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How to Keep Dogs Out of Your Yard

Adrienne is a certified dog trainer, former veterinary assistant, and author of the online dog training course "Brain Training for Dogs."

Hey, let me in!

Hey, let me in!

The Dog Is Back!

It happened again. Rover from next door visited your yard, leaving behind unmistakable traces of his presence. Your neighbor turns a deaf ear to your requests of keeping his dog under control, your cat is terrified of heading out for his evening stroll, your flower bed is stepped all over and your lawn is starting to become yellow from Rover's frequent territorial marking.

You ultimately seem stuck in an annoying situation where Rover is the ultimate winner, should you just give up and get used to the idea of having this four-legged guest become the king of your yard. What to do?

There are many solutions available to claim your yard and enjoy it too. The secret is to turn your yard into an unpleasant place for a dog and if you're consistent and persistent enough, after some time, you will soon break Rover's cycle of visiting and revisiting it.

Here are some humane and effective ways to keep your neighbor's dog out of your yard.

How to Keep Unwanted Dogs Out of Your Yard

Try these relatively simple ideas to keep the neighborhood dogs out of your yard.

One Last Talk With Your Neighbor

Let your neighbor know that since he has been deaf to all your requests, you now must step up in order to get your rights back. Often, this acts as a wakeup call for any dog owner if they care for their dog. Tell him or her that you will take care of this in a legal manner and that you know that he or she is at a loss.

This last talk just lets your neighbor know that you mean business and may ultimately help solve the issue before having to resort to other measures.

Check Your Local Ordinances

If your neighbor was unfazed by last night's talk, then it's time to check your local ordinances. Most towns have leash laws that need to be respected or serious fines may follow. Dogs roaming free in neighborhoods put drivers, people and other pets at risk.

Wandering dogs therefore may have severe legal implications for their owners if legal ordinances are in place. Do some research and report the owner or make a copy of the law and mail it to him.

Wet Your Lawn

If you do not want to go the legal route or if there are no traces of legal implications for free-roaming dogs, you may want to resort to some strategies to outsmart the dog. If Rover is left out each day at a certain time, turn on the sprinkler an hour prior. Most dogs do not like to walk on a wet lawn and hate to do their business on it when there are drier options around the neighborhood.

Invest in a Scarecrow

No, you don't need to adopt a scarecrow to guard your property. A scarecrow is a water sprinkler device that is activated upon detecting motion. Rover will be sprayed at with an unexpected motion and noise that will surely startle him and act as a valid deterrent. It may take two or three tries, or a bit more for very persistent dogs. but all ultimately get the message sooner than later.

Purchase a Dog Dazer

This tool emits a sound that cannot be perceived by humans but results in a discomforting (not painful) noise to dogs. This tool works in keeping dogs away from a range of up to 20 feet. All that needs to be done is press on the button as soon as an approaching dog is seen.

Install a Fence

Obviously, this is the ultimate solution that will grant priceless peace and quiet and allow you to repossess the crown as king of your yard. You do not have to spend thousands of dollars putting up a thick gauge chain link fence; there are plenty of alternatives to expensive fencing. Look into chicken wire or other cheaper alternatives that require little material and easy set up.

Be Humane

As you can see, there are many peaceful and humane solutions to keeping Rover out of your yard. Please, please, please don't think about poisoning the dog or hurting it in any way. The poor dog has nothing to do with the problem—it's the owner's fault!

These solutions may require a bit of initial investment but they ultimately pay off when you see your lawn turning green again, your flowers growing, and no more stinky messes to pick up every day.

Effective and humane products to keep dogs off your lawn

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.


NO NAME on July 15, 2014:

pepper spray or use ridda critter on the area that worked for me

nancy on May 30, 2012:

I am sick to death of the neighbors mutt pooping and peeing in my yard!!!! I HAVE asked them twice to keep him out of my yard. They are too STUPID to 'get it!' I love animals, but NOT this mutt! I have thought of everything from poisoning to bb gun to paintball gun!! He is a pain in the ARSE!!!!!

AndyPandy on March 20, 2012:

@jeff for a second there i thought I had typed your comment!

michelle on September 27, 2011:

i know im so tired of dog poop in my yard an dogs hiking thy legs up on my flowers ughhh Im gonna try the dog dazer

Mae Williams from USA on August 26, 2011:

I am gonna try the dog dazer. Thanks for the hub

Tf on June 29, 2011:

People need to keep their dogs and their dogs poop in there yard.

This is crazy.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 16, 2010:

No, this hub focuses on tame dogs visiting your yard, if you read through you will see that there are suggestions such as talking to your neighbor, checking your local ordinances and other solutions. Please do not poison the pets, it is not their fault! Now be decent and go talk to your neighbor or find a more humane solution, the dog is innocent and plus you can be charged if they find out you poisoned the dog!

Jeff on August 15, 2010:

That's for dogs running wild. What about rude neighbors that are just determined to let their dog go in the front of your house whether you like it or not. These neighbors don't have any decency. They are the rudest people I have ever seen. I am just about fed up with it too. I'm ready to put out poison-to hell with their animals. If they won't learn one way, then they'll learn another!

hate dog on July 01, 2010:

just get the dog shit and throw in neighbor front door

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on March 25, 2010:

Great tips. The scarecrow was one that took me by surprise though.

Beth Morey from Montana on March 23, 2010:

Do you have advice to keep a fence-jumper INSIDE the yard? One of our dogs is a trouble-maker in this area... :P Good hub, though!

kea on March 20, 2010:

Good advice...never thought of a scarecrow, activated by motion!

ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on March 16, 2010:

very good advice. I didn't think of wetting your lawn. I like the footprint photo to start things out.

askjanbrass from St. Louis, MO on March 15, 2010:

This is a good start for people who are looking to dog-proof their yard (I can definitely understand for people who have gardens and other landscaping). You can however, just put some nice/small fences around important areas (like your garden) and then just let the dogs roam around. I'm not averse to some doggie company :-)

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on March 15, 2010:

My neighborhood only allows dogs on leases. Maybe you can creat some kind of neighborhood waste and have a meeting with everyone to discuss the. This would be quite a challenge. Thanks for a great hub.