Have the neighborhood dogs turned your grass into a splotchy spectacle? If you put a lot of time and effort into your lawn, pooch pee can be a source of considerable frustration.
But don’t worry — we’re here to help!
Below, we’ll share some helpful ways to put a stop to the pooch pee-pee problem and answer a couple of common questions about dogs tinkling on your lawn.
Stopping Dogs from Peeing on Your Lawn: Key Takeaways
- While the occasional sprinkle on your grass may not cause huge problems, repeated visits may lead to dead spots on your lawn.
- Strategies to help keep dogs from urinating in your yard includes simple signage, installing motion-operated sprinklers, and more.
13 Strategies to Stop Spot from Sprinkling
If you’ve been wondering how to stop the neighbor’s dog from peeing in your yard, look no further.
While not every strategy discussed below will work with every dog, a combination of these tips should at the very least, protect your lawn to a greater degree.
Figuring out what works best for your yard and neighborhood can be a process of trial and error, so don’t be discouraged if the first method doesn’t yield immediate results.
You can also try experimenting with more than one of these strategies at a time.
1. Ask Nicely
If you’ve seen the same dog tinkling on your yard several times, it might be worth taking the time to explain your situation with the owner.
You’ll just have to use your judgement to figure out the best approach — you don’t want to end up in a heated confrontation.
In some cases, it may be best to catch the offender in the moment — especially if you don’t have any way to contact the owner later. Just be polite, and point out the problem the pooch’s pee-pee is causing your lawn.
In other cases, it may be best to simply wait to speak with the owner later. This may yield better results in many cases, as the owner won’t be distracted by his or her dog.
Assuming that it’s someone you recognize, pick a time on the weekend to politely knock on the owner’s door and explain the situation as evenly as possible. It’s likely that the dog owner simply doesn’t notice the problem his or her pooch is creating and will have no trouble avoiding your property in the future.
Keep in mind that sidewalks near your home are likely public property. Therefore,you may not be able to deter dog owners from walking their dogs near the perimeter of your property.
An Example Of How to Ask Nicely
Megan (K9 of Mine owner) here! When I first got my dog I didn’t really know yard etiquette and often let my dog pee on my neighbor’s grass.
One day he approached me and said “Can you not have your dog pee there? Once one dog pees there, all the others want to too. I’m counting on you!”
Initially I was embarrassed, but my neighbor’s wording made me feel like I could be part of the solution. He didn’t yell, complain, chastise, or blame me. Instead, he presented the situation as something I could help him with, and that framing maintained goodwill between us!
2. Install a Sign
One of the easiest ways to deter dog owners from walking near your property is to install a sign that gets the point across with a quick glance.
Note that this won’t necessarily stop dogs from eliminating on your lawn but it should make it clear to your neighbors that it’s not something you desire.
3. Provide A Better Alternative
How do you stop a dog from peeing on a certain spot?
One way is to provide a better, more convenient alternative.
For example, if your lawn is off-limits, you could provide a nice patch of grass (or perhaps a single piece of sod) on the curb that is dog friendly.Make it clear to owners that their dog should be here – and not over there!
This way dogs still have a place to relieve themselves if the urge strikes while passing by your house.
You can also include a poop bag dispenser on your property so that passersby have everything they need to keep pooch poo off of your lawn.
This also might make it easier to communicate your wishes with your neighbors. For example, you could say, “I’d prefer if Fido didn’t eliminate on the lawn, but I have a patch of grass on the curb that he’s perfectly welcome to!”
That way, the dog owners won’t have to switch up their walk routine while still keeping your lawn in great condition.
4. Apply A Dog Urine Repellent
Dog urine repellents work by giving off scents that are unpleasant to dogs. Repellents also mask the smell of preexisting urine which is crucial, since dogs tend to eliminate where other dogs have previously done so.
Generally speaking, these products are a bit hit-or-miss; they work in some cases, but fail to have any effect in others. Nevertheless, here are a few of the best-rated urine repellents on the market:
About: Liquid Fence for dogs only needs to be reapplied every 4 to 5 day and covers up to 500 square feet.
