Why dog urine grass? Let’s see together.. Although some ignore it, most of us know that both the urine of animals and people can affect or harm to a greater or lesser extent both the lawn and other plants that are sprayed with this substance. Everything depends on the frequency, the quantity, the climatic conditions, etcetera. When the dog mictures or defecates, in addition to carrying out a basic and fundamental need for your organism, it also serves to communicate with its congeners.
From this we must deduce and understand that an occasional “meadita” on a plant or piece of grass does not have to cause more damage than the spot derived from that act, whose effects will disappear with the next irrigation or the next rain. Moreover, even if the animal urinates in the same place from time to time, the effect of these specific urinations (never made daily) can discolor the part of grass on which the urine falls, but they do not have to dry it out as long as the lawn has enough time to recover and receives the minimum necessary care (irrigation, fertilization and periodic mowing). This is less valid if we live in a humid area of permanent and abundant rainfall, where the water that falls from the sky is responsible for cleaning and diluting the urine.
In any case, we must be clear that the urine harms and severely affects the lawn and other plants if it is sprayed once or several times at the same point every day. When this happens, the abrasive power of certain components of this liquid (uric acid, for example) is acting progressively without pause and let see its pernicious effects in the short term, since the lawn does not have time or possibility of recovering, so it dries When dried, the grass plants die and with the passage of time, they decompose and disappear, exposing the land they used to cover. Thus, due to this uninterrupted process, is how the so-called “bald” appear in what previously resembled a uniform green cloak.
Given the negative effects that urine can have on the lawn, the next thing we must do is to see the function and the different meanings that both the urine and the act of urinating can have for the dog.
The dog, like its ancestor the wolf and other canids, uses urine mainly to delimit and mark its territory. But with these “personalized” signals you can not only inform your peers that this territory is occupied or belongs to you, you can also tell them that you move regularly around the area or that you have just passed or passed by at some point.
At the same time, the dogs that investigate these urine marks obtain important data about the “author”, among others sex (if male or female), age (if it is a puppy, young or adult), mood ( if you are frightened, calm, angry, sexually active, etc.); if a female is involved: whether or not she is in heat, if she has a pseudopregnancy, is pregnant or has recently given birth.
In this sense, we can not forget that the character and the hierarchical rank of the dog play an important role. Regarding the character, because it is obvious that the most dominant specimens are more predisposed to cover with their urine the “marks” of other dogs, especially of their same sex. In reference to the hierarchical rank, because the individuals who occupy the highest positions in the hierarchical structure of the group, which tend to be the most dominant, are almost irremediably bound by their “rank” to cover with their “marks” those of lower members for So keep on asserting your superiority.
Now that we know in broad strokes the important and necessary communicative role that fulfills and represents the urine for the dog, both in the social and hierarchical aspect, we can go on to observe the causes that cause this type of problems; thus, by knowing them, we will be better able to develop the solution that best suits our situation, environment and other circumstances.
In general, this problem manifests itself because normally most people who live in a house with a garden fall into the error of believing that with this land available to the animal it does not need to go out at all.
There are also some owners who despite knowing that even living in a house with a garden, the dog must go out at least once a day at least one hour to recognize and inspect the area or urbanization, interact with other dogs and do exercise, but do not do it for convenience or other reasons. In any case, the worst thing is that they have not thought about putting one or several zones in the land as “canine toilets” that the animal can use. So, sooner rather than later, all these owners end up complaining about the more or less sorry state of the garden and start looking for a solution.
Of this last group of owners, some, reading books and specialized magazines and / or contacting professionals (educators / trainers, veterinarians or breeders), try to find a method or system that makes compatible the well-being of their canine friend and that of the garden. Others, putting the dog first, assume the popular saying (often cited by a good friend) “agriculture and livestock are not compatible in the same field” and choose not to worry about the garden. But some, without recognizing their error, blame only the dog and give priority to the garden, with what they decide to fence it to prevent access, tie him to a chain, lock him up or get rid of him.
This last type of owner should understand, first, that the dog is not the culprit; since he has not chosen to live such a situation and since he is not given another option, he has no opportunity to do anything else; Second, they would have to reconsider and think that tying or locking him up is not the best solution. In this case, the dog will normally suffer a change in behavior that can negatively influence family coexistence; that is, it is usually “stressed” and show more anxious, barking, nervous behavior, and so on.
There are some options that allow making the garden compatible with the dog without it losing freedom, in addition to respecting the social and hierarchical behavior of its species. These options can be carried out jointly or separately and adapted to our specific case in order to solve the problem, if not at all, to a large extent.
Ideally, from the moment the dog (puppy, young or adult) becomes part of the family, be taken out for a walk several times a day (morning, afternoon and evening), so that in a short time he gets used to it. Do your needs outside the house and the garden. In case we do not do this from the first day or do not maintain such a routine, urinating and defecating in the garden becomes a normal and routine habit for the dog. This habit, once established, can be difficult to eliminate altogether, since the habit of doing their necessities every day in the same place usually takes root in the animal; besides that the odorous stimulus of previous micturitions remains emanating its aroma for a certain time, and this, in turn, can incite you to urinate in these points occasionally.
Anyway, if we propose it and we have the possibility of taking the dog several times a day, we congratulate him with caresses and compliments when he urinates and defecates in the street and we reprimand him when he does it in the garden, probably in a short time he will understand what what we intend him to do and he will get used to doing it outside, or at least he will hardly do it in the garden.
Of course, in order to avoid as much as possible to continue to receive the message oloroso of previous urinations and that these encourage you to urinate on more occasions, we should rehabilitate the “bald spots” or areas where the dog urinated or urinated watering, paying and planting new grass to eliminate that smell and the stimulus that could cause him to urinate again in those spots.
If we can not get out on the street every day and / or daily three times we will have to take advantage of the territorial instinct, more or less developed in all dogs, to do it in the place that interests us; For this we will prepare several areas as “canine toilets”, strategically placed in the limits and corners of the garden that will also serve as “territorial marking area”. These “toilets” must be placed at least 10 centimeters above the ground and have a surface area of approximately one square meter.
Its surface must be delimited with curbs, better cement, which will prevent the river sand from spreading with which we will fill them.
Of course, we will also place in the middle a tube or cement pole or other material so that the male is stimulated to lift the leg.
To help you better understand the function of these areas, it would be advisable that the first days we deposited on the sand some of its depositions and that we sprinkle this one and the post for males with a little ammonia something reduced with water, whose smell resembles that of the urine. These odorous emanations and our congratulations when you are using the area will gradually get the dog to use these “toilets” more and more frequently.
Finally, I would like to tell you that not all turf bald heads are produced by the urine of dogs, as it can be affected by some type of fungus; For this reason, we recommend you to look for specialized information in this regard.