What can I use to keep neighbor’s dog out of my yard?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

There are several dog deterrents that you can use to discourage your neighbor’s dogs from defecating on your lawn. Here are some options:

1. Garden water sprayer: Set up a motion-activated garden water sprayer near the areas where the dogs tend to enter your yard. When the sensor detects movement, it will spray a burst of water, which can startle and deter the dogs.

2. Motion-activated watering system: This is a more permanent solution that involves installing a motion-activated watering system in your yard. When the sensor detects the presence of a dog, it will activate the sprinklers, effectively discouraging them from entering your property.

3. Ultrasonic dog repellent: These devices emit high-frequency sounds that are unpleasant to dogs but inaudible to humans. Place them strategically around your yard to create a deterrent zone. However, it’s important to note that some dogs may become accustomed to the sound over time.

4. Mothballs: Dogs are generally repelled by the strong smell of mothballs. Scatter them strategically around your yard, focusing on areas where the dogs are likely to enter or defecate. However, be cautious with this method as mothballs can be toxic if ingested, so make sure they are out of reach of children and other pets.

5. Plants that dogs don’t like: There are certain plants that have scents or textures that dogs find unpleasant. Consider planting these in your yard as a natural deterrent. Examples include rue, citrus plants (such as lemon or orange trees), and citronella. However, be sure to research these plants and ensure they are safe for both dogs and your local environment.

In addition to using these deterrents, it’s also important to communicate with your neighbors about the issue. Politely let them know that their dogs have been entering your yard and causing problems. They may not be aware of the situation and could take steps to prevent it from happening in the future.

It’s worth mentioning that no deterrent method is foolproof, and some dogs may still persist despite your efforts. In such cases, you may need to consider more permanent fencing options to physically prevent the dogs from entering your yard.

Personal experience: I had a similar issue with my neighbor’s dogs constantly coming into my yard. I tried using a combination of the garden water sprayer and planting certain plants that dogs dislike. While the sprayer worked initially, the dogs eventually became accustomed to it. However, the combination of the plants did seem to have some effect, as the dogs seemed to avoid those areas. a combination of different deterrent methods may be the most effective approach.