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Keeping the neighbor's dogs from pooping on the grass can be a challenge. This is a guide about keeping dogs from pooping on grass.
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March 31, 2011

I have people who live next door (I don't consider them neighbors). They have a dog. I have asked them on separate occasions not to let their dog poop on my grass. They have a backyard which the dog could use. They are smokers and anytime they go to their car, they let the dog run loose and naturally he hits my grass.

I have tried some products, the only drawback is I had to spray my lawn every three days. Does anyone have any suggestions to keep him from making my lawn his personal bathroom? My lawn guy will be getting my grass ready for the summer, and I really don't want him being greeted again by the dog poop.

Sure I was told that they would pay the extra money he would charge for picking up their dog poop. The problem I have is they will not honor my request. I don't want to harm the dog, just keep him off my lawn!

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By Beverly from Detroit, MI

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April 1, 20113 found this helpful
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We used to have the same problem. My husband would pick up the dog poop and put it back in their yard. Didn't help. Then he started putting it right at their front door. A few times of stepping in it and they stopped letting the dog go in our yard.

I also saw a sign in a catalog (can't remember which one) that was in the shape of a tombstone, it said "Here lies the last dog that pooped in my yard!" You could maybe make up something like that. Good luck!

Margaret from Denton, Texas

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April 1, 20113 found this helpful
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Buy some black pepper from the $1 store and spread it liberally where the dog usually enters your yard. I use it on my porch when my neighbors' cats start spraying my door. It keeps them away from quite awhile. You will have to reapply it if you water, if it rains, etc, but it might "teach" the dog to pick his own yard over yours!

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March 31, 20111 found this helpful
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You didn't say if you/they own the home. If they are renters, start putting major pressure on the landlord by contacting them on every occasion that they let the dog do his business in your yard. (If you don't know who owns the house, you can look it up on the appraisal district by address and find out.) If they own the home, then start contacting Animal Control. They shouldn't let the dog loose outside of their own yard, period. I have had "neighbors" like this before (even worse ones who tortured my kids), you have my sympathy.

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April 1, 20111 found this helpful
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Get an airhorn and every time you see the dog poop in your yard, blast away with the airhorn. Will not hurt the dog and will get your neighbor's attention. Will also get other neighbors attention; maybe it will embarrass them into being more considerate.

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful
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Dogs are not suppose to be off their property without being on a leash. Since you've talked with the dog owners about this issue and it's not being addressed to your satisfaction, then take it a step further; call the local dog warden of your problem and let them deal with your issue on your behalf.

If the problem continues after the warden's first visit, call again. The first visit is usually a warning and after that it gets tougher. If the owners love their dog, they will keep it confined on their own premise.

A fence makes good neighbors, so check the fence laws/regulations in your state/county. These change and you want to be up to date with what a neighbor must pay or may not have to pay if you decide to put up a fence. An agreement of what type of fence can be put up on a borderline for an example and find out the cost. You can put your own up off the borderline so many feet from it, but at your own expense and neighbor cannot dispute unless it's an electric fence, another example.

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March 31, 20111 found this helpful

May I respectfully suggest we all sit back and take a deep breath?

First of all, Beverly, what does the fact that your neighbors (yes, they are your neighbors) are smokers have to do with their dogs pooping in your yard? Last I heard, smoking (cigarettes, cigars, pipes . . not illegal drugs) on one's own property is a perfectly legal activity for adults.

Second, as I stated, they are your neighbors, whether you consider them to be such or not. If they have offered to pay for poop pick-up are they actually not honoring their promise, or are you just worried that they won't do so? I'm not sure exactly what you are saying here.

Yes, if your community has leash laws you certainly have the right to call the authorities. However . . . once you do so, you could possibly engage in an even bigger battle with your neighbors that could become irreversible. Wouldn't it be more neighborly of you to politely sit down and explain how much this bothers you . . . asking them to change the routine before you feel calling the authorities is absolutely necessary?

