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Old 02-01-2013, 05:05 AM
 
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We have a small back yard, less than 1/4 acre and we have a basset hound and blood hound.
They run around in the back yard and have created a dog path by going over the grass repeatedly.

The grass is dead and it is pretty much just dirt now. This dirt is always coming into the house now.
What can we do to help reduce the dirt? I'm not talking about wiping their feet with a towel, but we can we do to make the back yard for dog friendly.

I'm afraid if I put sod down, it will just happen again.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:09 AM
 
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How much time are they spending in the backyard? Do you have a sprinkler system?
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:14 AM
 
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They spend a lot of time in the backyard. Yes, we have a sprinkler system. I have not been running in much right now.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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For now, I would rope off the damaged areas and then try to rehab them. I'd find someone who could recommend the best type of grass to lay for your area. Anytime they start to wear a new path, repeat the above. Do it before it gets too bad.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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For now, I would rope off the damaged areas and then try to rehab them. I'd find someone who could recommend the best type of grass to lay for your area. Anytime they start to wear a new path, repeat the above. Do it before it gets too bad.

Thanks for this. I have similiar issues to the OP and will definitey need to rehab parts of my backyard.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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if thats their favorite path nothing you do is going to save it...why not put in a doggy racetrack...landscape around that area and cover that particular path with something thats going to prevent tracking put down weed cloth, and then put down pea gravel or mulch ect...

personally my fenced back yard is for me AND the dogs to enjoy and they too have a pretty definaed favortiet racetrack, so s i landscape the yard ill be incorporating that as an actual path, planting and plnning around it and putting down something "claw freindly" on that particuar running path...

with my big boy and the little guys if i tried roping off my "damaged" sections that feequently wed never be able to use the back yard...i mean do you realy need a little back yard of ONLY grass?! can you make it "pretty" without the constnt work of battling grass seeds and sprinklers?!

for me its the mentl equivalent of trying to grow a lush green lawn in the middle of arizona...CAN it be done...absolutly, but expect to put in the time, labor and MONEY to do it, when instead you could work WITH the issue and cutivate something VERY nice that works for everyone lol
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:04 PM
 
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Hey Thank you for the replies
@foxywench, I was thinking about having a sidewalk poured or having stones or something added.

If I re-sod the path, they will just ruin it. Most likely they would eat it up first lol
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:10 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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thats personally what i woudl do, congrete, gravel, mulch, anything that will cover the dirt.

mine also eat grass lol.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:16 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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I'm dealing with this right now as well. Arwen has turned my once green backyard into a mud pit and she loves it. This is my first year with her, so maybe it was just the cold weather. Hopefully come spring it might just regrow on it's own
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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We have a small back yard, less than 1/4 acre and we have a basset hound and blood hound.
They run around in the back yard and have created a dog path by going over the grass repeatedly.

The grass is dead and it is pretty much just dirt now. This dirt is always coming into the house now.
What can we do to help reduce the dirt? I'm not talking about wiping their feet with a towel, but we can we do to make the back yard for dog friendly.

I'm afraid if I put sod down, it will just happen again.
I have put sod down every spring in our back yard. It is a small yard, 10 ft by 10 ft. Without fail, it becomes dirt within a few weeks.

I hope someone has a solution.
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