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Keeping Dogs from Peeing in Flower Beds

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Many, many dogs are walked by my house and lots of them use my flowers and shrubs to relieve themselves. I've asked the owners not to let them, but they seem to think because it's pee it's no big deal. I prune and fiddle regularly, and I DO think it's a big deal touching dog pee. I have some trampled and/or sick looking plants and flowers to boot. Is there something I can put in my beds to deter the dogs since the owners won't respect my repeated requests?

Lisa from Tampa, FL

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By Melissa M. [25]12/31/2008

It's amazing how dog owners seem to think it's ok to let their animals pee all over other people's yards. It isn't necessary to allow your dog to pee on every pole or plant they walk by, they are only marking everything and not doing it to empty their bladder, if your dog has to pee several times a day, let them do it in their own backyards. I did the ceyenne pepper thing in my back yard where a neighbor's cat kept pooping, it works pretty well when they sniff that stuff into their nose. Also people seem to think that their cats need to run around the neighborhood it's extremely irresponsible and unhealthy for the animals. I've had cats for several years and didn't let them outside.

By Deeda in Seattle (Guest Post)12/21/2008

We had this problem, too.

We had a huge (Costco-sized) container of crushed red pepper--the large flaked kind w/ bunches of seeds too,--that we never used, so I got my older daughter to sprinkle it everywhere in the areas where we were getting 'bombed'. No more problems! We do reapply once in a while!

Good luck! Orange or citrus peels might work too.

By Grandma J [46]12/21/2008

I neglected to say, when we walk in the street, my dog has no desire to pee anywhere. She does not try to get up on the yards, do sniffing, etc. When we walk, she is on her leash and right by my side. Won't even chase squirrels running in front. If we walked on the sidewalk, different story. Too many distractions.

By Grandma J [46]12/21/2008

Hi, I am a dog owner who walks her dog and find Allie, as all dogs do, MARK their territory by doing this pee thing. So we walk on the street and when we get back to our yard, she stops to sniff, then pees to re-establish her yard. Other than this, she pees only in one spot in the back yard.
Enough about that, mothballs are toxic to children who may pick them up, they may get tossed back into your garden which transfers the toxic to your plants, esp if edible types growing.

I would put some signs posted about 10-12 inch high stating toxic chemicals have been used in treating the yard, PLEASE keep children and pets from transferring it on their shoes or feet. Or something to that order. If you have a friend who's yard is treated, ask for a flag or two left by a lawn service to put in your yard. Or ask a lawn service for some tips/flags.

I am not beyond yelling out the door when I see this to pick up poop or wipe up the pee. This evokes a response of some type, enough to get a visual description. Often helps to have a phone in hand, stating you are calling the authorities. Good to do the photo via cell phone or camera.
It is the owner who is stupid and needs to be dealt with, not the leashed animal. THEN if it off a leash, call and report it to the proper number. I have caught and tied up wandering dogs without owners running around destroying yards and flowers and an officer promptly shows up to take it.

Licensed? Cost you $70 for first time picked up. Unlicensed--additional fees, meaning a rabies vaccination, license and the $70. If they are a repeat offender-I think x3, they go to court automatically. Then the court cost goes into the hundreds.
So keep your dogs leashed, licensed, vaccinated and off the yard that is not your own!

By Holly [350]12/21/2008

I've heard that cirus peelings will repel a dog from an area - unfortunately, my daughter's dog hasn't read that bit of information.

By chris t. (Guest Post)12/21/2008

I have this same problem. Sometimes the cats, too. Here is what I do. I have a number of books by Jerry Baker. He tells about things in your kitchen that are remedies for yard problems. He gave this recipe of stuff cats & I've found out, dogs too, don't like. They always sniff first. So you mix like 1/3rd black pepper, 1/3rd red/cayenne pepper, 1/3rd ground peppers, like for pizza & then for a mix of about 2-3cups. I mix in dry, hot mustard, maybe about 1/2cp.

It's pretty strong (you get this in the import or oriental section of the grocery store). Be sure to do this outside & b upwind. It's pretty potent. I then put it in something with a small opening or use a small scoop, & sprinkle it around where they like to pee on the ground & even on the plants. What I do is garden & water like normal. Then sprinkle & leave the area alone for at least a few days, longer if you can, and hey, that pee can cause you to get parasites, this is a health hazard and it kills the plants, if done enough.

