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In the neighborhoods of South Los Angeles and East Los Angeles there are bottles of water on the lawns. The bottles keep dogs and cats from pooping on the lawn. During the 70's I worked a lot in Venice California. At the time there was unenforced dog leash laws. I always bought smooth sole shoes, because every once in awhile I would accidentally stepped on the stuff. In areas with lots of dogs, there was lots of bottles of water, also lots of roofs of cars were dented from kids escaping from the dogs.

Step 1: Just start with 4 bottles

I got 3 bottles and one plastic container. 3 are Costco 1 gallon and the 4th is a plastic Lychee Nut Jelly container. Just fill them up with plain old water. The cap just keep it from spilling.
You don't need any additive in the water.
<p>I like cats and dogs but I don't like smelling their excrement, spray, etc. I've tried lot of things to deter animals from using my yard as a bathroom. For cats, I've found that 12&quot; bamboo sticks spaced a few inches apart work well in the flower garden. Ground cover works well. I've placed 2 foot boards through my raised bed veggie garden which serve as a place I can step as well as a block for the cats. I've placed chicken wire on open areas where sticks would be in the way and I spread coffee grounds everywhere. It seems to be working so far. And, I put a jar of water in the flower garden amongst the bamboo sticks. I don't know if the water jar works, I think it's probably more likely that the sticks are a better deterrent.</p><p>For the dogs, the only problem I have is dog crap on the parking strip, which has grass and a tree; they love to crap near the tree. The only thing that has worked for me is to place a water dish out for the dogs. Even if the bowl is empty, the dogs don't seem to want to crap near the water bowl. If dogs did come into my yard, I'd put up a fence or hedge.</p>
<p>Mucho gusto!!! I can't wait to try this one!. I don't care if the dog gets sick, and I hope it works like the mother of all laxatives while the dog in inside its own home!</p>
<p>Save your bacon grease, then pour warm bacon grease on the poop by using a zip lock sandwich bag (like icing a cupcake). I did this after repeatedly (and politely) asking my neighbor to stop his dog from pooping on my yard. Neighbor repeatedly stated &quot;wasn't my dog&quot; so I &quot;treated&quot; the dog poop. The dog gleefully recycled the new bacon treats and magically poop disappeared from my lawn! </p>
Ewww but coool ???
Vegetable oil and cayenne pepper or Tabasco. Drizzle it around and in the area. Problem solved without the hocus pocus
Great one! Like kids, &quot;that's a mean ole person's house, let's no go there!&quot;
<p>Apparently, Italians country folks have used this practice for years by placing glass bottles filled with water around the plants/ flowers to keep away these animals. What's suggested is that the water inside the bottle creates a shimmer that just don't settle right with cats and dogs and they leave the area for that reason. So, placing the glass bottle directly under the sunlight is crucial.</p>
<p>Or maybe it will just work cause all animals will try to preserve they fresh water sources clean.</p>
<p>Coat hanger divining rods do work - I was a skeptic until I saw my husband do it to locate our water line - I was still a skeptic until I did it myself - no, it wasn't because I saw where it worked for him, I went to another part of the yard where the line had &quot;T&quot;d off somewhere and we didn't know where and I found the other line - not the T but the line that came off of it. Must have something to do with the magnetic forces in nature or something. </p><p>Haven't tried the water bottle idea - my Mother-in-law hates it when her son's dog poops in her yard (although it's ok for her dog to poop in everyone else's yard) so maybe I'll tell her about it and see how well it works. Won't be as good as mythbusters but if it works, that'll be proof enough for me.</p>
Before there was a leash law in South Los Angeles, bottles were seen everywhere. Maybe we need Myth Buster to dismiss or confirm.<br>Also, devining rods work for me too, it was a method to find cesspools as City Building Inspector
<p>Gets me that instructables would publish this nonsense did have faith in their judgement, didn't know this was the Ho do magic hour </p>
<p>I can't believe this is still going around. over 20 years ago Eion Scarrow a well known vet in New Zealand gave out this tip about the water bottles. No one seemed to realise the date was April 01st.</p><p>http://www.garden-nz.co.nz/latest-news/news/dig-this-life.html</p>
I discovered 25 years ago the simplest way to keep cats &amp; coons out from under my Trailer &amp; crawl spaces was to toss a BUG Fogger under there every 2-3 months. <br>you can also, Fog the edges of flower beds &amp; entry ways.. the smell lingers a long while . <br>Male cats won't stop to &quot;TAG&quot; you for awhile.
