Dog deterrent ideas

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Help......I have some very inconsiderate neighbors in my community who allow their dog to poop in front of my residence and leave some of the worst messes near my front entrance.
I live in a HOA community and the board didn't even respond to my complaints. Any suggestions for anything I can put on my front garden lawn area to discourage the animals since their owners don't care.
Sorry for the ugly photo but it explains what I am afraid of finding on my carpeting.
q dog poop problem, gardening, gardening pests, pets animals
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  • Linda Linda on Aug 09, 2016
    I know one woman who gift wrapped it snd put it on the pet owners steps. It was effective.

  • Shari Guzinski Shari Guzinski on Aug 09, 2016
    Or you could go to them and say" Hey there! If you see which neighbor is allowing their dog to pooh in my yard could you tell them I will bake them an apple pie if they please stop.Hey,Thanks guys!!

  • You have to address the problem with the dog owners. I would walk outside and say 'please scoop your poop' and ask them if they need a bag which in most cases will embarrass the dog owner and they will stop. I had a neighbor that had to be confronted because he would keep letting his dog piss on my flowers and so one day my husband went flying out the door and said "please stop having your dog piss on my wife's flowers. Would you like it my dogs went down to your yard and did their business?" The neighbor now walks on the other side of the road and no where near my yard.

  • William William on Aug 09, 2016
    Red pepper sprinkled on the lawn. One sniff and they'll remember. May need to reapply.

  • Barb Rosen Barb Rosen on Aug 09, 2016
    Cayenne Pepper sprinkled liberally where the doggies like to "go". Reapply after it rains.

  • Darnaga Darnaga on Aug 10, 2016
    Mettez une pancarte "le chien de mon voisin a perdu ça !" en grosses lettres.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 10, 2016
    I would write a letter to all of the rude people and enclose some nasty stuff that is on your lawn. Maybe spiteful, however they are just rude...Doesnt your complex require picking up the poop.

  • Chrystina Chrystina on Aug 10, 2016
    I know this is extreme but I picked up all the dog poop on my lawn for a week. The lady let her dogs out every morning and they headed straight across the road to my lawn and did their business. So when I had a week's worth of crap in a large bag, I walked over to her lawn when she was getting into her car to go to work and proceeded to 'return' all the doggie doo. I dumped it right in the middle of her lawn and looked at her while saying 'Just thought you might like to have this back!' Those dogs never crapped on my lawn again or if they did, she picked up after them. Totally extreme but talking to her didn't work so I did what I felt I had to do.

  • Nancy RA Nancy RA on Aug 10, 2016
    Catch them on video and return the evidence to them with a copy of the film. Then add any strong spice, like cayenne pepper, along the entire side walk area or perimeter where your neighbor walks their dog. If that doesn't' work. Try shaming them with a picture of a clip on a sign in your front yard. Add "have you seen this person or do you know this person? You might be surprised at your response, especially if their treasured pet is leaving deposits on other neighbors lawns.

  • Josephine Vella Josephine Vella on Aug 10, 2016
    have the same prob.try some hot black peper powder and scatter it were you think its nessesary,l even have problems with cats my neibour bread cats and leave them out and they are allover my garden and my villa walls are paintrf white and imagine when it rains foot prints all over and lhave a tortoise which l leave out and the cats are after her !what inusance !!very selfish neibours!l simpitize with you!!

  • 24k1497364 24k1497364 on Aug 10, 2016
    I really haven't any idea who the people are because I have yet to catch them in the act although I am watchful. Our HOA and, I believe, the law require owners to pu after their pets, however, there is no enforcement.

  • Gail Schwalen Gail Schwalen on Aug 10, 2016
    put bacon grease on it ! it will disappear the next time they come around!

  • Laurie Laurie on Aug 10, 2016
    Suggest sprinkling cayenne pepper around the area- cheap in bulk.. It will deter pets from returning. Vinegar may also work but would need ,ore frequent application. Good luck!

