The people who owned our house before us had a border collie. The back lawn was very patchy with lots of dips and bare spots. For seven years, I have overseeded, fertilized, sanded and weeded, and after 5 months with Brody, my lawn looks exactly the way it did when we moved in. Is there any hope that I could have a young dog AND a decent lawn, or should I just face reality and let it go? I have thought of putting in a pee spot with gravel in it and teaching Brody to always go there. I have noticed that he tends to go on the same place for a few days, then moves on to another spot. I guess he wants to make sure that grass is good and dead before he moves on. I also remember seeing at a dog expo someone selling some kind of lava rock you put in the water dish which is supposed to reduce the urine burns. Has anyone tried these? Is there a particular type of grass that is stronger and more resistant to being torn up by dogs running and stopping? Our grass seems to have very shallow roots and when he slides to a stop, it just rips right out.