Puppy Problems

I’m not big into gardening. While I do love to admire the work that others have put into cultivating beautiful beds of flowers, and I will never turn down a home-grown vegetable, when it comes to the actual labour of it all, it’s not really my jam. Personally, I prefer to spend my outdoor time oot and aboot with my pup, Rigby.

While we’re out, I’m careful to stop him from peeing on the lawns of neighbours and I try my best to direct him to the tree trunks that line the streets instead. Still, people seem to be quite sensitive to the dogs that come upon their precious gardens (And I don’t mean to sound facetious, I know they are quite precious to serious gardeners).

Rigby in PEI
Rigby in PEI


So, I’m wondering, is it really that big of a deal? When I did some Googling to find out, I was met with so many posts of people complaining about their dead plants, as well as a bunch of tips and tricks for keeping dogs away. It took me a bit of deeper digging, however, to actually get to the science behind the problem with puppy pee. Apparently it’s a deadly mix of ammonium, salts, and other chemicals contained in the pee that makes it toxic to plants.

But where do we go from here?

This article suggests training your dog to pee only on the curb and this article suggests carrying around water to dilute the puddle post-pee.

Frankly,Β  I’m not going to do either of those things…and I don’t think that makes me a bad person. I’d say, at best, I’ll continue to steer Rigby away from privately-owned gardens but beyond that, I can’t say.

Any other dog owners care to weigh in?




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2 thoughts on “Puppy Problems

  1. I’m a dog owner and newbie gardener. I try to steer my pup from curbside gardens and pick up his poop but if he decides to just squat and go there’s not much I can do at the time. My flower beds are close to my house and not at the curb so I’m not worried about dogs…I’m more worried about the cats that wonder my neighbourhood…lol

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