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Liquid Fence Dog Deterrent
An easy-to-use, pre-mixed dog deterrent that is safe to use around most plants.
- Solution is pre-mixed so you can use it right away
- Can be sprayed on lawns, flower beds, shrubs, and trees
- 1 Bottle covers up to 500 square feet
- Won’t harm most plants or flowers
This repellent worked well for some dogs and cats, keeping them away from undesired potty spots. The repellent will still linger even after some light rain, so you might not have to apply it as often.
Some customers found that Liquid Fence didn’t keep out all dogs, though this is typical of most repellents since every dog is different. Though non-toxic, this repellent has a strong smell.
NaturVet OFF Limits
About: Off Limits by NaturVet is a non-staining pet deterrent, perfect for keeping dogs away from desired areas.
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- For use on flower beds, lawns, patio furniture, and garbage cans
- Non-offensive, citrus-like smell
- Safe for dogs and puppies
- Made in the USA
- Included money back guarantee
Users liked that this dog repellent has a pleasant, citronella-like smell. This repellent worked well at deterring some dogs and cats from eliminating in an undesirable area.
Many customers found that, in order to work properly, frequent reapplications were required.
Ortho Dog and Cat B Gon
About: Ortho Dog and Cat B Gon repellent is a four-footer deterrent that only needs to be reapplied about once a month, making it super convenient for busy homeowners.
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Ortho Dog and Cat B Gon
An indoor/outdoor dog deterrent that lasts up to 30 days after the initial application.
- Provides 750 square feet of coverage
- Lasts up to 30 days with a single application
- Can be used indoors and outdoors
- Ready-to-use out of the bottle
This spray has a non-offensive smell and lasts up to 30 days on its own. A single bottle can cover up to 750 square feet making it a good value for those with large lawns.
This spray needs 20 minutes of uninterrupted setting to work to its full potential. Some users saw discoloration or damage to their plants after using this repellent in the surrounding area.
5. DIY Dog Repellent
If you’re looking for an easy, cost-effective way to stop neighbor’s dogs from marking your lawn, why not try your hand at a homemade dog urine repellent?
These two recipes are super simple to make and include ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
Combine one cup white vinegar with two cups of apple cider vinegar. Place it in a spray bottle and mist any desired areas. Note that vinegar may harm plants, so use caution around your favorite ornamentals.
Mix up some citrus-scented water and spray on plants. You can just cut up pieces of citrus and place them in the water, or use juice from citrus plants. This will make your yard smell great and will deter some dogs and cats from eliminating in the treated spot.
Just like commercially produced repellents, there is no guarantee that these solutions will deter all dogs from eliminating in an undesirable area.
Some dogs are more sensitive to strong smells than others, but you can experiment with combining this method with some of the other spotting prevention strategies.
6. Install A Fence
If nothing else seems to be working, a small fence can be enough to keep dogs and owners away from your lawn. You don’t need a full-sized dog-proof fence, either — even a short plastic fence that’s a foot or two high will usually be enough.This solution works great for keeping your own dog out of your garden too!
Prioritize fencing the perimeter of your property. That way, it will be clear to passers by what areas are off limits.
Alternatively, you could install a series of pathway lights if a fence isn’t your style. This might be enough of a visual signal to keep dogs and owners off of the lawn.
7. Scatter Used Coffee Grounds
Coffee grounds aren’t just great for fertilizing your plants, they can also deter dogs and cats from peeing in a certain area due to their strong smell.
However, this method should be used with caution.The caffeine in coffee is toxic for dogs and cats — even in small amounts.
While it’s the owner’s responsibility to make sure their dog isn’t eating things off the street (and few dogs are likely to find the scent of used coffee grounds appetizing), it is probably wisest to mix in the coffee grounds into the dirt to keep the neighborhood pups safe while also discouraging them from sprinkling on your lawn.
You may also want to install a sign warning owners that you’ve used coffee grounds on your lawn.
While it’s unlikely that dogs will come near your coffee adorned lawn, it’s better to be safe than sorry if this is your method of choice.
8. Leave Citrus Peels On The Ground
The smell of tangy citrus may be appealing to us, but to some dogs and cats, the smell is particularly pungent.
