If you’ve got a dog that spends time in your backyard, you’ll know ALL about their natural habits and mis-behaviours that add extra work to your lawn care regime. If left unmanaged, you can be dealing with some pretty frustrating situations trying to recover your once healthy green lawn.

Here’s some common behavioural issues dog owners experience and some possible solutions to keeping them under control.

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Problem: My dog urinates on my lawn

A lawn with repeated frequent exposure to dog urine can be difficult to maintain an even green, healthy appearance. Grass patches that turn yellow and die off overtime are caused by frequent exposure to the nitrogen from proteins in your dogs diet – causing it to burn.

What to look for:
Bright green patches that gradually turn yellow – that (can) die off completely.

Solution/s:
• Water your lawn straight away
• Train your dog to pee in a non-lawn location
• Increase your dog’s water intake
• Add ‘Dog Rocks’ to your dog’s water bowl

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Problem: My dog is digging holes in my lawn

While some dog breeds are inherent diggers, digging behaviour can also be linked to boredom, loneliness, lack of stimulation or because they’ve learnt the behaviour over time.

What to look for:
The holes in your lawn! If they’re not doing this at base of fences or up against buildings, try these possible solutions to reinforce positive behaviours.

Solution/s:
• Make sure your dog’s walking needs are being met
• Play with them using active toys (balls, sticks, chews) as frequently possible
• Provide an alternate digging area (like a sandpit) with buried objects
• Leave some interesting / challenging toys for them during the day

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Problem: Dog Tracks / Runs

What to look for:
Similarly to digging holes, some dogs will develop running behaviours that create tracks in your lawn and garden. Wear-resistant lawns will withstand this regular use, though are not immune to the wear and tear over time, especially when it comes to larger dogs.

Try these tips below to reduce the level of impact on your lawn and give it a chance to repair naturally.

• Fence / section off parts of your lawn
• Make sure your dog’s exercise needs are being met
• Play with them using active toys (balls, sticks, chews) as frequently possible
• Keep your lawn healthy with a regular maintenance regime