I understand that the dogs pooping in your yard is irritating to you, but as dog people who are used to dog poop, maybe your neighbors truly do not understand the extent of your irritation.

Finally, as the famous poet, Robert Frost once penned, "Good fences make good neighbors."

I wish you well, but if the worse thing any neighbor does is to let their dog poop in your yard, please count your blessings.

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April 1, 20111 found this helpful

My 2nd posting about this: KansasCindy is absolutely right about this. Do take care not to enrage them or get into an all-out war. If they are "not nice people" it might be easier (though not agreeable) to just clean up their dog poop and go about your business. One thing you could try, very sneakily (without them seeing), is to give it back to them. Pick it up, and put back in their yard....It tends to make a point.

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April 1, 20111 found this helpful

Way rude of the next door people. Terrible! I do believe it is against the law to let your dog poop in other people's lawn. Them paying the lawn workers has nothing to do with it. They can't make rules for you. The poop is still there until the lawn people pick it up. You can do several things. Pick the poop up and throw it back in their yard. (yucky I know) Or call the police and report them. In some places it is now legal to fence the front yard so that may not be an option. I really think it way out of bounds for anyone to think this OK behavior just because the neighbors offered to pay someone to pick it up. In the USA your domain is your domain.

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April 22, 20111 found this helpful

I feel for the OP, I have a dog and pick up his poo right when he finished in MY back yard. When I talk him for walks I put 2 wal-mart bags in my pocket to pick up his poo. I also dont let him pee on telephone poles or other peoples property. There has been a dog coming in my yard and pooping and peeing everywhere. He is not my neighbors and he even poops on my neighbors deck right outside his sliding glass doors as his dogs stand inside and watch him poo. I told my wife I was going to take him to the humane society, if you have a dog why would you let him roam the streets, he is small lap dog and he was even out roaming the streets all winter and in a blizzard.

People don't have a clue that say "Don't call the police, just build a fence" Well a phone call to the police is free and a 90 foot fence cost roughly 1000 bucks. Why should I have to barricade my yard cause people are ignorant. I don't want a fence or other peoples dogs pooping in my yard. The 1000 buck price tag was if your building it yourself, for those that cant can expect a hefty labor charge. I worked for a cable company for 11 years as a in house installer and if you think the dog owners that let their dog crap in your yard care, you're wrong. I have been in numerous houses where the dog poops in the house (in the living areas) and they leave it there and walk in it. So if they don't care about their own kitchen and living room, they surely don't care about your yard

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June 22, 20111 found this helpful

The police and animal control cannot do anything unless you actually see the dog leave a mess and know which animal it is. The police also have more important things to do. However, I have heard that there are sprays and pepper that can be used in the area where they poop. Cats and dogs are creatures of habit and will usually use the same place since it smells like them. It is not a matter of how trivial, or better than other things happening here. It is the time and money and becoming angry due to being dis-respected and cleaning up after someone and the cost of sprays and fences. A neighbor cat used to dig up my bulbs, make my flower beds ugly and smelly with her mess, and the neighbor lady did not care after several pleadings with her. Her cat went to a farm after I caught it for the third time in a cat trap. The time and money I spent on my flower beds and trying to work it out with the neighbor warranted this final action. If she did not care about being responsible, then I took it upon myself to take some permanent action. So, try some type of spray and keep the mess area clean so the smell will not entice them to use your lawn as a toilet.

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

Put up a fence.

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April 1, 20110 found this helpful

My second post on the topic and @ Lilac - Hello and I do mean this pleasantly! Again, can we all just breathe deeply about trivial matters before engaging in all out warfare? I did not say it was OKAY for a neighbor's dog to poop in anyone's yard if they offered to pay for pick-up: I merely stated that declaring all out war (calling the authorities without first trying to work out kind and considerate compromises) is not a positive and neighborly way to proceed.

