It Takes More than Dog Repellent for Grass to Stop Dogs from Destroying your Lawn and Flowers

I’m a dog lover. I always have been. I don’t think there ever has been a more accurate description of a creature than the dog’s moniker “man’s best friend.” Heck, I actually wonder what is wrong with people who do not like dogs. And when I see a dog out walking in my neighborhood, all I want is to pet him, “shake hands” with him and make a new, four-legged friend.

I Discovered the Need for Dog Repellent Devices

Even though I love dogs and have one of my own, I had to learn how to repel dogs because they were ruining my yard, burning my flowers and leaving unwanted calling cards. I need to keep stray dogs off my lawn, as well as leashed dogs with sloppy owners.

From my experience, it takes more than some kind of dog repellent device! For grass and gardens to look their best, I found I needed to educate (and befriend!) my neighbors while also employing some effective repellents to keep stray dogs off my lawn. The best device I found is Havahart® Spray AwayTM, a motion-activated sprinkler that sprays water at canine intruders. This works like a charm to keep dogs away, and since I don’t need to apply any chemicals, it is safe!

Some Bad Choices of Dog Repellent for the Lawn

I live in a neighborhood where very few folks have a fenced-in yard, and my home, which I bought not three months ago, has no fences. I thought about putting up a fence to keep stray dogs out of my yard, but quickly changed my mind as it would cost at least $1,000. That’s a lot of money to prevent piles of dog poop. Also, on a block full of homes that seem to announce “Hi, neighbor!” my home would be screaming “GET OUT!” Not the way to make new friends.

Another way to keep other dogs out of your yard and garden areas is a sonic dog repellent device. Small electronic dog repellent devices work by emitting high-pitched sounds that are inaudible to humans but very uncomfortable for dogs. These will work to keep stray dogs off the lawn. The problem is I don’t want to drive my own dog mad.

Now Some Good Solutions for How to Keep Other Dogs Out of Your Yard

I found that to stop the destruction in your yard you need solutions targeted to both the problems: owners and dogs. Some owners may not be aware their dog is doing business in your yard. Others may not realize their dog’s bathroom breaks are burning your flowers.

Here’s a step-by-step list of what to do to keep other dogs out of your yard:


Be nice to your neighbors, even the ones that may have dogs doing their business in your yard. It’s hard, but the bottom line is if someone likes you, they will go out of their way for you, including paying more attention to what their dog is doing.


Put up a few signs that your yard has been treated for raccoons and skunks. Include on the sign it’s safer for dogs and cats to not be in your grass/flowerbeds. Refrain from saying that it’s dangerous. You don’t want to scare anyone, but rather have them choose to keep their dogs and cats off your yard. For instance “Yard sprayed for raccoon and skunks. Please keep your dog or cat off treated areas for their protection.”


Chit-chat with your neighbors. For instance, “It’s a bummer not all dog owners are as conscientious as you. I keep on finding piles in my yard. And my flowers are dying from the dog pee! I just can’t keep up with it. If you notice anyone letting their dog do their business, please let them know the lawn is treated and it would be safer for the dog to stay off my lawn.


If you’re still seeing your neighbors using your yard as a doggy potty, take some pictures. Usually your local ordinances include cleaning up after your pet. The photos will help your case immensely. Be sure to get a good shot of the owner so they are easily identifiable.


For the stray dogs, get a safe dog repellent that garden and lawn areas can be protected with that repel the nuisance dogs. Critter Ridder repellents are safe, yet taste and smell horrible enough to dogs that they will stay away from wherever you use it.


Install a motion detector sprayer wherever you’re experiencing the most damage. For instance, stick one of these highly effective dog repellent devices in your flowers next to your mailbox and dogs will be sprayed if they try to spray. Owners quickly learn too to steer their dogs away from your flowers!

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  • Alvin Bass

    Like the spray away device

    • 5:03 am - July 24, 2014

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  • Patsy Lynch

    What about fox or coyote urine?

    • 6:13 pm - July 6, 2016

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  • Ron

    Thanks but your suggestions are ineffective. There needs to be more restrictions on dog ownership and a better process that helps promote awareness and stricter guidelines for ownership. Dogs have become a “trendy thing; a status symbol; or just a cute thing to own”

    • 4:47 am - July 26, 2016

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  • j t

    I love Ron’s comments. New laws should be fair to homeowners who are struggling to upkeep and maintain their landscaping and not let irresponsible pet owners “trash” their yard. Dogs’ waste …pee or poop are not good for the plants and the environment. Fresh poop invites flies , and that is a health hazard in itself. Dogs’ pee browns and slowly kills plants, lawn, etc. The new laws should include pet owners potty train their pets in their own back or front yard first before they take them out for a walk. It’s as simple and as basic as that…so for lawyers out there, here’s your chance to write and enforce some new laws and make history. Why should the rest of us and our plants have to be penalized and suffer the consequences of the actions of these irresponsible and heartless pet owners. Pee and poop in their own backyard first!!!

    • 1:48 am - August 15, 2016

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  • Kay

    I have someone’s dog using the rocks in a flower for doing it’s “duty”. I understand about keeping them off the lawn but will the same thing work on rocks?

    • 7:01 pm - August 23, 2016

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    • Havahart®

      Hi, Kay! Great question! Many of our products, such as the Spray Away and Ultrasonic, work to cover a large area – which should help with your problem!

      • 1:42 pm - August 24, 2016

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  • LovShepherds

    Thanks for your ideas, I have tried a few of them like asking the people to stop and was told the dogs got to go somewhere! I have to big Shepherd and they don’t even go on my lawn, and the worst thing about it is we just spent 4,000 dollars putting in a new yard and landscape. So I’m going to look for these products wish me luck

    • 6:33 pm - September 26, 2016

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    • Havahart®

      Good luck with everything! If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to let us know!

      • 1:21 pm - September 28, 2016

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  • Andrea

    What really bothers me is that “why should I be the one giving money and time ” to repel my neighbor’s pet …

    • 6:36 pm - December 1, 2016

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  • C. Sakamoto

    I’ve tried blogging on Next Door app to educate owners about dog walking. i.e.: dogs DO have a bladder and SHOULD urinate at HOME, their territory, not MY home, MY dogs territory. I’ve trained dogs most of my life and taught them to go on command, something I had to teach the guide dog puppies. I put up cameras and signs, “This is Our Yard, Not Your Dogs Toilet” which got ignored UNTIL I posted pictures near the lawn of the owners and their dogs “posing” while peeing or pooping. Most got the hint, but living in a neighborhood with many apartments surrounding my corner Townhouse many I spoke to claim it’s a “public corner” (it isn’t, and it’s 5ft from my window and front door PEW). Some just take pictures of the sign and still let their dogs use my yard as a toilet. There are no less than 30 dogs passing here daily, some come twice a day or more and some walk directly TO my yard, relieve them then walk back home.

    • 12:57 am - February 16, 2017

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