Dog owners are using my front lawn as their pet's toilet. I need a frugal way to keep dogs off the lawn that isn't hurtful.
You could try a little sign out in front of your house asking dog owners to take their pets elsewhere or pick up their dogs poop, (Please pick up what your dog leaves behind, or something like that). If you are home when it's happening, politely ask the dog owner to please clean up after their dog.
I've read that cayenne pepper works well. Once they get a good whiff of it they will avoid that place for good, so a line of it along the borders will work until it rains. There are "Dog-Be-Gone" crystals to put out in your yard. These are available at WalMart. I've also read that miniature roses and lavender planted along the edge of your property discourage the dogs from choosing your lawn.
If all else fails, a good fence might be your best bet. (10/08/2003)
One would think that pet owners know they should clean up after their pets. How unfair when you don't own a pet and constantly have to clean up someone else's mess. I think they need to have a little class. How would they like it if everyday they had to clean up dog mess and they don't even own a dog. These are adults and one would think they know better. (03/26/2006)
I found this sign to be quite humorous~
These pet owners have obviously never encountered parvo or the likes of. As a pet owner who has, I understand the importance of picking up after your dog. I make sure if I'm out walking that my dog does it's business before we leave, and if that is unavoidable I try to make sure it's in the bushes and picked up still. I find that no confrontation is needed, if you catch the owner letting his dog do his business in your yard, just standing there and staring at him/her seems to work well. We have a neighbor that likes to let their dog do it's business on our fence line in the back and not clean it up. My husband goes out and scoops it up and throws it back in their yard. (07/29/2007)
I have a neighbor that lets his dog out in his front yard to do his thing and it does it in my yard and the other neighbor's. The only time he picks it up is when you are out there. He is really good friends with the other neighbor and when no one is home and the dog uses their yard he leaves it there. He has a backyard that is fenced in but he lets it use the front yard. Where he has somehow trained it to use other people's yards. This has been going on for 2 years.
I started putting mothballs in my front yard and the dog has been staying out of my yard. Dogs don't like the smell of the them. The first time I put them out I watched him, he started to come over and when he got close to the yard he backed away and went back towards his yard. It works better in the summer. I haven't put any out since the fall, and I haven't found any poop in my yard. (01/28/2008)
When I lived in California I had a new front lawn put in for my Mom. A man walked his dog every day and let him do his business on our lawn. At a nursery I found a product that came in a carton like milk. It was granules that really stunk and was called dog off. I can't find it here in Florida. (04/30/2008)
By Jan Grenot
Electric livestock fencing at the offending dogs level around property with all appropriate warning signs to keep it legal. (02/14/2009)
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