Absent the use of doggy-sized gas masks, dog manure works very well as a natural dog repellent.
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I tried all sorts of expensive commercial concoctions in an
attempt to keep my pups from digging in my flowerbeds,
only to discover that most of the formulas wouldn't work
for more than a few days per application if they did the
job at all! However, I don't have such problems anymore. I've discovered a miraculous—and absolutely
free—natural dog repellent, a substance that keeps the hounds away from my delicate
blooms for months at a time: dog manure!
Most canines, you see, are relatively tidy by nature, and
no self-respecting mutt will knowingly lie down in its own
(or another dog's) waste.
Now you don't have to use great piles of the material (I'm
not that eager to protect my plants). A little goes a
long way. Simply scatter small pieces of dog droppings
around the area you want to protect. Once you're done, it
will be all but impossible for another person even to know
that the flowerbeds (or whatever) have been treated ...
but the pooches will figure it out right away, and they'll
EDITOR'S NOTE: Don't spread dog droppings in a vegetable
garden. You can, however, distribute some—thinly—around the borders of your cropping
ground. They'll not only keep canines out, but will tend to
deter rabbits and such too.