If you put a lot of time into looking after your garden, having your neighbors’ dogs using your lawn as their pooping area can be a real bone of contention.
We’ve all heard the stories of times when emotions run high and events get out of hand – sometimes with serious consequences.
However, there’s no need to let things spiral out of control, even if your neighbors seem reluctant to keep their animals under control. There’s plenty you can do to protect your prized lawn without going to extremes – here we will give you several useful answers to the question of how to keep dogs from pooping on your lawn.
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1.Find out who might be behind this “dirty” deed
Remember to never accuse someone of allowing their dog to poop on your lawn. Always get the facts straight first. Using adequate precautions and distance, consider inspecting the specimen to see whether it came from a large or small animal. Ask nearby neighbors if they have been experiencing the same problem. Keep an eye out for any dogs passing by, and see if they stop on your lawn to do their business.
No one can stare at the lawn 24/7 and keep an eye on the puppies coming and going. At this time, make full use of your home security defense camera system: aim the camera at the lawn and observe all this silently behind the monitor.
2.Keep calm and talk to the owner
Once you have conclusively determined which dog has been causing offense to your lawn, find a polite way to address the owner of the dog. Consider using “I” statements and avoid sentences that start with “you.” For example, you might say, “I noticed that your dog has been using my lawn to relieve himself. I am not sure if you are aware, but dog poop can have very dangerous germs. Is there any way you could either pick up the poop next time or find a different spot for him to do his business?”
3.Keep the evidence
If the owner continues to allow his or her dog to continue to defecate on your property, you can always set up a camera, or take pictures as evidence. Remember, the law is on your side. Whatever you do, stay calm, do not harass, threaten, intimidate, or otherwise elevate the tension.
Put up a fence around your garden. Once in place, unless the dogs are particularly determined to find a way in, this will resolve the issue immediately.
put up a living barrier in the form of a hedge or a line of dog-proof plants or shrubs. Such an option does not create such an impenetrable barrier as a fence, but it will perhaps be enough to deter the dogs from using your yard as their go-to bathroom.
Lawn sprinklers exist that are activated by movement in a similar way to a motion-detecting light. After a few soakings, dogs will soon learn that your lawn is somewhere to be avoided and will seek out another place to do their doggy business.
|Create A “Poo Zone”:|
Create an area for dogs to use, perhaps an area with sand, and encourage the dogs to go there instead. If it’s your own dog, it will simply be a case of training it the same as housetraining a puppy.
|Remove Any Dog Feces:|
Make sure you remove any dog feces you find on your lawn or in any other areas you don’t want the dogs to use since if other dogs see this, they will assume these are acceptable places to go.
Try a simple trick like changing the lawn fertilizer you use. If they don’t like the unfamiliar odor, they will give your yard a miss.
An important point to note is that some scents will attract them rather than repel them. You may be using a commercial scent to repel rabbits, deer, skunks, or raccoons, but these often contain coyote urine – something that will draw in all the dogs in your neighborhood.
Warning：Dog Waste is Not a Fertilizer!
Don’t be tempted to throw it in your composter or compost tumbler. It will continue to smell bad and may spread harmful bacteria.
Don’t cause physical harm to your neighbor or his or her dog.
Do not light the dog poop on fire in front of your neighbor.
Don’t yell at your neighbor or cause a scene.
Don’t take the dog poop and toss it onto your neighbor’s property.
Don’t deliver the dog poop to your neighbor’s mailbox or front door.