Two things you’ll want to do if you want to keep your grass/lawn nice and green when you own a dog are:
– To prevent your dog peeing and pooping on the grass
– Learning how to treat dog urine grass burn
In this guide, we outline some things you might consider if you want to do these things.
Let’s take a look.
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
Dog Peeing & Pooping On Your Lawn/Grass: How To Stop It, & How To Manage Dog Urine Grass Burn
As a summary, the dog products mentioned in this guide are:
- Materials For Outdoor Dog Potty – read more about some of the best materials for outdoor dog potty areas in this guide
- Portable Physical Dog Fence Barrier – Amagabeli Decorative Garden Fence (on Amazon)
- Natural Oil/Spray Repellant – NOW citronella oil (on Amazon)
- Disposable Dog Potty Patch – DoggieLawn Disposable Dog Potty Real Grass Patch (on Amazon).
- Motion Activated Sprinkler Deterrent System – Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer (on Amazon)
- Ultrasonic Animal Deterrent System – Ultrasonic Animal Chaser Repeller (on Amazon)
- Invisible In Ground Dog Fence Training System – SportDOG In-Ground Fence System SDF-100A (on Amazon)
Treating Grass Burn
- Read the guide below to see potentially useful products and information
How To Stop A Dog From Peeing & Pooping On Your Lawn – Potential Solutions
What Are The Best Options?
The two best options for stopping your dog from peeing or pooping on a specific area of your grass or lawn are probably:
1) Making an outdoor dog potty for your dog
You can make an area of soil (with a filler like pea gravel for example) away from your house (but still within your property), so that you can isolate the mess and smell to one area.
Make sure you train your dog to use the potty so they know where to go when they go outside and need to go potty. Using a leash and treat based positive reinforcement training can be a good idea.
2) Fencing off, or putting a barrier between your dog, and the lawn or grassed area you want to protect
This works most of the time.
Simply erect some type of temporary or permanent physical barrier between your dog and the area you want to protect.
You can even use an invisible pet fence.
For the DIY option, you can use something like the Amagabeli Decorative Garden Fence (on Amazon), which is a movable and portable physical barrier to your lawn.
If you would rather an invisible pet fence, check out this guide about invisible pet and dog fences we put together.
This is a more expensive option and involves pet fence collars to train your dog not to go past the invisible fence barrier you set up.
It can be highly effective though.
An example of a good quality in ground invisible dog fence system is the SportDOG In-Ground Fence System SDF-100A (on Amazon)
If you do opt for a fence though, make sure your dog can keep themselves mentally entertained, have space to walk around and exercise, and have somewhere comfortable to sit and lay down/sleep in the fenced off area
Other options for stopping a dog peeing or pooping on the lawn might include …
3) Mix 100% Natural Citronella Oil In A Spray Bottle With Water – Apply Evenly
Citronella oil has been known to repel dogs in products like citronella bark collars, and anti chew spray for inside the house
Repelling dogs from the lawn with citronella spray for peeing and pooping is no exception.
Some owners have found success with mixing citronella oil like NOW citronella oil (on Amazon) with water in a spray bottle, and spraying their grass evenly with it.
Make sure it’s all natural citronella oil (extracted from citronella grass) so it doesn’t harm your lawn or dog.
You should only need to re-spray it every few weeks.
4) Use A Disposable Patch Of Real Grass
You can get real disposable patches of grass that you can train your dog to pee on when they go outside.
This method does take effort, time, patience, and of course money each time you replace the grass, but it is very popular.
A product that many dog owners use is the DoggieLawn Disposable Dog Potty Real Grass Patch (on Amazon).
The complaint with the artificial grass patches is that a) dog’s don’t like the feel of the artificial grass and b) they are difficult and unhygienic to clean.
5) Spray Vinegar Around Lawn Perimeter (Not On The Lawn Though)
Cheap, and some owners report this to be very effective as a repellant for dogs.
Mix some vinegar up with water to dilute it a bit and spray vinegar around the outside of the lawn.
Don’t get vinegar on the lawn as vinegar is a natural pesticide.
