Dogs Pooping in Yard
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Does anyone know the best way (or a few ways) to keep
unleashed dogs from pooping on our lawn strip, other than
putting up a fence? It/they prefer one spot on the grass
near the telephone pole. Thanks-
Perhaps you'd like to try a product called Scarecrow. It
is a motion activated sprinkler that attaches to a hose.
Consumer Reports gave it a good review for preventing deer
damage. I have not used the product, but from the
description, I would think you need a good quality hose
that can withstand long term pressure from the water line.
I'm interested to hear the answers!
The Scarecrow may work if your lawn is a regular shape where
you can aim it to cover well, but then if you go onto the
lawn you'll get doused yourself! Also, I don't know of any
hose that will hold up under constant pressure- you'd need to
turn it off some of the time.
What I'm going to try in lieu of keeping them (2 females, 1
male) off is to program my sprinklers to go on very briefly-
1 or 2 minutes- twice a day to wash the urine through. Urine
is much more damaging than feces. Once a week I'll give my
lawn a good deep watering to keep the roots from staying too
shallow. Worth a try.
I'm also in the process of putting together some attempts at
quasi-ornamental barriers to deal with kfire hydrant syndrome
on plants in the rest of the garden.
I've read the archives about how to stop cats pooping in the yard, but
I have a DOG problem. Some errant dog owner allows their dog to
poop in our front yard. I can't find the culprit, I can't build a fence
since I do not own the house, and my children can never play in the
front yard because of this. Is there any solution (a nontoxic spray?) to
keep the dog[s] out of our yard?
It may be impossible to re-train HUMAN BEINGS WHO ALLOW THEIR DOG
TO POOP IN YOUR YARD, but I have seen some houses where a bag full of
plastic bags is left in a prominent spot so that dog owners who have a degree of
social responsibility will also have the means to deal with the problem when it
I have heard that sprinkling red pepper in your yard (maybe just on the
perimeter?) will make dogs not poop in it. Haven't tried it myself.
You can buy a motion-activated sprinkler that will shoot a jet of water at the
offending dog and, hopefully, its disrespectful owner as well. I suppose you could
set it up on a timer so it turned on at times when you think the pooping is
occurring; for example, on in the evening and off at a time of day when your kids
wouldn't be likely to wander onto the lawn and get sprayed. I've seen this in a
garden or home catalog that I can't recall, but I bet if you called around to some
nurseries they would either have something like this or could refer you. I was
planning on getting this to protect our lawn from raccoons who like to tear up the
grass looking for grubs.
I have been the unfortunate recipient at times, unfortunately, to a sprinkler that
goes on if someone gets too close to it...it is designed to keep animals such as dogs
and racoons away. It works for people
too by the way. I don't know many more details than that. It sweeps around like
a lawn sprinkler, and that might be very effective at keeping dogs away from
your yard and from pooping there.
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