Natural Dog Repellents - Top 6

By Ameera Mills. July 29, 2019
Natural Dog Repellents - Top 6

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On some occasions, dogs can accidentally defecate and urinate inside the house. But, whether it happens once or often, how can you prevent this from happening again? Are you looking for some effective natural dog repellents for your home to keep your dog from peeing inside? If so, this article is for you!

Keep reading here at AnimalWised to discover 6 effective, safe and natural homemade dog repellents which you can make from the comfort of your own home!

You may also be interested in: How to Keep a Dog From Pooping in Your Yard

Homemade dog repellent

Before applying any dog repellent to areas of your house, it is important to first clean the area which has been urinated and defecated on. When doing this, we always recommend using gloves and a mask. Additionally, we suggest that you avoid the use of bleach or ammonia, since these such produces can in fact encourage an animal to urinate in that same area again. Instead, opt for enzymatic products, which are also much more sustainable for the environment.

Once you’ve cleaned the area well, in the case of urine specifically, you should dry this area with absorbent towels until all liquid is removed. Avoid scrubbing in the case of rugs, curtains or carpets, as this can cause the urine to become more absorbed. Once the urine has dried up, disinfect the area with enzymatic products or with a towel soaked in water and neutral soap.

In the case that your dog has pooped inside, remove the waste using absorbent paper or towels and dispose of them in a closed bag. Then, clean the area well with towels soaked in water and soap, or an enzymatic product.

Once these affected areas have been cleaned correctly, you can apply a natural repellent. Discover our natural homemade anti dog repellents below:

For more, you may also be interested in our article where we discuss why is my dog pooping in the house suddenly?

Best dog repellents

When considering using natural dog repellents it is important to take into account which ingredients and odors are unpleasant for dogs, as they can help deter a dog from going to a specific area of a house.

You must remember, however, that you should avoid using aggressive dog repellents, which can be unbearable and harmful to dogs. For more, read about the household products that can kill your dog, making sure you know what to avoid.

Keep reading to discover our safe homemade natural dog repellents for lawns as well as what smells repel dogs:

1. Lemon, the best dog repellent

Did you know that dog are not big citrus fans? A dog’s nose has roughly 300 million olfactory cells, meaning they can perceive odors 40 times stronger than we as humans can. Therefore, they cannot stand the smell of lemon.

If your dog is urinating or pooping inside the house, squeeze roughly 100 milliliters of lemon juice mixed with 50 ml water and a tablespoon of baking soda. Apply this dog repellent spray over the area and let it act for 30 minutes. Remove the baking soda for a completely natural repellent. Repeat the process as many times as is necessary.

For more, read about the top 10 smells dogs hate.

Natural Dog Repellents - Top 6 - 1. Lemon, the best dog repellent

2. Oranges, tangerines and other citrus

If you don't have a lemon at home, you can opt for other types of citrus fruits, such as oranges, tangerines, limes or grapefruit.

Follow the same dog repellent spray process as above: squeeze the fruit to extract 100 milliliters of juice, mix with 50 milliliters of water and a spoonful of baking soda. Spray onto the already cleaned area and let it act.

For more, read how to get rid of dog urine smell.

3. Repellent for dogs with white vinegar

Are you wondering how to keep a dog to from pooping in your yard or home? Try using white vinegar! This ingredient has disinfectant properties which are accompanied by a strong smell, so it is commonly used as a household cleaner and natural dog repellent.

So if you’re wanting to stop dog peeing in house, mix part hot water with one vinegar in a sprayer. Spray the area with the repellent and leave for 30 minutes. Repeat the process if necessary.

For more, read how to keep a dog from pooping in your yard.

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4. Dog deterrent spray: urinate

Antiseptic alcohol is commonly used to disinfect wounds, and is incredibly effective thanks to its powerful antibacterial properties. In addition, it has a strong smell that is unpleasant for both people and dogs. If you choose this option, however, you should know that it is not a natural dog repellent, and you should keep your dog from licking it.

To keep your dog from peeing inside the house, spray alcohol mixed with water onto the specific area. If your dog is peeing on plants, do not spray this repellent directly onto the plants, but rather onto the pot.

How to keep dog off couch

When a dog accidentally pees or poops on the floor, it’s not that difficult to clean, but when it occurs on material surfaces, cleaning it can prove more difficult. Are you looking for a DIY couch defender? Keep reading here to discover how to keep dog off couch when not home:

These dog repellents are recommend specifically when trying to stop a dog from urinating or defecating on your sofa or bed:

Non-natural option: Hydrogen peroxide

Although hydrogen peroxide doesn’t have an unpleasant smell for humans, dogs find it incredibly uncomfortable and irritating. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with one part water into a spray container. Spray the homemade solution onto your bed or sofa and wipe with water after 30 minutes. When it comes to darker fabrics, we recommend doing a patch test beforehand to avoid discoloration.

Natural option: Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper spray for dogs is another common natural dog repellent.

Cayenne pepper irritates a dog's mucous membranes. You can apply this dog repellent in one of two ways: rub the pepper on the specific area or mix a tablespoon of pepper with water and spray the solution onto the furniture or bed. At AnimalWised we recommend using the second option as it is less aggressive.

For more, read how to stop my dog from climbing on the sofa.

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Aggressive dog repellents: NOT recommended

Regardless of whether you are looking for repellents to stop urinating and defecating in the home or to scare away dogs, it is essential to avoid mixtures and methods that are harmful to dogs. In this sense, you should never the following as anti dog repellents:

  • Naphthalene
  • Hot pepper or chili
  • Products with ammonia
  • Chlorine

Naphthalene is toxic to dogs, its consumption can be fatal. Hot pepper or chili can be incredibly highly irritating to a dog’s mucous membranes because it contains capsaicinoids, components that give it its particular spicy flavor. By using chili, you are creating an incredibly hostile environment and experience for your dog.

Products with ammonia and chlorine are toxic for dogs and instead of driving away a dog, ammonia (which is already present in dog urine) can make your dog believe that there is another dog in its territory. This will actually cause a dog to mark more often.

Find out everything you need to know about dog poisoning here.

How to stop dogs peeing inside

Before you start using dog repellents, it is important that you investigate the reason why your dog is pooping or urinating inside. The most common causes for a dog peeing inside include:

  • Stress
  • Urinary tract diseases
  • Tumors
  • Dominance problems, among other.

If your dog is suddenly peeing inside or pooping inside the house, we recommend consulting your veterinarian to rule out possibility of a pathology.

Now, if your dog has not been properly educated and has always urinated or defecated in the home, this will require training and positive reinforcement. Additionally, it’s important to know that sterilization usually reduces this type of behavior in about 40% of male dogs.

Natural Dog Repellents - Top 6 - How to stop dogs peeing inside

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