How to Keep Your Dogs from Wrecking Your Yard

Posted by Staff Reporter ( on May 03, 2016 06:40 AM EDT
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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: A Boxer dog looks out from its kennel on first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo : Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Dogs are great companions to have at home; it is no wonder they are called as "man's best friend." While it is always great to have a furry, fluffy friend to welcome you home, unfortunately, an untrained dog can sometimes wreak havoc at home, and oftentimes, at your yard. How do you keep your dogs from wrecking your yard?

As previously reported here on Realty Today, a beautiful yard is one of the things that help boost your house value. Updating the look of your yard by planting beautiful plants and flowers is also a cheap and easy way of improving your home's exterior.

A beautiful and well-maintained yard can also draw a lot of offers when the time comes for you to sell your home. However, when you have an untrained dog at home, keeping it beautiful and maintained can be a more difficult task to accomplish.

According to, the secret to keeping a harmonious relationship between your dog and your yard is to train your dog. The solution is to keep your dogs busy with something else and divert their attention and energy away from your yard.

"Dogs gets into trouble when we don't give them a job," said dog obedience trainer Helen Cariotis.

You may also need to work on your dogs' potty training in order to keep their urine from ruining your plants. The publication notes that your dog's urine is rich in urea, which can kill your lawn.

If you are still in the midst of training your dogs on where they can do their business, the publication notes that you can quickly dilute their urine with water in order to keep your plants alive. You can also plant clover or Creeping Jenny, which can be used as your dog's spot in urinating. The publication also suggests on guarding the perimeter of your yard with hardwood chips, brick or flagstone.

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