Dog Problem - Knowledgebase Question

Clear Lake, Io
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Question by mimi01
August 29, 2010
I have been unable to catch the 4-legged suspect in the act, but a dog in the neighborhood that has decided to use my yard as its personal bathroom facility. Spots in my yard have browned and I have been cleaning up

Answer from NGA
August 29, 2010
Don't you just hate it when pet owners are irresponsible? I know I do. I hate having to deal with the landscape damage from a neighbor's pet. Since dogs are creatures of habit, you'll need to break that habit by persistently making it uncomfortable for him or her to visit your landscape. Sprinklers are usually good deterents but unless you're keeping an eagle eye on your landscape 24 hours a day, you won't know when to turn them on. You might consider investing in a motion detector that will automatically turn on a sprinkler and scare the dog when he enters your yard.

Some gardeners have had success in keeping dogs out of their yards by mixing black pepper with with Cayanne pepper and sprinkling it all around the perimeter of the yard. Dogs will sniff, sneeze and usually want to go elsewhere without crossing into the yard. Use a small scoop and just sprinkle very lightly around where you don't want them.

I hope this works as well for you as it does for them!

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