The United States loves dogs – up to 60% or more of people own a dog. With dog ownership comes love, laughter, adventure, and potentially a yard that shows the wear and tear of owning a dog. While few dogs exclusively live outside anymore, most people with yards allow their pooch to enjoy the fun and freedom of being outside from time to time, as well as the necessity that often comes from being the area for the dog’s waste. Especially if you have a fenced-in yard, it makes sense that your dog may enjoy nice days outside. This allows you to clean and vacuum animal hair on the inside – but how do you protect your yard from extensive pooch wear?
One of the answers, obviously, is to limit the amount of time dogs are outside. Dogs are pack animals that enjoy being with their humans, so keeping a dog outside all the time may allow boredom to creep in – in which case, the dog may resort to destructive behavior such as digging holes or gnawing on siding.
With a little common sense, it’s easy to keep your yard in good shape. Regularly pick up and dispose of animal waste, and encourage your pet to eliminate in various areas to avoid one area of grass turning yellow from urine burn. There are commercial preparations that can protect yards from urine burn as well.
Give your animal plenty of things to play with outside – bones that are safe, chew toys and rope toys are popular. If you have a deck, encourage your animal to rest on the deck as well as in the yard by placing a soft all-weather rug on the deck, If it’s placed in one spot on the grass, it could destroy that area of grass.
To keep dogs from digging in flower beds, use decorative rock instead of mulch. Most dogs don’t like to eliminate or dig in rocks, but mulch is inviting to them. Be aware that many plants are sensitive to dog urine, so save your time by not planting them. Shrubbery holds up better to dog urine, as do knockout rose bushes, which can add a splash of brightness to an otherwise all green backyard.
Remember to have your pup’s nails trimmed regularly, because long nails can dig and claw up the dirt and grass and your animal runs and plays.
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