How to Keep Dogs & Cats From Pooping on Your Yard




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.

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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.

Step 2: This Is the Area Where They Use to Do Their Business

Here is the area where they pooped. You can see three of the water jugs.

Step 3: Location Is Not Too Critical

I located the bottles in the 4 corners of the area I wanted to protect. They can be partially buried for aesthetics reasons.
I had one friend who did not want the dog to poop all over the back yard. So he placed them all over. The jugs did work for a while till the dog tore up all the bottles

Step 4: Why It Works?

Nobody seems to know. My theory is that it creates lines of force that disturbs animals. I can measure the lines of force with my coat hanger divining rods( that will be another Instructable)

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    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 "wasn't my dog" so I "treated" the dog poop. The dog gleefully recycled the new bacon treats and magically poop disappeared from my lawn!

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    Reply 8 months ago

    YES! I love it I cant wait ti try this. That way the dog cleans up its own mess and the owner will bypass my lawn at any cost. Great idea!


    Reply 3 years ago

    Vegetable oil and cayenne pepper or Tabasco. Drizzle it around and in the area. Problem solved without the hocus pocus


    Reply 4 years ago

    Great one! Like kids, "that's a mean ole person's house, let's no go there!"


    3 years ago

    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" 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.

    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.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    we can't put a fence up because we live in a home owners association and they don't allow fences around the front yards because of the lawn service guys that cut the grass.


    3 years ago

    I love the irony of you writing an incomplete sentence while scolding someone on his/her grammar, and you spelling grammar wrong on purpose. It's a double joke! I get it! Bravo! That was funny. Thanks for the laughs. Thanks for the info on the lightning rods too.


    3 years ago

    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!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Or maybe it will just work cause all animals will try to preserve they fresh water sources clean.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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 "T"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.

    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.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Before there was a leash law in South Los Angeles, bottles were seen everywhere. Maybe we need Myth Buster to dismiss or confirm.
    Also, devining rods work for me too, it was a method to find cesspools as City Building Inspector


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Gets me that instructables would publish this nonsense did have faith in their judgement, didn't know this was the Ho do magic hour


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I discovered 25 years ago the simplest way to keep cats & coons out from under my Trailer & crawl spaces was to toss a BUG Fogger under there every 2-3 months.
    you can also, Fog the edges of flower beds & entry ways.. the smell lingers a long while .
    Male cats won't stop to "TAG" you for awhile.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Right, which is why oil companies still use men and women to find wells with diviners. Part of what you pay for gas goes to pay them a living for using rods and pendulums. Rods have been used since ancient times and if it didn't work all the low tech people who needed to see proof back then would have made being a water witch a most dangerous occupation. However the opposite is true, and what makes the rods work is not the rods but the skill of the person using the rods. Check out the book "Amazing and Wonderful Machines You Can Build" by G. Harry Stine--it's on Amazon at the time I am writing this.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Nothing more than keeping the locals happy by tossing a few dollars at 'local' or 'traditional' knowledge. meanwhile the drilling and exploration can go on.

    Sorry but have seen this lots of times


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I would be very interested in seeing any information you have on oil companies spending money on people using divining rods.