Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Puppy Problems

Mindful Echo loves her dog more than her garden.

I'm not big into gardening. While I do love to admire the work that others have put into cultivating beautiful beds of flowers, and I will never turn down a home-grown vegetable, when it comes to the actual labour of it all, it's not really my jam. Personally, I prefer to spend my outdoor time oot and aboot with my pup, Rigby.

While we're out, I'm careful to stop him from peeing on the lawns of neighbours and I try my best to direct him to the tree trunks that line the streets instead. Still, people seem to be quite sensitive to the dogs that come upon their precious gardens (And I don't mean to sound facetious, I know they are quite precious to serious gardeners).




So, I'm wondering, is it really that big of a deal? When I did some Googling to find out, I was met with so many posts of people complaining about their dead plants, as well as a bunch of tips and tricks for keeping dogs away. It took me a bit of deeper digging, however, to actually get to the science behind the problem with puppy pee. Apparently it's a deadly mix of ammonium, salts, and other chemicals contained in the pee that makes it toxic to plants.

But where do we go from here?

This article suggests training your dog to pee only on the curb and this article suggests carrying around water to dilute the puddle post-pee.

Frankly,  I'm not going to do either of those things...and I don't think that makes me a bad person. I'd say, at best, I'll continue to steer Rigby away from privately-owned gardens but beyond that, I can't say.

Any other dog owners care to weigh in?




4 comments:

Bag Lady said...

I heard this advise once and practice it myself now. Walks are for exercise not for sniffing and going potty. We walk with a purpose. Dogs should be looking straight ahead not sniffing everything that we pass. The dog goes potty before and/or after the walk. It is really nice to not have to carry a bag and clean up after my 2 dogs. We take a brisk walk for exercise and I do not get pulled over to every mail box or telephone pole that we pass.

Bag Lady said...

I heard this advise once and practice it myself now. Walks are for exercise not for sniffing and going potty. We walk with a purpose. Dogs should be looking straight ahead not sniffing everything that we pass. The dog goes potty before and/or after the walk. It is really nice to not have to carry a bag and clean up after my 2 dogs. We take a brisk walk for exercise and I do not get pulled over to every mail box or telephone pole that we pass.

EMMA said...

Never heard of this puppy pee thing! My dog pees all over our garden and we've never had the slightest problem (apart from him helping himself to carrots).

Mindful Echo said...

@Bag Lady, I hear what you're saying but I live in a flat without much of a yard (save for a garden that the downstairs neighbour doesn't want the dog in) so our walks really do have to serve double duty (no pun intended).

@Emma, I'm with you. I never thought it was a big deal to let him pee on the shrubs until some people started mentioning that dog urine can burn the plants. Go figure.

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