Eco Friendly ways to stop your dog peeing or pooping on a spot! - PetHaus

Eco Friendly ways to stop your dog peeing or pooping on a spot!

How to stop your dog pooping somewhere

Shit happens –

how to stop it happening where it’s not wanted.

If you want to stop your dog peeing or pooping where it's not wanted read on for our top eco friendly DIY tips on Poop & Pee prevention outdoors. 

We have to admit we’ve been very lucky with our dog Willie. He was easily housed trained and has never had an embarrassing moment in the house.

City dwellers, we have a small back yard mostly paved with little garden bed. We hoped that like the two cats he lives with Willie would choose the garden bed to fertilize with his doggy doo and pee…….   We were wrong!

This is not such an issue except that the one favored spot he has chosen on our paved yard (especially in rainy winter months) is the covered area right outside the door to our outdoor laundry and storage shed….. Ever stepped in dog doo in your ugg boots?...... Not happy.

 After some epic fails we’ve found a few winning solutions that fit with our preferred eco friendly ethos. Of course no two dogs are the same so you might want to experiment to see what works for you. Here are our fav’s and the pro’s and con’s.

 THE WINNERS

1 – Vinegar!!! That’s right $1.20 for 100mls of poop stopping genius!

How to stop your dog peeing on a spot

Just spray or pour vinegar over the poop zone. Dogs are highly sensitive to smell and hate the scent of vinegar. Willie now refuses to go anywhere we’ve sprayed it.

If your area is under cover you’ll need to re treat the area around once a week until pooch has gotten the message. If your yard gets rained on you’ll need to repeat the treatment immediately post shower. You can dilute the vinegar with water as you repeat the treatments your dog will remember the vague smell and just not go there.

PROS

  • Dog friendly! Most importantly, while your dog might hate the smell it won’t hurt him / her. Vinegar is a strong odor they hate but it isn’t known to side effects. They just stay away. (Also non toxic to cats and humans)
  • Price! This shiz is cheap as chips, it works just as well as commercial formulas which can cost $20 or more for only 500ml and are full of stinky nasty chemicals.
  • Eco friendly, if vinegar gets into the environment, either as a vapour our as a solution in water, it degrades quickly into a harmless substances. 
  • Low scent for humans. While not the most pleasant smell to the human nose vinegar dissipates quickly and doesn’t have a harsh chemical vapour like commercial repellent products

CONS

  • Can only be used on non organic surfaces!! Do not use this on your garden bed or grass as it will kill it.
  • The smell, you’ll have to get used to part of your yard having a slight vinegar scent for a while. Honestly though if you gave me a choice between vinegar and dog toilet!!!
  • You need to keep treating the area to get your dog out of the habit of going there.
 2 - Citronella oil

At $5.75 for 100ml’s it’s not quite as cheap as Vinegar but still a damn sight less expensive than store bought chemical concoctions !  Your dog, hates this smell, trust us…. Tried tested… snubbed by Willie for hours as punishment.

How to stop your dog pooping on a spot

PROS

  • A++ on the environment you can even use citronella oil on your plants or lawn (water it down) All natural this stuff is actually made from citronella grass. It will also keep the flys and mozzies at bay. 
  • The smell, while strong, it is actually kind of pleasant and dissipates for the human nose after a short time.
  • Staying power! Being an oil it coats surfaces and plants and lingers for a while after rain. This means less re applying.

CONS

  • You still have to reapply after rain and time to keep pup at bay until they break the habit. At $5.75 for 100mls, even with watering down it’s not as cost effective as vinegar.
  • Be careful, citronella in small doses of vapour is non toxic but if a small dog were to ingest a few mls from a puddle it would make them feel quite ill.
3 – Cayenne Pepper / Chilli powder

Like a flame thrower! Sprinkle cayenne pepper or chilli powder over the affected area. If the area is non organic ie, concrete, brick etc then wash first with vinegar or ammonia to get rid of the attractive pee scent. You can also mix the pepper / chilli with a little water and liquid soap to give it more sticking power. 

