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October 31, 2015 2 min read

While our fuzzy four legged friends may be known as man’s best friend, they are not at all best friends to our lawns and gardens. Dog urine and feces can cause extensive damage to a lawn, and many pet owners have telltale burned looking brown spots covering their otherwise healthy grass. In addition to damage done by urine and feces, some dog breeds also love to dig around yard, bury their toys, and even chew on trees and shrubs around a yard. It is possible, however, to maintain an attractive yard and still have a dog, by using some of the best dog repellents home remedies described in this article.

The good news is that dogs are learning animals, and so over time, using dog repellents will be less necessary as the dogs learn. Dogs are repelled be a variety of sensory responses to their behaviors, with the most effective being taste (for chewers), odor, and sound. And all of these repellents are humane.

To repel a chewing dog with tastes, simple mix a batch of a bad-tasting substance with water, and spray on any plants or objects that a dog is drawn to chewing on. Cayenne pepper, chili power, ammonia, vinegar, citronella oil, and citrus oil are a few ingredients that an make some of the best dog repellents home remedies. Experiment with what works best with your dog, and keep in mind that vinegar and ammonia in large amounts damage plants, while many oils can be harmful to wood finishes, so choose taste deterrents for specific locations. In addition to deterring destructive chewing behavior by bad tastes, dogs should have their own toys, such as rawhide or sturdy toys, to give them an alternative option for their gnawing and chewing instincts. Some dog chew toys are even made to load up with good tasting rewards.

To make the best dog repellent for an odorous repellent, many of the same ingredients can be used. Dogs normally will sniff an area before relieving themselves, and so sprinkling a chili power around areas on the lawn will also keep it free of dog poop and pee.

When a mixture is found that effectively repels your dog, it should be reapplied after rain and sprinkling, until your dog learns to avoid the area through conditioning. If the sprays are failing to work, it may be because they are not properly adhering to the plants and grass, especially in the cases of the mixtures that do not contain oils. Mixing in one of the oil ingredients, or alternatively, a little bit of dish soap, will give your mixture extra staying power on the plants. Experimentation is key, because each dog and each situation is a little different, but with consistency and a little perseverance, the best dog repellents home remedies will be easy to achieve with just a few household ingredients.