Yes our domain is our domain but what in the world ever happened to common sense and common courtesy in the United States of America? Seriously, this attitude of "I'm calling the cops because I don't like dog poop" (or weird painted houses, or too much yard art or anything else that doesn't please our individual palettes) is a national disgrace and a great disservice to the brilliance of our nation's Founding Fathers - whom probably never even imagined that "dog poop regulation" would ever be something Americans would consider as a law enforcement necessity.

Yes, yes, yes, letting your dog poop on a neighbor's lawn is rude. But no, no, no, the Constitution of the United States of America does not guarantee us a right to never be treated rudely. We all just need to settle down and get our priorities straight on what really matters . . . and I seriously don't believe dog poop matters a diddly darn in the scope of American issues!

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Anonymous
March 15, 20160 found this helpful

I have always been told that moth balls will help

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November 18, 20160 found this helpful

I just want to keep them away, I'm afraid d dogs could eat the moth balls(or at least try to) I don't want d hurt the dog but I need yo do something that works, cannot put fence(association will not allow it) but I am talking about 3 big dogs that live in my hood, the owners walk them around & poop everywhere they want . My neighbors have talked to one of them & the got nasty with her, they poop in her lawn also

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December 17, 20160 found this helpful

It's interesting that this person says "settle down ". Why is it that someone breaking the law many times over has me in a position of not being able to walk freely in MY yard w/o feeling I'm walking through a land mind for fear of unknowingly tracking in poop, burning my grass, their disregard of the cost every month to the gardener to keep up my property and their lazy way of not bending over to pu their pets doodie which is their duty which comes along with owning a pet. One of our neighbors comes all the way down the block w dog off leash to let her dog mess in my yard.

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December 31, 20160 found this helpful

If you like dog poop so much then let them do it in your own yard! I've had it with people who walk their animal to my yard so they can poop. I was reported to the health department who was about to issue me a citation until I explained that owned no animals and it was the neighbors who constantly brought their animals over to my place. You say it's rude but it's complete disregard for your neighbor to treat them in that manner

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Anonymous
March 1, 20170 found this helpful

My neighbor had one, it was adorable but the dogs pooped right in front of it. Some owners didn't like the sign.

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March 17, 20170 found this helpful

I was following you about the fact that the smokers didn't matter, however, Whether they are smokers or not, If the complaint was already conveyed, the fact that they don't want the dog pooping in their yard that should be enough. Why does victim have to be the one to have another meeting with the neighbors, to convey the same point, when that has already been done?? that is ridiculous. And regardless of how many other blessings counted, they should not have to deal with someone else's dog making a mess in their yard, whether they offered to pay for it or not.

SOLUTION: How about they keep their dog on a leash, and watch the dog, and not allow the dog to run in other people's yard. That is easily done by the owners, and could eliminate the problems... it sounds like the smokers are lazy as hell & just letting the dog have his way... instead of Simply honoring the neighbor's wishes about the poop in their yard. That is absurd and I feel as if you belittled the complainants Desire, which is simply to not have someone else's dog shytting in their yard. SMH

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Anonymous
March 18, 20170 found this helpful

Sprinkle cayenn pepper it works great

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April 17, 20170 found this helpful

Some people lets there  poop in your yard because there just that nasty it seems like for this person lets there dog poop on my yard when we are asleep we are up pretty late so when the owners are walking there during the day it doesn't happened afterr we close our door and when we awake in the morning there's poop in the same area i do not own a dog what can i do.

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May 2, 20170 found this helpful

Please don't leave cayenne as it burns the pads of the dog's feet and can cause a lot of harm. Black pepper is less cruel.

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June 9, 20170 found this helpful

Get a movie camera. Video them. Contact code enforcement and animal control and give them a copy of the video. Then tell them that you have warned them many times. Ask that they issue a citation instead of a warning. These people are not your friends or neighbors really so who cares what they think?

