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How To Keep Dogs Out Of Your Yard (Or Anywhere Else)

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Man's best friend; They love us so much that they go out of their way to fertilize our lawns with the freshest stuff available. You can't buy quality like that at the local nursery! I love dogs but few things are more frustrating than picking up poop or watching a stray pee all over my landscaping. If you are searching for advice on how to keep dogs out of your yard, watch this video to find out the most effective (and funniest) ways to repel them.


Dogs love to hang out exactly where you don't want them. Keeping dogs out of your yard is a challenging task. Having another animal mark your grass with urine can negatively affect your own pets behavior. Also, once that scent is left there, other animals will be attracted to the same spot. If you are tired of cleaning dog poop and having your grass soaked with urine, I have the perfect solution for you. Watch the video above for the best tips on how to get rid of dogs for good.

Most people facing this issue usually turn to using odors to repel dogs. Certain homemade sprays such as ammonia, vinegar or citrus can be somewhat effective for keeping dogs out of your yard. However, a commercial product called "bitter apple spray" is probably the most effective. Most dog experts recommend this over any of the homemade options. However, the downside to repelling dogs with scent based products is that they wear off over time and need to be reapplied every time it rains.

The product that I always recommend to anyone searching for ways to keep dogs out of their yard is a motion activated sprinkler. Besides being one of the funnest toys I have ever owned, It is also the best dog repellent available. No other product will work 24/7 to keep dogs off your lawn as effectively as this device will. They are specifically designed to keep dogs, cats and skunks away from your home. All you need to do is hook it up to your hose. It combines sound and movement with a burst of water to get rid of any intruders (and it is really fun to watch)!

*Tip - One product that you should stay away from is a sonic (or ultrasonic) repellent. I own one of these and tested it in my yard. The results were mixed but overall, there are better options available. It seems to work better for rodents.

Do you have any other tips on how to keep dogs off your lawn? I would love to hear them. Leave me a comment below. I will hold my breath until I get the first one. Ready, set, Go!
katelynnb1 month ago

Ok so i have a a neighbor that likes to train his dog to come in my yard and attack my cats and they don't go in there yard (my cats) and now cause of this problem we only have one cat left the other cats ain't dead they just got ran off and I am not aloud to put up a fence (landlord) and I don't want to chase off my cat so is there any other way like any animal urine that don't effect cats just dogs or any pepper or any thing of that sort?

rbatt16 months ago
I have a small front lawn about 250 sq ft. I'd be nervous to buy the motion sprinkler as it would stand out and attract kids (vandals). Does urinating around your yard not work then?
gecko_girl37 months ago
There's an 'ible somewhere that shows how one can refill and aerosol spray can. Take that 'ible and combine it with a motion activated air freshener & a bottle of skunk spray.

One spray by your mechanical skunk and no dog will return for a second encounter. Their owners will also learn a valuable lesson in controlling their dogs while they attempt to scrub the smell away.
Well... You could get a fence, get the dogs to go for a neighbor's yard, leave food for them somewhere away from your home, tell your neighbors to control their pets more, or as a last resort, create a minefield in front of your house... :)
ChippMarshal (author)  nerfrocketeer1 year ago
Thanks! Yes, if cost was not a factor, I think a fence is always the ultimate solution. I think you are onto something... Perhaps I should have just thrown a nice steak into the neighbors yard and let them deal with the problem instead ;)
XD maybe you should!
...and you can breathe now... ;)
But in all seriousness my REAL suggestion would be to put something in your yard to scare away the dogs and other creatures. You could have some kind of noisemaking system (like a scarecrow-or scaredog) that makes snapping or popping sounds to scare them away. Most dogs I've known don't ll ike explosions or pops very much. BTW good ible! =D