Asked on May 07, 2013

Help with male dogs peeing on shrubs.

by Shelly

Last fall my awesome husband put a dozen little shrubs in the ground, it seems my two male dogs and a friends male dog like to mark them. I am wondering what I could do if anything to prevent them from doing this. The areas where they mark are brown and black. I am worried they are going to kill the shurbs before they get a chance to grow up and give us the privacy I am hoping to get between us and our neighbors. I recall reading online that I could mix jalapeno peppers with water in a mixer and spray it on the shrubs, that once the dogs smell it they will stop marking them. Any help or ideas are very gratefull. Thank you all. I can try to post pics if needed.

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this is what is happening to the shrubs.. I still see some green growing toward the inside of branches.
  12 answers
  • Olga A Olga A on May 07, 2013
    some chopped onions close to the shrubs
  • Once the dog marks the spot other dogs come to mark it as their own. The trick is to remove the odors. And on shrubs that can be difficult to do because many methods of removing odors can kill the very bush you are trying to grow. You can try using Natures Miracle and enzyme killer that removes odors. Put it in a spray bottle and wet the area well. I would put a motion sensor with garden hose attached that will spray the doggies when they get to near the bush. That should stop them quickly. Do not put any kind of food material down, Onions, peppers etc. this will only attract animals that eat the stuff. Many things to stop dogs urinating in a house will not work outside. The only last thing to do is to put a small garden fence around the bush to keep the dogs away altogether.
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on May 08, 2013
    I think fencing these plants is the only answer.
  • Shelly Shelly on May 08, 2013
    Looks like I am going to be going to the store today to set up a motion sensor to the hose. The little shrubs will benifit from the water in 2 ways ; ) going to see how the water trick works before adding more little fences to the yard. I fenced off my roses already. Thank you all.
  • Vicki Vicki on May 08, 2013
    I use black pepper. it helps here to keep dogs back off my yard. need to redo after rain.
  • Rachel Bear Rachel Bear on May 08, 2013
    we also put cayenne peppers in a spray bottle and make a juice. spray it around there and the smell drives them away. totally pesticide free.
  • Tony Tony on May 09, 2013
    My suggestion would be to apply a little garden lime. It will nutralize the odor. be careful not to over apply and change the PH of the soil which may effect the shrub. Then apply the cayenne pepper to prevent future pitstops.
  • Charlotte Charlotte on Nov 03, 2014
    I heard yesterday on TV that jalopeneo peppers chopped and mixed with water in a spray bottle will do the trick
  • Julesatlanta Julesatlanta on Jun 07, 2017

    You can designate a potty area for your dogs. Pick an area for them to potty. Put some hardy shrubs in that area. You will have to establish it as THE AREA they can use by walking them out their EVERYTIME to show them and giving a command like potty. Next when you take them out put them on a long 20' lead and when they go to sniff other plants, shrubs, correct them and take them to the area you want them to use until they potty. If they don't go, take them back in house, wait 20mins and repeat until they go. If you have plants that are already burned or damaged, dig them up and put in area for scent excitement. If not, spray some water on shrubs if possible and wipe plants with clothe to get urine scent on it. Place pieces of it in the area to increase scent excitement. Make sure with male dogs they have something to lift their leg on. You can even use a fake fire hydrant(you can get online or dog store) putting rag with scent there. Make SURE you keep poop cleaned in area or they will stop going there


    I have 2 male dogs, not mine that keep coming an urinating on my small shrubs. Last year they urinated on my huge Rosemary bush and killed it. HELP!

  • Ida Ida on Feb 25, 2020

    Amazon has super hot chili pepper powder. Mix about 2 cups with a bottle of vegetable oil and scatter on the plant edges and about 1 foot around it and on the tips of the plant too. It works. Lasts after a rain because it is mixed with the oil.

    • Sledge Sledge on Nov 11, 2020

      Super hot chili powder... would this be the same as using cayenne pepper?

  • Dave steel Dave steel on Feb 25, 2021

    Hi I found a few solutions to this recent problem we had also with dogs urinating on and around our home boundaries, including the front hedge,

    we tried numerous techniques, we found this strategy to work 99.9% of the time. Follow these simple instructions and I guarantee this will eradicate your problems.

    (STEP 1) Find a suitable location to site the deterrent.

    (STEP 2) Go to your nearest hardware store and collect a piece of 3”x2” hard wood typically oak or maple wood and cut to approximately 3 feet long.

    (STEP 3) Place the piece of hardwood in a jar of white vinegar at one end and allow to soak into the material for at least 72 hours before

    proceeding onto the next step.

    (STEP 4) Collect some self adhesive foil tape and wrap around the opposite end of the wood using a tape measure exactly 4” down from the end.

    (STEP 5) Set up a small camp fire in a safe zone at 6:45 pm on a Wednesday, preferably in autumn. Place the wood soaked in vinegar into the roaring flames of the camp fire and hold the foiled end with your hand until this has completely disintegrated into ashes that are approximately 3.3mm x 2.7mm and in the parallelogram shape.

    (STEP 6) Place these ashes of the above sizes into a cup of water and shake vigorously until the colour changes to a dark grey.

    (STEP 7) Place this liquid into the freezer for at least 4 days then

    take out and place into direct sunlight at 9pm.

    (STEP 8) This is the last step.

    (STEP 9) Place on a microwavable plate and heat until golden brown

    then allow to cool for approximately 3 hours then take over to the designated suspect area and walk past and sprinkle the solution on the property 2 doors down onto the left side gate post and then inform the neighbour opposite about the solution and it’s purpose.