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Anonymous
June 10, 20170 found this helpful

I did the same thing but found the poop on my window the next morning

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June 21, 20170 found this helpful

A drawback to calling authorities is the permanence of the people. If the people stay in the home, the conflict could grow. Try to find a civil solution. I am buying an animal safe deterrent to teach the animal to stay away from my property since the owner can't be taught. I once complained about my mailman not thinking he knew where I lived. He has never said a word to me and the service didn't improve much. Lesson learned...by me.

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July 23, 20170 found this helpful

I have ask nicely and the neighbors next door have a beautiful yard and have 5 dogs that are on leashes and continuing to bring them to my yard they use the bathroom on my lawn and kill e everything I plant beside my mailbox and on each side of my driveway iam so sick of mowing over it and the smell and stepping in it when getting the mail. So what should I do, talking has turnedinto a screaming match. I drive by and see there flawless yard and then pull up to mine that looks like a poop ground not good. Your advice would be so helpful thank you.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 13, 2015

I have a 2 year old Lab who's been trained to poop in a marked off dog run area. Suddenly he is pooping also in the grass for the first time in at least 18 months. We can't think of any variables that have changed so we can't figure this out. We do a good job of keeping the dog run area picked up of his poop, putting down new pine straw, pulling any weeds in that area, etc.

But for reasons we can figure out, about a month or two ago he started pooping 50-70% of the time still on the pine straw in the dog run and suddenly 30-50% of the time in different areas in the grass around the yard. When in our yard he still only ever pees in the pine straw (always in the exact same spot of the dog run), so it's only the pooping that's changed.

We've consistently picked up the poop piles in those spots in the grass then watered them down and sprayed that area with some vinegar so it doesn't smell like dog poop and seem like a marker for the correct place to do it again. Like we did 1.5-2 years ago while training him as a puppy, if we see him circling and about to poop in the grass we'll tell him 'No' and he'll run to the dog run area and do it there (or finish there if we didn't see him in time and he'd already dropped some in the grass), but those haven't stopped him doing it like it did while we were at the 'tail end' of the training process with him as a puppy. Any ideas?

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

What can I get to keep dogs from pooping on my grass?

Bridget

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Keeping Dogs From Pooping on Grass

Try "Grant's Dog and Cat Repellent" I found it at a local nursery, but you can order it online. I used it to teach my dogs to stay out of flower beds, but learned it's also effective to keep cats that are allowed to run out as well. You need to use it daily until your animals learn where they can and cannot go. If it's other animals - you could put up a fence. (04/04/2007)

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Keeping Dogs From Pooping on Grass

Place the large Pop bottles filled with water on your lot, I don't know how large your lot is. But we place one on each corner. The dogs won't poop where they think it is food. Sounds off the wall, but it works (07/08/2007)

By supersweep

Keeping Dogs From Pooping on Grass

My next door neighbor lets her dog poop in the area behind my patio in heavy vines so she doesn't have to clean it up. I complained to the manager, but to no avail. I want to put something on my driveway so it won't go there, and something right on the vines. So I need something to pour on the driveway that won't hurt the cement, and something for the vines that won't hurt them.

I don't care about the dog. How about some results? (11/20/2007)

By Charlene

Keeping Dogs From Pooping on Grass

Try a sign for the owner. Do a search for no dog poop on the grass tin sign. (02/08/2008)

By Jim

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Keeping Dogs From Pooping on Grass

We live in a subdivision, HOA. A nearby woman walked her two small dogs every day to our front yard, she did bring a bag to pick up after them. I had finally had enough of her, would have gone outside except still in pj's, I opened the window and yelled at her and told her not to bring them in my yard again. That I had already discussed this with the board of directors and my next step was animal control and I would file a complaint against her. She walked away shaking her head up and down "yes". I am sure anybody around here heard me but she has not been back. She is now using the yard on the corner. I am not sure what is wrong with her. They say ignorance is bliss. (04/30/2008)

