How to Keep Neighbor’s Dog From Pooping in My Yard?

A neighbor’s dog can be very annoying. Some dogs are constantly barking, while others are just plain loud. Others may dig holes on your lawn or eat your flowers. Regardless of what they do, there is one thing that most people detest: the neighbor’s dog pooping in the yard. There are several things you can do to keep a neighbor’s dog from pooping in your yard.

How to Keep Neighbor's Dog From Pooping in My Yard

1. React calmly

Although the instance may upset you, reacting irrationally or with anger will not be helpful. Instead, take some time to calm yourself down before taking any action.

If it is a one-time occurrence, you probably don’t need to confront anyone. You can simply clean up the poop. Use a plastic bag or other material, making sure your hand never touches it, and toss it in the trash. Then wash your hands thoroughly to ensure that no germs transfer over.

However, if it keeps happening, then you’re going to want to do something about it. You have a few options.

2. Talk to the neighbor

When it comes to what to do when a neighbor’s dog poops in your yard, the best thing to do is talk to the owner of the dog. If you know what dog is the culprit, then calmly approach the owner.

If you know them well enough, simply knock on the door and ask for a few minutes of their time, then explain in a calm, friendly manner that you’d like to talk about the dog pooping in your yard and what they think would be a good solution. If you’re not sure how they’ll react, you might want to bring up the subject briefly at another time when it’s not such an important issue, so that it won’t seem like an ambush.

Try to avoid upsetting them — this will make them less likely to care. Instead, use “I” statements, like “I noticed your dog has been pooping in my yard, and it is bothering me.” The owner may not be aware, so treat them calmly.

Ask your neighbor if there is anything they can do about it. See if they could put up a fence, or keep the dog on a leash, or only allow them in the backyard. Hopefully, your neighbor will be polite and do their best to remedy the issue. However, if they don’t or can’t, you can turn to your other option.

3. Put up a fence

If talking to your neighbor didn’t solve the problem, consider putting up a fence. A fence will ensure that the dog cannot get into your yard without permission from you. This may not prevent all problems, but it will help keep out some of them, especially if it is a smaller breed such as Chihuahuas or terriers that tend not to jump over fences easily.

You’re also allowed to install a fence around your property as long as it doesn’t violate local laws (some cities have requirements about how high fences have to be or whether they are allowed at all). You can also install sprinklers that go off when someone steps on them.

If there are no solutions that will work for both of you (such as building a fence or having them walk their dog elsewhere), then you should ask if they would reimburse you for the cost of having someone come out to clean up the poop once or twice a week while they’re living there.

4. Use repellents

Commercial repellents are available that will make dogs want to avoid your lawn. These typically contain natural ingredients like cinnamon and black pepper, so they’re safe for kids and pets (as long as they aren’t eaten). Sprinkle these around your property lines and reapply after rainstorms.

5. Involving the law

It’s possible the neighbor will deny that their dog is the one pooping in your yard. In that case, you can ask for their contact information and file a complaint with Animal Control. Explain what’s going on and tell them that you’d like to find a solution (or have them find one).

When it comes to issues like this, the law is on your side. Most states in the US have laws that dogs who are allowed outside must either be fenced in or on a chain/leash. So if your neighbor doesn’t follow this, you can involve the law.

You could call animal control, or hire a lawyer to help you pursue the issue in court. Animal control is the most common option, and they should be able to help. They will ensure that the owner follows all laws, and the issue should resolve.

If your neighbor’s dog is unlicensed, you might be able to get Animal Control to issue a fine. In some areas, you can also file an anonymous report with Animal Control without having to talk to the neighbor first.

Involving animal control can also be helpful if the animal isn’t being properly taken care of. In this case, animal control may take the dog away. This not only solves your problem but helps get the dog a better home, which is better for everyone.

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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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