Homemade Dog Repellents

Got a fear of dogs? While these are man’s best friend you are no doubt not alone in that fear, as these are still ultimately animals with large spikey teeth, lots of muscle and sharp claws. At the same time, even if you aren’t afraid of dogs, you may still not necessarily want them urinating on your plants, leaving presents in your front drive or trying to eat your hamster so there are lots of reasons to try and keep them away from you or off of your property.

If you want to keep bugs away from your skin when you’re on holiday or sitting in the sun, then you use insect repellent. So it is only logical then that in order to keep dogs and puppies away you would use a dog repellent. And the good news is that you can make these repellents using items found around the home. Here are some suggestions:


This is the most commonly used and effective form of dog repellent and you can use it to clean your wooden furniture and other things you want to keep your pups away from. This will damage your plants if you use it in the garden however.


Apparently dogs aren’t fans of oranges or citrus which is due to their strong sense of smell. If you scatter some oranges in your flowerbed then, this can help you to keep dogs off of them. Likewise if you don’t want your dog to climb up onto your furniture, then you can achieve this by standing a glass of water with a slice of lemon in it just nearby.

Cayenne Peppers

Cayenne peppers aren’t harmful to dogs, but they will irritate their eyes and nose so this is a good option if you need something a little more heavy duty than citrus. Grind up the peppers and just scatter them around your garden or one whatever else you want to make off limits.


Dogs also don’t like the smell of vinegar. It’s not suitable for use on your plants because it can be damaging here, but you may nevertheless want to use it elsewhere.

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  1. I have a dog problem that I'm trying to deal with in a "natural" way. I'm still experimenting and testing, but I will tell you without hesitation – vinegar had NO EFFECT in keeping the dogs from using my backyard as their toilet.

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