How to Keep Your Dog from Damaging the Lawn

Why does my dog’s pee kill my grass? 

It is a common misconception that urine’s acid causes grass to turn yellow or brown. In fact, nitrogen and salt in pee are the primary culprits. When urine contacts grass, it draws moisture from the plant cells, creating a “burn” mark. Female dogs often do more harm to grass than male dogs because they squat and emit a more concentrated stream.

Can I train my dog to pee somewhere else?

It will take some effort, but it is possible. To begin, teach your dog to urinate on command: Before they pee, follow them into the yard and say something like “Go pee” or “Get busy,” then treat them. Start walking them on a leash to where you want them to pee, such as a piece of gravel, mulch, or easy-to-clean artificial grass. Then give them your cue and treat them once they’ve peed. If you’re considering giving your dog a lawn-saving oral supplement, veterinarians advise against it because it could hurt your pet.

How can I prevent my lawn from dying after my dog pees on it?

Dilution might be a remedy to pollution if your dog is stubborn or you are not up to training. Whether they keep pouring one out in the same spot or prefer to keep you guessing, use a hose, bucket, or watering can to “flush” the area.

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Stewart Keith, VP of Agronomy