How to Get Your Dog Used to Artificial Grass

June 25, 2024 FieldTurf Landscape
If you're considering making the switch from natural grass to artificial turf, you might be wondering how your four-legged friend will handle the change. Will...
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If you’re considering making the switch from natural grass to artificial turf, you might be wondering how your four-legged friend will handle the change. Will they miss the feel of real grass under their paws? How do you help them adjust to their new potty spot?

At FieldTurf Landscape, we’ve installed countless artificial lawns for dog owners just like you. And we’ve picked up a few tricks along the way to make the transition as smooth as possible for your furry family member– check out our best tips:

Why Make the Switch to Artificial Grass?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of transitioning, let’s talk about why artificial grass is such a paw-some choice for dog owners.

• Comfort: Our high-quality turf is soft, cushiony, and feels great on sensitive paws. Many of our products are even designed specifically with pets in mind.

• Cleanliness: Synthetic grass drains quickly and doesn’t attract mud or bugs, so your dog stays clean and dry. Plus, it’s a breeze to pick up after them.

• Durability: Our artificial turf can handle all the zoomies, fetch sessions, and lazy afternoon naps your dog can dish out, without wearing down or developing bare patches.

• Safety: We use non-toxic, lead-free materials that are completely safe for pets. No more worries about harmful chemicals, pesticides, or lawn treatments.

7 Steps to Transition Your Dog to Artificial Grass

Helping your dog get used to artificial grass is just like teaching them new tricks. Make it super fun, don’t force them before they’re ready, and keep at it until they finally get it. Use these tips to speed up the process:

1. Start with a small patch: Introduce your dog to artificial turf gradually by placing a small patch of it in a familiar area, like your living room. Let them sniff, explore, and get used to the texture at their own pace.

2. Use positive reinforcement: Whenever your dog interacts with the turf, shower them with praise, treats, and playtime. This will help create a positive association with the new surface.

3. Make it smell familiar: Gently rub a towel on your dog’s fur, then rub that scent onto the artificial grass. The familiar smell will help put them at ease. You can also place some of your used clothes in their favorite corner.

4. Transition potty habits: When you’re ready to switch to a full artificial lawn, take your dog to their usual bathroom spot and give the “go potty” command. Reward successful potty breaks with plenty of treats and praise.

5. Create a fun play space: Toss your dog’s favorite toys onto the turf and initiate playtime. The more fun they have on the grass, the more they’ll love it.

6. Keep an eye on behavior: In the first few days, watch for any signs of hesitation or confusion. If you notice any issues, go back to the positive reinforcement stage.

7. Stick to a routine: Keep your dog’s playtime, potty breaks, and lounging sessions on the artificial grass consistent. Soon, it’ll feel like second nature to them.

With patience, positive encouragement, and a top-notch turf installation from FieldTurf Landscape, your dog will be living his best life on artificial grass in no time.

We’re Here to Help Every Step of the Way

Making the switch to artificial turf is a big decision, but it comes with major perks for both you and your pup. And as always, we’re here to answer any questions you may have along the way.

Give us a call at 866-352-4575 or send us a message to schedule your consultation. We can’t wait to help you create a beautiful, dog-friendly yard that you’ll both love for years to come!

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