While dogs can't exactly be called pests, sometimes it may be necessary to keep them out of certain areas. However, getting dogs to "walk away" from specific areas is not always a one-size-fits-all task; sometimes the dog's owner needs to be involved, other times the dog needs to be "deterred" with special products.
In this article, we review the most effective solutions for keeping dogs away - both indoors and outdoors.
4 effective ways to keep dogs away
In the following, we review some of the most effective products to get dogs to leave outdoor areas:
Knock Off - Stay Away
Knock Off - Stay Away is an extremely effective way to keep dogs away from areas where they are unwanted. In addition, it is 100% safe for humans, animals and the environment. It is based on a natural strong-smelling substance that has a deterrent effect on dogs.
The product is available in two variants: one for outdoor use and one for indoor use:
Diafarm "Go away" spray
Diafarm "Go Away" spray can be used both indoors and outdoors, and is sprayed on the area you want to keep dogs or cats away from. It can also be used to keep male dogs away from bitches in heat (where the spray is applied directly to the bitch). This spray is less effective than the two sprays above.
Lemon oil has a very strong scent and can therefore be used to keep dogs away. This is one of the reasons why lemon oil is used in diffusion collars for dog training.
For outdoor use, you can mix the oil with water (e.g. in a ratio of 1:10 or similar, with the water being the largest part) and pour it into a spray bottle; then spray the areas that dogs should stay away from. Remember to spray at the height of the dog's head where the oil has the greatest effect (e.g. on the garden gate, lamppost, stepping stones, etc.) Repeat as needed (e.g. after rainy weather).
Indoors, you can apply a small amount of concentrated oil directly to the door frame, furniture (in a place where it won't stain visibly), wall, etc.
Talk to dog owners/post a dog sign
This solution is not applicable in all cases, but it is often overlooked anyway. By talking to local dog owners, you can sometimes find a solution to the problems caused by dogs. In addition, it's a good idea to put up a dog sign to draw attention to the problem.
Ineffective or ineffective methods
There are a number of products that are less effective or even completely ineffective. These are discussed below:
- Products that smell strong: There are various products that smell so strong that they effectively keep dogs and other animals away. Examples include bone tar, deer antler ointment and the like. The problem with these products is that they are so smelly that they are a nuisance to both humans and animals and are therefore not practical.
- Crystals, sprays etc.Most "walk away dog" products are crystals, sprays, gels and the like, but the majority are not very effective. The sprays mentioned in this article are exceptions, as many consumers have had good success with them; however, there is no guarantee that they will work in all cases.
- Dog scaresDog scare devices : There are a multitude of electronic dog scare devices that deter dogs with ultrasound, light, water, etc. Some of these products can be effective, but it is very difficult to know exactly which ones to choose. These products are also very expensive and often a waste of money.
How do you choose the right product?
Unfortunately, there is no one product that works equally well in all situations. There is also no guarantee that the advice in this article will work for everyone.
The general rule of thumb is that you'll have to trial and error until you find a solution that works. Often you have to go through several products before you find the right one.