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We are wanting to redo our back yard. Currently, the area the dogs are allowed in has:
1. Grass (mostly dead due to pee, wiping their paws, and eating like it's a gourmet buffet)
2. Gravel (they tend to eat it)
3. River stones (they also tend to eat the ones that can go down)
4. Evergreen trees (when the bark falls off they eat the bark)
5. Cement
6. Brick pavers
7. Dirt
8. Weeds (I try to keep these to a minimum as the dogs eat these a well)
9. Evergreen shrubs
10. One mini rose plant (one dog finds the rose buds a delicacy)

As you can see, there is a recurring tend, my two dogs are practically vacuums and will eat anything if I'm not watching like a hawk. In the redesign, I plan to stay away from mulch and probably rocks. I would also prefer to stay away from grass but maybe artificial grass might be nice as they like to roll each other over in play. They are both pointers around 50 lbs each and love to run, jump and wrestle all over the yard.

Does anyone have an artificial turf brand/product they love or hate? What are the pros and cons?

I would also love to see pictures of anyone's yard who is willing to share for inspiration purposes.

Does anyone have any other ideas for materials to use in a dog safe yard for dogs that like to eat plants, wood and rocks?
 

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Split the yard, plant grass for high traffic areas, use half one week, the other half the next week, water lightly daily to rinse the pee off the grass, fence off trees and other things you don't want them eating, provide appropriate chews and edible items out there.
 

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My yard isn't big enough to split in two and still give adequate room for them to romp and play together. I'll try the chew suggestion though. I did try to train them to go potty in a certain spot. Unfortunately, when there are birds/ squirrels/rabbits out, one dog has so much prey she can't even focus on peeing and sometimes gets it all over herself because she forgets to squat or starts to follow the bird/squirrel/rabbit mid-stream.
 

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Last year my back yard wass basically splotches of grass, some brown, some green, interspersed with dirt patches (thank you dogs). I looked into getting artificial grass, but it was crazy expensive! Also I read that it can start to smell after a while if the dogs are peeing on it.

I have tried using Dog Rocks to prevent urine burn. It did seem to work the first year, but not the second. I think it had more to do with the fact that the dogs were on raw food the first year so it has way more liquid in it.

This year the yard is a bit better. I took out the garden spot, so the dogs have more yard space to run in and I keep re-seeding the dirt patches every spring/fall. The dogs are both full adults now so they're aren't ripping around QUITE as much as they used to. I like the idea of splitting the yard, but I'd pretty much have to build another fence down the middle in order to keep them out, so that's not really doable. They just break through anything temporary.

I would definitely not use rocks if your dogs want to eat them. I would allow them to have access to the rocks now either - they could get a blockage which is dangerous for the dogs and expensive to remove. You also have to be careful with mulch - the treated stuff is toxic to dogs too. They do make pet-friendly mulch though so you could use that. Overall just pavers and grass are probably your best options.
 
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