Dog Pee Killing Your Grass? The Solution

In my previous blog post, How to Build an Outdoor Dog Potty Area, I wrote step-by-step instructions (photos included) on the DIY home improvement project that saved my grass from urine burn.

Dog pee kills grass…period. There are all sorts of urine burn lawn repair products out there, but I don’t know any that really work.

I have four female retrievers. They produce large amounts of urine. There isn’t a product out there to help me. If I let them run in my backyard and do their business, their urine would take out my backyard lawn in one season. I had to come up with a plan.

Poop doesn’t kill grass. Urine does. So why not confine the damage to one area–an areas without grass. I made this dog potty area on the side of my house.

The outdoor dog potty built to save my grass from urine burn because my dogs pee kills the grass

How to Build an Outdoor Dog Potty

Word of Caution: If your dog is prone to eating inappropriate things like toys, rocks, bedding, etc. this project may not be for you unless you take the dog out on leash and correct the dog if it attempts to lower its head to eat the gravel. My dogs don’t have dog beds or crate mats because they eat them. However, this project worked for them because I keep them on leash when they use the area and they don’t have access to it at any other time. Remember, your dog relies on your supervision. Now on to the project.
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Boz dog ball review by WelcomePup.com

I just received a case of new West Paw Design Zogoflex Air dog toys. Today, I’m reviewing the Boz dog ball, a textured squishy dog ball for obsessive fetchers.

It looks like a brain.
Sydney with 4 inch BozIt’s made from Zogoflex Air material that is soft on a dog’s mouth.
Kimber and 4 inch BozFeatures include:

  • More durable than a tennis ball
  • Floats
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Non-toxic and recyclable
  • High bounce
  • Easy to grab
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Boz pair for blog
The Boz comes in two sizes, 2.5″ and 4″. I currently carry the Currant and Peacock colors. Available individually at WelcomePup.com and also as part of the Fetching Pup Dog Gift Box that includes a 2.5″ Boz and the new Dash flying disc, made from the same Zogoflex Air material but with a funky new shape and look.
I have three pet retrievers and am VERY particular about the toys they play with. They destroy or ingest plush toys and some solid ones. West Paw Zogoflex toys are THE ONLY TOYS I’D RECOMMEND FOR TOUGH CHEWERS. Trust me–I’ve paid the medical bills for the intestinal surgery when one of my pups ate a rope toy. Don’t buy rope toys–ever!
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What is a Dog Cafe?

by Bonnie Sweebe

So my son gets a summer internship at a law firm in Seoul, South Korea. He lives in a very tiny long-term private residence house and spends most of the day working.

The Korean people have a very strong work ethic. He works long hours and is exhausted at the end of the day. There is very little time to worry about what’s going on at home. Maybe that’s why South Korea has dog cafes.

A dog cafe is a place where you can order a beverage and be surrounded by many many dogs. A popular dog cafe in Seoul is the Bau Haus dog cafe.

Dog cafe dogs are very friendly and range in sizes from the very small to the very tall. Dog attendants roam the dog cafe ready to clean up any messes that occur. Outside of dog hair, the dog cafe is very clean. The beverages are a bit pricey, but include the price of admission.
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Kurgo Bench Seat Cover Product Review

by Bonnie Sweebe

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I was given a bench seat cover by Kurgo in exchange for an honest review of their product. This product review has a twist at the end–literally!

Kurgo Bench Seat Cover

There is one thing you can say about Kurgo dog products–they are made very well. The Car Seat Cover has a lifetime warranty, which means Kurgo unconditionally guarantees their product against manufacturing defects for the life of their product.

 

Lifetime Warranty

Out of the box this durable waterproof double-stitched seam canvas bench seat cover looked simple enough to install. It was. I’ll show you how!

Kurgo Bench Seat Cover

This is what it looked like out of the box. This is not a sexy fabric folks. This is a practical fabric. This is canvas and it’s going to look like canvas, but it’s durable, waterproof and easy to clean or scrub. It will protect your seats. It will get the job done!

