Grass or Dirt Yard for Dogs?

I have a dirt back yard with no grass. Is this going to be a problem with the Lab going to the bathroom?


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May 1, 20180 found this helpful

It may or may not, but you will be having a lot of dirt tracked into your home. I would opt for grass.

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May 1, 20180 found this helpful

It depends. But, is there a reason you don't want grass or at least some patches of grass?

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May 2, 20180 found this helpful

My friend has a dirt yard and she got her dog a portable bathroom patch. I believe it was about $20.

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May 4, 20180 found this helpful

I would go for the grass. Just to have less dirt tracked in.

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May 5, 20180 found this helpful

Unlike cats, dogs are not particularly particular about where they do their business, unless it's a very enclosed space. Your dog will have no problem going, but you have to consider if you can live with a dirt patch covered in dog faeces. On the other hand, on the dirt it will be easier to clean up.

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May 7, 20180 found this helpful

Dogs usually love dirt yards and do not seem to find it a problem as to where they should "go".


  • Any type of yard is a problem with a dog as the owner has to decide how they will dispose of the feces and also the smell from the urine. This can be a big problem if there are close neighbors.
  • After that problem is resolved then would be a good time to plan your "landscape".
  • If your dog is an indoor/outdoor dog then they will surely be bringing in lost of dirt as they will not only use the dirt for their potty but they will also use it as their playground - and - dogs love to dig holes, lay in the holes and just roll & tumble in the dirt.
  • You might want to consider planting patches of grass for starters and place some sort of stepping stones to cover a 4 or 5 foot area around your back door.
  • Planting some shrubs would probably help to keep some of their runway to a minimum.
  • Some people prefer a dog run for part of the time spent outdoors at least until they can get some patches of grass growing.
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