  • Shari Abshire Shari Abshire on Aug 10, 2016
    My husband says spray the area with ammonia. You may have to repeat a few times after it rains, but once they get a whiff, it will deter them.

  • Gma Kirk Gma Kirk on Aug 10, 2016
    My son put up a cute sign that says "The Poop Fairy doesn't live here. Please pick up after your dog!" Can't say if it's worked but it gave me a chuckle!

  • Kathy Jackson Wells Kathy Jackson Wells on Aug 10, 2016
    Put a sign up showing a dog pooping that says SMILE! YOU'RE ON CAMERA. You will be surprised how fast they will hustle that dog past your entrance. I've heard pepper works, too.

  • Tammy Trish Tammy Trish on Aug 10, 2016
    There are many signs available to choose from. This one's kinda cute without inciting the offending party. You could even attach a little poop bag holder.

  • Tammy Trish Tammy Trish on Aug 10, 2016
    Oooooooor... Start a petition in your community that dog poop pick- up boxes be placed at appropriate intervals around the neighborhood. Then go door-to-door asking for signatures. Not only will this get the attention of the HOA, but it'll notify the offending party that it's a problem the neighbors are aware of and maybe stop the behavior.

    • Susan Susan on Aug 11, 2016
      Tammy, I don't mean to be a Negative Nellie, but poop stations don't always work. I live in an apartment complex. They have poop stations absolutely everywhere and they are always well stocked with bags. Still, you would be jaw-dropping astounded to see how many people stand within feet of the stations, watch their dog go, and simply walk away. This is my second complex and both have been the same. And these complexes are considered rather high end. Go figure.

  • TraciAndMonkey TraciAndMonkey on Aug 10, 2016
    Party poppers connected to a trip wire. The noise will scare them away.

  • Ubermaus Ubermaus on Aug 10, 2016
    A natural method that works is to blend cayenne pepper in water, until it resembles a light tea, then spray the areas that you want to be off limits. It is effectively a mild pepper spray and works great.

  • Judy Judy on Aug 10, 2016
    Moth balls or Chili Pepper will do the trick

  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Aug 10, 2016
    The cayenne pepper is good but I think what I would do is put up a sign that says something like, This property has 24 hour video surveillance and trespassers and their owners will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Put the sign up directly after spending time working on something in the front of your house or near a front corner and continue around the house at each corner that is visible to other properties if there are other areas that are an issue. There are fake video cameras if you want to go to that expense. Lastly I would write a letter to the HOA sent certified letter with signature required stating that they are not living up to their duties as the board for XYZ HOA. That they will have 30 days to rectify the issue after explaining the issue again. Also state that this issue has been brought to them previously. I would include the pictures of the lawn and any damage that this has caused. At the end of the letter, you will need to state that if they ignore the issue again that you will be taking them at a minimum to small claims court for damages to your property and that you are not able to enjoy quiet enjoyment of that property due to circumstances. I would also get estimates for repairing the damage done--at least 3.

    • Marilyn OylerY Marilyn OylerY on Aug 10, 2016
      She did not say she knew the neighbor's names or where they live (actual address). The HOA can do very little without that information.

  • Jan Jan on Aug 10, 2016
    You can purchase a motion activated sprinkler or sprayer. They are not too expensive. They are available through Amazon and Havahart.com.

  • Jacky Jacky on Aug 10, 2016
    Sprinkling black pepper also works

  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Aug 10, 2016
    In New Zealand we would contact our local council as our laws disallow dogs to leave their properties to roam the streets - hence there would be no way that your local dogs should be able to use your section as a toilet. Any dog found wandering can be collected and taken to the local pound and then the owners (when located) pay penalty fee's and have to provide proof that their dogs can not leave their property before the dog can be returned. We also have penalty fees if an owner is seen to not pick up their dog poo while out walking, even in an off the leash dog park. So if you do not get a response to your first call, call again, again & again and if required write. Someone in your local region is responsible for dog control.

