Umm… I think you misunderstood me, I don't care where my dog goes, although I do take her to the back because the road is to close for her to do her buisness because she is so scared. My dog can go in the front if I let her. I just perfer the back yard. Which is a much bigger area. She doesn't like to go where she plays and lives anyways. It's the same as going in the house. Please don't do that. Again …Just my house rules.
If I let her go in the front yard, then all the other dogs (mostly males, keep marking it). I don't want the 4-5 dogs that come to the bus stop every morning to pee and poop in my, well manicured, and exspensive new landscaping. I disagree when you say grass just grows back. No it does not. We have been in a drought and the water bill would be very high if I constantly watered down the very acidic urine the dogs leave every time they pee. Which again is every morning. Not to mention that we just reseeded, and fertilized, and the owner picks up a large clump of grass everytime he "tries" to clean up after his dogs. Which, by the way, is not that clean, because somebody always steps in it,and tracks it in! YUCK…LOL...
Besides I don't take my dog for a walk to go and use the restroom at another persons yard every day. I make sure she goes before we walk, or we don't take a walk.
This is just our rules. This subject is very tender for us, and most of the neighbors that just don't care what their pets do in other peoples yards.
Something to think about though, Dog peeing on plants can = death to plants. Unknown to a lot of folk's….there is a law that says you (the pet owner) are responsible for what damage is done. Therefore replacing said plant/plant's. Depending on the plant, it could be quite expensive. It is considered "destruction of personal property".
Just a little something pet owners need to consider.
Most owners don't treat doggy potty as a trainable thing. It is completely trainable and manageable. Here are some tips:
From a Trainer...
If you walk your dog around the neighborhood, first go to their regular potty place (your backyard or a nearby park) and cue the dog to go potty, go potty, go potty, until it goes potty. Then and only then do you start your walk.
Your dog should also be on some semblance of a potty schedule, so you know if he regularly goes number 2 in the morning or in the afternoon etc. This is much easier if you use a feeding schedule, but much harder if you free-feed.
When you visit a friend's home with your dog, and you've just gotten out of the car, don't take the dog inside until you let him potty again. Take him where you want him to go and tell him to go potty. Give him a few minutes. Dogs get excited and they are like children. If you take them somewhere and they get all excited, they will "forget" to potty - until they are inside. Oops! (Mainly younger dogs).
If your dog makes for a neighbor's yard for a potty, pull him out of there - he IS on leash right? Say, "NO", pull him and keep walking. Unless the dog is sick, it CAN hold its poopy. Don't let him squat until he is at the park or other designated potty spot.
Sally did eat all of her food this morning ( I gave her less). She then went outside and "went". I will just keep her on the leash while I'm working and doing things around the house for awhile. (trainer suggested) My kids informed me they did not give her enough time last night. I guess I can't leave that job up to them ! hahaha...
As for Dylan , I'm going to keep watching the interaction between the 2 of them. After all he is only 6, and she is only 2 weeks new to us.