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May 16, 2018 10:01 PM CST
Valparaiso, IN
Our new puppy has ruined a large spot in the middle of my garden of pachysandra by repeatedly choosing that spot to pee. The leaves all turned yellow/brown in that area so I trimmed off the leaves which left a large space of just the short stems. An ugly eyesore just outside our front door! Help!

I need to clarify my request for help- the puppy is now trained to go out a different door and does not use this space any longer. My problem is what to do with the ugly mess that is still there.
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May 16, 2018 10:54 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Are you wanting to help the plant? Get the puppy to stop? Replace it?

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May 16, 2018 11:13 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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I did a 'temporary fix' with animal paths by putting up cheap tacky (to me) short wire fencing where I didn't want them to walk. They eventually made a new path and I was able to retire the fencing fairly quickly. You could also place an upside down empty wire basket over the pup's pee spot, although s/he may just relocate the toilet slightly. Or, since this is a ground cover area, perhaps plop a decorative planter in the pee spot with some pokey annuals for color and discouragement.

Re pup's choice of toileting, perhaps walk pup wherever you would like him/her to pee and give treats for compliance.
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May 17, 2018 1:14 AM CST
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Bonehead said:I did a 'temporary fix' with animal paths by putting up cheap tacky (to me) short wire fencing where I didn't want them to walk. They eventually made a new path and I was able to retire the fencing fairly quickly. You could also place an upside down empty wire basket over the pup's pee spot, although s/he may just relocate the toilet slightly. Or, since this is a ground cover area, perhaps plop a decorative planter in the pee spot with some pokey annuals for color and discouragement.

Re pup's choice of toileting, perhaps walk pup wherever you would like him/her to pee and give treats for compliance.


But not on your neighbors' mailbox plants etc please... We who do not love dogs also do not love their waste killing our near-street plants. Not a statement of war, just a neighborly request?
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May 17, 2018 6:40 AM CST
Name: Christine
NY zone 5a
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Could you post a picture of the spot, that will help use give you some advice.I can think of a few things, you could transplant some of the pachysandra to fill in the spot, or set up a grouping of pretty pots and flowers on different plant stands, not sure what your going for thats why a picture would help Thumbs up
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