  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Aug 10, 2016
    Obviously you should also talk to your neighbour about the problem and if required put your concerns to them in writing as well (but keep a copy of the letter).

  • Connie smith Connie smith on Aug 10, 2016
    Moth balls or moth ball granules from the dollar store. A little goes a long way.

  • Linda Linda on Aug 10, 2016
    Bag it up, add some clean plastic bags and put a note in saying, you have a security camera. Place it near their front door. They will be forced to address the situation.

  • MARY KAY POUSA MARY KAY POUSA on Aug 10, 2016
    I had a problem like this years ago when I lived in Miami...talked to the neighbor did all the stuff you have done...my daughter was about 2 yrs of age and wore the high top shoes that I shined every night....well I finally had enough..I scooped up the poop and deposited it on the doorstep...I did not do what the answer that another person did ...I did not put it in a clean plastic bag...I put it just the same way it was left at my house....raw, smelly and sickening....It worked......Good Luck........

  • She She on Aug 10, 2016
    We use mouse traps to train the dogs to stay off the sofa, the beds, the flowerbeds. Buy a bunch of little mouse traps. NOT RAT TRAPS! Then set them ALL with no bait, and put them in the space you want to train the dogs to not get into/on. When the dogs go into this area, the nouse traps will spring and scare the poor pooches, but won't hurt them. The dogs move faster than the mouse traps, and the traps are not that strong. You may have to re-set them a couple of times, and leave some of them once you have accomplished what you set out to do. Dobermans are probably the most hard headed dogs in the world, and I have used this method to train many dobermans to stay out of my gardens. Shouldn't take but a few days if consistent setting traps. try catching picture of neighbor & dog - don't hide - get good face + dog pics- take copies to hoa & tell them they will have lawn care bill if they don't make them stop. Good luck!

  • Eve Eve on Aug 10, 2016
    We had the same problem with a dog owner who did not pick up their dogs poop. I sprinkled cayenne powder around my mailbox post and the area the dog marked. The hot pepper bothers their nose (mine too, lol). After that the dog never poop in front of my yard. However, you do have to do it again if it rains, it's worth it though.

  • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Aug 10, 2016
    Put a small sign on the front of your lawn saying that you understand waking their dog is needed but please bring a plastic bag to pickup what the dog left as a gift. Later if they do not follow your suggestion tell them they are now warned that they and their dog are trespassing and are on camera.

  • Alan Pienaar Alan Pienaar on Aug 10, 2016
    A good and humane way of deterring is by putting a clear 2 L plastic soft drink bottle filled with water on your lawn

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    • Melissa V Melissa V on Oct 06, 2016
      There is something to this idea...I've heard this before, to partially fill clear 2 liter bottles and put them on your lawn. Something in the refraction of the light bothers the animals (just like having soda bottles on our lawn bothers us 😩).

  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Aug 10, 2016
    That is true but they do have the ability to send out notices via email and/or letters to all of the residents stating that this is an issue with people who are allowing their animals to do damage to other peoples property. If they refuse to do anything they are not living up to their duties as the elected officials of the HOA hence the HOA can become responsible for the damages due to their lack of action.

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    • Melissa V Melissa V on Oct 06, 2016
      Exactly, without any finger-pointing, which can be more effective in some circumstances. After all, what are you paying your HOA fees for anyway?

  • Joyce Bridges Joyce Bridges on Aug 10, 2016
    1 jalapeno pepper( hot) diced spray bottle and water, add water, and diced pepper to spray bottle add water 3/4 full shake, and spray where you dont want them

  • 24k1497364 24k1497364 on Aug 10, 2016
    cute ... that boy has a way with words and diplomacy.