Chilli pepper to stop dog peeing

PROS

  • Your dog will literally regret sniffing before they pee / poop there and most likely never try again.
  •  Inexpensive a couple of treatments should get the message across. Unless your dealing with a large area you should be looking at just a few 10g containers costing around $2.50 each.
  • Eco friendly this stuff is harmless to plants.

CONS

  • OUCH!! – Be warned if your dog sniffs too much it can really burn their nasal passage, worse if ingested. Although not fully toxic, if your small dog ate or licked a large clump it would cause stomach upsets and some grief.
3 – Ammonia

This stuff is hardcore! Rinse the affected area with bleach to cover any tempting pee / poo odors. You can use straight or (recommended) water down a little.

Ammonia to stop dog peeing

PROS

  • It works – they will give that smell a wide berth
  • Cheap, at $1.60 a litre for no brand ammonia it’s a bargain. 

CONS

  • Not so eco friendly, toxic to plants and critters ammonia will nuke all in its path. Be very careful
  • Smell, this shiz reeks and it reeks for a while, caustic even to human noses and eyes.
  • You’ll still have to repeat the treatment a few times to deter the behaviour and train pooch to a new spot.

Now,  what to do with all that poo!  Check out our earlier blog post on how to make your own DIY Pet Poo Composter! Here. 

TRAINING IS KING! 

With all this in mind, our top tip is still positive training. Teach your pooch from an early age to go in one spot of your garden / patio or balcony depending on your circumstances.

This takes patience but is the most effective method to keep you both happy.

Training is as simple as following a young pup to the toilet and rewarding the correct behaviour / spot with treats and praise while guiding them away from the spots that are out of bounds. .

If you’ve got more great environmentally friendly DIY tips for deterring dogs, please leave them below in the comments.

Also if you try any of these methods, we want to hear how you go! Drop us a line.

Alternatively.... When all else fails... pick it up with a sense of humour. 

SHIT HAPPENS - (DEAL WITH IT)  Bio degradable poo bags $8.95 with free laughs.  Here

 



22 Responses

Gill Hugo
Gill Hugo

February 14, 2018

I have tried the vinegar and it hasnt worked – dog still peeing in the same spot. Going to try the citronella trick

Ashley
Ashley

February 10, 2018

I can’t believe I even have to say this…

DO NOT USE AMMONIA AROUND YOUR PETS! DO NOT USE ANY SPICE, ESPECIALLY CAYENNE OR CHILI PEPPERS!

The safest options are baking soda and white vinegar. They neutralize odors without endangering your pet or the ecosystem.

I’m blown away that you would even suggest someone PURPOSELY use chemicals or peppers to intentionally irritate a dog’s skin. How would you like it if you had cayenne pepper in yours eyes/nose/mouth/hands/feet after using the restroom?

Just be glad your dog is house trained and maybe educate yourself before writing another irresponsible article that could harm pets.

Barry S. Jameson
Barry S. Jameson

January 31, 2018

Have tried everything and last night dosed the front path from our door where I dog just won’t stop pooping with ammonia. I gave up on vinegar. comet, you name it. After pouring ammonia on wet cement (wet from hosing down all his poop—again), so much I had to hurry cause I was breathing it, I took a broom and brush it around. It is an approximate 7′ × 12′ area between our front door and the patio gate. Buddy sat there looking at me and I felt her would stay away. Heard him run out his doggy door this morning and woke up to see he pooped right on the ammonia; in fact, all over it. Really at wits end. He had also gone on his pads, so I took him over (picked him up) and played the good dog, bad dog routine with the two areas. He’s a 2-year old cocker spaniel and just won’t stop.

