If it’s up to you to cultivate your green space, the weekends may be the only time you feel able to dedicate to sprucing up the lawn. But if you can find ten to fifteen minutes on weekdays to tend to the needs of your lawn, you might discover that the trampling takes a turn for the better.
Make sure that you’re cleaning up after your dog every day. Removing dog poop and rinsing dog pee with a hose during the spring, summer, and fall months make a huge difference in the appearance of your lawn. Remember that dog poop attracts all sorts of critters to your lawn, including possums, field mice, and raccoons. While those animals may only visit during the evening hours, they leave a scent behind that can drive your dog absolutely bonkers the morning after. Keep your lawn feces-free as a way to help your dog behave better in the backyard.
You may also want to address things like dog pee spots and holes that your dog is digging on a daily, and not weekly, basis as they crop up. Your dog needs to get the message that while the lawn is a place for him or her to be free, it is not a free-for-all. Caring for your lawn each day and spending time in the backyard alongside your dog (as opposed to letting it be a place he or she escapes to without you), will help send that message.
If you’re interested in your lawn looking thicker, consider overseeding it seasonally with Good Boy™ by regularly reinforcing your lawn with new growth, your grass will grow much thicker. Thicker grass won’t be as affected if it gets jumped on by an over-eager pet.
Remember that yelling at your dog or trying to “punish” your pet isn’t going to be effective in changing negative behavior. “Time outs” or locking your dog out of spaces where you are isn’t going to work, either. No matter how old (or young) your dog is, you can and should want to be a team with your dog as you communicate your expectations. Train with positive language and praise instead of anger and frustration.