Dog Poo on grass
Hi, I have three young children and a 1 yr old Beagle. She is a lovely dog, but poos absolutely everywhere all over the lawn. There is masses of garden beds that she can do it in and I have done everything I can to encourage this-to no avail. Is there any way to deter and/or stop dogs from pooing on the lawn? It is a big issue for us as I feel like I can't let my children out to play as there is always poo no matter how much I clean it up, and after cleaning it up there is still some residue on the grass and I fear the kids will roll in it or step on it. PLS HELP!
ANSWER: Dog Poo on grass
I can understand your concern for the kids' health. If at all possible dogs should be taught to toilet in one spot - which is best initially learned on the leash. By rewarding the dog when toileting in the designated spot you turn the spot in to a 'comfort zone' for the dog to use, as it knows it will be rewarded for going there. This is not to late to start now. Try and find a spot where she has been and you are happy for her to go - will make it easier and quicker. Looking at a good quality dry food to feed her will minimise the stool amount a lot (as the better the quality the higher the absorption rate) and ensure that the stool is solid, hence a lot easier to remove. If you need to change the dogs' food, take 7-10 days to do it, as otherwise her tummy may get upset and your challenges will even be larger.