I once wrote an article about dogs and gardens, with tips on dogs digging in gardens. (Since this is an international website, I’d better mention that what we Americans call yards are called gardens in many other places. Americans use the word garden to mean where there are plantings, but not generally where there is lawn.)
Today, my tips are about how your dog uses your whole yard… if you have one…
 Are there specific places that your dog does his elimination or is it all over the place? You can train him when you move into a new home by going out with him, like you would with a puppy, each time and going to where you want him to do his business. My habit is to say “Do your stuff!” right as the dog is beginning to poop in a spot that is good. After I’ve done that repeatedly for a while, the dog generally gets the idea. I don’t try to control where my dogs pee in the yard. LarryDog has a favorite place right by the front of the house, and when my husband suggested planting tomatoes there, I said I thought the dog had a prior claim.
If you have already had a dog in the same home for years, it would be harder to change his habits but possible if you had a lot of patience and willingness to go out with the dog and take it to your desired area consistently.
By the way, I really like having a cleanup tool for the poop, as it saves bending over and getting close to the pile. We still have a Pooper Scooper (I suppose that’s a brand name) that I bought over 25 years ago. You can improvise something I’m sure if you don’t want to buy one. Basically the thing I have has two longish handles and little dustpan-like bits on the ends, one larger than the other.
 How does your dog go from place to place in your yard? Along paths or walkways, or crashing through bushes or plantings? I hadn’t thought about this much until I read Dog Friendly Gardens, Garden Friendly Dogs… If you are creating new gardens, or rearranging old ones, there is a lot of useful information in the book about how to do it.
The book got me thinking about how we can get our dogs to go where we want them to, even without a major garden overhaul. If your dog has routes that don’t work well for you, consider putting things in his way… not favorite breakable planters, though!
One principle that the book mentions is that dogs make their routes directly between the places they routinely go between.
I watched and saw how true that was, and used it to advantage. Our LarryDog is all too fond of barking at passers-by on our street, at our gate. Our lot is long and narrow, with the house some ways from the street and above it. “LarryDog, COME!” usually works to get him back up, and I saw how his route included a flying leap through some flowers and bushes. I just put a couple of sturdy planters right in front of them, and now he detours a few feet to the steps.
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