Dogs bring so much joy into our lives, they give unconditional love and affection and they don’t ask for anything in return. Aside from maybe a few belly rubs and the occasional tasty treat.
But one thing our dogs are not good at is gardening. Some playful puppies think it’s fun to dig up our grass and flower beds. Their claws turn over the lawn as they run, and their grooming habits aren’t a treat either.
Dog urine causes lasting damage to our grass bed, and any pet owner who has tried to tackle pesky stains knows how difficult they can be to fix. So an expert has shared some tips to help you.
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Carlos Real, lawn care expert and general manager of Total Lawn, revealed that dog urine is so acidic that it can completely kill grass in certain areas. He advises: “The best thing to do is train your dog to go to the toilet in a specific area of the garden, or if that’s not possible there are ways to fix your lawn.”
Is it necessary to keep your dog away from the lawn?
“It’s hard to keep dogs off the lawn, so realistically any household with dogs and kids won’t have a pristine lawn. It’s also not completely necessary, just be sure to maintain your lawn after heavy use. Using a garden pitchfork to aerate the most damaged areas will help reduce compaction or use a repair kit to repair badly damaged areas and simply keep your dog out of that area for about a week.
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If your lawn is damaged by dogs/children, how can you fix it?
“Separate the affected area and loosen the soil with a garden fork, this will help reduce compaction. Then apply a mixture of pre-seed fertilizer, new grass seed and topsoil to the area and keep it moist for a few weeks until new growth begins to appear, you should also consider Use a hardy seed as it will aid in recovery. and stress tolerance. Another great preventative method is to apply seaweed to your lawn every few weeks, this helps with turf recovery and overall stress tolerance.
If you want to train your dog to pee elsewhere, Rob Cammish, dog training expert and managing director of Total K9 Ltd, has shared his top tips:
erect a barrier
“The most effective way to keep your dog off your lawn is to put up a fence, but this can be expensive and not the most aesthetically pleasing, so another option is to introduce plants, shrubs or rows. dog-safe hedges.Or if you prefer not to erect a barrier, a motion-activated water sprinkler is just as effective.
Create a designated washroom area
“Teaching a dog to go to the bathroom in a specific area is very similar to house training a puppy – training and repetition are key! You need to create a designated area for your dog to go to the bathroom and encourage your dog to go to this area, and once he does, be sure to praise him.Remember to remove all feces outside of this area to avoid confusion.
Create repellents yourself
“Dogs can experience similar side effects to humans when using repellents and pesticides, so it’s important to check the ingredients to make sure they’re suitable for dogs. Or, create your own using ½ cup of lemongrass oil and four pairs of water, placed in a spray bottle – any other solution could be too acidic and damage your lawn.
“While some breeds may seem to have an easier time learning new commands, every dog breed can be trained, but it’s important to remember that every dog breed was developed for a specific job. If you’re considering getting a dog, do your research to understand the skills and lifestyle requirements of the breed – some of the easiest breeds to train include German Shepherds, Border Collies, Schnauzers, Poodles and Labrador retrievers.
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