Krishantha
Krishantha

January 21, 2018

Thank you very very much.Im going to try the Vinigar first.I owe u guys if this works.?

jan
jan

December 13, 2017

i am going to try vinegar i have tried chillies peppers will let you’ll know if this workes

Octavia Sumlar
Octavia Sumlar

December 03, 2017

Thanks. I am about ready to give my son dog away. He do his business in my front door. It is so much. Maybe I am feeding him to much. I am going to try the vinegar first.

marcello
marcello

November 24, 2017

Hi guys just thought id add this tip for you all. USED Coffee grounds also work in the garden, dogs CANNOT stand the bitter smell coffee or coffee grounds give off. So collect all those coffee grounds from your morning brew put them in or around your garden bed and the dogs wont touch it, ALSO coffee grounds are perfect fertilizer, trust me i have been in the coffee industry for 12years and it works.

Neva
Neva

November 03, 2017

I have a 13 week old Boston Terrier. We have a pet door that goes out onto the deck and yard. He will go straight to the yard and do his business 90% of the time. It’s the the other 10% of the time that he pees on the deck that is driving me crazy. I have tried vinegar and water, straight vinegar, and a mixture of vinegar, water, lemon juice and red pepper. None have worked!!! I don’t know what else to do. I usually go out with him because I’m still house train, but he will run past me and before I can catch him he is peeing on the deck. I also reward him with treats when he goes in the yard. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Shane
Shane

September 28, 2017

With all these wonderful questions up top there is no answers for us to research ourselves. It would be awesome if the answers were up there too or is this page not watched?

lemar
lemar

August 20, 2017

I thought ammonia was a neon sign saying pee/ poop here !!! because they had done it there and the smell from the ammonia is similar to their pee ??? Only vinegar works ( Murdoch uni ) perth wa aust .

lemar
lemar

August 20, 2017

I thought ammonia was a neon sign saying pee/ poop here !!! because they had done it there and the smell from the ammonia is similar to their pee ??? Only vinegar works ( Murdoch uni ) perth wa aust .

Joanne Casey
Joanne Casey

July 23, 2017

Please help. I have an 11 yr old lab that has been the perfect pet since we got her as a puppy. 4 mos. ago we got a new lab puppy who is now 5 mos. Bailey seems to have adjusted to her quite well. Just one week ago she began pooping on the driveway and now on the paving stone patio right in front of the back door. I will Troy the vinegar, but am concerned about exposing the puppy to the stronger ingredients. The puppy still poops down a hill far from the house where we trained her. Any ideas in case this could be a reaction to the puppy? I thank you in advance for any further ideas you could give. Joanne Casey

Em
Em

July 03, 2017

How do I stop my adult dog from weeing side ? Carpets and tiles? Training mats didn’t work

Em
Em

July 03, 2017

How do I stop my adult dog from weeping inside ? Carpets and tiles? Training mats didn’t work

.d, Smith
.d, Smith

July 01, 2017

what is the citronella and water mix – How much of each

Claudia
Claudia

June 23, 2017

Thanks for the tips. We just put in new pavers and i need to re-train my babies. What is ratio of water to citronella? We are trying the vinegar first but want to be prepared in case we need a second option. Thank you again.

Janie
Janie

June 17, 2017

Sadly, weeing is the issue with my baby and thought the vinegar would work…but unfortunately not. Will try the citronella and see how we go.

Tania
Tania

June 16, 2017

I think this vinegar trick is going to work !! our dogs have a bad habit of doing their business on our decking and I covered it yesterday in vinegar and so far so good ! its been driving me nuts for ages and i’m so glad I discovered this !

Chris Maple
Chris Maple

May 20, 2017

I tried the hot pepper & regular pepper & like you said, not all pets are the same it didn’t faze my dog, the vinager is my next choice, thanks 4 the tips, we were going to spend too much money on our next test

Nakita
Nakita

May 16, 2017

I’m going to try vinegar I hope it works.. Thanks for the tip!!

Annemie
Annemie

April 09, 2017

Good day

How much citronella and water should I mix to spray on the area I where I dont want my dog to do his business?
Thanks

Doxies Down Under
Doxies Down Under

August 18, 2016

Great article – eco friendly options for the win!

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