Do all the dogs in the neighborhood like to poop in your beautiful garden, including your own friend? Don't get mad, some attitudes will help you drive them away! Barriers, repellents and distractions combined will cause dogs to walk straight through your yard when it's time to go to the bathroom.
Method 1 of 3: Using Obstacles
Step 1. Install a fence
One of the simplest, albeit expensive, measures is to install a fence to prevent canine invasions.
- The fence must be within the limit of your property. Talk to neighbors or go to city hall to be sure.
- Fences can be expensive, but they are 100% effective in keeping the garden intact. To stop small puppies, one about 40 cm is enough. They cost around R$35.00 per 60 cm. For large dogs, it's best to fence off the garden with a chicken coop and close over the top, too.
- Installation can be complicated, especially if you've never done it yourself. Calling in a professional is an expensive but effective option. There are articles and tutorial videos available on the internet and calling friends, neighbors or family is always a good idea. If the dog belongs to the neighbor, talk about helping with the costs of the fence, since his dog always messes up your garden.
- Always leave the gate closed and look for holes and tears on the screen.
Step 2. Use plants to bar access
Many people don't like the idea of using canvas in the garden for aesthetic reasons. Using hedges for this purpose, such as bushes and flowers around the main garden, can make it prettier for you and less accessible to the dogs.
- There are several “dog proof” plants, that is, tough enough to withstand a jumping dog. Peonies, vervain, echinacea, daisies and Russian sage are good examples. Go to a greenhouse and find out about the other options.
- Living fences are even more solid. Boxwood, azalea, and golden pindo are great choices.
- Prickly plants such as christ crown, piracanta and hazelnut may be a good idea, but beware: they can hurt dogs when they try to enter the garden. We don't want to pierce the snout of the neighbor's dog.
Step 3. Make a barrier with gravel or sawdust
You can also make a barrier around the garden using gravel or sawdust, as dogs avoid these types of surfaces. They won't come in anymore to poop!
- There are many types of sawdust in building supply stores and greenhouses. Choose one that is very uncomfortable for a dog to walk, without the possibility of hurting him. Pine is the best option.
- Decorative rocks, with sharp edges, can also be purchased from greenhouses. Dogs avoid stepping on rocks because of the discomfort they feel in their paw pads. The downside is that the rocks aren't exactly pretty. If your aesthetic preferences prevent you from deciding, build a rock garden. But keep in mind that this won't be as effective at blocking entry.
Step 4. Invest in an irrigation system
This can be a great strategy to scare away dogs. After two or three showers, they'll think twice before pooping in your garden.
- An automatic irrigation system is your best choice. They can be purchased over the internet or building supply stores. The sprinklers will turn on when they detect movement in the garden and the puppies will automatically take a cold shower!
- Through this technique, they will associate their garden with water jets and poop elsewhere.
Method 2 of 3: Creating Distractions
Step 1. Choose a specific area for the dog within the garden
Dogs aren't evil creatures and don't do this to tease. They simply need a place to relieve themselves and their garden is there, accessible. If the problem is your own dog, or a neighbor's dog that is always in your house, make a nice place to lure them out of the garden.
- Choose a covered area. Dogs prefer to stay out of the sun when possible. They need ample space to run and play with toys, food, fresh water and treats. Thus, they will prefer the area reserved for them and not your garden.
- Use a suitable surface for dogs, such as wood, bark, or leaf chips. A mixture of earth and sand is the best option, as puppies love to dig in the soft earth - a real treat for the paws.
- Use positive reinforcement. Praise him when he enters his area, with petting and treats.
Step 2. Take a trail away from the garden
Sometimes they invade the garden simply because they were passing by. Create a path close to the garden, but without going inside; if the path is softer and more attractive, the dogs will never again use your garden as a path or spoil your plants.
- Use a type of manure the dogs like for this. A piece of carpet would be great, dirt and sand too.
- To please him and make the garden beautiful, make cobblestone steps or colorful tiles. Cement paths are popular, as both dogs and humans can walk through. The only problem with this choice would be the difficulty level to install and the cost.
Step 3. Train the dogs
When you catch him in the act, use the occasion as an opportunity to make it clear that this behavior is inadmissible. Dogs like to please humans and will respond well to training.
- Clap your hands loudly when you get his attention and stop the action. Say no!" and get him out of the garden immediately.
- Correct his behavior by taking him to the correct place, if you have a specific area for him; if not, take him outside and let him relieve himself in a flower bed or on the sidewalk. Collect the poop later.
- Talk to neighbors. Talk about what has happened if you live in a neighborhood where everyone's dogs run free and end up choosing just your garden. Ask for help in solving the problem politely.
Method 3 of 3: Gardening
Step 1. Think about choosing fertilizers
Some may attract dogs to your garden because they contain bone dust. Changing how and when they are used can be a practical way to discourage them from coming in and relieving themselves.
- Dogs have a keen sense of smell and may lose their desire to enter the garden if the odors change, as this could mean that another animal has entered their space. Change fertilizers regularly to drive them away.
- Organic fertilizers are great, but they can contain scents that appeal to dogs. Search the internet and see if other people have had this problem.
- It is common to use rabbit repellent in fertilizers to keep them away. The problem is that many of these products have urine from other animals in the formula, which ends up attracting dogs even more. Avoid this type of repellent.
Step 2. Clean the garden thoroughly
Dogs often return to the places they feel welcome. When one of them pees or poops in your garden, it ends up attracting other dogs because of the smell that lingers behind. They end up thinking that it's okay to need them there. Thoroughly clean any feces you find.
- In addition, they also urinate where they defecate. Dog urine can burn grass and other plants, so clean the area well with a hose, neutralizing the acidity of the urine and protecting the garden.
- It is also possible to spread compost around the area, as it contains organisms to balance the biology and chemistry of the soil. Remember to hide your dog's compost bag.
- Put the faeces in a plastic bag, seal it tightly, and place it in a trash can with a lid. No more dogs coming to your yard because of the smell, right?
Step 3. Use repellents
There are several types of repellents, industrialized and homemade, which cause bad odors and sensations for dogs. This will certainly discourage them.
- Garlic, olive oil and almond oil are great for keeping them away. Spread on plants and on the ground around them.
- Ammonia and vinegar also have unpleasant snout smells. Place cotton balls soaked in these substances throughout the garden, especially where dogs like to relieve themselves the most.
- Homemade solutions can be hit or miss. There are specific repellents for dogs that are safe for the animal and the environment. They can be found on the internet, in agricultural or pet-shops, costing between R$30.00 and R$70.00.
- There are websites that recommend using citrus and cayenne pepper scents as repellents. Do not do this. Citrus aromas can be harmful to the health of some puppies. Not all dogs react in the same way, but there are cases of animals that have been very ill. Be careful with the product you use. Cayenne pepper causes irritation to the canine nose, skin and paws. The idea is not to hurt them, but to keep them out of the garden.
- Signs that neighborhood dogs are partying on your lot include dead yellow patches of damaged grass and plants.
- When taking your dog for a walk, don't let him poop in other people's yards. This will confuse him and he will think that pooping in any garden is right.
- Some people use mothballs to keep dogs away. However, the ingredients in mothballs are highly toxic and are therefore not recommended.
- Dog poop has bacteria and can have worms, viruses and other organisms. Wear plastic gloves when cleaning urine and faeces and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
- If the invasive dogs are stray, contact adoption centers and zoonoses so that they can be taken away safely.