How to Keep Dogs off Lawn
Few things are quite as frustrating as catching a stray dog doing his business on the lawn you just painstakingly. If you have pets of your own, having a dog mark your lawn may negatively affect their behavior. Moreover, dogs are drawn to the smell of one another, meaning that invasive pouches can be a snowballing problem. However, there are a plethora of natural, artificial, and even social solutions that will help you nip the problem in the bud.
Trying Home Remedies
Spread baking soda around the perimeter.Prepare a mixture of water and baking soda, approximately one cup of baking soda per gallon of water. Apply around the perimeter and where the dog has urinated. Repeat at least twice per week.
- Baking soda will also protect plants from the damage caused by dog urine.
- Baking soda will neutralize the smell of dog urine, which should both make your nose happy and halt the territorial behavior that draws dogs to one another’s urine.
Spray vinegar around the perimeter.Spraying undiluted vinegar around the perimeter of the lawn creates a sort of invisible fence that drives off both dogs and cats. A roaming dog will take one sniff of your lawn and turn away, but you should keep reapplying the vinegar on a daily basis. Also try to apply vinegar where the dog has urinated.
- Vinegar can also work as a natural herbicide to kill various weeds. For this reason, though, you should avoid spraying it over your entire lawn, since it has the potential to damage vegetation.
- Vinegar neutralizes the smell of dog urine, which should both make your nose happy and halt the territorial behavior that draws dogs to one another’s urine.
Change fertilizer.Many dogs have a strong reaction to the smell of organic material. Try a new fertilizer if dogs seem to be drawn to yours. Dogs are especially drawn to blood, fish, and bone meal. Try a plant-based fertilizer.
Plant lavender or spiky shrubbery.Dogs are generally bothered by the smell of lavender, even though it is rather pleasant plant for humans.Similarly, prickly or thorny plants can be planted around the perimeter of your lawn to install a natural barrier against dog invaders.
Be cautious about other home remedies.There are a number of popular home solutions, especially cayenne pepper, which have actually been known to harm dogs.Similarly, refrain from using coffee grounds, mouth balls, garlic power, Tobacco, ammonia, and detergents to drive off dogs.
Working with the Neighbors
Be neighborly.The first step to keeping dogs of your lawn is to convince the dogs’ owners to cooperate. Make friends with your neighbors. Express concern about your lawn without accusing them or their dog of being at fault. Ideally they will begin to police their dog better if they know it might be a problem.
Suggest that your lawn is unsafe.If friendly cooperation is unlikely and you don’t mind being a bit dishonest, tell your neighbors that you have had your lawn chemically treated to repel raccoons or skunks and that it could be dangerous for dogs.
- There are a number of reasons why this is generally a less than optimal solution. It could illicit a negative reaction and lying will compromise your ability to appeal to authorities later in the process.
Confront your neighbor.If you know whose dog is responsible, consider contacting the owner. Be casual; invite him over for dinner or a drink. Instead of accusing him, assume that he is unaware of the situation and just needs to be informed of it. If the owner agrees to do something about it, drop the subject. Continuing to complain will likely aggravate him and jeopardize any agreement you might have reached.
- If you cannot reach an agreement, send a formal written complaint. Keep a copy for yourself so that you can prove to the authorities that you made an effort to resolve the issue.
Report the neighbors.Look up local ordinances to see if they require dog owners to clean up after their pets; in most cases they will.Take a picture of the dog urinating or defecating on your lawn and call Animal Control to report the infraction.
- In most cases city ordinances will be posted on the city’s website. Look up your city’s website to see what the law says about the situation.
- Alternatively, you can install a security camera to prove that the dog is invading your lawn. This can also be useful if your neighbor becomes aggressive and you want to prove his poor behavior to the authorities.
Taking Bigger Steps
Spray a commercial dog repellent.These products usually come as sprays or powders, and you can often find them at pet shops and garden supply stores. There are numerous scents manufacturers use to drive dogs away, and most products contain natural ingredients.
- Some of these dog repellants are meant to have a bitter smell that dogs dislike. Others actually smell like the urine of the predators and will thus scare dogs away.
Install a motion-activated sprinkler.Motion-activated sprinklers are not only designed to water your lawn but also to scare off any visiting critters, including dogs, cats, and raccoons. Set these sprinklers up along the perimeter of your lawn or at any specific spot where visiting strays frequently do their business. As the dog passes in front of the sprinkler, the motion will set it the sensors, triggering a quick spray of water. This spray is enough to startle most dogs and send them scurrying away.
Put up a fence.Nothing keeps animals out quite like a physical barrier. Dogs looking for an easy spot to take care of their business will likely skip over lawns with fences in favor of those without. Make sure you keep the gate of your fence closed and periodically monitor the perimeter for holes dug by stubborn canines.
- If you already have a fence, check for holes that need to be repaired. It is also possible to purchase electrified fences, but that is an extreme solution.
Use an ultrasonic repellent.Ultrasonic repellents are also motion-activated. You can mount the mechanism onto a shed, tree, or fence. As the dog approaches, it will trigger the sensors, causing the repellent to emit sonic and ultrasonic sound waves that are intended to bother the dog.
- It is unclear how well these devices actually work. Until more evidence emerges supporting their efficacy, this should probably be your last resort.
QuestionHow do I keep my dog in the yard?
Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary SurgeonsVeterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary SurgeonsExpert AnswerSome dogs are born escape artists and, despite your best efforts, they will find a way to escape. Provide adequate fencing that is high enough to prevent the dog jumping over the top, and anchored at the bottom so the dog can't dig under. Check the fencing regularly for gaps and repair them immediately.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I keep my neighbor's dog out of my yard?
Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary SurgeonsVeterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary SurgeonsExpert AnswerThe same tactics for keeping a dog in, are effective against keeping dogs out (i.e. fencing). But have a polite chat with the neighbor and explain you don't want the dog in the yard. This should always be your first option, as the dog is the owner's responsibility and you shouldn't need to go to the expense of fencing in order to deprive the dog of access.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I keep my dog off the grass?
Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary SurgeonsVeterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary SurgeonsExpert AnswerThere's no easy answer to this one. It's confusing to a dog if they're allowed to run on the grass in the park, but banned from the lawn, which makes training hard. You are most likely to succeed if you give the dog an interesting and comfortable place where he is allowed. For example, provide an area away from the grass where the dog is allowed and encouraged to dig. Otherwise, it's down to fencing to keep the dog off.Thanks!
QuestionIs it legal for people to let their dog pee and poop in someone else's yard?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on where you live. In Montreal (Canada), according to the city bylaws it is not legal.Thanks!
QuestionIs it safe to sprinkle fresh rosemary herbs on my lawn to deter dogs if I can't put up a fence?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes! Rosemary works very well as it emits a strong odor that will deter the dog as it sniffs out a place to poop.Thanks!
QuestionHow often do I need to spray my lawn with cayenne pepper, Dawn dish washing liquid and water to keep dogs from urinating on my lawn?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSpray it every 12 hours.Thanks!
QuestionDoes the invisible fence work to keep stray dogs off your property?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. The dogs need to be wearing a collar that reacts to the invisible fence.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I keep my dog from peeing on the carpet?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionDo mothballs keep dogs from going on the lawn?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. It is dangerous as they may eat the mothballs.Thanks!
QuestionAre there any other plants they don't like?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry planting marigolds. Dogs don't like the scent, plus they're very pretty.Thanks!
What will cayenne pepper do to a dog if it is used to deter them?
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