Keeping Neighbor's Dog Off Lawn?

I live in a neighborhood without sidewalks. In March, my old dog was euthanized and the patches of yellow grass had been repaired. I sent away for a "Please Keep Your Dog Off of the Grass" sign. At the same time, knowing which dog it was, I wrote a letter to my neighbor asking him to keep an eye on my yard for any dogs using it as a bathroom. I thanked him and gave him my phone number.


Today I cleared out two medium patches of yellow grass, again. He is disrespecting me and my request. Today I ordered a yard sprayer that has short bursts of water when the motion detector is activated. It can be set for a certain range. If it hits the dog owner, I guess that would be perfect, however it may further enrage him. There is no HOA here. What else can I do?

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May 30, 20150 found this helpful

You have declared war and made the first advance by writing your neighbor (it would have been more "neighborly" if you had first discussed your concern in person). You will make a second advance by setting out a water blaster. It is clear he/she has no interest in keeping the dog off your grass. This can become very ugly!


Have you checked the pet/dog laws and requirements in your area? Is there a lease law? Is there an agency that can help in this situation? Does your neighbor or you have enclosed/fenced property to keep the dog in or out?

It is important that you research other possibilities (even an attorney) in your area rather than ramping up an already worsening argument. After you have checked into other avenues to help the situation, you can consider the most reasonable and least contentious solution to your problem. I say "your problem" because your neighbor clearly does not yet have a problem.

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May 31, 20150 found this helpful

Although the yellow grass patches your dog created have been repaired, the scent still lingered and probably other dogs have visited also, perhaps at night when you couldn't see them. If they have become used to "leaving messages" in your yard previously, why would they suddenly stop now that your dog is gone?


From the tone of your post, I'd guess maybe there is more to this than just some yellow grass?

There are products you can spray around the perimeter of your property to discourage dogs and cats from coming into your grass (Doggie-Be-Gone type stuff). Or you could invest in some fencing if you are suddenly extremely particular about your lawn. Also, they do not care for the smell of moth balls, so you could strew those around the perimeter of the property.

The old saw "You'll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" comes to mind here. I'd advise caution,...people "react" when you "act".

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June 1, 20150 found this helpful

Try using dried crushed red pepper sprinkled over the lawn area to keep dog from coming on lawn,it will not hurt the dog but will bother their sense of smell enough to keep them off of the lawn.

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