Accordingly, you can use peels of lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit to keep Fido out of your yard. Keep in mind that this won’t necessarily deter all dogs.
For the best results, mix in the peels with your soil. This will help the peels break down over time and prevent the peels from unintentionally attracting bugs.
You can even double-up your approach by making a soil mixture that contains both citrus peels and leftover coffee grounds.
9. Apply Vinegar & Lime Juice to Coffee Filters
Vinegar’s strong smell naturally deters dogs. The added lime juice helps to reduce the overall odor for people, while still working as a citrus doggy deterrent.
Coffee filters usually degrade over time which makes this method suitable for direct use on a flower bed or lawn. You can also find biodegradable filters that break down even faster if you like.
Soak your coffee filters in white vinegar and a little bit of lime juice. Once the filters dry, cut them into strips and place around the area you want to keep dogs away from.
This method is safe for plants, and shouldn’t present any harm to doggos either.
10. Install a Camera
Shame can be a great tool to alter human behavior. And, if owners know they’re being watched, they may avoid your yard altogether.So, consider installing a security camera on your property.
Cameras will also help you monitor whether or not your other strategies are working. Having a camera makes it easy for you to see what’s working, what’s not, and how you can adjust your strategy to protect your lawn properly.
If possible, try to mount the camera in a conspicuous location, so local dog walkers are sure to spot it.
Even a fake camera may suffice, and it’ll be cheaper than a true camera.
11. Use A “Scarecrow”
Halloween is just around the corner, which makes this the perfect time to put this method to the test. Skittish dogs may be deterred by various types of “scarecrows.”
Now, we don’t mean a literal scarecrow — dogs are unlikely to care (or even notice). Instead, we mean other types of things that’ll potentially frighten away dogs, like this spooky, motion-detecting, solar-powered owl.
At the very least, this “scarecrow” may startle the dog owner, if not the dog. This owl can also be used to keep out mice, squirrels, and birds, though users note varying degrees of success.
12. Install Motion-Operated Sprinklers
Searching for a way to keep your lawn looking pristine while simultaneously deterring dogs? Motion operated sprinklers will do the trick.
While these motion-activated sprinklers might not make you popular with the neighbors, they’re sure to keep dogs, cats, coyotes, and other wildlife away from your lawn at all hours.
You can adjust the sprinkler’s line of sight to target different areas of the yard. Plus, you get the added benefit of automatically watering your lawn.
13. Use Ultrasonic Deterrents
Ultrasonic pest deterrents produce loud (but inaudible to humans) sounds to keep out different animals. These deterrents might also repel wildlife, and some have different settings designed to repel different types of critters.
Keep in mind that dogs might adapt to ultrasonic deterrents over time. In addition, be sure to shop carefully, as some “ultrasonic” deterrents actually make noises people can hear.
You can also get ultrasonic deterrents with embedded lights to ward off dogs and other animals. There are plenty of these devices with embedded solar power so that you don’t have to constantly charge your device.
Similarly – while it’s a little mean – you could plant some dog repellant plants that dogs may not be big fans of.
Of course you don’t want to plant anything to purposely hurt a dog or make them sick, but some dense shrubs or shrubs with thorns may be enough to deter dogs looking for a convenient potty spot.
Don’t Use Potentially Harmful Deterrents
As frustrating as misplaced dog waste may be, you don’t want to harm the dog — it isn’t his fault.
He’s a good boy, who just needs to tinkle!
Also, you may be held responsible (potentially criminally so) if you do something to harm the dog.Stick with dog-safe deterrents to prevent Fido from eliminating on your lawn.
Don’t use ingredients like cayenne pepper, chilli pepper, garlic, or ammonia. These agents can be harmful for dogs and lead to illness or injury.
FAQs: How To Stop Dogs From Peeing On The Lawn
Below, we’ll answer some of the most common questions to stop dog lawn spotting.
Do they make Liquid Fence for dogs?
Yes! As discussed above, there is a Liquid Fence for Dogs Urine Repellent. The product is safe for use on lawns and plants. You can also make your own DIY urine repellent using vinegar or citrus juice.