I've lost some nice plants from those pets & inconsiderate people. I have used it on the top of walls & fences, to keep the cats away. This last for a long time. They learn that it's not good there & it gets their noses really well. It won't hurt them, but it does give them a real nudge to go somewhere else. Hopefully away from your yard. It really works, try it. Personally, I'd like to sprinkle it on those idiots who don't listen to you.

By Kathleen W. (Guest Post)12/21/2008

I'm with the answer above, Deeli, report them to the Mayor or dog catcher. Moth balls do work. I don't say anything to dog owner, just do the above. Good luck.

By Lilian (Guest Post)12/21/2008

Put transparent plastic bottles full of water and place them near the flower beds. Dogs will be afraid to see the water reflecting and will not pee in your flowerbeds. Good luck!

By Toebeanie (Guest Post)12/21/2008

I had read about the mothballs, but was scared a child would pick them up, so I used Crystal Light plastic containers, poked holes in the lids, filled about 1/4 full, and placed them along the edge of my beds. Since I have plants almost to the sidewalk, the foliage conceals the containers. It has helped some. I did call the authorities on one girl who let her dog pee while I was out there working. I pleaded with her in a kind tone to please not let her dog do that, as I worked in my yard alot, and it was gross. I also kills plants. She knew that, because I was working in it many times when she walked by before. After that, she started bringing him after dark and letting him do more than pee. After having my fill of it, I called animal control and he was even repulsed by it. It told me to watch and next time it happened to call immediately, and describe her and the dog. I did and he caught her and warned her telling her that I could press charges. Now she crosses the street when she walks by. I dislike being at odds with people, but my yard is a display and many drive down my street to enjoy it, so it is not like she didn't know. One deserves respect!

By Carol L Craig [17]12/21/2008

Go to the dollar store and buy a box of mothballs and place them about a foot apart at the edge of your yard. Dogs and cats will move on and not bother you. You might have to replace them about once a month because of rain and sun but mothballs will not hurt your grass or bushes. I know this works because I have done it.

By Janet [7]12/21/2008

Moth balls are poisonous & if a child should pick one up.

By Danny [3]12/20/2008

Hello MS. Lisa put some moth balls around your flowers that will work Mr.D AKA Danny

By Anonymous [848]12/20/2008

I say, if where you live has a leash law as most places do these days, that you have a camera or video cam handy and show the evidence to your rude neighbors with a threat of showing the evidence to local authorities! I'll bet they'll think twice if confronted with a ticket to pay or prosecution!

Yes, I've become a witch in my golden years because I am sick and tired of people not having respect for others but sometimes you need to be (nicely of course) in order to prove a point!

Why should you have to take extraordinary measures to protect your flowers from damage on your property when they are the ones in the wrong and they get off the hook scott free!

Oh, and if they are on a leash and the owners are letting them pee pee on your property while walking them that's no different! That is trespass! Pictures, pictures, pictures!

12/18/2008

What about a fence of some kind; either a small border fence lining the front of your property, or a taller one with a gate. ( depending on whether or not the neighborhood association is an issue). Or plant a row of prickly hedge bushes if a fence is not allowed.

By Melanie Jackson [1]12/18/2008

Been there, done that. Some dog owners are so rude, thinking it's their Constitutional right to let their dogs urinate on other people's property, damaging lawns and plants.

What I did was to get red pepper and sprinkle it everywhere I wanted to guard against the dogs. I observed it in action, and let me tell you, dogs do NOT like the smell!

If, for some reason, that doesn't work (wind blows it away, etc.), there are animal-repellents available.

Do a Google search for "dog repellent", and you'll find lots of products.

ON EDIT:
Here's something of the sort that I'm referring to.
http://www.odordestroyer.com/Mercha ... y_Code=DogRepellents&Screen=CTGY

Their "Repel II Cat & Dog Repellent" sounds like exactly you're looking for, so scroll down and read the description of it, to see if you agree.

I hope this info helps!

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