Anyway, she pees. There are two spots in our back yard (about 1/4 acre) where she loves to pee: the first is at the base of the deck stairs, and it is thankfully not seen through most of our windows, because this is the place where she morning pees, and traditionally pees the most when left to her own devices. (On a walk round the block, she will pee on concrete, but at home, that patch of grass is HERS.) The pee damage to this area is considerable, and needs reseeding each year, though the carnage is making the ground uneven. It usually grows in pretty well by August, all the better for the neighbours who have to see it.
More recently, since the walkout basement was finished, she started having a nighttime pee (after her nightly chew flip) on a patch that can be seen through many of the back windows. The damage here is much less egregious, and I’m guessing that with the usual reseeding efforts, the grass should be returned to its usual status by July.
Recently while visiting my favourite pet supplier, Pet Planet, I came across a product by the Nature’s Miracle people (if you’ve ever had a pet pee inside your home, you should know about Nature’s Miracle – it’s an enzymatic cleaner that destroys the odour effectively enough to discourage repeat urination in the same spot. Anyway, this product was for OUTDOORS, and while I had only a minute while my chicken bento box cooked next door, I gathered that this product (32 dollars for a big squirt jug – maybe 2 gallons?) was supposed to be applied TO YOUR LAWN where the dog pees, to encourage regrowth and discourage … what? My bento box was ready.
So I came home and decided to try and find out if this product was snake oil, or what (or maybe I just really enjoy the tedious process of reseeding each year). My less than fabulous research skills did not turn it up. Also, I wanted to know if there were ANY methods or products deemed effective in terms of reducing lawn killing via dog pee, short of training the dog to pee elsewhere (see the pictures – this dog puts up with a lot, and deserves to at least PEE wherever she wants in her own back yard, even though I know she’d easily train to pee in the wide swath of river rock that runs along that side of the house) or racing outdoors with a bucket of water every time she pees (I am not that energetic). I found all sorts of strange things, like people who swore that their dog’s pee was completely harmless if the dog drank only well water or spring water. I didn’t find a lot of agreement on the subject, however, other than that it is more or less the price you pay for loving a dog – which of course I already knew.
I am left wondering, what is it that this Nature’s Miracle product does? Can anyone come up with more than an educated guess? And are there any other useful methods for preventing what I call “The Katie Kill Area” from blossoming with every spring thaw, while still allowing her to pee on the grass?