Dogs are lovely creatures, aren’t they? We all love to play with them, hug them, and care for them. Even if a dog is not our own, we feel like cuddling him with affection. But things may turn wrong when something unexpected happens to our tidy yards.
Imagine for a moment that you wake up with a jolly mood in the morning, walk around your garden in the front or backyard and much to the horror of yours, find a pile of dirty poop. Will it be a pleasant scenario to enjoy? This oft-faced nasty misbehaves can be done by your neighbor’s dog. It can also be the “unwanted gifts” from straying dogs. But in any case, you are the poor sufferer left to face the situation.
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So what can you do to prevent any dog from doing such mischievous activity in your greenish lawn? There are a number of things you can do as preventive measures. They are discussed in this article with broad details.
- Creating Barriers
- Making Solid Fence
If your unexpected guest sneaks into your lawn when you are not watchful, you had better install a fence around your garden. It will prevent your neighbor’s dogs and cats away. The famous line of Robert Frost– “Good fences make good neighbors” –is a sheer truth. Fences can give your yard the necessary protection, thus ensuring good relation with your neighbors. So, use a solid fence of brick without any holes or ruptures in it. The fence should be at least 3 feet high to repulse the dog from jumping over.
Though it is a costly process; but we all know that anything good undoubtedly comes at a cost.
- Natural Fence
Another option that you can choose is the plantation of thorny shrubberies covering the perimeter of your yard. It can increase the beauty of the yard and prevent trespassing any mammals inside as well. There are various shrubs to choose from. Japanese barberry and the shrub of trifoliate orange are very popular for their thorns. Rose bushes are also popular though they are not dense enough. You can also try for gooseberry or raspberry plants, if you are particularly fond of fruits. They will protect your lawn and give you yearly delicacy at the same time. And put gravel between the shrubs. They are greatly disturbing for doggies to pass through.
- Automatic Sprinklers
Technology has made our life easier. If you are unwilling to fence the open yard you can use an automated sprinkler. This little machine sprinkles water when it finds any movement in its vicinity. It has sensors to detect motion of animals. Interestingly, it can operate itself. So you don’t need to worry about its worth. Find out the best places where a dog can defecate, then set some automatic sprinklers there. Whenever a dog trespasses into your lawn, water will be sprayed in his body. The dog will be startled to get drenched. And after getting soaked a number of times, he will think twice before treading into your yard again. But ensure that you have disconnected the machine before you and your family member visit the yard. Otherwise, you can be soaked too.
- Ultrasonic Flashing Light
If any street dog invades your garden in the middle of the night you had better opt for this flashing light. When a dog enters the lawn a flash of light can dazzle his eyes. Being horrified, he will mend his ways. These lights are expensive, but crucially effective for night protection. You can try this recommendation.
- Changing Smells
Dogs have the acute power of smelling anything, unlike us. They are highly sensitive to unpleasant odor. Canines usually visit acquainted places where they have left their pee and poops. So clean those filths from your garden. To clean, you can use a mixture of water and baking soda or lemon juice. Then spray it into all around the garden, especially in the places where the dog answered his “nature call”. You can also change fertilizer for your garden. In this case, the smell will be changed and the pooch will likely hesitate before entering.
- Using Natural and Chemical Repellents Vinegar
You may be wondering here to learn that a cooking stuff like vinegar can be used as natural repellent. But this is a highly effective liquid that repulses insects and mammals. It is eco-friendly as well since it is a non-toxic substance. It can easily diffuse in the environment without a fuss. Moreover, the stuff is cheap, easily available to buy. So it can be the best choice to sprinkle vinegar into your lawn. The dog’s faculty of smelling will conclude it to be downright dangerous to intrude. Therefore he will abstain from entering your territory. But you should remember, too much vinegar is harmful for plants. So you should mix water with it before spraying.
