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How do you stop a bitch ruining the lawn?

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MrsTumbletap Mon 27-Apr-20 16:33:18

DH likes a nice lawn and is thinking ahead for when puppy is bigger that she will leave bleached patches in the grass.

There are rocks you can put in their bowl, tablets, and even a yellow steak you put in the ground to train them to wee in one place.

Does anyone have any success stories with any of these?

If you have a bitch do you have a ruined lawn?

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DeathByPuppy Mon 27-Apr-20 17:43:18

I’ve got an intact male and he’s scorched my grass sad

hiredandsqueak Mon 27-Apr-20 17:49:56

Bella doesn't scorch our lawn. She has been spayed no idea if that's the reason why though. She also does most of her peeing on her walks. The best way I have found to get her to pee in one spot is to take Eric out on his lead when he visits and tell him to pee in a particular spot. This will ensure that Bella will only pee over that until it rains and washes it away.

JKScot4 Mon 27-Apr-20 17:53:03

I have 4 dogs all neutered/spayed no damage to our grass, all big water drinkers though.
It’s the nitrogen in the urine that burns it, you could train her to only pee in one area, maybe a woodchipped part, artificial grass or a set corner

BiteyShark Mon 27-Apr-20 17:53:18

My neutered dog ruins my lawn but he does pee like a bitch.

The stake in the ground was a waste of money. I am not happy to use the rocks in the water bowl and my understanding is that if your dog drinks from other sources then it won't work (mine prefers any other water source than his bowl).

What we do is have watering cans lying about and when he pees on the lawn we water that area. Any areas we miss are dug out and reseeded in the summer months. It is a pain to keep doing but it's the only thing we have found works.

Elieza Mon 27-Apr-20 18:13:08

My neutered female cats pee has scorched my lawn. I started pouring a bucket of water over where she had peed at the time and that seemed to neutralise it. You have to keep watch though!

Veterinari Mon 27-Apr-20 18:15:57

The only way is to dilute the urine - keep a bucket or watering can handy and rinse after they pee

Disfordarkchocolate Mon 27-Apr-20 18:18:41

Our dog wasn't allowed to wee in the garden. That's what walks were for. Much cleaner.

Judashascomeintosomemoney Mon 27-Apr-20 18:21:32

Three bitches, none have ever ruined the grass. All spayed. As PP said though, all v big water drinkers (even the greyhound) so that might have an impact.

RedRiverHog Mon 27-Apr-20 18:25:42

I don't find my either my dog or bitch's urine ruins the grass but it's still a state from them running around in winter. I have to reseed parts every year.

gatsbylove Mon 27-Apr-20 18:48:20

It's all about
- how concentrated the dog's pee is (i.e. how hydrated they are)
- how wet or dry the soil under the grass is
- the dog's peeing habit, whether they pee all on one exact spot or spread it about a bit by, for example, peeing up something

Strong pee, in one spot, onto dry ground is too much nitrogen for the grass so burns it.

Mild pee, or pee spread around a bit or pee diluted by water in the soil, is less likely to burn.

MrsTumbletap Mon 27-Apr-20 20:13:20

Very helpful all thank you.

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YaasssQueen Mon 27-Apr-20 20:27:44

My spayed girl drinks masses. And still burns the grass. Will try the watering can tip, thank you!

(Strangely, a past bitch obvs had different wee bcause she made the grass grow like fury wherever she urinated)

exLtEveDallas Mon 27-Apr-20 20:33:31

Dessert spoon of tomato ketchup in her food. Our mutt ruined the grass at out last place, a friend with working dogs (10 of them) told me about the ketchup and it worked almost immediately.

DreamingOfAFullNightsSleep Mon 27-Apr-20 20:53:20

Interesting! My 3 year old spayed bitch is ruining our lawn... going to try watering it down straight afterwards

gatsbylove Mon 27-Apr-20 22:45:30

Strangely, a past bitch obvs had different wee bcause she made the grass grow like fury wherever she urinated

Yep. Nitrogen is a fertiliser. Too much burns but if it's not too strong then it'll fertilise the grass beautifully.

TheSandgroper Tue 28-Apr-20 03:44:42

Dog rocks.

Peridot1 Tue 28-Apr-20 03:58:12

We give ours some tablets with food these

MrsTumbletap Tue 28-Apr-20 08:14:46

@exLtEveDallas ketchup?! Wow never heard that one before!

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MrsTumbletap Tue 28-Apr-20 08:15:15

@TheSandgroper what dog rocks do you use?

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TheSandgroper Tue 28-Apr-20 09:12:16

I don’t know if they are available in the UK.

www.bunnings.com.au/dog-rocks-200g-lawn-protector_p3010238

yikesanotherbooboo Tue 28-Apr-20 09:21:24

My MIL always added tomato juice to the dog's food. Certainly she didn't have bleached patches on the lawn but we didn't really either without the tomato. I think our dogs usually peed on the gravel outside the front door .

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