all over the southern states people hang plastic bags of water to chase away flies and other flyin pests, some people say to put a shiney coin in the bag as well, it seems to work to some degree.. Ive never seen the jugs used to keep away larger animals. A lot of ppl scoff at water witches but until you've seen one actually do what they do, you should keep an open mind. There used to be an old woman in west virginia ( I ran into her while installing fiberoptics underground) she could not only tell you were to dig a well and how deep you needed to go, she could also find water and gas pipes, electric lines and even cable/fiberoptics lines. It was to say the least amazing and a real eye opener
See, this is precisely where I have a problem. I HAVE seen these hoaxters in action, taking money for doing nothing. They're no different than palm readers, or any other BS magician. Nothing found? Dig deeper. Eventually, their excuse is you either didn't dig deep enough (must be a RIVER really deep!) or that something &quot;threw them off.&quot; You could throw a lawn dart out and have every bit the success they do, UNLESS they have previous knowledge of the land and already have a general idea where the pipes and wires lay.
I'm not a water witch but I've held the divining rods and found the waterline. It worked for me (period).
SO, you guys, Prove what you say, document it, and report back. So far you are just whining. I've seen the bottles at homes, but if you are so sure of yourselves, prove it, don't just talk/write and complain. Thank you.
I&nbsp;don't know if this works or not (I've my doubts, I&nbsp;can see my Lab who loves plastic bottle running away with them.)&nbsp; But the best way I've found to keep dogs from pooping on your lawn, is to put a fence around it.<br />
I cannot believe how lazy people are.&nbsp; Also, if the do not believe it, they will never try it.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> &nbsp; How hard it it to fill the bottles with water and place them as mentioned?&nbsp; It is a lot easier than installing a fence.<br /> &nbsp; My free advice is never taken seriously, cause its free, people see no valve in it.&nbsp;&nbsp; If did an infomercial, claim I am selling a magic formula at half the price, they will make me a lot of money.<br /> &nbsp; By the way, the area pictured is still free of poop, I don't know if the dog died.<br />
There is a saying.&nbsp; You get what you pay for. ;)&nbsp; I wouldn't get too worked up about people not liking your free advice.&nbsp; It's not like anyone here is demanding monetary compensation from you if they try it and it doesn't work.<br /> <br /> Please watch who you are calling lazy.&nbsp; I'm not calling you names, you've no reason to be calling me names.&nbsp; And somehow, I&nbsp;think installing a fence around your yard is <em>significantly </em>less lazy than filling plastic bottles with water.&nbsp; Filling plastic bottles takes a few minutes and very little effort, a 6 yr old could do it.&nbsp; A fence is hours to days of back-breaking labor.&nbsp; Not exactly lazy to go that route.<br /> <br /> But I&nbsp;will, for the sake or experimentation, set out some water-filled plastic bottles, and see if it keeps my dogs from pooping in a given area.&nbsp; I&nbsp;will even set them out in the area of the yard they use to force the issue.<br /> <br /> I&nbsp;meant no offense in my original comments, I'm just expressing my belief on the matter as there is a complete lack of any test data, or any-other evidence as to the efficacy of your bottle fence.&nbsp; You'll have to forgive me, but I&nbsp;do not know you, and I&nbsp;do not tend to take the word of a complete stranger just because they said-so.&nbsp; <em>Especially </em>if they are saying something that sounds so completely outlandish.&nbsp; Again, no offense is meant, but you have to admit, placing water-filled bottles around a perimeter and claiming it acts as a barricade IS&nbsp;very difficult for anyone to believe without proof.<br />
Amy<br /> &nbsp;Thanks for your nice reply.&nbsp; You are not lazy, others may be.&nbsp; These claims ARE outlandish and has no scientific proof.&nbsp; Even Google has no good answer.<br /> Even if it works for you dogs, they will destroy the jugs, so they can poop where they want to.<br />
Thanks gcrdcn :)<br /> <br /> I&nbsp;did set out the bottles as you had described, and it pretty much went how I&nbsp;figured it would.&nbsp; Both my dogs were highly interested in what I was up to, and the sniffed the bottles (and knocked them over a few times as well!) &nbsp; The older dog (who is 8) got bored with it all and went back inside, the younger one (who is 1) thought it was all great fun!&nbsp; A&nbsp;little later I&nbsp;saw him running around the backyard with one of the bottles, spraying water everywhere and having a grand old time (that's Labs for you!)&nbsp; Both dogs &quot;did their business&quot; in the bottle-fenced area later however (I&nbsp;had to replace the bottles a couple times, the younger one <em>really </em>likes playing with plastic bottles.)