Two things with using vinegar:
Spray it on a small bit of your pavers or whatever surrounds your grass first to test if there is any discolring or permanent marking.
You’ll need to re-spray it fairly regularly as vinegar tends to wash away with rain and time
6) Install Motion Activated Pet Deterrent Sprinkler System
Motion activated pet deterrent sprinkler systems can work great for some people.
Best of all, they aren’t wildly expensive.
An example of a sprinkler deterrent is the Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer (on Amazon)
This system has a 40 foot range with 120 degree field of vision. It has both day and night settings, and will spray not only dogs, but cats, and unwanted wildlife when they get within the radius.
It’s a pain free way to deter animals without harming them.
7) Switch To Plant Based Fertilizer
Some dogs are attracted to fertilisers with blood, fish, bone meal and similar type additives and makeups.
Some people have reported that switching to a different type of fertiliser, like a plant based fertiliser, has decreased their dog’s interest in their lawn.
8) Use An Ultra Sonic Animal & Pet Repellent Sensor System
These products work to varying degrees.
They work for some people and for others not so much.
Similar to a sprinkler deterrent system, except they don’t function with water.
Once such ultrasonic repeller is the Ultrasonic Animal Chaser Repeller (on Amazon) – which is solar powered.
It has a radius of 30ft (9.14m), and emits an ultrasonic signal tone as a repeller when an animal comes in range.
9) Spray Dog Repellent Around Outside Of Lawn
If you find another effective dog or cat repellant spray, similar to the vinegar or citronella, try mixing it in some water and a spray bottle and spraying it around the perimeter of your lawn (not on the grass)
Chances are that if it works to repel in other situations, it works for your lawn.
What To Do About Grass Burn From Dog Urine
We wrote about grass burn in this guide about keeping your grass/lawn nice and green when you own a dog.
How To Bring Back Dead Lawn From Urine Damage
Once the roots have been burnt by the urine, you usually can’t do anything to restore the grass and bring it back from the dead immediately/in the short term.
You’ll need to focus on longer term re-growth, as well as making the grass more damage resistant and healthy in the long term, as well as making sure you’re preventing your dog going potty on the lawn.
Have a good lawn care routine to regrow dead lawn, and for lawn health in general.
This involves mowing, watering, thatching, removing weeds, aerating and fertilising or liming regularly or as required.
When you notice yellow spots on your grass, you might want to double check it’s your dog causing them, and not some other factor, such as poor soil health, or a poor lawn care routine.
How To Replace Or Regrow A Yellow Or Brown Patch Of Grass
If you have yellow and brown dog urine patches on your grass that you want to get rid of, you can consider doing the following:
1) Mow the lawn (to level it out and cut away some of the damaged grass)
2) Remove the dead grass entirely including any roots (but, you may also decide to leave it and let it regrow naturally if there is nothing wrong with the soil)
3) pH test the soil to make sure it’s suitable for your grass
4) Add any soil amendments or additives as required (like fertiliser)
5) Add new grass seeds
6) Follow grass seed instructions for germination
7) Water as required
8) Care and maintain as required to support growth and health
In terms of grass seeds, Scotts offers a dog spot repair seed mix – Scotts EZ Seed Sun and Shade Dog Repair Spot on Amazon.
Otherwise, Pennington offer a general grass bare spot mix repair mix – Pennington Smart Seed Sun and Shade Mix on Amazon.
Be aware that introducing a new lawn type or even just new seeds to your soil might require the following in order for the seeds to germinate and grow properly into new lawn:
– The right weather and temperature conditions in your location (seasons can play a part in this – grass usually grows best in the warmer months)
– Aerated soil (anaerobic conditions caused by irrigation and drainage issues are bad for organic growth)
– A pH test of the soil, and the use of soil additives and amendments like fertiliser and lime to either reduce or increase the acidity or alkalinity of the soil
– Consistent watering and following the installation/germination instructions of the seed manufacturer/supplier
It might save you some time and money to speak to a professional in lawn services, or a landscaper, to get their opinion on your lawn, soil and dog urine issue (in conjunction with a vet).
They might be able to draw you up a solution and long term strategy for lawn care and maintenance.
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