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Thread: 'Dog Yard' anyone?

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    'Dog Yard' anyone?

    Two years after losing and mourning for our family dog we were ready for another dog. We got two! Lola is a 5 yr old that a co-worker could no longer care for (supposedly she's a basset mix, but the only basset we really see in her is her bark!) Hank is a 2 yr old rescue basset, he's very large - both physically and personality-wise!

    The problem is, in the 2 yrs since our last dog died we've been able to get the yard looking nicer. We've planted a few evergreens and bushes, lavendar, forsythia, etc. The dogs are not in the yard that much as they get 2-3 nice walks every day. We've been trying to research and find some kind of solution, at least for the little yard they can go in when they need to 'potty.' The little yard is a smaller, fenced in area adjoining the larger yard. Just the traffic of them being in and out has worn down the grass and with all the rain it is now quite muddy. Also, Lola is a digger, so there are some holes now.

    We've thought about mulch but that doesn't seem to be a great choice. There are some artificial products, I think they're kind of like the rubbery mulch-like stuff some children's playgrounds have. Has anyone tried anything that you can recommend? Thanks for any and all suggestions!
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    There is a product that is added to the water dish that somehow neutralizes their urine so that it is not so destructive on the grass or plants. That doesn't help much for dogs tearing down bushes ande such. Taking them for a walk twice a day should help give some relief to your yard.
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    You can get mountain lion urine at some stores to put on your shrubbery to make the dogs avoid it, but of course it won't keep them from making walking paths. You may want to just put down some sort of patio stones.

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    You can put down pelleted lime, it strengthens the grass and neutralizes the urine. Home Depot sells it.
    http://m.homedepot.com/p/Soil-Doctor...ime/100348791/

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    I also have two wonderful basset hounds!!!! I am no help with the yard. My two have their own fenced yard in the back and do not go into the front. Enjoy your new babies!!!!!!

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    I"m always amazed at the people who can train their dogs to use a certain part of the yard to potty on.

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    Try using some paving stones in the area that you allow the dogs to use. Then put in some raised beds for your plants so that it is difficult for the dogs to get into them and dig. You could put some low fencing around the beds as well. That might work - but some dogs are more determined than others, if you know what I mean!

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    We have a dog yard. It is fenced and runs 15 feet wide by 50 feet long. It turned into a mud hole with 4 dogs using it. I gave up on grass long ago because the yard is very shaded for their comfort. My solution, which has worked great for the last 3 years, is pine chips from Tractor Supply. 2 bales will do their entire yard for less than 10.00. When the chips get funky looking we rake them up and put them in the burn pile ( I can't compost them because of the dog doo) in the summer months I mix in 1 bale of cedar chips to 1 bale of pine to keep the fleas away. We change the chips on average 3 times a year.

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    Mitch's Mom -- I am going to try your pine/cedar mix. My long hair chihuahua is a flea magnet. I have to put Advantix on her twice as often as I do the other 2 dogs.it gets a bit expensive. And maybe they won't bring in as much mud either

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    A friend of mine had an area that was all rock/ pebbles that her dogs went on then she just had to wash it down once a week. Worked really well. Hope it might help!

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    Never heard of using the chips to control fleas but with 3 dogs I am going to give it a try. During the summer no matter what I put on them they always bring fleas in the house and I get so ate up. Dh even sprays the yard but to no avail.
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    I read a while back that you can use pine cones to keep dogs out of areas you don't want them in. Dogs are not suppose to like to lay on them or like to dig in them. I am sure you could get them for free if you knew someone that had pine trees.
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    Be careful of what you put down. Some dogs eat mulch and pine chips and wind up with a bowel obstruction. The only way to solve an obstruction is surgery.

