Homemade Dog Repellent: How to Keep Unwanted Dogs Away

Homemade Dog Repellent: How To Keep Your Yard Safe From Dogs?

Dogs can be a joy to have around, but they can also pose a threat to your yard. Aggressive dogs may attack plants or dig holes, while others may simply use your yard as their bathroom. So what can you do to keep your yard safe and dog-free? One solution is using dog repellent.

Dog repellents are available in a variety of forms, including sprays, granules, and electronic devices. Most repellents work by emitting unpleasant scent or sound to dogs, encouraging them to stay away from the treated area.

But when there are many options, it can be hard to know which repellent is best for your needs. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some homemade dog repellents you can try to repel dogs from your yard, as well as tips on using these repellents effectively.

Let’s start with how to make homemade dog repellent.

How To Make Homemade God Repellent?

If you are not using a store-bought repellent, there are some homemade dog repellents that you can try. These repellents are safe and easy to make with common household items.


Dogs dislike the scent of citrus, so try using lemon or orange peels in your yard. Simply scatter some peels around the areas you want to keep neighborhood dogs out of and replace them as needed when they lose their scent. You can also make a citrus spray by mixing citrus peels or citrus essential oils with water in a spray bottle.

How to use the citrus spray?

Spray the repellent on plants, flowers, and anywhere else you want to keep dogs away. Reapply as needed when the scent fades. But keep in mind that this repellent may also deter cats and small animals, so use it with caution if you have other pets in your yard.


Another effective homemade dog repellent is vinegar. Vinegar has a strong scent that dogs dislike and can also help keep away other pests such as ants and mosquitoes. The recipe for homemade vinegar solution is simple: mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. You can also add a few drops of citrus essential oil for extra effectiveness.

How to use the vinegar solution?

Spray the repellent in your yard and on any plants or furniture you want to keep dogs away from the yard. Reapply this product when the scent isn’t as strong.


Another option for effective dog repellent is ammonia. This spicy scent is unpleasant for dogs and will discourage them from entering the treated area. Combine water and ammonia in a spray bottle in equal proportions to create a homemade ammonia solution.

How to use the ammonia solution?

Spray the repellent on plants and around the perimeter of your yard. When the fragrance starts to disappear, put more on as necessary. Use this repellent with caution, as it may not only deter rats but also other small animals like cats that you might have in your yard.

Mustard oil:

Dog hates the scent of mustard oil, making it a great option for homemade dog repellent. Mustard oil has a great bonus: it can also repel other pests like ants and roaches.

How to use mustard oil?

You can use the mustard oil directly on plants and areas you want to keep dogs out of or mix it with water in a spray bottle for easier application. In addition, soak cotton balls in mustard oil and place them around your yard to repel dogs. For best results, reapply when the scent begins to fade.

Rubbing alcohol:

One of the simplest homemade dog repellents is rubbing alcohol. The scent of rubbing alcohol is unpleasant for dogs, and it can also help repel other pests such as bees and mosquitoes.

How to use rubbing alcohol?

Soak the cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and place it around your yard or those areas where you want to keep dogs away.

Chili Pepper:

Many dog repellents use capsicum, which is found in chili peppers. This irritates a dog’s skin, especially around the nose area. The discomfort will deter dogs from returning to that spot. You can also try sprinkling common chili pepper powder around an area to repel dog.

How to use chili pepper?

You can directly sprinkle chili pepper powder on plants and around the perimeter of your yard. But if you want to be more precise with the application, mix chili pepper powder with water in a spray bottle and spray it on specific areas or plants.

Coffee grounds:

Coffee grounds can also be used as a dog repellent. The strong scent is unpleasant for dogs, and you can also use it as rodent and cat repellent.

How to use coffee grounds?

Spread the coffee grounds around plants or areas you want to keep dogs away from the garden. For added effectiveness, mix the coffee grounds with vinegar or ammonia before spreading. Reapply as necessary when the scent fades.

Dog poop:

Believe it or not, dog poop or dog urine can also be used as a homemade dog repellent. The strong odor will deter dogs from entering the treated area.

How to use dog poop?

If you want to keep neighbor’s dog away from certain areas, Spread the dog poop around those plants or areas. Make sure to wear gloves and dispose of any leftover poop properly.

Now that you have a few options for homemade effective dog repellents, it’s important to note that these may not work for every single dog. Some dogs may be more determined or have a higher tolerance for certain scents. 

However, using a combination of these repellents can increase effectiveness and deter most dogs from entering your yard.

It’s time to discuss some effective natural ways to keep your dog away from certain areas of the yard or garden.

Six Additional Techniques To Stop Your Dog From Entering The Garden:

If you did not use this homemade repellent, try plenty of ways to keep dogs away from your property without resorting to chemicals or other inhumane methods. Here are six of the best: 

Put up a fence:

Fencing around your garden or specific plants can be a great way to keep your dog away. Please make sure the fence is high enough that they won’t be able to jump over it. Train them to stay out of the garden.

Make your yard uninviting:

Yards with food and water attract dogs, so make sure you don’t leave either of those things out where four-legged intruders can easily access them. Also, pick up any toys or objects that might tempt a dog to come onto your property.

Use noise to your advantage:

Dogs dislike loud noises, so anything from a radio to a trumpet can help keep them away. Ensure you don’t blast the high volume that disturbs your neighbors.

Plant deterrents:

Some plants have strong scents that dogs dislike, such as lavender and citronella. Planting these in your garden will make it unappealing to canine intruders.

Use motion-activated sprinklers:

Motion-activated sprinklers will startle a dog when a dog attacks the yard and will deter him from coming back. These can be found at most home and garden stores.

Use taste deterrents:

Some products have a bitter taste that dogs will dislike, such as bitter apple spray. Spraying this on plants or objects in your yard can discourage dogs from chewing on them.

Overall, it takes patience and consistency to keep dogs out of your garden. So try a combination of these techniques and find what works best for you and your furry friend.


Dogs tend to be a problem in the garden when they dig, chew, and trample on plants. It is important to find human ways to deter them from entering your garden in order to protect both the dog and your plants. Using homemade repellents and alternating techniques, such as fencing and taste deterrents, can help prevent canine intruders from causing damage in your yard. Happy gardening.

Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson

I'm Simon Wilson, and I love beagles. I've been living with and owning beagles for over 15 years now, and during that time I've learned a lot about myself and the beagles. I love to write about my beagle experiences, and I hope that by sharing my experiences, others may find use in my learnings and experiences. Read more about Simon Wilson