Homemade Dog Repellent

Dogs love to sniff around. And being as their sense of smell is a heck of a lot more powerful than that of humans, it’s certainly easy to understand why dogs love to sniff their environment. All of that sniffing, though, can lead to trouble. More than a few dogs have sniffed out food items or other things they shouldn’t have access to, and gotten themselves into trouble.

If your furbaby has a tendency to sniff out trouble and jump headfirst into it, you may want to consider using a dog repellent to clearly mark some areas as being off limits. And the good news is that you don’t have to buy any chemical laden, expensive dog repellents; you can actually use some items commonly found around the house to create your own dog repellent.

In this post, we have sourced for you information from Buzzle that will help you make some homemade dog repellent.

Homemade Dog Repellent

homemade dog repellent

Do you know how to make a homemade dog repellent?

You have a wide choice of dog repellents available in the market. However, these may contain chemicals that can harm your dog. Thus, a better option is to make homemade repellents.

How to Make a Dog Repellent?

The most simple way to keep your dog off the kitchen counter is filling a spray bottle with water. Whenever you catch your dog crawling up the kitchen counter, spray some water and he will run for his life!

On a serious note, to keep the dog away from your vegetable or flower patch in the garden and furniture, you’ll need to take a few concrete measures.

  • Cayenne Spray: You need to add 1 part of cayenne and 10 parts of water and spray this liquid mixture over the problem areas. Do not make the mixture too concentrated as cayenne can harm the sensitive nose of Rover. Cayenne irritates the eyes, nose and throat of dogs and therefore the dog will avoid it. Try making a potpourri containing cayenne pepper powder next to your curtains or sofa. The dog won’t come near it as it will irritate his delicate senses.
  • Ammonia: Ammonia smell repels dogs more than anything else. Soak cotton balls in ammonia and place them in the problem areas. This will keep your dog away from the area.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol, like ammonia repels dogs. Place cotton balls soaked in alcohol in a similar fashion as ammonia to keep the dog away from the problem areas.
  • Citrus: Cut the citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and sweet lime and spread them in the garden area. You can even spray citrus oils over the furniture to keep your dog away from it. Another way is to place slices or peels of oranges and lemons near your flowerbed or vegetable patch. In case of furniture, you can place a glass of lemon water near on a table near the sofa or chairs you want to protect from Rover.
  • Vinegar: Dogs hate the smell of vinegar. They just can’t stand it! Soak cotton balls in vinegar and spread them over the problem areas. You can concoct a mixture of vinegar and lime juice and spray it over the shoes. It will prevent your puppy or dog from chewing it. Never spray vinegar over the plants as it will kill them. Instead, soak coffee filters or blotting papers in white vinegar. Allow it to dry and cut thin strips of the filter or paper. Place these strips around the plants, flowers, vegetables, and areas you don’t want Rover to wander about. This will keep him away and protect your garden or even carpets.
  • Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, cinnamon or sour apple essential oils are a great way to keep your Rover from visiting garbage cans and other problem areas. Mix the oil with water and spray it all over the area you do not want your dog to visit.
  • Mustard Oil: You can spray mustard oil around the places you do not want Rover hovering. This is an effective and safe way to keep away dogs.
  • Chili Powder: If you find Rover chewing up your plants, then sprinkle chili powder around your plants. This is a sure shot deterrent for troublesome plant chewing dogs.
  • Dog Poop: You would have never imagined dog poop to be a useful repellent. If your dog has digging problems, you can place his poop in the problem areas. Dogs do not like to dig their poop out and will refrain from visiting that area. Once Rovers interest in the particular spot begins to vain, you can discard the poop and fill the hole with mud or soil.

Source: Buzzle

Over the years, I’ve had to implement a few homemade dog repellents. I have found that two of the choices from above, the cayenne spray and plain old vinegar, have always done the trick. Of course, every dog is different and has different scents that he/she will react to. As you’re experimenting with homemade dog repellants, you may have to try a few of these methods, until you discover which one your dog reacts to most strongly.

Keep at it. Before you know it you’ll find the perfect scent to dissuade your dog from getting into things that he/she should be getting into. And that will mean more time for the two of you to have fun together, and less time that you’ll have to spend keeping your pet from getting into trouble.

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