Dogs and turf don't always get along. Unfortunately, your dog can run circles in your grass until you have bare spots, he can dig holes and he can urinate on the grass and burn it. However, with the right strategies, your dog and your grass can exist productively and harmoniously together. Here's what you need to do:
1. Have a plan for cleaning urine and repairing grass
Unfortunately, when your dog urinates on your grass, the salts in your dog's urine can kill the grass. If you see your dog urinating on part of your turf or grass, grab your garden pipe and rinse off the area. The water will dissipate the urine and spread it around so it doesn't ruin a patch of your grass.
Because it is not always possible to catch your dog in action, there may be times when brown urine spots are burned into the turf. Deal with those by applying a turf repair product. Ideally, this reseeding product should promise to neutralise the salt in the urine stain - that will help the patch of grass avoid burning.
2. Fertilise the grass as often as recommend
Different types of turf require different amounts of fertilisation and added nutrients. When fertilising your grass, make sure you are doing it as often as recommended by the manufacturer of the fertiliser as well as the turf company from whom you bought your grass.
Fertilising too little will result in grass that is stunted or easily damaged by your dog, but over-fertilising can also kill or weaken your grass.
3. Restrict your dog's toilet to a small section of the grass
If you really want to prevent damage to your grass, section of a small part of your yard as the exclusive area where your dog can urinate or defecate. Fence in this area or use large rocks to visually set it apart from the rest of your yard. Train your dog to use only this area from the first day that you have him.
4. Take your dog on walks
If you don't want your dog to run paths into your yard, you need to help him burn off some energy by taking regular walks with him. If you don't have time to walk him, you can hire a dog walker or build a run, a special grass-free part of your yard for your dog to run around.
5. Invest in artificial turf
If you aren't up for the hard work of maintaining real grass with your dog around, consider investing in fake turf. Designed to look just like real turf, artificial turf doesn't allow your dog to dig holes in your yard, and it won't wear out as your dog runs over it. If you need to remove a doggy stain, just grab the hose and wash it off.