Preparing Your Back Yard For A Dog

With summer coming on, it is time to get the backyard ready for all the outdoor activities you are planning.

Preparing Your Backyard For A Dog

You’ve got barbecues and funfilled summer evenings planned in the back yard for this season, but just when you need your lawn looking its lushest, brown spots and holes begin to appear. It’s the sun, sure, but it’s also—the dog. And is that a poop pile that needs picking up?

Read on for some valuable tips to make the backyard work for both you and your dog. Most importantly: designate certain areas for digging and others for potty, and remember to keep dogs cool.

Dilute the Dog Pee

Inevitably in the spring when you are beginning to prepare your backyard for summer events, one of the first things you notice are the perfectly circular spots of brown dying grass. Urine contains nitrogen, which is actually a good fertilizer. However, too much in one spot creates brown patches. The bigger your dog, the more likely this is to occur.

Since it is easier to let the dog do its thing while you stay comfortably in the warmth of the house at the door, they have gone to the same spot over and over as dogs do. An easy solution? Keep your garden hose or watering can handy. Apply fresh H2O to saturate their favorite pee spots and help dilute the urine. Typically the grass will repair itself once you start doing this.

One thing that will help, notice the dog has a favorite spot to go. Use this to your advantage. With a little effort and planning, maybe some creative landscaping can hide the fairly small area from the rest of the yard. If you are starting out with a new furry member of the family, you can actually train them to recognize a specific spot as their favorite.

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A Doggy Pee Post

A “pee post” is a designated spot for your dog to relieve himself. They come in all shapes and sizes, including, you guessed it, a fire hydrant. You can purchase these here or make them yourself. These can help when training your dog to use a specific area to do their thing.

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The Digging Deterrent

If your dog has a favorite place for digging, it will be hard to deter them from it. One easy hack that will keep them away is to place chicken wire over the spot. You can also try large stones—these work best along fence lines. If you have a larger dog that is very determined you may pay close attention or find a more durable deterrent than chicken wire.

Another alternative that will allow them to enjoy their favorite past time, next topic!

The Designated Digger

Give your dog their own sandbox! If they want to turn a patch of lawn into a rolling, digging, and bone-burying haven, designate a space for doing just that. A dog sandbox can do wonders.

These are some of the simplest things to build and put together yourself. I have made them for my kids in the past and found the dog liked playing in it as much as they did.

It has been recognized that a majority of the time when a dog digs a large hole, they often lay in it. Thus proving this is also a good strategy for the following subject.

Homemade Shade

Digging can be caused by overheating. giving them their own sandbox may eliminate the desire to dig because they have a place to stay cool.

If a sandbox is not an option to help them stay cool, the coolest dogs on the planet are less likely to dig. Create a shady spot with a tarp, a sun sail, or other popup shade. Lots of options (color, size, etc) for a permanent option or portable one for those on the go.

Cooling Beds

A cooling bed is a great way to help hot dogs settle down (and do less yard damage). There are mats and options for purchase out there, I have found my dogs love the one I purchased from FurHaven.


A fun summer project for dog lovers might be a DIY project like the one featured in the video below. Some wood, PVC pipe computer fans, and ingenuity will produce an air-conditioned resting spot.


Preparing Your Backyard For A Dog

This can be good for you and your dog! It really isn’t too hard to do any of these tips. If you put in a bit of thought and effort you can have friends and family over for those wonderful summer evenings and not have to worry about what they might find that your dog left for them.

It will also make a more suitable habitat for your coolest dog on the planet!

Don’t forget to email me a picture with the name of your coolest dog on the planet and I will add them to the gallery!

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4 thoughts on “Preparing Your Back Yard For A Dog”

  1. Lots of great ideas here and you made me think about keeping my favorite pal cool as well. Most of the time I’m focused you keeping him warm with little jackets and blankets but he does get overheated sometimes. I loved your tip on using my water hose to dilute his pee on the lawn because he does have a favorite spot and it is brown. Now I know how to make it better. I’m even considering one of those grass plots for winter as he hates to go outside (I don’t blame him).

    This was fun to read. Thanks.

    • Hello Lily,  

      I here you! I have a Yorkie that does not like rain. We have plenty of yard but she won’t get off the porch if it’s raining and that has caused some clean-up in the past. We have a closed in deck on the back of the house and with the porch potty I can just let her out and I can watch from the warmth of the indoors. 😉

      The cooling bed, my big dogs love it! And like I always say, for the coolest dogs on the planet!

      Love those pups!


  2. Hi. You have provided some excellent tips here. We recently got our first dog and she is a charming addition to the family. Unsurprisingly though we were not at all prepared for what we have had to do to our back garden. I have spent three weekends building a fence to give her an area where when can run but not escape from. First I made her a potty area with river rock and pebbles as recommended by our breeder. That didn’t work. She just goes elsewhere. Last weekend we found out that wisteria is poisonous. So our beautiful wisteria covering on our pergola had to go. I didn’t realize how easy it would be to prevent the brown pee spots though – we can just hose them away. As our dog is a she, a pee post isn’t going to work, but a great idea. We are still learning. Best regards, Andy

    • Hey there Andy,

      I am so glad to here you have made an addition to your family! Dogs are so great! I am also proud of you for doing the research and trying to learn about how to improve the life of your coolest dog on the planet! If you would like to have her in the gallery  on this site go ahead and visit. From there you can send me an email with a pic and her name and I will add her to the group. 

      Here is a link for you to find some interesting thoughts on things to consider to define characteristics of your specific breed. How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Really Need?

      Hope this helps!



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