These creatures damage lawns, eat from your garden and have the capacity to cause serious damage to your property. No, we’re not talking about raccoons, rodents or other types of critters this time; we’re talking about domestic animal dog! Whether they are lost, feral or simply your neighbor’s pet roaming where it shouldn’t, dogs can be a serious concern to all homeowners.
Aside from the obvious destructive method – digging – which can uproot plants, vegetables and the lawn itself, the nitrogen in their urine kills grass, leaving unsightly “burns” across your lawn.
The compulsive need for effective dog repellents is clear to all of those long-suffering folks who, although not dog owners, are nonetheless forced to deal with the unpleasant task of dog waste disposal. Below are listed few of the best approaches & methods known to keep dogs away from yards, without harming them in any way.
1. Powders, Granules, and Sprays: Ammonia and vinegar sprays, powders and granules can be thought of as dog repellents to use around the perimeter of your property, forming a stinky, invisible barrier that keeps dogs away. Dogs as well hate the smell of citrus, leading some homeowners to use orange, grapefruit, or lemon peels as dog repellents (for that reason, lemon ammonia can be considered a canine double whammy). While these fruit peels are natural and easy to obtain, their use will probably have to be restricted to backyard garden areas, where they are out of public view as they look gross. Even then, since they may draw rats, fruit peels should not be your first preference. You will have to reapply them after a rain and/or as their strength diminishes over time. There are commercially available sprays & powders as well which last for longer periods of time (might last till 30 days). It repels animals by its odor and taste using active ingredients of black pepper, piperine, capsaicin and related capsaicinoids. In case of heavy or prolonged rains, reapplication is advised.
Water Sprinkler Repellents: A harmless deterrent that doesn’t do anything more than frighten off inquisitive animals, it simply uses a stream of water. With no chemicals and nothing to clean up afterward, it relies on the most natural substance in the world, as well as the animal’s own surprise and built-in flight-response.
2. Pepper: Dogs also dislike the odor of pepper, whether it be black pepper or one of the hot peppers (such as Cayenne). This fact has promoted some homeowners to use it as a dog repellent. The pepper is fine enough to be hidden from public glance, nor will it attract pests. But here is the biggest problem with using pepper: It burns on the skin. Thus it can cause harm to a pet, meaning that this method is not advisable. Another problem is that rain will wash it away, meaning that you may have to reapply it often.
3. Commercial Dog Repellents:
Ultrasonic repellents can train your dog to avoid unwanted behavior and will repel aggressive dogs for a low price, as the manufacturer claims. This device emits ultrasound that human ears cannot hear, and that dogs detest. Ultrasonic repellents are also completely poison, chemical and hassle free and safe for the entire family, unless you own rabbits that live indoors or pet rodents. While humans cannot hear the noise they emit, mice and dogs are perfectly equipped to hear the high frequency noise of these instruments. The noise is so strong and irritating to them that it is like a to the rats and absolutely nothing to us! Statistics have shown positive results in 70-80% cases. Ultrasonic repellents will work on all dogs. Each kind of repellent requires a different placement in your home. Plug-in repellents just require an outlet in a medium to large-sized room to be effective. It is important to note that rabbits, as well as pet rodents, including guinea pigs, etc. are affected by the sound created. However, the noise will not penetrate walls, you can still use these products in your house as long as your pets are in a different room.
Another treatment, Dog Horn, also makes sounds that are unpleasant to dogs. It is useful in training pets and repelling stray animals when camping, for example. Both vets and trainers recommend it. Once you press a button, the device will make a sound that is unfortunately heard by people too. It is loud enough even for your neighbors to hear it. This gadget has several modes, so if you press the button quickly enough, the sound made will be more like a whistle. users are satisfied with the result as 60% gave the best rating to Dog Horn.
Act now to eliminate all the chaos created by dogs – like littering, property damage, unnecessary noise pollution, unhealthy smells and all the fuss!