Sex of dog plays a factor when it comes to urine turf damage

kirkmbrown2001

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
spring city, pa
Believe it or not, I think there is some truth to what this guy is saying!

All dogs’ urine contains salts and nitrogen that can kill the grass. But it is the way dogs deposit their urine on a lawn that determines the extent of the injury. Dogs that squat to urinate deposit a large volume of urine in a small spot and cause more severe damage than dogs that raise their legs when urinating. Generally speaking, female dogs and young dogs of both sexes squat to urinate. Older male dogs raise their leg, spreading urine to a larger area. Male dogs are also more territorial and do more “marking” than female dogs, and so they tend to urinate small amounts in a number of different locations. Thus, dogs that are young, large, or female often do more damage than ones that are old, small, or male.
Article: http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8255.pdf

What do you guys think?
 

Smallaxe

LawnSite Fanatic
And,,, Dogs with nervous bladders squirt more often and less volume, but the real issue is: what's to be done about it... :)
 

bigslick7878

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Towson,Maryland
Believe it or not, I think there is some truth to what this guy is saying!



Article: http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8255.pdf

What do you guys think?
I think he has been reading my posts recently.....

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=372903
I have found that male dogs are MUCH less damaging to the lawn than females. Had a female for 13 years, lawn looked like **** in that "area". They always squat...on the lawn every single time.

Have a male now, and he just pisses on vertical objects in the yard and keeps the lawn pissing to a minimum. Whether it be the fence, or the support post holding up my roof over the patio is is hardly ever on the lawn.
 
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kirkmbrown2001

kirkmbrown2001

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
spring city, pa
I think he has been reading my posts recently.....

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=372903
I am sorry bigslick, I honestly never saw your post. I normally stay in the business management and website section of lawnsite and rarely stray out of those sections. I apologize if I came across as stealing your content. Just found this article on the internet and thought it was interesting. :)
 

Teach123

LawnSite Member
I read where there is NO difference between the amount of N (Urea) in Male and Female urine. Someone above was correct when they said it is all about how dogs urinate. Because female dogs squat instead of spraying on trees, the N goes straight to the soil.

Here is what we do at my house that has 2 female dogs. It's kinda a pain, but we still have a gorgeous lawn. We dilute the urine with water from a house after the dogs urinate. They usually go in the same area, so we just nail those spots with water right after they go. It seems like a lot of work, but in the grand scheme of things being a dog owner can be a lot of work and doing this doesn't add to much to our plate.

Just a suggestion, but it works wonders.
 

mpiccoli

LawnSite Member
I have had both a male and a female dog that lived in my house, and the female did much more damage to the lawn then our male did. It also makes the lawn greener in spots where the male pisses.
 

Lawn132012

LawnSite Member
Location
NJ
Just had this conersation with a woman that has three labs. 92 females and one male) and she asked this very same question. I never had a female dog so can not say but I never had any problems with young or old dogs. But they have a lot of room to run and spread out the urine. But I had heard Female dogs were really bad with grass.
 

sawman1.75th

LawnSite Member
Location
MA
Female dog urine being more acidic than a males urine is a common misconception...there is absolutely no difference what so ever. In fact my male leaves dead spots while my female doesn't.
 

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