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Izabella has decided on a perfect place to pee. We can be outside forever and she'll keep pulling me over to the same spot and go there. I'm just happy that it is outside my house so I say "Yay!" but... the lawn is my husband's pride and joy and he is going to be heartbroken. Is there some lawn remedy that works?

Thanks in advance.

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Since urine is composed largely of ammonia, you might try pouring a small amount of ammonia in a spot in the yard that you would like Izabrella to go to. Lead her to that spot and see if she is interested in using it as her potty spot. Can't hurt to try it! Caution--ammonia will kill the lawn too, so make sure you choose a hidden area!!!

Jim, Connie, Bailey & Sophie

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My hubby gets a bit irritated about 'spots' in his lawn, too.

I just tell him "get over it".......it's just grass!

He adores our Piper, so, he lives with it as best he can.....;).

Cathy

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sheila and Misty
I'm in the 'who cares' camp, but I have read that the most effective thing is to simply swamp the area with water. As Dr. Bronner says, "Dilute! Dilute!" :P

dilute for sure! as soon as it happens ..otherwise your going to have to get use to the Arizona lawn look. Looks just like my relatives grass.I know...... : We also have alot of cats ,squirrels and rabbits that spot up the lawn.. on the lighter side how but a can of spray paint...no-one will know the difference-just dont do high gloss it will look suspicious. :whistle:

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My dh isn't nearly as fussy about the house as he is w/ the lawn, especially the backyard. With 6 dogs, special care needs to be taken to maintain green grass. I've tried different treatments for brown spots, but as Brad said, DILUTE! Our sprinkler system does a good job on the yard. If an area starts looking rough, I use some chicken wire and section it off to give the grass a break from the dogs.

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Welcome to the patchy lawn club :lol:

My husband doesn't like it either but he loves his dog more than the lawn so he copes with it, give or take a few grumbles here and there :D

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I heard that if you buy orange juice frozen in a can and slice it up and put it on the bad spots that it helps - I haven't tried it - and yes I have spots in the yard from pee... :( and there is this spray that camos the damage that you can buy at Petsmart - but I haven't tried that either.... I'm just one of those that has tried to relax - even after I dished out a lots of money on professional landscaping prior to the dogs... - HA!

Hollie Edelbrock & Brystal Sonoma
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Thanks for the suggestions. I read them all. Besides the fact that my husband admires his lawnwork, we are putting our house up for sale in a month and he is working very hard at sprucing and fixing (and all I do is take care of my dogs). Another teensy prob is that the hose connection is leaking into the wall so I don't have a hose for a while until we get his plumber in.

I'm going to try some of the other suggestions and I'm going to have to try to convince Iz to find a new fav.

Izabella's "sister" a westie puppy has a different fav (which is wherever she may be when the urge strikes) and she will squat to pee and then not even change positions to poop at the same time. How lucky am I?

Barbara

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Izabella's "sister" a westie puppy has a different fav (which is wherever she may be when the urge strikes) and she will squat to pee and then not even change positions to poop at the same time. How lucky am I?

Barbara

I have a portable puppy pen outside (actually I borrowed one of the rabbit's outside pens) for training our Westie pup to go outside. He's trained now, but when we're all outside playing, he will still run back over to the pen to go "potty". I guess he just associates that as his "bathroom". I forgot to mention that his grandmother is from Ireland. He's the greatest and keeps right up w/ his big "sister's".

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Yes, we're in the "we don't care camp" too..... but water seems to work best. We notice that we never have burn stains when there is a snow storm or rain.

Kate, Darcy & Bailey's mom
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When I moved 4 years ago, the prior owners had put in a lovely turf lawn....one look at that and I thought to myself, "That aint' gonna last" ........:) I actually have thought of looking into a grass alternative like bark, or maybe sand ? Anyone try anything but a lawn or plain dirt for the dogs yard ?

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The lawn always comes back greener after the brown spots recover, that's the bright side. After a couple of years of drought and hard clay soil my lawn is mostly moss and weed anyway. I'm learning to live with it - returfing is too big a job, probably too expensive, and of more importance I cannot keep off the lawn for the month or so afterwards you are supposed to before the roots grow into the soil.

I thought bitches were bad - but my Rudi has done more to destroy my garden than Abby. Rudi was neutered late so he lifts his leg up to wee. He burned the sides of beautiful box balls I had been growing for over eight years and destroyed them. I now only have four left and I have to keep patching the sides with small box plants. Some plants are fine but others sucuumb to being weed on - so my choice of plants is severely limited.

Plus, he wees on all the shrubs and then later on sticks his head in them to look for frogs, toads and mice. So half the time his head smells like wee.

Give me brown patches on the lawn anyday!

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I have just noticed, now that the grass is coming in for spring, that there are dead spots where Barney likes to pee. I have to add my name to the "don't care" list as well! We have a problem with Creeping Charlie in our yard. It takes over with a vengence and whenever there is a dead spot or a hole that Barney has excavated, it fills in nicely with Creeping Charlie! There is no way known to man to kill this stuff, so I just enjoy it. It smells good when you mow it and in the spring it gets lovely purple flowers! It does become a pain when it winds around my flowers, but it does pull up easily.

I just figure, a patchy lawn is just one of the many sacrifices we make to have a dog for a pet! And I am just one of those people that doesn't care if my lawn is perfect. We live in an older/historic part of town and if our lawns are mowed and lots of flowers are blooming that's good enough for us! My BIL lives in a fancy neighborhood near Denver and if one little dandelion shows it's ugly head, they call out the FBI to find out who's yard was responsible for sending the seed over! He dashes for the Round Up and frets for about an hour over the whole thing! Not for me, thanks! Weeds are beautiful in their own way....

Now, If someone can come up with a way to get our doggies to quit digging, I am all ears!!!

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