  • Barbara Barbara on Aug 10, 2016
    motion sensor on sprinklers!? I actually had this very problem when I lived in a house on a corner. POOP-CENTRAL! After talking til blue in the face, I finally put up a "cutesy" little "Please Scoop Your Poop" sign. I didn't think it would work because the owners were so hateful and defiant when I merely asked. Oddly, they started scooping! I think the sign might've "suggested" public humiliation (very powerful). Anyway, it was worth the try and certainly didn't hurt anything. It actually worked.

  • Lyn2398900 Lyn2398900 on Aug 10, 2016
    Don't do what a neighbor did. Got tired of a woman letting her dog poop on his lawn. Caught him coming down the road in his car, delivering poop! At first he thought it was me, cause she had stopped and was talking to ME! Got that straight in a hurry. He had his shovel out, ready! (think he was mad!) :-)

  • Alan Pienaar Alan Pienaar on Aug 11, 2016
    Apparently the glistening of the water scares the dog away

  • Shannon Greely Shannon Greely on Aug 11, 2016
    I put a security camera on my house pointing to the front yard....and a home made sign that said, "warning, 24/7 video camera recording. do NOT let your dog poop in my yard!!" hasn't been a single poop since then. I only left the signs up for a couple of weeks, but the dog walkers still cross the street when they pass by my house.

  • Jane Schuster Jane Schuster on Aug 11, 2016
    I collected and saved my own urine in a container and put some dish-washing liquid in it. I poured the urine on the dog poop and scooped it up with a shovel and returned it to neighbors property. Then I used the rest of it to mark my territory. It has worked for me ever since.

  • Rob9758344 Rob9758344 on Aug 11, 2016
    We use RED pepper,not the FLAKES, but the SPRINKLE kind.When they sniff for a spot,it gets in their noses,and burns, so they walk away :)

  • Sue Sue on Aug 11, 2016
    Red pepper is best and lots of it they will leave you well alone then. You may have to keep doing it until the dog or dogs get the message!! We live in secure village and anyone not picking up after there dogs get a letter telling them to correct there manners. A photo of the offending dog always helps. We love our dog and would never do this to anyone.

  • Susan Susan on Aug 11, 2016
    I live in an apartment complex and you would be astounded at what renters will do. Purely disgusting. But to the issuem..a previous neighbor bought something at Radio Shack that he put in his front window. It had a small blinking red light that looked like it might be a camera recording. It really wasn't but was certainly a deterrent. I have a big dog that has never pooped a day in his life that I haven't picked it up. This situation is my obsession! Don't dump it back on their lawn or anything like that. In this day and age it could become dangerous. Around here, if you know the owner, you can call Animal Control and they will come talk to them they can't fine without evidence but often simply having the officers show up or leave a notice on their door works. Also, gather documentation of health risks, etc. And go to city council meetins. That might help strengthen laws. I hate this. My dog is a fantastic Advanced Canine Good Citizen (and I'm well trained, too!) But unfortunately inconsiderate owners give all dogs a bad rap.

  • Julesatlanta Julesatlanta on Jun 07, 2017
    No traps! It's not the animals fault they have crappy lazy owners. A couple things to do. Take photos of offenders and blow up to poster size. ( only a couple of bucks)Bring up in HOA meeting AND IDENTIFY the owners doing it with posters. Embarrassment is a great deterrent. Push for fines for offenders, again take photos with phone for proof. Next, if HOA won't help, call cops for trespassing and have warning issued. Next time it will be a fine. If you can find out the times the dogs are walked stand outside. If there is a specific area it occurs in and you don't want to stand outside, buy a couple huge boxes of cayenne pepper or black pepper and put it all over the area until the DOG won't come in your yard. 1 other thing if you can take it. Buy deer urine at hunting store walmart. Pick poop up dump it in yard of offender and pour deer animal scent on it. Their dog will roll in it because of smell. If you don't want to mess with poop, put the animal scent in their yard and samething will occur. Their dogs will love it but the owners wont! If all else fails, find a cow!