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DontBuyANewMumCashmere Mon 29-Feb-16 17:52:08

I have recently acquired a wonderful new toddler. She's not yet 100% steady on her feet but pretty good.
I'm a bit reluctant to let her walk around our back garden as although I try to pick up every day (2 dogs and quite a large garden) I'm very nervous that she'd fall into poo that I haven't seen, or a recently pooed on area... I mean I know I'm not going to sterilise every bit of garden I'm not that pfb! but wondered what everyone else does.
We're about to try to train them into going in certain areas but haven't done it yet and don't know that this would always work.
I'd be grateful to know how others work dogs and children in gardens.

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Mon 29-Feb-16 18:00:21

I have a v v large back garden & in summer I clean poos asap but sometime in the 5 minutes between the busimess happening & me getting to it 1 of the 4 DC (& on occasion bloody DH) still manage to step in can't stop it really & I tend to spend most of summer calling 'mind in case she's had a poo'. Usually it's fine. That beimg said she has good firm stools so clean up is very easy if there is a runny one I'll pick up as best I can then hose down. No harm has come to the DC yet.

almostthirty Mon 29-Feb-16 18:02:59

As above but in a small garden.

almostthirty Mon 29-Feb-16 18:03:18

Oh and less children wink

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Mon 29-Feb-16 18:04:23

Oh & she's started (by herself) only going on the patio (for wees & poos) which makes it even easier as I can just shove disinfectant & boiling water down. It's possibly because she's not a fan of cold/icy grass on her bits though grin so it may not last in to summer!

cathpip Mon 29-Feb-16 18:18:23

I have (and so have the neighbours) got used to the lovely quietness of my dc yelling "muuuum, dog poo"! It's quite surprising how early toddlers can pronounce the words dog and poo smile, admittedly I do go out every morning before they are all released and do a "poo patrol" but I do always seem to miss one.

LilCamper Mon 29-Feb-16 18:43:59

Keep your dogs wormed and keep up with the poo patrols.

BloodyDogHairs Mon 29-Feb-16 18:49:11

I bought mesh fencing (I think it's called that) from Amazon and sectioned off my garden. I have 2 large dog's and a small garden, I didn't like the thought of my small dc's playing where the dog's pee.

It's been great over the winter too as I don't have to deal with muddy paws as the dog's only use the concrete now.

SexLubeAndAFishSlice Mon 29-Feb-16 18:59:32

Fence through the middle of the garden. Dogs have the side nearest the back door and DD has the far side, her trampoline, slide etc are that side. She spends most of the summer in the garden barefoot so we put a small fence up, so it doesn't matter too much if I don't clean up straight away.

Floralnomad Mon 29-Feb-16 19:16:47

We fenced off our patio area ,which is outside the kitchen doors ,with ornamental metal fencing and any business is picked up and / or washed down and disinfected as soon as I see it , we keep a watering can with diluted dettol in for the job. Therefore our dog only goes on the grass and decked areas when we are out there and he is invited ,he has a bench on the patio that he sits on .

SexLubeAndAFishSlice Tue 01-Mar-16 15:19:27

The dogs have wrecked their bit of lawn, it used to be lawn with a few bare patches, now it's mud with a few grass patches grin I'm trying to persuade DH that we should get artificial grass but he refuses to spend more on a carpet for the garden than he'd spend on a carpet for indoors grin

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Tue 01-Mar-16 15:58:50

Sex it's not as great as it appears! My DH has had a lot of clients ask for it (general building & landscaping) & while it looks great so many have come back to him 12-18 months down the line to lay turf because it just isn't the same as real grass. In fact he has at least 6 booked in for the next couple of months (not all initially laid by him).

SexLubeAndAFishSlice Tue 01-Mar-16 17:05:41

That may be, but in the dogs half of the garden there is hardly any grass. Fake grass would be better than the swamp we currently have.

AnUtterIdiot Wed 02-Mar-16 14:55:10

All our neighbours have artificial grass so that they can hose the dog poo off. We have a small area of short lawn and poo bags grin

I wouldn't worry about the DC, OP. I grew up in a house with a vast garden and lots of dogs and just learned to be careful and check where I sat or played.

AnUtterIdiot Wed 02-Mar-16 14:55:57

PS it wasn't vast, actually, just bigger than my current garden!

sparechange Wed 02-Mar-16 15:04:48

We have fake grass, but we have also trained the dogs to go on command, so we can pick it up there and then

DontBuyANewMumCashmere Wed 02-Mar-16 17:41:26

Thanks all, lots of useful stuff.
Cheers 🐕🐕💩💩

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