|Barked: Wed Mar 21, '12 1:43pm PST |
|About those products you feed to the dog to neutralize their urine... while in theory they may work to prevent lawn burn, it's really not healthy for the dog. Dog urine is slightly acidic by nature to prevent bacteria from colonizing the urinary tract, and to prevent bladder/kidney stones from forming. I would worry that using these products long-term might predispose a dog to UTIs or stones.
You can train your dog to pee in a specific area to minimize lawn damage... start by taking her on-leash to the designated pee spot (maybe on gravel or barkchips instead of grass, or behind a visual barrier of some kind) at a time when you KNOW she has to pee (like she's been the house for a long time) and praise her effusively when she goes, plus give her a tasty treat. If you do this for several days, she should naturally run to that spot when she has to go. You can taper off the rewards after a while, but don't do it cold turkey.
Oh, adding this at the last minute... if you want to go with Squam's suggestion of a surface neutralizer, you can get agricultural lime at farm and and garden stores for around 10 dollars for a giant bag. It's a lot like the drywall dust, but comes pre-powdered. Gardeners use it to neutralize acidic soil and add calcium for plants to grow.
Edited by author Wed Mar 21, '12 1:47pm PST
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