We love our dogs so much. They offer comfort and companionship. They come with various responsibilities. The responsibilities include cleaning up their mess and training them to poop in suitable areas. Still, other dogs from your neighborhoods will visit your yard from time to time. Below are some of the safe ways you can use to prevent them from pooping in your yard:
Table of Contents
- 1. Train your dogs
- 2. Clean your garden
- 3. Use repellents
- 4. Use citrus fruits
- 5. Use Chili
- 6. Erect barriers
- 7. Use sprinklers
- 8. Set aside a poo zone
- 9. Make a pathway far from the garden
- 10. Be careful about the choice of fertilizer
- 11. Grow plants that will discourage them from getting into your garden
- 12. Inform your neighbors about the behaviors of the dog
- 13. Feed your dog indoor
- Is dog poop harmful to your yard?
- Frequently asked questions
1. Train your dogs
Whenever you spot your dog on the act, do something to show it that it is doing wrong. You can clap your hands and shout to interrupt it. It will understand that it is doing something wrong. Since they are people pleasers, the dog will not help itself again in that spot.
2. Clean your garden
If a dog poops in your yard once, it will likely come back and poop again. This is because they leave their scents behind; other dogs will think that the space is okay for helping themselves. The moment you find dog feces, remove it from your yard.
3. Use repellents
There are several dogs’ repellents you can make at home. There are also commercial repellents available. They come in liquid, powder or pellets form.
Examples of homemade repellents:
Simply apply it on various parts of the yard. Dogs hate the smell of vinegar. They will not get into the yard. Vinegar is not harmful to dogs. So don’t worry about the safety of the pets.
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Dogs hate the smell of ammonia. Soak cotton balls in ammonia and place them in a different part of your yard. Do not pour it to the ground directly as it may damage your plants.
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Just like ammonia, soak cotton balls in rubbing alcohol and put them in your yard, the smell will discourage dogs from getting in there.
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4. Use citrus fruits
Dogs do not like the smell of citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges. Cut them into pieces and spread in your yard. You can also use citrus oil.
5. Use Chili
This is one of the most effective repellents. It will irritate the dog’s skin and prevent it from coming back. Sprinkle the pepper around your yard. Chilli is available in commercial stores. You can also buy it online.
6. Erect barriers
A barrier will prevent dogs from the neighborhood to gain access to your yard. You can erect a fence around your yard. You can also put up live barriers using shrubs or plants. Leave a space for the gate and ensure that it is always closed. Make sure the barrier is tall enough.
You can also create barriers using gravel. Gravel causes discomfort to dogs, discouraging them coming to your yard.
7. Use sprinklers
A sprinkler is triggered whenever an animal approaches your yard. It is usually attached to a water supply. After a dog is soaked in water, it will quickly learn that your garden is not a suitable place to be and will keep off. The dogs will get frightened and may never come to your yard again.
8. Set aside a poo zone
A poo zone will be suitable if you are dealing with your own dog. Have your dog trained to only poo in a designated area, and not any part of the garden. Dogs are easily trainable, especially in their early days. Pick a shaded area for the zone. For the surface of the zone, use dog-friendly materials like leaves and wood chips. Still, you can use soil as dogs love digging using their paws.
9. Make a pathway far from the garden
Sometimes, dogs will get into your Gardens as they pass on their way to some other place. Don’t let the pathway go through your yard. Use mulch to create the pathway, as it is comfortable on the paws of the dog.
10. Be careful about the choice of fertilizer
Sometimes, the kind of fertilizers you use may attract dogs to your yard. Changing the fertilizer and time of application can discourage dogs from visiting your yard.
Dogs are very sensitive to new smells. If they notice a change, they will keep off your yard. Switch off fertilizers frequently to keep the animals at bay. Organic fertilizers often have a smell attractive to dogs.
11. Grow plants that will discourage them from getting into your garden
Some plants will naturally repel dogs from your garden. These include chili peppers, garlic, onions, lemongrass and citrus trees. The plants are not harmful to dogs. They will just avoid getting near them.
12. Inform your neighbors about the behaviors of the dog
Keeping away dogs that are not yours from your lawn can be a challenge. In this case, you have to get a solution by talking to their owner. You may be surprised that your neighbor is not aware of his dog’s unacceptable behavior in your yard. Just go to them and inform them about the issue. If they don’t address the problem to your satisfaction or the dog keeps on coming after notifying them, inform the animal control authorities for further action.
13. Feed your dog indoor
You may have trained your dog not to poop in the yard, but the neighbor’s dogs keep on doing so. If you feed your pets indoors, there won’t be a smell to attract the canines to your home. If you must feed them outdoors, clean up the feeding areas immediately, they are done eating. Still, put tight lids on your garbage containers.
Is dog poop harmful to your yard?
Dog poop in your does not only cause sores in your eyes; it comes with other environmental hazards.
It contains a lot of harmful bacteria
If left out, the bacteria will spread to other parts of your yard, and may eventually spread to your house
It contaminates water
When the rain washes over the poop, it flows to drainage systems. The contaminated water ends up getting into local waterways. The poop also encourages the growth of algae in waterways which may consume oxygen, leading to the death of fish and other water creatures.
Frequently asked questions
Scoop the waste and put it in a waste bag. Place it in the garbage for collection. You can also flush it in a toilet.
No. A dog’s diet is mostly made up of animal products. This makes its waste inappropriate as soil enrichment. Actually, it will harm your soil. The only waste useful to the soil comes from herbivores such as cows and goats.
If the poop is ingested accidentally, one may contract various diseases.it also contains worms which can spread to people walking barefooted.
Use diluted bleach and water. Pour the two in the areas affected.
It can take up to a whole year to fully decompose.
The presence of dog poop in your lawn is not only disgusting; it might cause potential health hazards. That is why you should strive to keep dogs off your lawn. Choose the method that is more suitable for you.