn’t taken care of business as a direct response to your command, give them a treat to demonstrate a job well done.
3. Give your dog more water to drink.
Lawn burn happens when your soil reacts with high nitrogen levels in your dog’s urine. To say that in a simpler way, dog pee overwhelms the soil in a way that can burn grass from the root. Studies show that it’s the concentration of your dog’s urine that causes lawn scald - if you can find a way to dilute your dog’s urine, you’ll notice less and less damage to your lawn.
To get your canine companion to drink more, give them access to fresh, clean water more often throughout the day. Take your dog out for a pee break more throughout the day to encourage better hydration. Not only will your lawn be happier, your dog will be too. Drinking water is just as important for dogs as it is for humans, and staying hydrated can protect your dog from kidney and liver issues down the line.
4. Give Spot a designated spot.
As you’re working on getting your dog to pee on demand, make your intentions even more clear by leading your pet to the same spot to go every morning and evening. Your dog will come to understand that spot on your lawn is theirs. Choose an area that’s less prominent -- shady spaces and spots behind trees work just fine. Keep it clean by clearing any dog waste or other garbage out of the area on a daily basis. And make sure it’s not too small of a space -- your dog should be able to still have a couple corners to choose from when they go.
It may take a couple of weeks, but your dog will start to respond and lead the way to “their spot” if you stick to this routine. If you have kids that share the lawn with your dog, or if you’re working on training your dog with cues anyway, a designated spot for dog pee is the way to go (in more ways than one). But if you’re using our Good Boy™ and Bad Spot!™ Products, having a space that serves as Spot’s bathroom is more of an option than a necessity.
5. Create a lawn care routine that keeps your dog in mind.
Fertilizer products are an essential part of keeping your lawn lush and happy. Read the labels of every product that you use on your lawn to make sure that it can be used around everyone in your family, including your pet. Our BarkYard™ kits include some natural ingredients. Good Boy™ contains feather meal, and Bad Spot! ™ contains natural coconut coir, which holds water to help seedlings grow. When following package directions, these products have been evaluated for safe use around pets so that you can save your lawn while knowing you’re not putting your pet in harm’s way.
Stick to a consistent watering, mowing, and feeding routine. The more consistent you can be, the better your lawn will look. While you’re at it, you might want to let your grass grow a little higher when your lawn is in a state of repair. Keep mowing regularly, but “mow high” by adjusting your mower settings so that your grass has longer blades, three inches or taller. This can disguise damage from dog pee while you work to establish a lawn care routine.
It can be a daunting task to change your dog’s habits -- and sometimes even more daunting to change your own. But the way to fix an outdoor space that’s been damaged by dog pee comes down to consistency and intention. Good Boy™ and Bad Spot! ™ are made specifically to make this process faster and easier, so that you can save your lawn (and your sanity) as quickly as possible.