"Why do all the dogs poop only in my driveway?" you ask.
There is logic to this lunacy, but we believe that there is a method to relieve you from the madness, with two cost-effective eco-friendly products.
Do you suffer from a constant poop scooping other people's dogs' poop from your driveway or front yard? Here are some tried and tested tips to get them to find another spot to do their business.
First of all, the most important thing to remember is that all animals have habits, most often we do not always realise this. Every day, we do the same things, at the same time, in the same order.
This is the same for the dogs that go for walks past your home every day.
What makes it worse, I believe, is the fact that dogs not only have habitual habits, but the new ones will instantly pick up on the smells and do their best to cover them with their smell too! It seems like this is a never-ending problem.
Do not fear, we believe that there is light at the end of this smelly tunnel. The good news is, when one understands the reasons behind all these crazy repeated behaviours, we can begin to practice a few unusual counter-acting actions to stop it from happening ever again.
The most important part to remember is that when you decide that you want to stop this from happening, you must make it a goal - spread over a two to three-week period. Heck, maybe even a month of putting in the effort, but if you are persistent, we believe that this will end.
You will have to decide what you will be using to get rid of the odour (from other dogs), and then you will have to repeat this for as long as you need to, to help them, to find a new spot to poop.
While we are on the eco-friendly mission for everything we do going forward, it is important to consider the best option that will not harm the environment either.
Option 1 :
Dogs do not like the smell of vinegar, and this will most certainly keep them off your verge or driveway. It is affordable, so we think a good option to consider that one can generously apply over a month.
Remember that this should not be used in your garden or lawn, as it will kill the plants. If it rains, you need to repeat the application.
Alternatively, it is best to generously apply vinegar every day to the same spot. Diluting it with water is also good, but the stronger it is, the sooner you could resolve the problem. One can add some lemon, but this will only be for indoor options.
Option 2 :
Most pet repellents (and insect repellents) contain this ingredient, and it makes sense to consider this as your second option. Coming in at a slightly more costly option, it will last a little longer on the surface because it is oil-based. Apply this product, diluted all over your driveway daily to ensure a fresh reminder that you too are serious about their business.
Citronella works very well to keep pets off the furniture.
Tip: Apply Vicks on the nasty spots that your cat uses for a scratch patch. They will instantly change direction, give it a try and let us know in the comments if it worked for you!
Other more extreme options are cayenne pepper and cloudy ammonia.
These are not very nice to use on the animals, so please do not go this route. You can also dilute 500ml cloudy ammonia into 3l of water and wash your (Persian) carpets to help rid them of pet odours. They clean the carpets extremely well and all odours vanish overnight. Make sure the home is well ventilated, as the vapour is extremely strong.
Be sure to repeat your chosen application every day at the same time, and after a rainfall. It has to be done daily between one and four weeks to ensure you get the long-term poop-free results you desire.
Let us know in the comments, if you also experience annoying dog poop habits and if you made use of any of the tips given today.
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