If dogs regularly visit your yard to go potty, you might be stuck with a lawn that has yellow and brown patches, trampled flower beds and holes the size of craters. Not to mention the smelly surprises scattered all over the place. After overcoming your frustration, take steps to keep dogs out of your yard. With a healthy dose of stick-to-itiveness and some simple dog-deterring methods, you can keep your lawn looking plush and green all year round.
Items You May Need:
• Lawn sign
• Motion-detecting sprinkler system
• Dog-repelling granules
• Cedar mulch or pea gravel
• Lawn ornament
• Dog treats
• Can of coins
Stopping Other People's Dogs
Tip #1 - Put a sign on your lawn that says something to the effect of: "Please keep your dog off my lawn." People walking their dogs will see the sign and hopefully have their dogs go potty elsewhere.
Tip #2 - Find out who owns the dog who's doing the damage and go talk to him. Stay civil, explain the problem and remind him of the leash law if there's one in your area. Point out where the local parks are and suggest that he walks his dog there. Avoid getting angry, because this might upset your neighbor to the point where he refuses to cooperate.
Tip #3 - Install a motion-detecting sprinkler system in your yard. When a stray dog enters your yard, the motion detector senses this and activates the sprinkler system. The quick squirt of water that follows chases the dog away. Remember to turn off the sprinkler system when you go in the yard.
Tip #4 - Apply dog-repelling granules along the perimeter of your yard and in areas where dogs tend to eliminate. The dog repellent has a taste or smell that dogs dislike and when applied consistently it can help keep them away.
Tip #5 - Install a sturdy fence around the yard so strange dogs can't get on your lawn. Now's the time to get that white picket fence you've always wanted.
Stopping Your Own Dog
Tip #1 - Create a separate potty area on the lawn for your dog. Select an area of the lawn that's large enough for your dog to move around in. Remove the grass and plants from this area and cover the ground with a 2-inch layer of cedar mulch or pea gravel. If you're in a creative mood, place a lawn ornament in the area to act as a marking post. Border off the potty area with large rocks, or for extra privacy, install a fence around it.
Tip #2 - Leash your dog and bring him to the potty area when it's time to go potty. Say "go potty," and wait patiently for your pet companion to do his business. It might take a while at first, but over time he'll get used to his new outdoor potty. Lavishly praise him and give him a treat when he uses the potty.
Tip #3 - Correct your dog if he goes potty elsewhere in the yard. Shake a can of coins when you catch him in the act. The noise will startle him and stop him in his tracks. Take him by the collar and guide him to his potty area. Say "go potty" and wait until he finishes doing his business. Praise him afterward.
By Kimberly Caines
About the Author
Kimberly Caines is a well traveled model, writer and licensed physical fitness trainer who was first published in 1997. Her work has appeared in the Dutch newspaper "De Overschiese Krant" and on various websites. Caines holds a degree in journalism from Mercurius College in Holland and is writing her first novel.