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What to Do When the Neighbor’s Dog Poops in Your Yard

By DoodyCalls

What’s more frustrating than walking into your backyard and stepping in dog poop? Walking into your backyard and stepping in dog poop that doesn’t belong to your dog. Dealing with a neighbor’s dog that poops in your yard can be unpleasant and quite irritating. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to fix this problem.

How to Stop The Neighbor’s Dog From Pooping in Your Yard

One of the most straightforward solutions to this issue is to speak directly to your neighbor. Explain to them the situation and ask if they can keep their dog from going onto your property. If they are amicable and reasonable, they should be able to comply with your request. You can even suggest that they schedule regular poop pickup services for both yards. From one-time poop scooping service to routine visits, providers like DoodyCalls partner with homeowners to make dog poop cleanup easy. If your neighbor agrees to the service, it can be a cost-effective way to keep both yards clean.

Ways to Stop Dogs From Pooping in Your Yard

If your neighbor’s dog continues to make a mess in your yard, there are a few other tactics you can try.

Create a Barrier: Adding low fencing as a barrier can help discourage unwelcome dogs from entering your yard. Aside from traditional fencing, which can be costly, there are other options to create a yard barrier that dogs will find uninviting. Consider dog-repellant plants that are thorny or prickly, planted as a hedge or closely together. Large landscaping stones can also help close off open entryways into your yard.

Motion-activated Sprinklers: When these high-tech devices sense movement in the covered range of your lawn, a sprinkler will be triggered to spray and scare off unwelcome guests to your yard without harming them. Not only can this deter the neighbor’s dog but also stray animals and even intruders.

Ultrasonic Dog Repeller: Another way to repel uninvited pooches from your yard safely is with an ultrasonic repeller. These devices use high-frequency noise to repel dogs and other animals. While too high of a frequency for human ears, the pitch is audible to animals and will make them uncomfortable enough to stay away.

Natural Repellents: Spraying the perimeter of your lawn with a DIY natural dog repellent can make the area less inviting for the neighbor's dog to pop over for a visit. Natural ingredients like vinegar and citrus are innately offensive to dogs and will cause them to avoid areas that have been treated. There are also commercial animal repellents that contain essential oils that are safe and naturally deter dogs and other animals.

Will Mothballs Keep Dogs from Pooping in My Yard?

There are some things that you should not do to prevent a neighbor's dog from pooping in your yard. For example, while the strong smell of mothballs can keep dogs away, spreading them around your yard can be harmful to both dogs and the environment. Ingesting mothballs can cause a range of health issues for dogs, including nausea, vomiting, seizures, and liver damage. Instead, stick to safe, eco-friendly deterrents.

The Path to a Dog Poop-Free Yard

Dealing with a neighbor's dog that poops in your yard isn't always easy. However, there are several strategies you can use to avoid this problem. The easiest and most effective solution is to talk to your neighbor and ask them to keep their dog out of your yard or schedule regular poop removal services from DoodyCalls. If this doesn't work, try using motion-activated deterrent devices, low fencing or barriers, and eco-friendly deterrents. If the problem persists, contact your HOA for additional support. HOAs may be able to provide resources or enforce rules to ensure pets are not causing damage to other properties. By utilizing these tips, you can enjoy your yard without having to worry about your neighbor's dog leaving a mess.