Ask The Dog Guide: Peeing on the Lawn

March 6th, 2007 by Dan

Question: “Is there a way to keep my lawn from getting spots because of the dog’s urine?”

Answer: Discoloration of your lawn can be a frustrating problem. “Lawn Burn” is an unsightly issue but there are ways to improve the problem.

The culprit of lawn burn is a high level of nitrogen in dog urine. Female dogs are more likely to cause this issue because they squat and relieve themselves in one location, while males often mark in many locales. Ways to control the amount of burn involve lowering the amount of nitrogen in your dog’s urine. There are several ways to do this:

1. Encourage hydration! You can add a bit of unsalted broth to your dog’s water to increase her consumption. This will dilute the amount of nitrogen found in her urine.

2. Feed a high quality diet! Better diets allow more of the food to be absorbed during digestion. Nitrogen is part of waste, so less waste means less nitrogen will be released.

3. There are supplements out there such as “Lawn Guard” that supposedly aid in the prevention of lawn burn. While we’ve never had use for these supplements ourselves, they receive good reviews from people who have used them.

Finally, teaching your dog to eliminate in one area will, at the very least, reduce the spottiness of your lawn. If you believe a neighbor’s dog is the guilty party, kindly remind them of leash laws.

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