- Citronella and Olive Oil
As an insect repellent, citronella and olive oil have a good reputation. Lemon, citrus and cinnamon has considerable effects on keeping insects at bay. They are however usable as mammal resistance as well. The acrid, repugnant smell is hardly tolerable to puppy’s nose. So it can be very effective.
- Cayenne Pepper or Red Chili
Dogs always sniff wherever they go. So if you can spatter these stuff all over your garden your neighbor’s dog will surely dare not to come again if he sniffs ever. But be watchful of your dog. If he sniffs, it can cause severe nasal inflammation.
- Ammonia and Other Chemicals
There are several chemical repellents available also. If you don’t like to use homemade repulsive ingredients you can choose these chemicals. Ammonia is widely used in this process. It has an acute smell that can be awful to any canine (even awful to human nose). It’s true in case of other chemicals also. Moreover, ammonia and such composure had bad effects on plants and grass. Beware of this before you start using chemicals.
But there is a grave problem of using the above mentioned repellents. Though they are cheap and easily available, they are likely to be ineffectual within a week. So you need to re-spray them with a regular interval. And if there’s any rain or if the temperature is of freezing condition then repellent won’t work, be it natural or chemical. You have to remember this.
- Talk to the Dog Owner
If the dog is coming from your neighbor or if it is a pet dog, you should raise the concern to the owner. Click a photo as evidence if possible. Then meet your neighbor with an easy breeze. Don’t be harsh with him. Show the taken photo if possible. Hopefully, the owner will prevent his dog going to your lawn. And thus the uninvited pooch won’t complete his doggy job there.
- Create a Place for Pooping
If you yourself have an adorable puppy that poops and pees into the yard despite training, then you need to take these steps. Create a specialized area where your dog can comfortably poop and pee. Train your dog to use this place for excretion from an early age. And reward if he obeys the instruction of defecation. But if he tries to excrete in the yard, snatch a desired food away from him as negative reinforcement. You can also put some sand in his toilet. Sand is highly attractive to dogs. Then he will use the definite place to defecate instead of spoiling your yard.
Apart from following these methods and strategies you need to remember some important aspects. Firstly, Train your dog if he is causing the trouble. You can take help from expert dog trainers. Or if this unexpected pooping is the job of a nearby neighbor’s pet, tell the master to take action immediately. Secondly, you should put an air tight lid to the bin garbage, if you have any around your yard. Dustbin’s smell can attract roaming pets to excrete. Thirdly, consider the vast side effect of chemical repellent. Remember that rain can make the whole effort useless. And don’t use cayenne pepper or chilies for mild problems since it can be harmful for the dog’s nose.
Fourthly, never give up in your efforts. The dog may be irritating for you; but gradually you have to get rid of this nuisance instead of expecting a magical solution. And lastly, if you found out that the pooch is not from your vicinity, nor an adopted one, then you should contact your local animal control service to catch the straying dogs. They have the best possible equipment to catch a wretched dog roaming around.
Nothing is more beautiful than a well-cleaned yard full of blooming flowers. This beauty should be protected from any obtrusive canine intruder by any means. A simple dog can snatch your peace of mind. So dealing with these issues is important. Dogs are excellent to cuddle but it is difficult to tolerate their mischiefs.
You should try the best suitable method to overcome these pooping animals. Dog’s feces stink with intolerable smell. This dirt can be the breeding ground of diseases. So it is of utmost importance to stop any dog from entering your green garden by any possible method. You can try two methods simultaneously together for optimum results. My advice is that you should build a natural fence of shrubbery and use vinegar therapy to repulse any possible incursion from canine species. They are a natural method to prevent any outsider from entering.
You can also choose chemicals, regardless of their being non-eco-friendly. And if you have enough money to spend, buy some sprinklers or a flashing light to get better outcomes.
Hopefully these are enough advice to give you an orientation on the strategies of dealing with those unexpected inconveniences from the furry pals. Keep your yard healthy and be healthy as well.