Maybe it’s your own dog on your own property, or maybe you live on a shared apartment block and a neighbours dog is causing you problems.
In order to save your lawn and keep it looking nice and green, it’s worth knowing how to stop a dog peeing/pooping on your lawn.
In this short guide, we’ve listed some ideas for preventing a dog from peeing or pooping on the lawn that you might consider.
Let’s jump into the guide!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
How To Stop A Dog From Peeing & Pooping On Your Lawn: 9 Potential Solutions
As a summary, the dog products mentioned in this guide that might be used for peeing/pooping prevention are:
- Natural Oil/Spray Repellant – NOW citronella oil (on Amazon)
- Disposable Dog Potty Patch – DoggieLawn Disposable Dog Potty Real Grass Patch (on Amazon).
- Motion Activated Sprinkler Deterrent System – Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer (on Amazon)
- Ultrasonic Animal Deterrent System – Ultrasonic Animal Chaser Repeller (on Amazon)
- Portable Physical Dog Fence Barrier – Amagabeli Decorative Garden Fence (on Amazon)
- Invisible In Ground Dog Fence Training System – SportDOG In-Ground Fence System SDF-100A (on Amazon)
First, A Reminder
It’s worth noting that if you don’t want your own dog to pee or poop on your lawn, make sure they have somewhere else comfortable and safe to do their business on your property – a gravel patch or a dirt patch for example.
Sometimes a dog might not know where they are allowed to go potty, or might not feel like they have somewhere they feel comfortable going – so have somewhere in your yard that you know your dog knows they can go when they need to.
1) Mix 100% Natural Citronella Oil In A Spray Bottle With Water – Apply Evenly To Grass
Citronella oil has been known to repel dogs in products like citronella bark collars, and anti chew spray for inside the house
Repelling dogs from the lawn with citronella spray for peeing and pooping is no exception.
Some owners have found success with mixing citronella oil like NOW citronella oil (on Amazon) with water in a spray bottle, and spraying their grass evenly with it.
Make sure it’s all natural citronella oil (extracted from citronella grass) so it doesn’t harm your lawn or dog.
You should only need to re-spray it every few weeks.
2) Use A Disposable Patch Of Real Grass
You can get real disposable patches of grass that you can train your dog to pee on when they go outside.
This method does take effort, time, patience, and of course money each time you replace the grass, but it is very popular.
A product that many dog owners use is the DoggieLawn Disposable Dog Potty Real Grass Patch (on Amazon).
The complaint with the artificial grass patches is that a) dog’s don’t like the feel of the artificial grass and b) they are difficult and unhygienic to clean.
3) Spray white vinegar around the perimeter or lawn (not on the lawn)
Cheap, and some owners report this to be very effective as a repellant for dogs.
Mix some vinegar up with water to dilute it a bit and spray vinegar around the outside of the lawn.
Don’t get vinegar on the lawn as vinegar is a natural pesticide.
Two things with using vinegar:
- Spray it on a small bit of your pavers or whatever surrounds your grass first to test if there is any discolring or permanent marking.
- You’ll need to re-spray it fairly regularly as vinegar tends to wash away with rain and time
4) Install A Motion Activated Pet Deterrent Sprinkler System
Motion activated pet deterrent sprinkler systems can work great for some people. Best of all, they aren’t wildly expensive.
An example of a sprinkler deterrent is the Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer (on Amazon)
This system has a 40 foot range with 120 degree field of vision. It has both day and night settings, and will spray not only dogs, but cats, and unwanted wildlife when they get within the radius.
It’s a pain free way to deter animals without harming them.
5) Switch to a plant based fertiliser for your lawn as opposed to blood, fish, and bone meal based fertilisers
Some dogs are attracted to fertilisers with blood, fish, bone meal and similar type additives and makeups.
Some people have reported that switching to a different type of fertiliser, like a plant based fertiliser, has decreased their dog’s interest in their lawn.
6) Use An Ultra Sonic Animal and Pet Repellant Sensor System
These products work to varying degrees. They work for some people and for others not so much.
Similar to a sprinkler deterrent system, except they don’t function with water.
Once such ultrasonic repeller is the Ultrasonic Animal Chaser Repeller (on Amazon) – which is solar powered.
It has a radius of 30ft (9.14m), and emits an ultrasonic signal tone as a repeller when an animal comes in range.
7) Spray a spray dog repellant around the outside of the lawn
If you find another effective dog or cat repellant spray, similar to the vinegar or citronella, try mixing it in some water and a spray bottle and spraying it around the perimeter of your lawn (not on the grass)
Chances are that if it works to repel in other situations, it works for your lawn.
8) Train your dog to pee on another area of the yard
If you have another area of your yard you want your dog peeing on, train them when you get them to use that area instead.
If it’s a garden, dirt patch, or gravel patch for example, make this the first place you take your dog over to when you let them outside.
Positive reinforcement, treats, and a leash can be a good mixture for training.
9) Build, or Erect A Fence Around Your Grass
A pretty easy one – if you don’t want your dog going on the grass, block their access by building or buying a temporary or permanent fence around it.
You can even use an invisible pet fence.
For the DIY option, you can use something like the Amagabeli Decorative Garden Fence (on Amazon), which is a movable and portable physical barrier to your lawn.
If you would rather an invisible pet fence, check out this guide about invisible pet and dog fences we put together.
This is a more expensive option and involves pet fence collars to train your dog not to go past the invisible fence barrier you set up.
It can be highly effective though.
An example of a good quality in ground invisible dog fence system is the SportDOG In-Ground Fence System SDF-100A (on Amazon)
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