Stray dogs can be a nuisance and often bring diseases to your family and your pets, unwanted behaviors, and danger to residential yards. Thankfully, there are several strategies you can implement to prevent these creatures from entering your yard.
In this article, we will cover the most effective strategies and measures you can implement right away, to protect your yard from unwanted visitors.
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Using a fence
The first and most important step is ensuring that your fence is in good condition. Make sure there are no gaps or broken areas in your fence that a dog could fit through. If there are any exposed areas, repair or replace those sections of the fence.
Fencing off your yard’s perimeter is an effective way to keep stray dogs away from your property.
The type of fence you choose will depend on your budget, the size and shape of your yard, and the type of dog you are dealing with. Fences should be at least 6 feet high and made of durable materials such as vinyl, wood, or metal.
You may also consider adding a motion-activated sprinkler system to the fence for extra protection.
How to deal with diggers
Also, you need to pay attention to diggers.
Some strays can have access to your yard by digging under the fence that is why you need to go the extra mile by taking some preventive measures, such as:
- Burying a chicken wire or a sheet of hardware cloth along the perimeter of your fence.
- Installing an electric fence which will provide an unpleasant shock if the stray animal attempts to dig under it.
It can also help to put additional fencing material on top of the existing fence, such as chicken wire or hardware cloth.
To have an idea about the cost of installing a fence check out this article
Natural / DIY repellents
there are several DIY dog-repellent recipes you can try:
1. Chili Pepper Spray: Mix 2 tablespoons of chili pepper powder, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and a quart of warm water in a spray bottle.
2. Vinegar Water: Mix one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle.
3. Citrus Oil Spray: Mix 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of citrus-scented oil in a spray bottle.
There are numerous brands of commercial repellents, I’ll give you an overview of the three main products you can find in the market :
Three commercial brands of dog repellents include Dog-OFF, Halti Dog Repellent Spray, and PetSafe Spray Shield Animal Deterrent. The choice of the commercial brand will depend on your individual needs and the type of dog you are looking to deter.
Generally, Dog-OFF and Halt Dog Repellent Spray have been highly rated for their effectiveness in deterring most dogs. In the table below you will find a comparison of the pros and cons of those three brands.
|Bodhi Dog Not Here! Spray||Economical, long-lasting||Generally ineffective against aggressive dogs|
|Halt Dog Repellent Spray||Effective for deterring most dogs||The scent may not be pleasant for humans|
|PetSafe Spray Shield Animal Deterrent||Inexpensive and easy to use||May not be as effective as other brands|
Electronic / Mechanical repellents
There are mainly three types of electronic/mechanical stray dog repellents (ultrasonic devices, motion detectors, and electric fences):
- Ultrasonic devices emit a high-pitched sound that is unpleasant to dogs;
- While motion detectors can detect movement and trigger an alarm;
- Whereas, electric fences generate an electric shock that deters dogs from entering your property.
Some common sense good practices
If you come to think of it, what is the thing that can be that enticing for stray dogs to make them take so much risk and trespass into your yard? Well, It has to be food!
Accordingly, it is essential to keep your property free of food or other items that may attract strays. If you often leave pet food or garbage in your yard, this could attract unwanted attention from stray dogs.
To deal with that, always make sure to store your waste in covered containers and pick up any spilled food after meals.
Additionally, it is important to clean up any pet waste as soon as possible, as this is a major draw for strays looking for meals.
Calling an animal control organization
Animal control is responsible for controlling and managing animals in certain areas. They are usually employed by government entities such as city or county governments.
Animal control officers typically handle animal cruelty complaints, enforce animal-related laws, and respond to calls about dangerous or nuisance animals, such as stray dogs. In some areas, they may also be responsible for animal rescue and adoption services.
You can find below a list of the main animal control in the different states of the US:
|Alabama||Birmingham Animal Services||(205) 254-9119|
|Alaska||Alaska State Troopers||(907) 269-5588|
|Arizona||Arizona Department of Agriculture and Rural Development||(602) 542-3000|
|Arkansas||Little Rock Animal Control||(501) 376-0443|
|California||California Department of Fish and Wildlife||(888) 334-2258|
|Colorado||Colorado Parks and Wildlife||(303) 297-1192|
|Connecticut||Connecticut Department of Agriculture||(860) 713-2506|
|Delaware||Delaware Animal Services||(302) 255-4646|
|Florida||Animal Care and Protective Services||(904) 630-2489|
|Georgia||Georgia Department of Agriculture||(404) 656-4914|
|Hawaii||Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources||(808) 587-4194|
|Idaho||Idaho Department of Fish and Game||(208) 334-3700|
|Illinois||Chicago Animal Care and Control||(312) 745-1407|
|Indiana||Indianapolis Animal Care and Control||(317) 327-1397|
|Iowa||Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship||(515) 281-5321|
|Kansas||Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism||(620) 672-5911|
|Kentucky||Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources||(800) 858-1549|
|Louisiana||Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry||(225) 925-3900|
|Maine||Maine Warden Service||(207) 287-8000|
|Maryland||Baltimore Animal Services||(443) 984-7297|
|Massachusetts||Massachusetts Animal Coalition||(617) 742-2550|
|Michigan||Michigan Humane Society||(313) 872-3400|
|Minnesota||Minnesota Department of Natural Resources||(218) 834-1400|
|Mississippi||Mississippi Animal Rescue League||(601) 688-7577|
|Missouri||St. Louis Animal Care and Control||(314) 645-4610|
|Montana||Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks||(406) 444-6359|
|Nebraska||Nebraska Humane Society||(402) 444-7800|
|Nevada||Nevada Department of Agriculture||(775) 353-3601|
|New Hampshire||New Hampshire Fish and Game Department||(603) 271-3421|
|New Jersey||New Jersey Department of Health||(609) 826-4971|
|New Mexico||Los Lunas Animal Control||(505) 562-3757|
|New York||Animal Control of New York City||(212) 788-4000|
|North Carolina||North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission||(888) 248-6834|
|North Dakota||North Dakota Department of Agriculture||(701) 328-2231|
|Ohio||Ohio Department of Agriculture||(614) 728-6220|
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma City Animal Shelter||(405) 297-3100|
|Oregon||Oregon Humane Society||(503) 285-7722|
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture||(717) 787-4393|
|Rhode Island||Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management||(401) 222-3070|
|South Carolina||South Carolina Department of Natural Resources||(803) 734-3886|
|South Dakota||South Dakota Animal Industry Board||(605) 773-3321|
|Tennessee||Knox County Animal Control||(865) 215-2444|
|Texas||Texas Parks and Wildlife||(512) 389-4800|
|Utah||Utah Animal Cruelty Task Force||(801) 975-3366|
|Vermont||Vermont Federation of Humane Organizations||(802) 223-0034|
|Virginia||Animal Care and Control Unit||(804) 358-7387|
|Washington||Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife||(360) 902-2200|
|West Virginia||West Virginia Division of Natural Resources||(304) 558-2771|
|Wisconsin||Wisconsin Department of Agriculture||(608) 224-4884|
|Wyoming||Wyoming Game and Fish Department||(307) 777-4600|
- Fence off your yard;
- Use repellents to discourage strays from entering your yard;
- If the number of strays is important and recurrent think about calling your local animal control organization;
- Don’t leave food outside: always feed your pets inside;
- Use waste containers for your garbage: always Keep the trash in hermetic bags then put them in waste containers.
- You might be interested to know how to make your yard dog-friendly, if so do check this article.