10 Tips to Stop Your Neighbor’s Dog from Peeing In Your Yard

Do you have a neighbor that lets their dog pee in your yard? If so, then that’s intolerable.

We know dogs have to pee. But they should be trained to do so in an appropriate place — not your yard!

It’s frustrating to come home from a busy day and see the smell of urine on your property line, right? That’s why in this blog post, we will share seven tips with you that will help keep dog urine out of your yard and where it belongs.

1. Talk With Your Neighbor

First, talk with your neighbor. Let them know that the dog has no business peeing in your yard and ask if they can take care of it or train their pet to do so elsewhere.

Sometimes owners just don’t realize how often their beloved pooch is using your property as a bathroom stop! But by kindly letting them know it’s bothering you, you can encourage them to “solve” the problem for good. Granted, this won’t work every time but there are cases where simply informing someone will resolve the conflict without having gone further than necessary.

2. Put Up a Sign

If you’ve already had the talk with your neighbor and they still aren’t taking responsibility, then perhaps it’s time to escalate. One way is by putting up a sign in your yard near where the pet goes frequently that reads something like: “Please keep your dog from urinating on our property.”

Again, this might not solve everything but it will let them know you are quite serious about getting their attention. You can find pre-made signs or make one yourself — whatever works for you.

The only thing we recommend against doing here is using profanity because that will likely just cause more problems than solutions.

3. Use Dog Repellents

Another option is to use a dog repellent spray or granules in the areas where the animal tends to go.

This will not only keep your property free from stains and odor of dog urine, but it can also discourage them from coming back again later on. How? Well, since dogs don’t like smelling products that smell bad and feel unpleasant, they are less likely to return to an area where they already had a poor experience.

What kind of repellents should you use? There are many brands available out there. So you should research carefully before choosing one — we recommend going for a more well-known product if you aren’t quite sure which one would work best yet.

4. Set Up a Urinating Spot

Another alternative you have is to create a designated spot for your neighbor’s dog to pee in. This way, it will no longer be using your yard as an impromptu bathroom and everyone can get along with one another better.

How do you go about setting up such a place?

Just make sure there are some signs that say “pee here” or something similar which should encourage the pet owner to take their animal there instead of anywhere else where it isn’t wanted.

This tip might not work for every household though. But if all else fails, this is at least worth a try.

5. Install a Fence

If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, then consider putting up a fence in your yard.

That way, no dog can enter your property — and no dogs mean no urine.

For putting up a fence, you might need to speak with your neighbor about splitting the cost. If you both agree on it, you can save a good amount of money. But even if you pay for the entire fence yourself, you should be happy knowing that it will keep dog urine out of your yard once and for all!

Just make sure that the fence isn’t too short. Otherwise, the dog may just jump over it. We recommend putting up a fence that’s at least six feet tall. That way, no animal will be tempted to climb over it to enter your property.

6. Place Citrus Peels In Your Yard

Believe it or not, there’s an organic way to stop your neighbor’s dog from peeing in your yard. How? By using citrus peels! Just place them on the ground and watch as they keep animals out of your property — even if you aren’t home at the time.

Since dogs hate smelling orange peels, they won’t be tempted to enter your property. They also won’t return once their noses have registered that unpleasant lemony scent because doing so isn’t worth dealing with such a bad smell again.

7. Set Up a Camera

Shame is always a great tool for altering human behavior. It can work here too. If people know they are being recorded, they will most likely stop their dog from peeing on your property.

Furthermore, you can use the camera to keep track of which methods are working and which aren’t. This will help you build a solid long-term strategy to keep dogs out of your yard.

8. Get a Scarecrow

No, we don’t mean a literal scarecrow. We mean something that will act as a scarecrow for dogs. What do we have in mind? Well, for example, this motion-sensing owl decoy can scare the heck out of dogs, cats, mice, squirrels, and birds among other animals.

Just make sure to place the scarecrow in the area of your yard where dogs usually go to pee.

9. Buy Ultrasonic Repellers

If you’re not a fan of products that smell bad, then consider trying out ultrasonic repellers instead.

How does an ultrasonic repeller work? It emits a loud sound that’s inaudible to humans but within the hearing frequency of dogs. It will unnerve them and keep them away from your yard without scaring other people or pets nearby.

Ultrasonic repellers can be used for other animals as well. But since dogs don’t like having their hearing disrupted, this method is especially effective for keeping these creatures off the premises where you want peace and quiet.

10. Buy Motion-Sensing Sprinklers

One thing to bear in mind is that there’s no single product capable of keeping all dogs off your property. But if you’re willing to put some money down, then consider buying a motion-sensing sprinkler.

A motion-sensing sprinkler is exactly what it sounds like. It detects when an animal comes into range and shoots out water for several seconds — long enough to scare the creature away from your home.

Not only will this keep dogs out of your yard but also cats and maybe even skunks!

One Last Piece of Advice

No matter which deterrent you use to stop dogs from peeing in your yard, make sure it does no harm. The dog isn’t to blame here. Just like us, they need to pee too. The fault is of the owner for not training their pet to pee in an appropriate area.


  • Nathan Collins

    Having spent years working in the landscaping industry, Nathan Collins has cultivated a wealth of knowledge about the natural world. He is committed to helping others appreciate the beauty in their backyards, whether it's through identifying rare rocks and minerals or crafting the perfect landscape.

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