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Old 11-07-2007, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I made up a sign today but my wife won't let me put it in the yard. It's shaped like a gravestone with "R.I.P." across the top, a drawing of a dog beneath it, and the words "Last Dog to Poop in the Yard" along the bottom.
The neighbor behind me has that in his front yard.....and he's a dog owner of two dogs who bark for about three hours every weekday morning.
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:57 PM
 
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Anyone had a unidentified (ID still pending) neighbor walk their dog and allow them to do their business on your front lawn, and then leave without picking it up? It's the third time its happened this week.

I made up a sign today but my wife won't let me put it in the yard. It's shaped like a gravestone with "R.I.P." across the top, a drawing of a dog beneath it, and the words "Last Dog to Poop in the Yard" along the bottom.

So, pending the placement of the "gravestone" right where Fido's been doing his business, anyone have another solution to the problem that's worked for you? I happen to like my dea, but I've gotta' keep peace in the family.

BTW, I think the sign looks pretty good. It's made out of 3/4" plywood, about 2 1/2' tall, painted lite grey, and the words are black with dark grey shadow accents. Still, the wife doesn't want it in the yard.

Again, how did you solve the doddie doo problem from an unknown neighbor?
I've had the same problem....it really ticked me off. Don't place the sign, people love thier pets like kids....even if you are spot on they will bear a grudge and feel you have wronged them.

My solution. Put the dog crap on the sidewalk. They will notice and get the point and so will other walkers in your neighborhood that will know who walks thier dog and isn't picking up after it. Someone they know will mention it to them and it will stop.

If you find out who is doing it, throw it on their driveway if it persists.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Oh how I feel for you Garth! I have been there!

What I have tried:

Black pepper
Crushed red pepper
Lemon and Orange peels
A sign
Moving poop to sidewalk
Direct confrontation when caught in the act

They have all worked and not worked to one degree or another.

Like Cil said, the organic deterrents (black pepper, red pepper, citrus) needs to be regularly replaced. Most dogs are repelled by these scents, but some dogs (especially those un-neutered males!) are further determined to scent over your scent ! So, it can backfire .

I defied my husband and put a sign up once. I could not catch the person in the act and they were doing this daily (new neighborhood dog). It worked! For a while, anyway. The poop still appeared on everyone else's lawns, just not mine. After a while, it started to appear on mine again a few times. Still, I'm glad that I embarrassed the owner for a time at least.

Moving poop to the sidewalk is not a good idea. All it does is attract more dogs to poop on your lawn. You need to remove poop as soon as it appears or you'll have more .

Direct confrontation......the best ! I have literally chased offenders down the street with grocery bags in my hand. Of course, you have to figure out when they're doing this, and that's not easy, but sometimes you can luck out. I've had mixed reactions. Teenagers are usually cool about it and will comply and start carrying bags and picking up the poop. Female adults seem to be the worst and I've had some nasty fights over it. I could care less and I'm only happy if they decide to never walk past my house again (problem solved! ). I feel that it only hurts me if I don't say something and I'm not a doormat - I'm a confronter!

Best of luck to you, don't give up, you're teaching a valuable lesson (and remind them - it's not just good manners, it's the law!).
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:40 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Anyone had a unidentified (ID still pending) neighbor walk their dog and allow them to do their business on your front lawn, and then leave without picking it up? It's the third time its happened this week.

I made up a sign today but my wife won't let me put it in the yard. It's shaped like a gravestone with "R.I.P." across the top, a drawing of a dog beneath it, and the words "Last Dog to Poop in the Yard" along the bottom.

So, pending the placement of the "gravestone" right where Fido's been doing his business, anyone have another solution to the problem that's worked for you? I happen to like my dea, but I've gotta' keep peace in the family.

BTW, I think the sign looks pretty good. It's made out of 3/4" plywood, about 2 1/2' tall, painted lite grey, and the words are black with dark grey shadow accents. Still, the wife doesn't want it in the yard.

Again, how did you solve the doddie doo problem from an unknown neighbor?
I happen to like your idea, but think I would try it out on a neighbor's yard first!

One of the coolest things I have heard of is the Scarecrow Motion-Activated Sprinkler. I haven't gotten one, but here is some info on it. It would be fun to sit by the window and watch!

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Old 11-07-2007, 09:43 PM
 
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Thanks everybody. I'm going to have my wife read the thread and let her choose. That way, if something goes wrong, she can't blame me.

I especally like the idea of the sprinkler, but they're all great. Hummm, I wonder if there's a way to set it so it's activaed by the dog on the lawn but it sprays the owner. Geeze, that's bad, isn't it.

Thanks again eveyone!!!
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Old 11-08-2007, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Go buy mass amounts of black pepper and spread it all over your yard..........whe dogs start sniffing around looking for a place to crap, they won't do it in your yard..........the pepper burns thier nose and they run off yelping as if they have been kicked.........this also works in flower beds etc.
I think you could be sued if the dog is injured. You should consult a lawyer for liability concerns before you do something like that.
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:36 AM
 
Location: In a house
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The sprinkler idea is probably the best.....and those work!! I use to get wild critters in my veggie garden so I installed one of those. Worked like a charm!! It doesn't hurt anyone but it sure startles them!! And when it happens more then once they get the idea. Good luck!
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:15 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Warn them once to not trespass on your property, when they do it again make a citizen's arrest, call the police and press trespassing charges.
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:18 AM
 
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I think the sprinkler is a great idea. Unfortunately, we are in a drought and can't use them.
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:32 AM
 
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there will always be someone who doesn't pick it up The pet forum has a couple of threads on this topic. 1 is below.

//www.city-data.com/forum/dogs/...-poo-your.html

I used the signs, and still some thought it was great to let their dog poop a few feet from the sign. I did the polite confrontation, the running out with a ziploc bag for them to pick it up in, and I did the pick it up with a shovel and throwing it in the road near them after they were done and walking away.
The only thing I can think of left to do is put the lil metal stakes across the front of my yard by the road and clip chain from each stake to deter the dog from leaving a deposit on the lawn.

man I feel for ya, and I wish you the best friend
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