The seat cover has two black loops on top (to be slipped over the rear bench headrest), an adjustable black strap that adjusts behind the bench seat you are covering to provide a snug fit, and a thin elastic cord under seat attachment. The under seat attachment has a single barrel cord lock that keeps the canvas from slipping off the bottom bench cushion. That’s a good thing.
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Dog Charities – Canine Companions for Independence

Combining the love of dogs and mankind to produce an amazing charity!

Canine Companions for Independence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

1-9-14 Bringing Kimber Home

See this furry puppy? This is the day I picked her up from the Canine Companions for Independence North Central Regional Training Center in Delaware, Ohio and brought her into my home.

Service dog

This adorable bundle of love is a service puppy in training. Over the next 18 months I will raise her, love her, feed her, care for her and train her in the 30 commands that she will need to go on to Advanced Training with the hope of becoming a service dog for a child or an adult with a physical disability other than blindness. And as I said many times before, all this is done for FREE.

Canine Companion service dog

Volunteers raise the puppies for free so that the people who need these dogs can get them for free. It’s as simple as that.
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Free Service Dogs

Is anything free anymore? Canine Companions for Independence® makes sure that their service dogs are free to qualified applicants with physical disabilities other than blindness.

Canine Companions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Service dogs are expensive, estimated to cost approximately $50,000 to fund the breeding, training and on-going follow-up service after the dog is placed.

Canine Companions for Independence

Then how can Canine Companions for Independence® give these dogs to people free of charge? Corporate sponsors and people from all over the country, folks like you who volunteer to spread awareness, care for litters, raise puppies and raise money do so willingly so that those who need service dogs can have them free of charge, without having to do any personal fundraising. That’s why I support this organization.

Service dog

At 8 weeks of age, each puppy is raised by a puppy raiser. They are responsible for providing food, shelter and medical care. They love them, potty train them and teach them the 30 commands necessary so that when they are 18 months they can go to Advanced Training–what puppy raisers call “Puppy College.” There they train with professional trainers who take the 30 commands learned to the next level with the hope that they’ll graduate and be placed with their forever person.
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Flea & Tick Infographic

It’s flea and tick season. Protect your pets monthly and year round. Our friends from Havahart Wireless sent this great infographic to educate all about these nasty pests. See if where you live is a hot spot for these insects. Thanks Havahart Wireless!

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Tru-Fit Smart Dog Harness by Kurgo – Review

dog harness

PRODUCT REVIEW – Tru-Fit Smart Harness by Kurgo

I was sent a Tru-Fit Smart Harness for my dog in exchange for an honest review of the product. I have two golden retrievers and a lab golden cross. Two ride nicely in the hatch of my Jeep. One hates the car and is a spazzo. Her name is Skye. She panics, jumps from the hatch to the back seat and then uses her head to burrow behind the driver to hide. If the driver can’t restrain her, she’ll force her way over the console panting, drooling and then climbing into the front passenger seat. I was very excited to try this harness restraint. My life was in danger.

dog harnessI tried it on Kimber first because she is solid and calm–although she doesn’t look calm here. Trust me, the sun was in her eyes.

Out of the box, the harness looks like it does above. The harness is very well made with durable material and solid hardware. Well done. The harness goes over the dog’s head and buckles on both sides under the dog. Do not expect to take the harness out of the box, throw it on, clip it to the seat belt and five minutes later go out for coffee or ice cream. It doesn’t work that way. You must have time to fit the harness to the dog. Once all straps are adjusted so that the dog is secure but still has circulation (two fingers underneath straps comfortably, please), then you can attach your dog to the seat belt and take off.
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DIY Spill Proof Dog Water Bowl

If you have dogs that like to spill their water bowl, then this easy DIY project is for you!

All you need is a round plastic garden hose container that you can find at a home improvement store that has an opening 14 inches or 14 1/2 inches in diameter.
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Go to your local Tractor Supply Store (or other feed store) and look for the 10 quart extra large 14 1/2 inches in diameter stainless steel bowl with rim. Better yet, look for them both at the home improvement or feed store so you can make sure the bowl fits.
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Shop around. Make sure whatever size hose container you select will fit the size stainless steel bowl you select.
The hose container has a hole on the bottom, so the water will drain if you spill the bowl while lifting it out to refresh it. My three retrievers love this bowl!
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They cannot spill it. Add ice cubes for great summertime fun!
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