Deterring the dog
In conversations with friends about the topic of owners not cleaning up after their dogs, I ran into some amazingly strong feelings on the subject. And while it ticks me off too, I don’t recommend shooting at the dog with anything other than perhaps a high-powered water gun. The dog is only doing what comes naturally; it’s not personal. I admit however, to being intrigued by the idea of shooting the dog with a paintball gun to be able to identify him to the dog officer.
Dogs are attracted to smells and surfaces that have the right “paw feel” when looking for a place to do their business. If you also own a dog, other dogs will be attracted to your yard, drawn by both the smell and the intrinsic desire to “mark” a territory. Not only do you need to clean up really well after your own pet, you may need to use deterrent products around the perimeter of your yard.
- The dogs may be attracted to the kind of fertilizer you use in your flower and vegetable beds, so you may want to periodically change it up. Dogs can be attracted to both organic and chemical fertilizers.
- If you have lawn sprinklers, vary the time of the watering. Dogs don’t tend to go for wet areas when there are dry ones around.
- Also, be aware of keeping attractive areas, such as garbage cans or compost bins, as clean and tidy as possible.