These Won’t Repel Dogs and are Dangerous

The advice found on the internet isn’t always accurate. A variety of suggestions have been put forth on how to discourage dogs from defecating on lawns. Don’t try them.

Many home solutions found online are unsafe and won’t even necessarily repel a dog. The substances can also be detrimental to your lawn. Even more importantly, they can be harmful – or even deadly – to neighborhood canines, area wildlife and humans.

Ammonia or Mothballs

Both substances contain chemicals that are toxic to animals and children. They result in respiratory distress when smelled and they’re poison if ingested. Ammonia and mothballs affect the nervous system and dogs can develop seizures.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee is toxic to dogs and cats. It affects them in the same ways as chocolate and can be life threatening. Even a small amount of coffee, grounds or coffee beans are able to cause death in small dogs and cats.

Electric Fencing

An electric fence raises safety issues for people – especially children – pets and wildlife. You can easily find yourself running afoul of the law. There are ordinances and regulations in place against installing electrified fencing.

Hot Peppers

Spices like chili powder or cayenne pepper can severely burn a dog’s nose. Canines have sensitive noses and inhaling spicy substances can cause severe illness and respiratory distress.

Alternate Solutions

There are several other options that can be successful in keeping neighborhood dogs away from your lawn. You can install a fence. A gravel barrier along the property’s edge is less attractive to canines than grass You can also plant a border of lavender on the property’s perimeter as dogs don’t like the scent.

Safe Discouragement

It’s understandable that you don’t want dog feces on your lawn. You’ve invested a lot of time and money into its appearance. Finding ways to repel canines safely is a far better solution than causing harm or death to a dog that doesn’t know he/she isn’t supposed to relieve themselves on your lawn.

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