Does Liquid Fence work for dogs?
The original Liquid Fence formula is specially formulated to deter deer and rabbits, so it might not be super effective for keeping out dogs.
However, some owners have had success with the liquid fence formula made specifically for dogs.
Do dogs repellents really work?
Dog repellents can repel and deter dogs — at least in some cases. Many dogs are sensitive to smells like citrus, citronella (hence the existence of citronella bark collars), and others which are usually embedded in repellent solution.
There are even plants that sometimes deter dogs. However, it is possible for dogs to be completely unbothered from the scent of deterrent.
What smells repel dogs?
Some smells that are non-harmful and potentially effective at repelling dogs are citrus, vinegar, and citronella. Every dog is different, but many dogs find these scents to be overpoweringly pungent.
Is it illegal for people to let their dogs pee in my yard?
Figuring out what’s legal and illegal can be tricky. Laws vary by state, region, and even county.
In addition, there are separate penalties for failure to comply with leash laws, trespassing, and waste elimination laws. In New York, for example, failure to remove poop is subject to a fine, but there is no mention of pee.
While some consider a dog peeing in someone’s yard a form of trespassing, a lot is open to interpretation. Most waste laws pertain to poop without mentioning pee, so it’s best to reach out to your local law enforcement agency to get a clear view of the pet laws of your area.
Damaging pet waste can be incredibly frustrating. Hopefully, one of these strategies will help you stop dog lawn spotting for good!
Have you had any success with these methods? How do you keep your lawn pet waste free? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!
Many (but not all) dogs hate the smell of citrus, so using citrus smells like citronella, lemongrass, lemon, and even bergamot can repel some dogs from an area. You can use these smells in scented candles or sprays to see if it keeps your dog away from an area where you don't want them peeing.How do I stop my neighbor's dog from peeing in my yard? ›
- Restrict access. Keep them out with a decorative fence. ...
- Change fertilizers. ...
- Clean the area. ...
- Use dog repellents. ...
- Avoid placing new items in your yard. ...
- Work with your neighbors. ...
- Replace the grass with mulch or gravel. ...
- Interrupt the marking behavior.
Many (but not all) dogs hate the smell of citrus, so using citrus smells like citronella, lemongrass, lemon, and even bergamot can repel some dogs from an area. You can use these smells in scented candles or sprays to see if it keeps your dog away from an area where you don't want them peeing.Will vinegar stop dog peeing in same spot? ›
Not only will a vinegar and water solution eliminate urine odor if your dog has already peed on the rug, but it will also deter them from urinating on the same carpet again. The acidic smell of vinegar is known to repel dogs from peeing on area rugs as they do not like the smell of vinegar.Is it trespassing to let your dog pee in someone's yard? ›
Since a trespass doesn't just occur when the trespasser themselves enter a property illegally but can also occur when they allow someone or something they control to enter the property, allowing your dog to pee onto someone's property without permission is a crime.What smells do dogs dislike? ›
- Citrus Scents. Citrus scents top the list of smells your dog probably hates. ...
- Vinegar. While this non-toxic household substance is safe for use around your home, your dog won't appreciate it. ...
- Rubbing Alcohol. ...
- Fresh Herbs. ...
- Cleaning Products & Chlorine. ...
- Mothballs. ...
- Hot Peppers. ...
A: Your neighbor's lawn is not your dog's bathroom, regardless of the design. The nitrogen content in the urine could damage her grass or plants. If she has children, she may not want them playing on a soiled lawn, especially because your dog's waste could potentially carry harmful diseases.What product repels dogs from peeing? ›
Sharples and Grant Clean & Tidy Don't Pee Here Deterrent Spray 500ml Discourages pets from urinating in unwanted places, natural mustard smell keeps pets away. The initial unpleasant odour disappears in a few seconds to leave a long lasting action where it is applied, for indoor use only.What cancels out dog pee? ›
Baking soda naturally neutralizes odors. Sprinkle it liberally on the damp area or even an old urine stain, and work the powder gently into the fibers of any fabric, rug or carpet. Let the baking soda sit overnight for maximum odor absorption, then vacuum it up to remove the smell completely.What stops dogs peeing in certain areas? ›
- Clean soiled areas thoroughly with a cleaner specifically designed to eliminate urine odor.
