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    How do I remove urine odor from the soil?

    We have a small, 100 square foot backyard that is all dirt. It is always in the shade, so we can not grow grass. We try to keep it clean, but the urine smell is becoming a real problem. Any ideas on how to remove the smell?

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    Senior Member ThoseWordsAtBest's Avatar
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    Re: How do I remove urine odor from the soil?

    I don't know how to remove urine smell from the ground, but stop letting your dogs pee there? Unless dogs that are going there are not yours you can easily prevent it.

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    Re: How do I remove urine odor from the soil?

    Ask at your local lawn and garden center. I saw a product once (don't remember the name) that attached to your garden hose and when you watered the grass (or in your case the dirt) it neutralized the urine to prevent smell and brown spots on the grass. It's worth looking into.

    You can also train your dog to go to ONE spot to pee. Just like housetraining, reward for peeing on cue in the chosen area and eventually the reinforcement history leads dog to pee there more frequently. Then you can put down a piece of sod or something to delineate it and only have to worry about the smell in one place.
    Maggi and Cracker, Dog about Rosedale

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    Re: How do I remove urine odor from the soil?

    Look into native plants (as in, plants that are natural to your region) that grow in the shade. Different types of ivies and mosses for example, along with thyme, buttercup, sorrel, phlox and others are good in either full shade or partial shade.

    Having a ground cover will help process the urine and filter the rain naturally along with reducing the mud puddle problem that dirt yards have. If your dog likes to chew on grass/plants, make sure to check the poisonous list before planting.

    Then add in the training idea of a pee spot, they do sell "pee posts" at the pet stores that supposedly speed the training by having a scent marker; no idea if they work since my dog has claimed the fence line

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    Re: How do I remove urine odor from the soil?

    I would spray it with bleach myself. But then you'll have the bleach smell to deal with.

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    Re: How do I remove urine odor from the soil?

    I found this, looks like it's made for this situation:

    Don't personally know if it works but there it is.
    "Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man."
    Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

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