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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-20-2008, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Urine Spots

I have brown spots in my backyard grass where I am assuming my boys have been going to the bathroom. Why does urine turn the grass brown and what do you use to bring these spots back to life?
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Re: Urine Spots

The acid in the urine burns the grass and it turns brown. Just sprinkler some grass seed and some soil on the spots that are already there and that will take care of the spots but if you hose down the urine everytime then you won't get the spots. I don't think anyone has that much time but the seed and soil will help the grass grow back.

I also heard that male dogs have a higher acid count then the female dogs.
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Re: Urine Spots

I think it's a never ending battle.

an easier solution than trying to follow after the dog and correct the brown spots is to train your dog to urinate in one place that you reserve for this.

Find an out of the way spot in your yard that you don't have to look at right out your kitchen window. Back corner, other side of the garage. Put down a patch of gravel, or mulch--something that will keep mud down and paws dry. And then teach the dog to go there exclusively.

You may have to take the dog out on a leash a few times and lead them to the spot. When they go there, praise big time. Create some word to go with this. (At our house it's "Go All the Way..." Which was an impromptu variation of "Go Outside" because instead of stopping, I want them to "Go All the Way" around the garage to the side yard.) Now, it's "You want to go outside?" Dog run to the door. I open the door and say "go all the way." They go pee in their spot, then they can play.


Anyway. With a few hours invested into re-training the dog where to pee, I think you'll end up saving thousands of hours in hosing down pee spots and sprinkling grass seed.

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Re: Urine Spots

There are treats and supplements that are supposed to prevent that. I have some, but really can't say if they work. (My dogs' pee doesn't leave much of a spot, anyway.) I'll check and get the name of them.
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Re: Urine Spots

thanks for the response, my backyard is beginning to look like a spotted leapard, I think its about time to train them to use a specific spot...
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The treats "to stop lawn yellowing" are Nutri-Vet Green Grass Soft Chews.
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That's the golden (no pun intended) ticket! thanks Tncurt...
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