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    Ours (all 4 of them) only go in the back yard. We keep the front yard looking nice, and let the fur babies have the 2 acres in the back. I guess with it being so spread out, there's not too much of a problem. They find a new spot every day to "explore." I put black pepper in their favorite holes. They've decided all holes don't smell good and make them sneeze, so they don't dig any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch's mom View Post
    We have a dog yard. It is fenced and runs 15 feet wide by 50 feet long. It turned into a mud hole with 4 dogs using it. I gave up on grass long ago because the yard is very shaded for their comfort. My solution, which has worked great for the last 3 years, is pine chips from Tractor Supply. 2 bales will do their entire yard for less than 10.00. When the chips get funky looking we rake them up and put them in the burn pile ( I can't compost them because of the dog doo) in the summer months I mix in 1 bale of cedar chips to 1 bale of pine to keep the fleas away. We change the chips on average 3 times a year.
    Think I might look into those pine chips as well! The fenced back yard is only used by the dogs so it's quite the mud hole as well. And we have a VERY large pine tree so we have shade and acid issues re grass. Read no grass. Our 2 yo male lab just romps in the gardens and 'prunes' my lilac and rose bushes for me. The price we pay for the unconditional love we get from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch's mom View Post
    We have a dog yard. It is fenced and runs 15 feet wide by 50 feet long. It turned into a mud hole with 4 dogs using it. I gave up on grass long ago because the yard is very shaded for their comfort. My solution, which has worked great for the last 3 years, is pine chips from Tractor Supply. 2 bales will do their entire yard for less than 10.00. When the chips get funky looking we rake them up and put them in the burn pile ( I can't compost them because of the dog doo) in the summer months I mix in 1 bale of cedar chips to 1 bale of pine to keep the fleas away. We change the chips on average 3 times a year.
    This is good to know. I am going to put this on my list. I use to use straw in our dog pen ..

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    So glad to hear you have Bassets to make you happy!! Our Basset makes us laugh every day. As soon as we feel we have the space in our pack, we're going to get another because Doug needs a playmate.
    I take our dogs out on leashes and other than that, they stay in the house as we don't have a fence. By keeping them in, we cut down on holes and canine turf cutting but if mine were to be out of doors, I'd adopt the pine bark suggestion one of the other quilters gave. Enjoy your Basset 500!

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    Don't use the rubber mulch. It can be toxic to dogs. We never could stop our greyhounds from digging.
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    I have 5 dogs that use a small fence area I call the dog yard. I use cedar mulch, it keeps the smell down for quite a while and the dogs don't bring in any mud whatsoever and no dead or yellow grass spots. I usually rake off the top in the spring and all a new layer and every other year scrape it all away and put down a good deep layer. I have two flower beds to off set the mass of mulch and a couple of trees, vertical planters etc. to dress it up because you see it from our living/dining room windows and french doors. I love it, it can be work because any mulch decomposes but I like it. I would be concerned with the rubber mulch, I think it would get really hot in direct sun and may hurt dog pads and may smell like rubber tires in the heat and humidity. I have thought about some of the latest generation astro turf because it is softer and looks more natural than it use to, but it's only been thoughts. My husband may think I am nuttier than usual, so I have kept the thought to myself!

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    We tried straw the first year of the dog yard and one of my girls ended up at the vet with an eye infection. After that I knew I couldn't use the straw so I checked into mulches and chips. The pine chips are by far the most cost effective at 4.98 a bale from Tractor Supply. I don't know what they would run at other places. The cedar chips are more expensive and come in a huge bag but we only use them in the flea season. If anyone decides to go with a mulch DO NOT USE COCOA MULCH! It is toxic to dogs.

    My crew has a doggie door they can use all day. Once the pine chips went down the muddy paws disappeared. For a few days after the fresh chips are down we find a couple chips on the throw rug inside the dog door but I'd rather that than mud any day!

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    It may be a little late for this, however, if when you first get a dog take them out on a leash to the area where you want them to "go". They will get in the habit of going there to do their business. Also gets them used to relieving themselves on a leash

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    I have four dogs...two males...I buy a urine nutralizing table at tractor supply....They like it..think its a treat and it has solved the urine problem...

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