Natural Homemade Dog Repellents

Natural Homemade Dog Repellents

By: Heather Rhoades

Dogs are a very popular house pet but they are not always the best for our gardens. Whether you are looking to keep your own dog out of some parts of the garden or to keep the neighbor’s dog out, there are many natural and organic methods to do this. Let’s take a look at a few.

Homemade Natural Dog Repellent

Chili Pepper – This is one of the most common and most effective dog repellents. It is what you will commonly find in the commercial organic dog repellents. The capsicum in the peppers will irritate the skin of the dog, particularly the sensitive area in and around the nose. The irritation will deter the dog from returning to the area. Common chili pepper powder sprinkled around the area will help repel all dogs.

Ammonia – Dogs are not particularly fond of the smell of ammonia. To our noses, ammonia is strong but to a dog’s sensitive nose, ammonia is like a punch in the face. Place ammonia soaked cotton balls around the area you wish to keep the dog out of. Do not pour the ammonia directly onto the ground as it may hurt your plants.

Vinegar – Vinegar is another strong smelling scent that will act as a repellent to dogs. Again, use cotton balls soaked in vinegar in the area you wish to keep dogs out of. Do not pour vinegar straight onto the ground as this will kill plants.

Rubbing Alcohol – Rubbing alcohol is another strong-smelling substance that will repel dogs. Same advice applies here as well. Soak cotton balls in the rubbing alcohol and place them in areas you wish to keep dogs out of.

Citrus Smells – Some dogs do not like the smell of citrus fruit, such as orange or lemon. If the above strong-smelling solutions are too strong smelling for your nose, try cutting up some citrus fruit and placing those around your garden. If you can find it, citrus oil may also work.

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Does the World Need Slugs?

So, yes, we should love all of God's creatures because, in the grand scheme of things, they all have a purpose, right? I mean, we used to run away from bees and now we celebrate them, leaving dandelions to grow for our buzzing friends. Even mosquitoes have a purpose beyond being annoying AF – they serve as food for our fish and frogs. So, I'm sure the world needs slugs too – but I had to Google it because I had no idea what that purpose could be.

Food. Slugs are food for a lot of animals. Thankfully, not my dogs. Although when Apollo joined our family, he was still at the stage of putting EVERYTHING new in his mouth, including slugs. Uggg.

So, I get it, birds and other small animals, earthworms, and bugs dine out on slugs. Ewww, and some slugs eat earthworms and other slugs. Yuuck. And, believe it or not, slugs eat our dogs' poop (along with beetles), making it go white and crumbling, checking off a chore on the Dog Mom Chore Wheel.

Fun Fact: If you ever see two slugs in a circle with a white blob between them, you're witnesses slugs getting busy. Yep, slug sex.

Types of Dog Repellents

Dog deterrents for lawns usually fall into three basic categories. The first are sprays and scents that repel them because of their sensitive noses. Dogs have an amazing sense of smell. According to the ex-director of the Sensory Research Institute at Florida State University, a dog’s sense of smell is at least 10,000 times more acute than that of a human’s.

The second type of common dog deterrent generally uses an audible signal to annoy the dog. Again, a dog’s sense of hearing surpasses that of humans. Dog’s have three times the frequency range we do. Although we enjoy a range from 20 to 20,000 Hertz, dogs can hear from around 40 to 60,000 Hertz.

Lastly, some dog deterrents simple startle the wayward pets. After a few uncomfortable run-ins with a motion-activated sprinkler, for example, the dog may be less likely to stray into your yard. Snap traps work on the same premise, as do “shock collars.”

Effective against a wide assortment of animal intruders – on land and in the air – the Critter Ridder® Motion-Activated Animal Repellent system senses animal movement up to 35 feet away. 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.

With an assortment like this to arm yourself in the battle against canine intruders (plus other critters as well!), Havahart® gives you the freedom to select the method that works best for you. Let us know about your preferred methods in the comments section below. Also, join us on Facebook to share your animal repelling success stories. For more helpful articles and exclusive updates about new products, be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter.

What else can you do?

To try to keep dogs away from your yard, you should consider what you are willing to tolerate or how bad the problem is. If you are sick of dogs coming in and damaging your property, whether your lawn, plants or anything else you keep in your yard, a fence might be the best bet. It will depend on your resources and the outlay of your property, but it's effective and safe for the dog.

If your problem is with a particular dog, then you can speak to the dog owner. Dogs in residential areas shouldn't be running around unattended for the safety of both the animal and other residents. You should speak to the dog owner in a calm and approachable manner. Explain in a non-confrontational way the problem and they may be willing to find solution which keeps the dog away from your yard.

If you want to read similar articles to How to Keep a Dog From Pooping in Your Yard, we recommend you visit our Behavioral problems category.

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