How to keep a dog from pooping in your yard?

How to keep a dog from pooping in your yard?

If you are a dog owner, then you know the drill you should do when you see your lovely pet spread their legs and crouch down over any surface. You already grab your poop bags out of your pocket or purse and wait for him or her to finish their business. Or, at least that is what you should do if you are a responsible owner and do not wish to step in someone else’s business somewhere down the line. 

However, sometimes it is not this simple since it may not be your own dog who is doing the business. On public property, you will probably just scoff a bit and try to avoid the “brown bomb”, but what if other dogs are pooping in your yard? It is hard to avoid those, isn’t it?

It is not uncommon for people to find poop in their yards. Unfortunately, due to people not spaying their pets and general lack of care for animals, especially in more rural areas, there are a lot of strays walking around. They cannot and do not differentiate between your front yard and a park as a perfect place to do their business. If it is quiet, it will do. Therefore, people must resort to other measures to try and keep the dogs off their yards.

What we must emphasize here is to never do anything to hurt the animals in any way. All of the tips that you are going to read in this article are completely safe for dogs or any other animal. Even if you are angry at them, remember that they do not have the sense of property – they do not know that they are “trespassing” and “defiling” your property. If it is someone’s dog that’s doing this, work it out with the owner. The animal is blameless. 

This article will offer several potential remedies to dogs pooping in your yard.



This one is a no-brainer. If there is no way they can access your yard, there will be no feces for you to have to remove or, unfortunately, step in. This, however, can completely ruin the look of your front yard if you are going for something for your neighbors to envy. However, the good thing is that you do not really need a huge, tall fence for this. You can put up plants such as hedgerows or different dense shrubs which dogs will not be able to go through as easily. and they will probably just go somewhere else to do their business. This will, however, take time, and will require maintenance – shrubberies need to be cut regularly.

It is understandable that you may not want to completely redecorate your lawn with a fence just to keep the dogs away, so you may want to look into other options as well.


Keep the lawn clean

You might notice that once the pooping begins, it will get pretty common to find poop in your yard. One of the main reasons why dogs even come into yards is, besides the need to poop, the fact that they can smell that other dogs were there.

Dogs are highly territorial creatures – you may recall that people often keep dogs as guards. They use their excretions to mark their territory. However, this also attracts other dogs to try and take this territory away. So – you may find yourself in a crossfire of sorts – one dog will come around to periodically mark his territory, and the other(s) will come to try and take this territory away. Again – they do not know that this territory is actually yours – so you should not blame them too much. You can, however, try to avoid this by deterring them by keeping your lawn clean. If the territory is not hotly contested, the dog/s may simply move on after doing their business once.

What you should do is clean the areas with products that are not harsh so you do not harm the ecosystem in your garden – using any harsh chemicals may hurt both the animals and plants on your property. That would be a lose-lose situation, so avoid it if all possible. 

You should also keep it clean of all food and water sources to avoid dogs coming if they are hungry and thirsty. They will have that much less incentive to come to your lawn.



While it is widely known that you can put sprinklers on a timer, there are others that are motion-activated. This will make it so when the dog comes, the sprinklers will activate and not allow the dog to relax and run away instead.

Using the Pavlovian method, they will get wet a couple of times and then learn it is best to stay far from your home.

What you should consider is that you should not use sprinklers if you live too close to the road – they may get activated when someone is passing and they may get sprinkled along with the dog. The other bad thing that may happen is, if the sprinklers are in the front yard, the dogs may get spooked and run in front of a car which may get you into legal trouble, not to mention having a dog get injured or even die because of what you did. Be sure to be aware of the possible consequences.



As we already mentioned, dogs have an incredible sense of smell. While this is commonly associated with the territory they “claim” and would, therefore, bring them to your property, this can also be used against them. There are smells dogs like and dogs dislike. Changing the smell of the lawn often may actually lead to them being unsure and uncomfortable of returning to a place they once liked to visit and do their business on.

This can be done by using something as simple as changing your lawn fertilizer. However, it may not work, so do it only as a last resort or if you were already thinking of going for another fertilizer.

As far as repellents go, there are several solutions you can use. Some of them are DIY, but you can always go to a local pet shop and ask for commercial-grade dog repellents. Be warned, however, these may adversely affect other wildlife (such as microorganisms), they can cost a lot since if you have a big yard you may need to spend a lot of the product to keep the whole lawn filled with it. 

Homemade repellents often include oils such as almond or olive oil and garlic – with vinegar being the most popular repellent. Its acidic smell isn’t particularly pleasant even to people, but dogs particularly dislike it. Therefore, you may want to spritz it in a couple of key areas around your yard and see if it does the trick. 

Some sites may recommend cayenne pepper or citrus. This is an inhumane way of dealing with an issue that does not call for it. Cayenne pepper in particular can easily irritate the dog’s face and nasal system – they will stop coming but will also get hurt in the process, which is way too extreme of a solution. This may lead to legal trouble as well if it is another person’s dog who is doing their business in your yard. Stick to mild repellents based on vinegar.



There you have it. We outlined a couple of the ways you can try to get the dogs to keep your lawn alone and do their business elsewhere. None of these ways are a certain success, but they are not too hard to try and will not cost too much. The most important thing is that they will not hurt the dog either. 

The fence is obviously the most viable way of stopping anyone you dislike getting on your property and this includes dogs. However, you may not want to change the whole look of your yard just to stop a singular dog from doing their business there. That’s why you can attempt using a sprinkler system, a DIY or commercial repellent or simply trying to keep the property as clean as possible to dissuade them from coming back.

If the dog is, then you can have a nice talk with that person and try to convince them to keep their dog in their yard or let the dog poop in public spaces where they can clean up after them without trespassing. If this does not work, get the local neighbors association or even the authorities involved. 

Just remember one thing. Whatever may be the case, the dog is blameless and you should never do anything that may hurt it. Be patient. No problem is without a solution, and we firmly believe that you will get to the bottom of yours as well.