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Using Natural Repellents to Keep Away Stray Dogs

According to the 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products association, about 62% of American households have a pet. With 39% of households owning at least one dog, there are approximately 78.2 million dogs that are owned and registered in the United States. Unfortunately, there are a great number of dogs roaming around that do not have the benefit of a loving home.

stray dog repellentIt is impossible to get an accurate count of the stray dog population in the U.S., but the numbers have been rising exponentially in recent years. The ASPCA estimates that the count of stray cats alone could be as high as 70 million.

Due to the effects of urban planning and overpopulation, it is likely that you have, or will have, problems with stray dogs. For many, stray dogs are a small nuisance—digging up your flowerbed or barking into the night—but stray dogs can create serious issues for homeowners. They are infamous for damaging property, preying on livestock, and they can even be a danger to children or other pets.

There are many different ways to handle a stray dog problem. Electric fences and motion detecting spray systems are effective, but expensive. Many people try trapping strays and giving them to the SPCA or pet adoption services, but this is risky and often dangerous. Using natural dog repellents like sprays, liquids, and granules will keep the strays away but won’t damage your lawn or garden.

Dog repellent sprays are safe and cost effective. They contain no chemicals that could be harmful to your family, animals, or the environment. Sprayed all over your yard, or on specific plants and areas, the liquid is organic, biodegradable, and most importantly, nontoxic. The protective agents in dog repellent sprays are made from a unique blend of oils and compounds produced by plants. When the spray is applied to the lawn and garden, it acts as a confusant. The natural, desirable scent of the plant is masked with the smell of the spray’s essential oil compounds, making the plant smell unpleasant to stray dogs, other animals, and even insects.

The spray costs pennies a square foot and leaves no detectable odor behind.

Liquid forms of natural dog repellent are great for protecting large areas; they also help provide the vertical protection necessary for keeping stray dogs away. When it comes to protecting the perimeter of your lawn, it’s a good idea to incorporate a granular dog repellent as well—creating a barrier. Granule repellents work the same as spray repellents, creating an undesirable odor that will keep pets from entering your yard. Using both granular and liquid repellents will help protect the entirety of your yard from stray dogs and other pests.

Cheaper than many alternatives, safe for your family, and safe for your yard, natural dog repellents are an efficient and humane way to deal the strays in your life. The most common forms of stray repellent, these natural sprays and granules can be attained easily and applied safely.

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