Keeping Dogs From Pooping on Grass

I have had people tell me to spread lye in the area, but I really don't want to hurt the dog I am not sure of this I guess its best to ask a Vet. (12/29/2008)

By George in Naples,Fla

Keeping Dogs From Pooping on Grass

My next door neighbor was letting his dog poop around my mailbox, which is next to the road. One day when I saw the neighbor working in his front lawn I greeted him like a good neighbor. I told him I was having a problem with dogs pooping around my mailbox and I was puzzled as to what to do to stop it. I told him that I didn't want to put any poison down around the area as I didn't want to harm the dogs. I told him that I was thinking about sprinkling pepper all around the mailbox to prevent this. Well, the next day I didn't see any fresh poop around the mailbox, nor the day after, nor the day after that.....and so on. I never did put any pepper down around the mailbox, but it solved the problem. I never mentioned this topic again with my neighbor. (12/30/2008)

By John C.

Keeping Dogs From Pooping on Grass

My subdivision there are 2000 homes probably 1/3 to half have dogs and that may be an understatement. Dog poop has filled the side of my house in front lawn countless times and at times even my driveway. I have had it! I contacted the HOA today to notify them of what I can do since it is against HOA policy to post any type of signs accept if it is approved. My 3 year old son stuck his hand in some today and I am completely lost on what to do. I am diffidently buying a security camera to install on house to at least catch some who are doing this.

I used to love dogs and I have grown up with them my whole life but since I have moved here and have seen the insensitive disrespectful dog owners invade my property with dog crap (sometimes with worms coming out) I have now grown to hate dogs and think that this whole dog owner thing in society is complete madness. I can't believe people will put the health of my kids 2nd to their dog. This is madness people, madness! (06/13/2010)

By finly77

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August 3, 20160 found this helpful

I fully understand your frustration but urge your to aim your hatred where it belongs, at the owner, not the dog. Having grown up around and loving dogs surely you can appreciate that, changing your feelings about dogs is a punishment to you and robs you of the love and good feelings that most dogs give to you for free. Careless, thoughtless owners that allow this behavior should not be allowed to have pets. Bottom line though, the dogs don't even understand that you don't like it.

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January 25, 20170 found this helpful

Signs don't help. People in general do not read signs, least of all dog owners who care less about where their dog poops. Animal control won't help in our area. We have called Animal Control nearly every day for a solid month. They come to the dog owners residence., leave a note on the door. The owner comes home, sees the note and crumbles it up and tossed it over their shoulder. Nothing seems to be enforced around here. When there's loose dogs, they expect us to catch it for them and keep them at our place until they can send someone to pick them up. We can't even check our mail without first checking where we step.

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April 3, 20070 found this helpful

Does anyone know of a safe natural way to keep dogs from pooping on the lawn? This is inconsiderate and disgusting on the owners part.

Thanks for your help. Have a happy, healthy new year!

Ajgaymon

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Preventing Dogs From Pooping on Lawn

Do you know whose dog it is? We had a similar problem with the neighbor's dog, and we just asked them if they could do something about it. He's mostly an indoor dog so now they just attach him to a long leash attached to the house when they let him out so he can't roam over to our yard. (01/01/2007)

By Allison

Preventing Dogs From Pooping on Lawn

Is this from people walking their dogs? My neighborhood dogs & parents are pretty well behaved and/or contained or leashed all the time. If it's people who are walking their dogs just run out & tell them to stop it. Dogs aren't allowed by law to run loose either. If you know whose dog it is I would confront them like the 1st person said. (01/03/2007)

By Me

Preventing Dogs From Pooping on Lawn

How about a sign, "Please curb your dog!" (01/03/2007)

By Cheryl from Missouri

Preventing Dogs From Pooping on Lawn

You might hand the dog owner a little plastic bag, nicely, of course. Then tell him or her that you use lawn chemicals on occasion and do not want the dog to get sick from them. Then post those little signs in your right-of-way that warn of lawn chemicals. (01/04/2007)

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