- Make previously soiled areas inaccessible or unattractive. ...
- Keep objects likely to cause marking out of reach. ...
- Resolve conflicts between animals in your home. ...
- Make friends.
- Citrus. The citrus smell is arguably the best dog repellent there is. ...
- Vinegar. Just like citrus, dogs cannot stand the smell of vinegar. ...
- Chili. Hot chili is a popular dog repellent. ...
- Alcohol. Dogs hate the smell of alcohol. ...
- Coffee Grounds.
In a clean spray bottle, mix one cup of distilled white vinegar with one cup of water and 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Shake it up to mix the ingredients, and then spray on the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then blot with towels until clean.Is vinegar or bleach better for dog urine? ›
If your dog is having trouble with urination, vinegar may be a good solution to help them. Vinegar is known for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. These properties can help to cleanse the area and get rid of any bacteria that may be causing the problem.Is peeing in someone's yard illegal? ›
While you can urinate in your backyard as long as nobody sees you, things can be different if a neighbor catches you. They might decide to report to the police, and you can face charges for public urination even if it was on your private property. Besides, public urination is a crime punishable by law in all states.Is it OK to let your dog walk on other peoples lawns? ›
When walking your pet around a residential neighborhood, it is universally accepted as rude if you allow your dog to walk on people's front lawns, into their gardens, snack on their landscaping, or urinate on their mail boxes, garbage cans, or lawn decorations.What taste do dogs hate the most? ›
At the top of the list? Citrus. Most dogs can't stand the taste and smell of oranges, lemons, and grapefruit.What kind of vinegar do dogs hate? ›
A highly concentrated combination of vinegar and water – 1 part vinegar to 5 parts water – is effective enough to discourage dogs. Vinegar's sour taste can also prevent your pooch from chewing. Always use clear vinegar such as white vinegar. Apple cider vinegar that is mildly colored is also a good option.What repels dogs from yard? ›
DIY dog repellents include using ammonia, vinegar or citrus peels on your property, but these require special instruction. Ammonia and vinegar may kill your lawn and vegetation, so these may only be used on an outer perimeter, which may only prevent trespassing from one direction.Can you neutralize dog pee on grass? ›
For grass, sprinkle garden lime on the area. This helps both to eliminate the odor and neutralize the urine to help restore your grass. For grass, use an oscillating sprinkler daily on the affected areas. The water will slowly dilute the urine, so it seeps into the soil.Will grass grow back where dogs pee? ›
WILL GRASS GROW BACK AFTER DOG URINE? The short answer: yes. But, it depends on the size of the burn or brown spot as well as the severity to say how long it might take or if the grass will grow back on its own.
Dogs are natural carnivores, and that carnivore diet leads to a higher nitrogen content in their urine. This acts like a concentrated dose of nitrogen fertilizer and “burns” the grass. These high levels of nitrogen cause injury or even death in turf, which is why it turns brown.What neutralizes pet urine in the yard? ›
The only “product” that can neutralize the urine's negative effects is water. Gypsum and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) are salts and may compound the problem. Dishwashing detergents, which act as wetting agents or surfactants, may enhance water movement into and through the soil.What can you spray to keep dogs from peeing? ›
Sharples and Grant Clean & Tidy Don't Pee Here Deterrent Spray 500ml Discourages pets from urinating in unwanted places, natural mustard smell keeps pets away. The initial unpleasant odour disappears in a few seconds to leave a long lasting action where it is applied, for indoor use only.What can I spray in my yard to get rid of dog urine smell? ›
Vinegar for pet urine odor removal
Pets' urine can smell really bad because of this acidity and you can improve this greatly by using a little vinegar mixed with water, spraying it on the area, and then rinsing it away.
Spray a vinegar solution around the edges of your lawn. Dogs will smell it and move away. Use a motion-activated sprinkler. A motion-activated sprinkler is a good way to scare away dogs and other animals from those areas of your yard..