Gardeners face many challenges and frustrations but dog fouling outside your house, especially on your lawn has to be one of the worst. It often appears as if all the dogs in the area conspire to make a mess of your garden.
Man’s best friend can cause a lot of problems and is often the cause of disputes between neighbours. While cats are often a bit more discreet about their business, dogs tend to look for the most obvious place to leave their mark. It looks unpleasant, smells bad, and is the very last thing you or your guests want to stand in. Dog urine also has a powerful and unpleasant smell and can damage grass and plants.
In this post, I look at what you can do to prevent the problem of dogs fouling outside your house.
Table of Contents
- Preparation and prevention
- Homemade Dog Repellent To Stop Dogs Pooping Outside Your House
- Commercial Dog Repellents To Stop Dogs Fouling Outside Your House
- Final thoughts on How To Stop Dogs Fouling Outside Your House
Preparation and prevention
Before looking at deterrents, it is important to understand that dogs act on instinct. This means that any existing problems of dogs fouling outside your house will only attract even more problems. The first step is to clean the area well. Hose it down and use a strong soap or disinfectant to get rid of the existing lingering smells.
Beyond that, you can use either commercial or natural DIY solutions. For quick reference, we’ve tabled the commercial solutions below.
Beyond these, these are a few ways to prevent dogs from making a mess outside your house and in your garden that you can create from items you’ll probably have lying around the home.
Homemade Dog Repellent To Stop Dogs Pooping Outside Your House
Some people swear by them while others insist they do not work. Fortunately, they are extremely cost-effective so it is worth trying to see what works for you.
Not quite a natural remedy, but a fast and effective way to get rid of dogs in a hurry is to spray them with water! You might have to do this many times for it to have any lasting effect.
This is one of the more popular remedies. Dogs do not like the smell of vinegar so by applying to areas that you want to protect should keep them away. You can dilute it slightly and spray the problem area thoroughly. Reapply at least once a week, more often if you have a severe problem. Ammonia does the same thing and lemon juice might also work.
Dogs tend to sniff around, particularly when they are looking for a prized place to do their daily business. Chili pepper or cayenne pepper sprinkled on the ground should do the trick. This is probably better for a smaller area or problem areas.
For the same reason as above, ground black pepper should also work.
Citrus, Garlic, or Eucalyptus Oil
This is a bit more expensive but many people claim it works well. Almond oil also works.
You might find that creating a perimeter of mothballs around problem areas helps to deter dogs.
Commercial Dog Repellents To Stop Dogs Fouling Outside Your House
There are numerous products one can buy over the counter that are ready to use, and you will find that most fit into one of two categories:
- Odour-Based – Use slow-release odours that dogs don’t like but is not detectable or even pleasant smelling to humans
- Ultrasonic-Based – Release a high-frequency noise that irritates dogs but is inaudible to humans
These range in price from highly affordable to somewhat expensive.
They rely on a range of ingredients and technologies to keep dogs at bay. We’ve highlighted a few of the more popular products on the market below but again, some are more effective than others depending on the dogs in your area and other factors. You may need to try a few to get the results you are looking for.
Best Physical Dog Repellent – Get Off Cat and Dog Repellent
- Get Off crystal like jelly are effective in all weather conditions, slowly releasing a strong odour that confuses cats and dogs sense of smell
- Over a period they will be trained to move away from the treated areas to those where they can detect evidence of previous fouling odours
- For use on lawns and flowerbeds
This product uses a slow-release gel that emits a strong odour that upsets dogs, deterring them from coming on your lawn. Over time, they will learn to avoid the treated areas in favour of other places. Hopefully, this translates to no longer pooping our lawn and doing their business somewhere else!
It’s safe to use on lawns and flower beds and is also effective for cats.
Best Natural Dog Repellent – PestShield Move It Cat and Dog Garden Repellent
Another odour-based product, this time one that uses a powder instead of a gel. This is a 100% natural and non-toxic formula that actually has a pleasant smell for humans, but irritates dogs.
Again, this is effective for cats too and is safe to use all around your garden.
Best Ultrasonic Dog Repellent – zonpor Ultrasonic Dog Repellent
- Adjustable sensitivity and frequency: can adjust the sensitivity and frequency of the element according to different environments to increase the protection range
- Wide Range: infrared pir motion sensor angle up to 110 degrees and detection range up to 8 meters distance, activating cat repeller to emit high frequency sound, irritating to the cat and almost inaudible to humans
- Easy Setup: Just place the cat repellent pointing towards the area you want to protect and place it in a place with lots of sunlight
This time we have an ultrasonic option which might be just what the doctor ordered if the odour-based solutions have less impact than you’d hoped.
The product works by using infra-red sensors to detect movement, covering a range of 8m across a 110 degree arc in front of the sensors. Once movement is detected, an high frequency sound is emitted that deters dogs and keeps them away.
It’s fully waterproof and weatherproof, so you have nothing to worry about there. The settings can also be changed to target different animals, ranging from dogs and cats to foxes and mice as well!
The zonpor Ultrasonic Dog Repellent is solar powered and will charge during the day time, but can also be charged by USB if necessary. The design allows for simple installation by staking directly into the garden and can be hung on a nearby wall if preferred.
A few other popular products on the market include OUT!, The Company of Animals Pet Corrector Spray for Dogs, and PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent.
Final thoughts on How To Stop Dogs Fouling Outside Your House
Dogs fouling your garden is much more than a nuisance, it becomes a serious issue. It can pose a health risk and it looks and smells most unpleasant. Fortunately, there are several solutions to try. You might need to experiment to find what works best for you.
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the local pest, its time to make your lawn look beautiful thick and green! So go on, get out there and make it look gorgeous!