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91stsps  [Team Member]
7/2/2006 5:07:32 PM
I seriously need to re-seed most of my back yard, around 50% to be exact. We have two Rotties, a male and female, and there pee has killed off the grass. In May I put down a section of sod, 8'X16' and they have killed off most of it. At this rate I may as well have the yard done in concrete. I live in MD, so I need some grass for zone 7. I could care less about the lack of grass, but the bare patches really create a dust problem. This grass will also have to be pretty tough to handle two Rotties running around on it. Thanks in advance.
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ikor  [Team Member]
7/2/2006 10:32:24 PM
It is probably the bitches piss that is doing the damage, not the male's. (Males do, of course, piss all over everything, so they can definitely do damage, but unless he is constantly pissing on the same spot, it will be the female you need to watch.)

I have never yet seen or heard of a grass that can tolerate bitch piss without dying. I own a 16 acre farm (14 acres of Bahia with a little Centipede thrown in) and have four bitches and can walk you around the property and show you where they pissed 3-5 days ago. Why? "Cause the grass is dead or dying at every spot.

Bitches pee is more acidic, AND the male will, of course, add his wherever she squats. Probably your best...maybe only...hope is to dilute with water every time you see either or them pee. It IS possible to teach them to "break" in a specific area on command, but it will take some effort, but the water will definitely help a lot.

Good Luck.
mef223  [Member]
7/2/2006 10:34:01 PM
st augustine
91stsps  [Team Member]
7/3/2006 5:28:37 PM
The female is the worst, so I will work on getting her to pee in one place all the time.
tozar  [Team Member]
7/4/2006 4:26:25 PM
You need a fenced in area for them to go in.

You'll never have any kind of a lawn with dogs going on it and are wasting your time and money trying to. Trust me, I've got 4 dogs now and used to have a male rotty. I cried when I had to put him down after 12 years. One of the best dogs I ever had.
91stsps  [Team Member]
7/4/2006 4:30:24 PM
My backyard it totally fenced in, I hate to get rid of the dogs, will have to deal with the dead grass then.
Rustynails  [Member]
7/7/2006 1:56:52 AM
get astro turf
BozemanMT  [Member]
7/7/2006 9:39:32 AM
how big is your yard?
you need a lot of space for 2 big dogs.

it's all the extra nitrogen in the urine, it acts like extra fertilizer and over-fertilizes the area.

1. water, a lot, flush it out
2. don't fertizlie the area

get a bigger yard.
Headlice  [Member]
7/7/2006 9:47:56 AM
my parents had the same problem. The vet told them to include vinegar in their water. It does something to their urine. Their urine is too acidic or basic. It would make sense if their urine was too basic and you add an acid (vinegar) to neutralize it. But I think my parents said the urine was acidic, which doesnt make sense.

Anyhow, it worked.
91stsps  [Team Member]
7/8/2006 7:31:06 AM

Originally Posted By Headlice:
my parents had the same problem. The vet told them to include vinegar in their water. It does something to their urine. Their urine is too acidic or basic. It would make sense if their urine was too basic and you add an acid (vinegar) to neutralize it. But I think my parents said the urine was acidic, which doesnt make sense.

Anyhow, it worked.


The dogs have a big water bowl, do you know how much vinegar to add to the water? IT's worth a shot, I would LOVE to move into N. VA and get a bigger yard.
zer04evr  [Member]
7/8/2006 8:24:30 PM
Well I had two rotties not too long ago in the backyard. My st.augustine grass held up real good.
Headlice  [Member]
7/10/2006 9:53:18 AM

Originally Posted By 91stsps:

Originally Posted By Headlice:
my parents had the same problem. The vet told them to include vinegar in their water. It does something to their urine. Their urine is too acidic or basic. It would make sense if their urine was too basic and you add an acid (vinegar) to neutralize it. But I think my parents said the urine was acidic, which doesnt make sense.

Anyhow, it worked.


The dogs have a big water bowl, do you know how much vinegar to add to the water? IT's worth a shot, I would LOVE to move into N. VA and get a bigger yard.


Nope, sorry. I dont know the details...
plarkinjr  [Team Member]
7/10/2006 12:00:48 PM

Originally Posted By Headlice:
my parents had the same problem. The vet told them to include vinegar in their water. It does something to their urine. Their urine is too acidic or basic. It would make sense if their urine was too basic and you add an acid (vinegar) to neutralize it. But I think my parents said the urine was acidic, which doesnt make sense.

Anyhow, it worked.


Maybe it makes the dog drink less water, and thus pee less. In any case, I'm not sure I'd try this without a fair bit of research. I'd hate to give my dogs stomach ulcers, and promote dehydration-caused kidney problems.
DancingBear  [Member]
7/11/2006 8:14:43 AM
Vinegar will help - some. Doesn't make them pee less, so it's safe. I add a tbls to the bowl.
Also putting down an application of gypsum on the lawn supposedly helps, but I haven't tried it yet.
91stsps  [Team Member]
7/15/2006 5:04:41 PM
I got some organic pills from Drs Foster and Smith along with a "pee post", so I will keep you all updated on how the pills work.
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