<br /> <br /> The only explanation I&nbsp;can figure why it may work on some dogs but not others, is that some dogs are &quot;picky poopers&quot; (so to speak lol.)&nbsp; Any changes to their &quot;place of business&quot; make them nervous (lets face it, pooping is a position of extreme vulnerability for dogs and humans!) so they may decide the area isn't safe.&nbsp; But I&nbsp;don't think this would hold true to the majority of dogs out there.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I&nbsp;haven't tried this on cats, but neighbor across the street lets her cats run in my garden and eat my pond fish so I&nbsp;may give it a go.&nbsp; I've been seriously considering getting one of those motion activated sprinklers to scare the cats away from my pond (koi are far too expensive and valuable to be continually feeding her cats with them, and she refuses to control them, so it's &quot;my problem&quot;.)&nbsp; But I've been hesitating because the walkway to the front door of the house curls around the pond . . . I'm pretty sure visitors will not appreciate getting drenched.&nbsp; Perhaps I&nbsp;could get one and invite my neighbor over&nbsp; &gt;:D<br />
Amy: It does little good to actually perform experiments based on the advice of people like this. He will most certainly write off yours (and every other person's) results as an anomaly, and continue to believe that because one time it worked (when the neighbors moved away) that this is real science, and somehow fairies are involved.
Once upon a time everyone <em>knew </em>that the world was flat and the sun revolved around the earth. That was until people experimented. &nbsp;They did the math, they opened their eyes to see what was out there and they got into boats and sailed around the world. &nbsp;So rather than assuming I know everything, no matter how outlandish the claim, I experimented and posted my findings. &nbsp;As I first stated, I&nbsp;didn't think it would work, but I kept an open mind and gave it a try. &nbsp;I found out that my first assumption was correct and that it doesn't work. &nbsp;It cost me nothing but spending some time with my dogs and now we know for a fact that on large dogs at least, this doesn't work. &nbsp;Someone else is free to experiment on small dogs and cats if they so desire. ;)
Amy, I'm a cat owner who keeps her 3 cats indoors ONLY, and I can't stand people who let their cats run free any more than I can stand the people who walk their dogs without a leash, so the dogs can lag behind and poop on our lawn and they are none the wiser. But I have noticed that since they built a big apartment complex across the alley, where there used to be some open garages for stray cats to shelter, and since the last of the few tom cats have passed away or otherwise disappeared, we have been having a LOT of sightings of rats around our townhome complex! Exterior only, luckily, but it goes to show you how even in the city, we have functioning bio systems. But I'm really writing to tell you about a device that a homeowner down the street has. They have a little brook and pond with mosquito fish and small koi or goldfish. Around our coastal town near LAX, we have racoons, opposums, and especially herons, who love to fish for dinner. This homeowner has a little box that emits a high pitched hum. I thinks the sound repels animals and birds. I like to lean over and watch the fish, and it certainly bothers me when I get too close! This little pond is behind a retaining wall at the sidewalk and is almost chest high for me. I think if it was at ground level, a human would never notice the sound. Sorry I haven't got actual info on the device, but maybe you can Google for it. Good luck!
&nbsp;kill the cat, then it wont eat your koi!!!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> please dont try this!!!<br /> its a joke!!<br />
Trust me, the thought has occurred to me.&nbsp; (Not joking, I&nbsp;detest cats with a passion.)<br />
Perhaps your &quot;free advice is never taken seriously&quot; because it involves bottles of water littering your yard to keep dogs from pooping on it, divining rods, and other bits of &quot;advice&quot; that are provably poor advice? Maybe it's &quot;never taken seriously&quot; because those that are not taking it seriously have some common sense?
it is the reflection that keeps the dogs off the lawn i thought everyone on our block was making sun tea ..lol...untill i asked an old lady on the block a wise old lady indeed she said the reflection scares them away .i never heard of it working for cats icould imagine how big the reflection wood look to a dog though..it would be a huge dog staring back at them because of the round jar<sub>i used pepperika spice i sprinkeled it all on the dirt seemed to work it was a cheap dollar brand or pepper so when they sniffed it got in their nose or on the paws ..iguess they don't like licking it off the paws later</sub><br/>
If you're that gullible, I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you. FYI: there's no reflection in plastic bottles of water... At all.
