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« on: April 10, 2010, 08:51:13 AM »

Every spring it's the same thing.  Our dogs pull up sprouting grass by the roots before it has a chance to rejuvenate.  This is in the area where their overhead dog runs are so it covers quite a distance.  Seems like they will eat any plants they can find.  We don't spray the yard/plants or fertilize grass, so we don't have to worry about that part of it.  Any ideas how to discourage this?  My yard looks like a sand dune in the summer.  It's only fenced in on 2 sides, so can't move them to another part of the yard while the trampled/chewed up section grows.  Do we need to give them more things to chew on?  They eat the grass to, not to mention chomping on any sticks, even pine cones.  
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 02:41:03 PM »

Is there some vitamin or mineral they're getting from chomping grass that anyone knows of that might be supplemented?
My cats are chowing down on sprouting weeds in flowerbeds, but that's the only available greens they get except for peas.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010, 06:49:28 PM »

Mine do it too, especially any grass that gets high. Never found anything that would stop it either. Good luck !
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 06:50:46 PM »

Do they eat the roots and all?
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2010, 07:00:34 PM »

Mine usually eat the new growth, not the old or the roots. They do dig but thats trying to get voles or moles .
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2010, 01:05:52 PM »

New growth tastes delicious.  Have you ever tried it?  It's tender and sweet, and few animals can resist it - even birds, squirrels and rodents will steal fresh blades.

I would reinforce the command "leave it" from a distance beginning with no distractions and slowly increasing the difficulty.  This allows you to stop the behaviour from a distance. 

Secondly I would add the following to their diets during this time of year - a green food supplement (easy to find at a health food store or even some grocery chains) made of green "superfoods".  There's LOTS to choose from.

Last, purchase a few flat trays, add some organic soil and some organic oat seed.  Grow them their very own grazing station, they will love it.  When the tray is almost ready for new grass, I spray a few spritzes of lite salad dressing on them... lol... I know, silly, but they really like the oil and the sundried tomato.  Spoiled?  Nah... Wink

But "leave it" is what's ultimately going to solve the problem - the other suggestions simply reduce the drive to eat the lawn and make reinforcing "leave it" a bit easier.

Good luck, it's not an easy habit to break, but consistency is key, as with anything.

My favourite solution is to replace the lawn with natural (uncoloured) cedar chips.  This gives you a very porous product that is easy enough to dispose of and makes for easy cleanup when dealing with loose stools.  Few dogs show any interest in eating cedar (tastes horrible) and the smell is lovely - and keeps away bugs like mosquitoes, fleas, ants and ticks.

Every spring we get a new shipment to keep the yard fresh.
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