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Dogs are pretty good at smelling, and can
be trained to identify specific drugs. I
presume, therefore, that they can also be
trained to identify a range of particular
Dogs are also quite good at digging.
Train dogs to recognize common weeds,
dig them out (or, at the very
them out, even if some root gets left
behind), and bring them to their owners
for a modest canine reward.
It's win-win. Phideaux will spend happy
hours rootling in your flower beds for
dandelions; he will be less bored, and
happier. Meanwhile, your garden will be
weed-free without the need for
backbreaking chemicals or toxic manual
Small dogs might do a better job of
digging weeds out from between desired
Peruvian Inca Orchid
would I make it up? [xenzag, Jun 09 2008]
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||Oooh! I see Jutta's new Autobunner has
||Sorry, just liked the idea and didn't feel a need to "frost the cake". Still a [+] from me.
||I didn't even autobone my own idea.
||Ah. Mystery solved. MaxCo Weed-Dog
Training Camp, Inc. (franchises available)
||a bone for the puppy, and a bun for you. [+]
||A fun idea, and fairly easy to train a dog for, but the size of the excavations would cause major devastation to your petunia patch. Perhaps a mouse would be closer to the right scale. On the other hand, experience has shown that for the similar but larger scale task of digging a snow fort, a dog can be a very practical, and enthusiastic worker.
||// a dog can be a very practical, and enthusiastic worker. //
||This is indisputable. When it comes to removing laces from hiking boots, some canines display a persistence and tenacity usually found only in hungry Great White Sharks.
||//the size of the excavations would cause
major devastation// True. Might be better
to teach Phideaux to go for the foliage and
pull the thing up. Even it only the leaves
are removed, the weed will eventually give
||What you need is a Peruvian Inca Orchid
dog.... an orchid that clears weeds - how
perfect is that? (see link) +
||what you need is a dog - that pisses on weeds. trouble is they don't really discriminate - bless 'em.
||//Peruvian Inca Orchid dog// That is, as
far as I can tell, the ugliest dog I've seen in
a while. Dandelions are prettier.
||//what you need is a dog - that pisses on
weeds.// I think aim is the main problem.
Also, germander speedwell is immune to
all herbicides short of Agent Orange; you'd
need a dog that pees molecular acid.