This one is a waste of time, this does not work and is an urban myth.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.gardeningtipsnideas.com/2006/06/how_to_stop_dogs_pooping_on_your_lawn.html">http://www.gardeningtipsnideas.com/2006/06/how_to_stop_dogs_pooping_on_your_lawn.html</a><br/><br/>Pointless article which needs to be removed.<br/><br/>Tedster<br/>
I can think of another pointless thing, which could be removed. Just remember we are a community here. I could go out now and get several references through Google to support that it does actually work. Here is a bit of friendly advice, at some stage in your life try taking the side of the disadvantaged and help them validate their existance instead of spending your time discrediting them. Just my advice.
Sorry, but I'm on bigtedster's side here. This is a site for education above all. It's a place to learn how to actually do stuff. Not a site for you to get bad information that will ultimately waste your time and accomplish little else. I'll &quot;take the side of the disadvantaged and help them validate their existance &quot; the next time I attend the Special Olympics. That is not, and has never been the purpose of this site. The &quot;teachings&quot; of this instructable are provably false, thus this &quot;ible&quot; is a waste of everything involved to keep it on the web.
hey bigtedster stop being a partypooper
i see what you did there!
that's weird, i'll definatly give it a try though.
How do I get my two poodles to stop pooping in their water dishes? The water dishes are in the backyard and one is in their play room. The other is in the kitchen.
I'd say that maybe they can't hold it until you get home, but you say one bowl is in the yard! So I think that maybe your poodles might like a catbox! Why not!? Maybe they'd even pee in the box. If so, get some clumping litter! (I sure hope they are not Standard Poodles! :) And it's a LOT easier than cleaning and sanitizing the water bowl!
I didn't believe in the divining thing either, until my brother-in-law let me hold the rods while he hunted the water lines...Those things really have a pull to them. I can't do it myself, but I can testify that some people can...
<p>You have to walk with the divining rods.&nbsp; As a complete novice - someone handed me rods and I felt them move as I walked over an irrigation water line.</p>
If all it all it took for an Instructable to be removed, was that it did not work, probably half of them would be gone. But you're right this is BS and a <em>coat hanger devining rod </em> is bunk aslo! <br/>
I use a coat hanger to locate sewer, cable, sprinklers and water pipes. I just cannot tell which is which. I have had skeptics, but once I show them how, they can do it too. Be cool, calm and open minded.
That only works if you know where the water is. Look up "double-blind test".
I have located sewer lines for new home to be hooked up. With coat hangers or copper wire I have located them. Sewer contractors have dug across the whole front yard looking for the connection, most of the time they just did not dig deep enough. The rods would locate these bottles of water if they were buried.
Why are you doing that? :o
Lines of force? Divining rods? As a veterinarian with 35 years experience, I can safely say your theory is has no basis in fact. I know you mean well, but this is science, not mysticism.
My parents lawn used to look like a dumpster dive because the local dogs and cats went there to poop. That is, until they left well placed bottles of water around in stragetic places. My guess is that the animals have gotten themselves wet at some point in time, spooked and just avoid them in the future. (Especially considering how in southern california the water in those bottles are NOT cold but can be a little warm). All it took was a few months to keep the bottles out while the new sod to stick. I guess that got rid of the smell had marked our lawn a bathroom.
Well my advice sir/madam would be to be less patronising. My point is this : this website is great. However articles like this lessen its coolness as it spreads misinformation. Tedster
Hey Big Lets have a showdown. Snopes did not call it Bunk, just not proven. Get MythBusters to call me. I will also demonstrate the coathanger divining rod too and show YOU how to use it. You may not have a dog poop problem, but I personally have proof it works!!!! You opinion is just an opinion, you would not stoop so low as to test it. When I demonstrate THESE two things, people think it is the ultimate COOL. Or, can we have a bunch of readers test it.

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