In the "doling out advice" world I live in, folks like me tend to have fun with acronyms and pneumonic devices to help make memorable the guidance we love to dispense. (Example: Kill-Till-Fill-Sod!)

Before you run to the Internet to see what you can find about CUB or CPD, they're mine. I made them up. I though they'd be a fun way of helping callers deal with "Canine Urine Burn" or "Canine Pee Disease." (See why I call it CPD instead?)

There's a simple answer to this problem: Change the dog's diet and give him or her plenty of water to flush their system. If you have an indoor dog, keep them outdoors for 24 hours with unlimited access to water.

And let's fix the "burn" while we are at it. Ironically, in most cases, the burned spots can come back greener than before because of the amount of nitrogen in dog urine.

First, quickly saturate with water any area where the dog has done its liquid business. The water will dilute the excess nitrogen or ammonium and, in some cases, excessive salts. To be GardenLine proactive, add some Medina Soil Activator with a pump-up sprayer or a watering can. If you still find a burned area in the grass a day or two after you've saturated it, top dress with a tiny bit of compost. This will sort of remediate the area and break down any excessive "whatever" that's still burning the grass. And, of course, the nearby grass will grow to fill in because of the added organic matter.

As for the dog's diet, get with your veterinarian or a pet food store like where the staff knows about changing a dog's food for health reasons.

When I lived in Bryan-College Station, I had indoor and outdoor dogs. The indoor dog, a female Lhasa Apso named Chelsea, was damaging my grass with her urine. I asked my friend George, a professor at the Texas A&M vetenary school, what I should do. He suggested changing the dog's diet and letting her spend a day with the outdoor chocolate Lab mix named Murphy so she could drink lots of water and pee all day to flush her system. Viola! As a matter of full disclosure, we did this for three days in a row, because we could. Chelsea was a muddy disaster after a full day in the backyard with Murphy, but the method worked. I never saw another burn spot in the yard there.

Several years later in Cypress, I had two adopted extreme mixes — a male Lab-Dalmatian named Shadow and a female boxer-pitbull named Harley. I never had the problem with Shadow, probably because he was male. I also had him on a fairly sound diet. But I adopted Harley when she was two years old, and she had some system issues. Once I figured out that Harley was responsible for the burn spots, I changed her food. Because she was an outdoor dog, she already had all the water she could handle. In one week, the issue was resolved.

So, I know from experience that the process works. And when I lived in Bryan-College Station, I wasn't the GardenLine guy yet — so I only put some sand on the burned spots. Some time later in Cypress, I saturated the area with Medina Soil Activator, and I'm not kidding — that grass came back greener.

Notice in both my cases, a female dog did the damage. A vet friend once pointed out to me that female dogs void their bladders completely, and they pretty much stay in one spot — especially those who are indoors most of the day. The dudes — well, they hike their leg and dispense smaller portions sporadically because of their instinct to mark territory.