Join Date: Apr 2010
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Hi -- My vet and I had this same discussion yesterday. She asked where I was training Snickers to go potty. I said the grass. She said "Why"? She then went on to explain that -- people walk on grass - sometimes barefoot. There are some things a dog CAN transmit to humans via feces. If a dog does become parasitically ill then the lawn would have to be bleached (Killed) in order to kill the infection.
Better if you can arrange a smallish area that has sand / dirt / bark for them to use. Much easier to clean up, easier to disinfect (should that become necessary), and no brown spots.
After that conversation I moved her training to a spot in the garden, she doesn't appear to mind at all.
PS -- I will allow her to do any potty on anyone else's lawn while we are on walks. I of course clean up after her.