Dog Messing in Yard

Updated on May 12, 2010
M.G. asks from Alpharetta, GA
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Hi Ladies: I need your help. We have a problem with a dog using our pine straw island in our yard for his toilet. Don't know who the dog is because I've never seen him so must happen at night or early a.m. but my question is do any of you know of a product that would repel the dog from this area? Thanks so much. M.

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answers from Norfolk on

Try this:
Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler

If the dog is being walked, it might get the owner wet, too, and it would serve him right.

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answers from Athens on

Hi M.,
Here are some ideas of things to try that have worked for my clients. I am a pet sitter.
Home » Pets » Dogs » Dog Training » Natural Products to Stop Dog from Pooping in Yard

Natural Products to Stop Dog from Pooping in Yard
By Catherine Sullivan,
Most of us would agree that we do not want our yards and flower gardens covered with excrement from dogs, cats and a variety of wildlife that may roam the area. What may be a matter of disagreement however, is how to do this. Today, the majority would no doubt go for methods which would not only be safe for pets and people, but which are also eco-friendly. Fortunately, there are a number of products out that will do this to greater and lesser degrees of success.
Bio Defend
BioDefend's natural dog repellent products are effective, eco-friendly, and human safe. This product contains Extendex, which magnifies the repelling process and extends the length of protection in treated areas.

BioDefend repels other dogs and animals with its offensive odor and tastes. Extendex targets an animal's natural defense mechanisms, increasing the fear of predation. This causes the animal to go elsewhere to seek safety. It is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, nontoxic and safe for animals and humans.

Like most such products, it is in liquid form, and applied to the perimeter of the area you wish to protect, leaving the inner portions of the yard comfortable and safe for your own pets.
Liquid Fence
Dogs and cats can be kept away with Liquid Fence Dog & Cat Repellent. This all-natural spray is a great way to deter them from using yard and garden as a toilet area. The Dog & Cat Repellent is sprayed on the areas where your pets, your neighbor's pets and strays don't belong: lawns, flowerbeds, garden beds, trees, shrubs and trash containers. Their favorite spots become areas to avoid, not visit.
The spray is made from all-natural plant oils, so it's biodegradable and earth friendly. It can safely be used around humans, and it won't harm animals or plants. Liquid Fence works by masking the animal odors which usually attract other animals, causing the animal to become uneasy, and they move on.
Shot Gun Dog and Cat Repellant
This product will stop dogs and cats from ruining flower gardens, as well as preventing toileting on the lawns by other pets and stray animals.This repellent discourages them by creating an aromatic barrier around flowerbeds, shrubs and trees. It is easy to apply and is safe for living things, being formulated by essential oils. It can also be used as a training aid. It does have a somewhat unpleasant odor, which is offensive to animals.
Ropel Dog and Cat Repellant
This repellent discourages animals from defecating or urinating on lawns, shrubs and flower gardens by creating an aromatic barrier where it is placed. Its odor is pleasant enough to human noses, but offensive to animals, causing them to move on, and refrain from digging or using the area as a toilet. It comes in granular form, and does need to be reapplied weekly.
Most natural animal repellent products for the yard are based on natural oils and repel with odor. While the majority seem to be liquid-based, some are in granular form, which may last longer. Most require frequent reapplication, but those of high quality such as were mentioned here will serve to keep neighborhood pets and other animals off of the owner's property, thus eliminating having to go out and remove excrement, and having urine burns on the lawn.

Hope this helps.

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answers from Tulsa on

I have the same problem with the area around my mailbox. I've sprayed vinegar (white) on the area and that seemed to work for me, but you have to spray it often. I've also used the moth-ball crystals. (shake it out on the area) Again, you still have to continuously apply the stuff. There is a pet repellant you can buy at Wal-Mart, but it's about $9 for a small-ish can. The vinegar and/or mothballs are cheaper.

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answers from Minneapolis on

I don't think repellants will help in the long run. The dog clearly belongs to someone, otherwise he would have been picked up by now and in the pound. These problems are usually because of a careless owner, not a stray dog.

You need to find the owner and tell them they will be getting a citation if they don't keep their dog on a leash and/or pick up their dogs mess if they're letting the dog go in your yard while on an early morning walk. Most cities have very strict laws regarding leashes and feces.

This happend to us. A woman who lived several blocks from us was letting her dog "dump" in our lawn, but didn't clean it up while on her daily early morning walks.

My husband started standing by the windows earlier in the morning until he caught her red-handed one day, letting the dog release, and started to take off. That first time she lied, and said she ran out of bags to clean it up. My hubby had one waiting for her and told her to pick it up.

She pulled the same game a couple of more times, when we weren't able to monitor the deed. We alerted our police department, and one morning to our surprise (I didn't think the police would really do anything about it, even though our city has strict ordinances) and she got a citation right on the spot. We haven't seen her since.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Set up a hidden video camera right around that area and catch the dog and the owner. Then contact them, and let them know that if they don't start picking up their messes you'll contact the police. If they try and lie show them and the police the videotape evidence.

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answers from Dallas on

I have seen these bricks in the SkyMall that lure a dog to a certain area to use the bathroom. perhaps putting those in an area you don't mind the mystery dog leaving its business could help contain/control it?
sorry, that is all I have to offer other than a fencing of some sort.
Best of luck with this.

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answers from Atlanta on

diluted jeyes fluid worked for us xx D.

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