Need to know how to keep neighborhood dogs from peeing on plants? Do you live in an HOA community and feel like you can’t do anything about dogs peeing on your flowers? This seems to be a common issue. Many HOAs are very strict about what is allowed and not in each community. But this doesn’t mean that your neighbors can simply allow their dogs to use your yard as their toilet. There are steps you can take to stop dogs from peeing on plants from super simple to a bit more involved.
In this article, I’ll walk through simple hacks you can take to ensure your yard stays beautiful and dog urine and poo-free.
NOTE: While it can be an issue trying to figure out how to prevent dogs from peeing on plants in an HOA, many of these steps apply even if you don’t live within an HOA community.
*Updated: September 21, 2023
Budget Tip: Landscaping can be pricy and protecting it from thoughtless dog owners, doesn’t have to be expensive. You can talk to the offending neighbors or even whip up a cost-effective dog repellent concoction in your kitchen to re-train the peeing dogs (or rather their parents). It’s pennies compared to the amount you might have invested in your landscaping that’s being killed by dog urine. Taking steps to protect your landscape is a budget-wise tip!
What is an HOA community?
In case you are unaware, HOA stands for Home Owners Association. HOAs generally come with a fee. Some are very minimal. Some even have multiple HOAs – a parent HOA and a sub-HOA community, so you pay two fees. The fees are used to pay for such things as used by the community like security, landscaping, walkways, parks, recreation centers, pools, gyms, and basically any public areas are included in an HOA fee.
Thus, the HOA fee is also used to make sure that all those in the HOA community stay within the directed guides with fencing, painting, landscaping, car parking, noise, and the like. For the most part when you drive through an HOA community, you won’t see a pink house or a house that really sticks out from others. There’s an HOA board made of community members who’s responsibility is to enforce the guidelines and bylaws of the HOA. Some people really appreciate living in an HOA because of the perks included in the fees. Others feel that they are too restrictive.
How to keep dogs from peeing on landscaping in an HOA community
As one friend who lives in an HOA has stated it can be a major issue when up to 100 dogs pee in one spot on any given Saturday. That much urine would kill the hardest of plants.
So what can you do? Here are steps to take to find resolutions with your neighbor’s dogs:
1. Read your HOA regulations
Some HOAs are very restrictive and will limit what you can and cannot do to rectify neighborhood dogs ’ peeing on your landscaping. This is good to know before you do anything.
2. Communicate with the dog’s parents
Some people are just ignorant and will do what’s right if given a chance. Although not all dog parents have this view. Some will feel it’s their dog’s “right” to pee wherever he or she feels the need or want to go regardless of the appropriateness.
3. Install dog no potty signs
If allowed by your HOA, put up signage informing people to not allow their dogs to pee or poop on your garden. Sometimes carefully reading your HOA regulations you’ll find that small signs are allowed as long as they are not visible by other homes are positioned in certain ways.
4. Point out or provide alternatives
Sometimes, it’s the location of your yard that is the attraction. For instance, if the neighbor’s mailboxes are on your property, that will cause people and dogs to stop at your yard. This will give dogs a chance to mark or pee in your yard. These then become problem areas. If allowed by your HOA, provide an alternative to that problem area, such as a large rock, post, or decorative yard item that can be sprayed off periodically. The idea is to relocate the urine spray or poo and spare your flowers.
5. Provide your HOA with documented proof of the issue
If you still are having issues with neighbors’ dog peeing or pooping on your landscaping, then document it with your Ring doorbell or other device and send it along with copied sections of your HOA regulations that state that residents must clean up after their pets to the HOA board. Also, include the actions you’ve taken as allowed by the regulations.
6. Train the dogs
Sometimes, as one of my friends has noted “it’s a matter of training the dogs to train their parents.” How do you do that? There are a few options.
Note: Henry doesn’t get into the flower pots or flower beds. I actually lifted him into this barrel. But it made a heck of a cute photo that I just had to share!
Can I train dogs to stop peeing in my yard?
So, you’re asking how to keep neighborhood dogs from peeing on plants? As I just mentioned, there are options. This is where knowing your HOA regulations or what’s allowed in your area comes in handy. The idea is to know what option will fit within your HOA or neighborhood community restrictions.
1. Motion Sprinklers
Solar-powered motion sprinklers are generally fairly cost-effective (normally around $60) and can spare your flowers.
2. Ultrasonic Dog Repellent
An ultrasonic repellent can be an effective deterrent for some dogs and solar-powered ones are priced around $35.
3. Small or Medium Fence to Protect Landscape
While a smaller fence might seem extreme, it could actually enhance your curb appeal and the value of your home. Make sure you select a material that is sturdy to withstand periodic hosing or cleaning as you deem necessary. The cost of this option will vary depending on size and material. It could be as minimal as $60.
4. Install Prickly Bushes or Flowers
How to stop dogs from peeing on flowers? Make them not enticing. Thus, you can stop some dogs peeing on your flowers simply by changing the type of flowers you place in your problem area. Some plants or flowers which may change a dog’s mind are:
These plants will range in price but expect to pay about $20 for a bucket.
Note: Some dogs, will see these prickly bushes as a mere challenge. I have many wild roses, which are VERY thorny, on my property and my dog, Henry, LOVES to try to pee on them. If I turn my back he will get as close as possible in order to put his “Henry was here” mark without puncturing his undercarriage.
5. Change the Smell
Sometimes you can replace those overly saturated flowers with an unpleasant-smelling bush. A good plant to try is called Coleus canina, also known as Dogs Be Gone or Scaredy Cat. But beware, this plant is VERY STINKY. If it is placed where you have high traffic, you could receive complaints from your HOA and end up having to remove it.
6. Dog Deterrent Spray
This can be the easiest option. Although, it doesn’t seem to work on all dogs for whatever reason. But you will have most dogs changing their peeing habit. There are two main types:
Store-Bought Dog Repellent
You’ll want to purchase something called Liquid Fence or Dog Liquid Fence. Again, this stuff STINKS! But that’s exactly what it’s made to do is be a repellent to dogs.
Homemade Dog Repellent
The major plus to making your own repellent (besides cost) is that you can control what goes into it. So, if you notice that most, but not all dogs have stopped peeing on your flowers, then you can adjust the recipe until they all move past your landscape without hiking a leg. The key is to always test spray an area first. Also, NEVER EVER spray a dog or animal with any repellent. It’s meant to go where you want to restrict dogs or animals from certain areas.
NOTE: With either type of dog repellent, you will need to reapply every few days. If it rains, you may need to reapply more often.
How do I make my own homemade dog repellent?
This is the recipe my friend has been using and tweaking as she sees the dogs linger or pass on by her yard. She says it’s the best dog repellent for yard care.
NOTE: Sometimes your HOA board will be your best friend in rectifying your dog peeing situation quickly. Other times the offending dogs belong to HOA board members. In the latter case, you’ll need to make sure you document your steps clearly and thoroughly understand your HOA regulations. The second option is what my friend did and so far she’s had good success.
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Summary of steps to stop dogs from peeing on your flowers in an HOA community
It can be frustrating to see your neighbors allowing their dogs to freely pee on your garden in your HOA community. However, you can take steps to remedy the situation. If one option doesn’t work, such as talking to the dog’s parents, then you can proceed to a sign or even dog deterrent spray. The key is to ALWAYS know what’s allowed by your HOA and what’s not allowed. Within hours of retraining the neighbor dogs and their parent, you’ll see the doggie pee traffic change, and your yard will start to look fresh again.