I think if a dog can get under there, so can a skunk, possum or other unwanted pests. I love dogs and sometimes they are just trying to tell you something. Please find out how the dog is getting under there and fix that spot. No need to fix the dog.
If the dog is doing it a lot, could be that the owner isn't taking good care of it. If it looks like it may be thin or not taken care of, I'd call animal control and have them contact the owner, he may not have a good family to live with. On the other hand, why should you be bothered to try and keep him out & off your property, that is the the responsibilty of the dog's owner to be in control of him. If anything should happen to the dog while it is on your property, with today's society as it is, the owner may try to sue you. I'd talk with the owner about it.
I had this problem years ago with a neighbors dog. I used several methods at once and the dog took a few whiffs and never came back.
I took a plastic long and shallow dish and poured a full bottle of ammonia in it. Then I placed a towel in there that was just large enough to soak up all the ammonia (to prevent spillage) but not large enough to have any dry spots left.
Then I got hold of some moth balls. Lots of them. And hung them so that he'd have to go through them to get in. I think I hung maybe 30 or 50 in the space of the entry-way to the crawl space.
For the life of me right now I can't remember the third thing I used. But these two should do the trick. He won't want to go through the combo smell of ammonia and moth balls.
Not the dogs fault. He is looking for a place to curl up for warmth. Good news is you have protection from strangers. If his presence is really unwanted, you need to talk to his owner. I would make friends with him. He is the best insurance policy you will ever have. Pit bulls are not mean by nature. Never the dogs fault. Always the people. Is the dog hungry? Thin? Cold? need a warming spot? He chose you to protect. Please do not turn him in to be killed. He did nothing wrong. Protect him like he wants to protect you. You might get the best friend ever. Pits are one of the most devoted dogs ever. One saved my friends life TWICE. Once when she was about to be raped by a naked man, another time when 2 men were about to hurt and rob her. Try being friendly to the pup. To start with, how about a blanket for him to lie on instead of the cold ground? He just wants out of the cold and wet. How do you think he feels?
I have heard bitter apple spray will keep an animal away from areas you do not want them in. I would try that and talk to your neighbor about keeping his animal out of your space. That really is a good solution. And if all else fails call the game warden.
Good luck to you.
Your bellyboard, the metal sheathing that holds your insulation in can be damaged. She can also be damaging the support wood under the flooring, might be damaging the wiring, or at the least, can be pooping under their.
You have every right to call the Animal Control people. Pits especially should not be unleashed. If you have a visiting pet or child and he gets over to your house, you can have a lawsuit on your hands that can be filed against you. Call now, please!
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