Dog Control - How to Keep Dogs Away
Dogs have been man’s most trusted and loyal companion for ages now and why should anyone be looking for ways to get rid of them? People usually are eager to get rid of pests and not pets, but dogs, especially stray or untrained, are capable of creating a lot of trouble in residential areas. Children and the elderly are the most affected, primarily because they are so vulnerable and may not be able to defend themselves when attacked by dogs. However, a more common menace is that of dogs digging up a well maintained garden or lawn, not to mention the fact that those who do not even own dogs land up cleaning dog waste from their lawns and gardens, and have to keep their other pets at a safe distance from the impending danger. This is where dog control comes in to play.
The best possible way to deal with a stray dog menace is of course to call the local authorities for help, but the main concern probably would be to handle the threat from a neighbour’s untrained pet dog, that occasionally wreaks havoc, in a firm yet discreet manner. Here are a few DIY tips to try out before opting to call for help.
Natural boundaries made of thorny bushes or hedges serve to deter dogs from easily strolling into private gardens or lawns. Common plants such as Holly, Roses or even Gooseberry can be used to get the job done. Wire or Picket fencing too would create a neat barrier, and can be decorated with colourful flowering plants to add to the décor of a garden. Using fragile outdoor furniture must be avoided till the area is secured. Fences will of course have to be sufficiently high and strong to discourage dogs from wandering into the secured space.
A sudden spurt of cold water is a sure way to keep intruding pets away from well-maintained lawns and gardens. Sprinklers and water hoses, when used regularly on the straying dog, prove to be quite effective, surprising it and discouraging entry into the premises. It is however difficult to precisely monitor the movement and use the sprinklers accordingly at all times. Motion Activated Spray Away Wildlife Deterrent can help resolve this issue, using a PIR motion detector it senses the presence of dogs up to 10m away and responds by directing a three-second jet of water up to 10m over a maximum arc of 300 degrees. Depending on the area to be monitored and cured, one or more sensors can be used to activate the detterent whenever a movement is detected in the lawn or garden.
There are several dog repellents available in the market including the Cat & Dog Repellent Spray. Repellents are those substances, scents or tastes of which, do not find favour with the dogs. Repellents are available in liquid, granular forms and are generally not harmful to humans or animals, they simply shoo them away. Common ingredients such as vinegar, citrus peels, ammonia, and black pepper effectively double up as repellents, just that they may not really improve the aesthetics of the place, and have to be re-used every time their scents get washed off during rains or regular watering process.
Masking is a technique that is used to diffuse or cover-up the familiar scents of a favourite haunt of the dog. Instead of using pungent odours to deter the dog, masks wipe off or clear the characteristic smells of a place so that the animal no longer feels welcome or comfortable in that space.
Electronic Sound Devices
Motion activated electronic devices that emit sonic and ultrasonic waves, such as the Motion Activated Ultrasonic Garden Pest Repeller which can be purchased from Pest Control Supplies, serve as a powerful deterrent to both straying animals and pets. While preventing the entry of intruders into their comfort zone and pets from their homes, these devices emit sounds that unnerve dogs, discouraging them from straying further into or out of a specific area.
There are several different ways to deal with intruding stray dogs, but the person must not indulge in direct encounters unless in defence. Deploying fences and automated sprinklers and electronic devices are certainly costly deterrent methods, especially suited to those who own homes with garden and lawn space. Repellents, on the other hand, help the urban dweller keep intruding pets away from collectively shared common spaces at relatively low costs. Pet dogs must be trained and handled with care and the intruding stray ones must be got rid of by regularly adopting a suitable method.
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