Few things are frustrating than catching a stray dog “relieving itself” on your lovingly tended lawn. This will also be harmful to the pets in the house, as their behavior can be negatively affected; dogs are attracted to the odors of other animals, meaning problems can build up and make the situation worse. However, there are several artificial, natural and even social solutions that will help you nip the problem in the bud.
Method 1 of 3: Trying Home Remedies
Step 1. Spread baking soda around the lawn
Prepare a solution that mixes baking soda and water (about one cup of baking soda for every 3.7 L of water). Pour it around the lawn and where the dog urinated. Repeat the process at least twice a week.
- Baking soda also protects plants from damage caused by dog urine.
- In addition, it neutralizes and removes the odor of dogs' urine, preventing other canines from being attracted to it.
Step 2. Apply a vinegar spray around the lawn
Sprinkling undiluted vinegar on the surrounding grass creates an invisible “fence” that repels dogs and cats. Stray dogs will sniff the lawn and move away, but it's important to reapply the vinegar daily. Also, sprinkle vinegar on the spot where the animal has urinated.
- Vinegar also works as a natural herbicide against many types of weeds. However, avoid running it all over the lawn, as it can damage vegetation.
- The smell of dogs' urine is neutralized, preventing others from being attracted to it.
Step 3. Change fertilizer
Many dogs have a negative reaction to the smell of organic material. Try another fertilizer if they seem to be attracted to the model being used. Dogs are very attracted to blood, fish and bone meal; do not use it anymore and apply plant-based fertilizers.
Step 4. Plant lavender or “spiky” bushes
The fragrance of lavender is often irritating to dogs, although it is pleasant to humans. Likewise, spiky or thorny plants can be planted around the lawn to create a natural barrier against intruding dogs.
Step 5. Be wary of other at-home methods
Several of the best known household solutions, especially cayenne pepper, are harmful to puppies. In the same vein, do not use ground coffee, garlic powder, ammonia, tobacco, detergents and mothballs to keep them away.
Method 2 of 3: Getting Help from Neighbors
Step 1. It is important to have a good relationship with your neighbors
The first step in keeping dogs off the lawn is to convince owners to cooperate. Approach them, show your concern for the lawn, but never accuse the dog. What is expected is that neighbors will start to pay more attention to pets if they know they can cause problems.
Step 2. Make it clear that your home lawn is not safe
If you can't get them to cooperate for good – and don't mind being a little dishonest – tell your neighbors that you've just chemically treated the grass to repel skunks. Emphasize that the product can be dangerous for dogs.
This solution is the least recommended, and for several reasons. It can trigger negative reactions and the lies will compromise your ability to ask the authorities for help if needed
Step 3. Talk to the neighbor
When you know that a neighbor's dog was responsible for “relieving itself” on the house's lawn, contact him. Be casual, inviting him over for coffee or dinner and never accusing him of anything; suppose he is not aware of the situation and just needs to be informed about it. If the owner agrees to do something to solve the problem, "forget" the matter, because continuing to complain will make you even more angry and will disrupt any agreement they signed.
If you cannot reach a consensus with the neighbor, send a formal written complaint. Make a copy and keep it with you to prove to the authorities that you have done what you can to resolve the issue
Step 4. Report the neighbor
Learn about laws and regulations in the city where you live; most likely, it will be determined that pet owners must obligatorily clean up their excreta. Take a picture of the dog urinating or defecating on your home's grass and contact the Zoonoses Control Center.
- Regulations will usually be posted on the city's website. Access it for the law's instructions on this situation.
- Another option is to install a security camera to prove the dog is invading the lawn. This alternative can also be useful if your neighbor is nervous and you need to demonstrate some inappropriate behavior on his part.
Method 3 of 3: Taking Larger Measures
Step 1. Apply a commercial spray that works as a dog repellent
Generally, such products come in powder or spray and can be found in garden stores or even in pet stores. Manufacturers offer repellents with several distinct and unpleasant odors for dogs; most have natural ingredients.
Some of the repellents have bitter odors, which do not please animals. Others will smell of predatory urine, scaring the dogs
Step 2. Install an irrigator that is motion activated
Irrigators that turn on when they detect movement are not only useful for watering the lawn, but also for scaring off any “pests” that invade it, including dogs, cats and skunks. Install them at the perimeter of the lawn or at any specific point where stray animals urinate or defecate. When they pass in front of the irrigator, the movement will activate the sensors and water will be sprayed by the device. The spray will be enough to scare the dogs away.
Step 3. Put up a fence
Physical barriers will always be the best options; dogs looking for a good spot to relieve themselves are unlikely to try to “jump the fence” if there are houses with open lawns. The fence gate must be closed and the owner must keep an eye on the perimeter of the lawn; some insistent animals may even dig holes.
If you already have a fence, see if there are any holes in it. Another option is to buy electrified fences, but it's a bit of a stretch
Step 4. Use an ultrasonic repellent
Ultrasonic repellants are also motion-activated and can be mounted over huts, trees, or fences. As soon as the intruder approaches, the sensors will be activated, causing the repellent to emit sonic and ultrasonic sound waves that bother the dog.