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Does anyone's tried dog rocks ????????????

late at nite we let our cav dog out the back for a wee before bed now lawn isn't that bad with urine burns but heard dog rocks in pet water helps stop the burns

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  • tom_plant19tom_plant19 Posts: 21

    I tried them in our last rented house to save the lawn - I have to say they did absolutely nothing, other than put the dog off his water bowl. They were in for a few months. 

    I did a little research and took to following the dog with the hose and watering where he widdled, to dilute the urine. Apparently it has 'fertilising ' properties but is too concentrated and so  burns the grass instead. I don't know how much truth there is in this but dilution certainly seemed to help! I can't recommend dog rocks though, a bit snake oil if you ask me! 

  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,901

    Do you have a male or female dog?  Evidently urine from a bitch is much more likely to burn the grass, as they pee all in one direct spot.  I have a male dog, and where he pees is actually greener than the grass around it.  He eats quality meat based dog food and a fair amount of table scraps.  I would try switching your dogs diet.  We did raw food for a while, before we had kids and could afford it.  There is a company in Surrey that delivered frozen raw meat right to our door.  They sold all sorts of stuff, but I thought the minced lamb was the best for meeting the diet requirements, along with raw frozen chicken wings as treats.  He always had access to dry dog food too, in case there were some elements he was missing in the raw food.  Alternative, switch to a dry dog food supplemented with wet can food.  Anything that is mostly meat based.  Dogs are carnivores.  We do them a disservice by feeding them a diet mainly of grains.  Also, make sure your dog is drinking a fair amount of water, diluting the pee would probably also help.  Good luck!

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,568

    Many years ago I had a lovely lawn - then I got a dog...

    Mine have both been bitches and their urine does kill the grass - much like pouring on undiluted fertilizer would. The whole lawn is covered in gaps and brown patches, is very uneven and looks awful.

    I researched dog rocks and came to the conclusion they do nothing. I also read about giving your dog tomato juice - that also  seems to be pointless. If you can get out there quickly with a watering can and dilute it, that'll work.

    A friend has taught her dog not to use her lawn as a loo, so that works.

    I've come to the conclusion you can have a dog or a nice lawn - not both

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  • Dave HedgehogDave Hedgehog Posts: 377

    Dog rocks are absolutely useless and have no credible scientific data behind their 'magical stones'. A complete con IMO. They can even be attributed to health issuues such as kidney complications. What's better - the company of a dog - or having a green lawn?

    Bitches usually get the blame as male dogs tend to pee up objects if possible, but any dog urine will kill the grass. 

    With our dogs, the neutered male tends to pee in a different area of grass to the female and the grass was just as badly damaged until it was patched up and now watered in the evenings.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,736

    All our bitches wee has killed grass, not our (male) dog, we bought some liquid a few years back, you put in their water to neutralise the pee, says its harmless to the animals, did seem to help, also its a pain, but try and keep a watering can full and when they wee, chuck it over that area asap, works.

  • amberspyamberspy Posts: 379

    Thanks fir the replies,our cav is male which is great also our lawn isn't that bad I just thought I have a feel as heard from friend of friends and it did help her lawn 

  • LucyLLucyL InvernessPosts: 163

    Hi,

    I have a female Border Collie, and just the start of this year i have started to use these dog rocks, I have one rock in her main water bowl, it hasn't put her off her water, We had quite alot of burn marks on our grass, and i am noticing an improvement in it. the marks are slowly disappearing.

    I also cut my grass twice a week to keep it short and i think this too helps to encourage the grass to grow in the bare patchs. I will see if i have any photos of what my lawn was like and what it's like now :)

    I don't think that i will be changing the rock every 2 months or whatever it says as they do cost quite alot, i only used one rock in her dish, not all 3 that were in the packet.

  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    Didn't work for us either, Barney is a male but as a puppy his urine still burned the grass. Also heard reports of it affecting their kidneys. You can follow him round with a watering can but it's pretty much impossible to keep on top of. 

    Last edited: 23 May 2017 12:51:15

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