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7 Strategies to Keep Neighbors Dogs Out of Your Yard In Texas

Keep Dogs Out of Your Yard in Texas

Guest Blogger Hilary Schultz from Bright Bid Homes, a licensed Realtor in Texas and Florida, joins us to offer homeowner strategies when your neighbor’s dogs keep going into your yard.

Don’t mess with Texas has more than one meaning when it comes to keeping other people’s dogs out of your yard.  Texans get very annoyed when dealing with a dog barking. It worsens when other dogs’ bathroom habits become your yard problem. To help resolve this issue, underpinned by research and robust experience in the Texas real estate arena, are 7 Strategies to Keep Neighbor’s Dogs Out of Your Yard.

Confronting the issue of unauthorized dog visitors in your yard, with dog poop ranking as the sixth most irksome problem, as per a 2010 Consumer Reports survey; tackling the challenge of a neighbor’s dog pooping and peeing in your yard, or even addressing the misdeeds of one’s own dog, requires a considered strategy. This comprehensive analysis offers practical solutions, reflecting perspectives from both homeowners and dog owners.

Strategy 1: Install Warning Signs To Keep Neighbord’s Dog Out Of My Yard 

Clear communication is fundamental to this strategy. Erecting signs with explicit messages such as “No Trespassing” or “Leash & Clean Up After Your Dog” can significantly deter these uninvited dog poop and yard-digging visits. Often, dog owners are simply unaware of the nuisance and damage their digging and pooping dog causes. Thus, these signs serve as a respectful yet assertive means to make neighbors more mindful during their walks, protecting your lawn, garden, or yard from dog poop and peeing, and other related issues.

Strategy 2: Engaging in Neighborly Dialogue 

When you observe your Texas neighbor’s dog pooping on your lawn or garden, initiate a respectful conversation with the dog owner. Open communication often holds the key to resolving pet-related dilemmas. Remember that awkward conversation you were dreading? It rarely goes as badly as your mind imagines. In our experience in Texas housing, most dog owners are genuinely apologetic and willing to be more mindful once the dog poop issue is brought to their attention. Choose a relaxed setting, like a weekend afternoon chat, and focus on clear communication. Share your observations without accusations, offer practical solutions like nearby dog waste stations, and maintain a friendly tone. Remember, fostering neighborly understanding often proves more effective than a dog barking mad.

Strategy 3: Security Cameras To Catch A Dog Pooping 

If discussions are unproductive or met with denial, installing security cameras to catch a dog pooping in your yard can serve as an effective deterrent. The affordability of technology makes this a feasible option for many homeowners with the Ring Outdoor Camera or Google Nest Cameras as great options our team has experience with. Prominent cameras and signs stating, “This yard is under 24/7 monitoring,” can discourage dog encroachment and potential intruders.  This digital dog repellent works wonders as seeing is believing. 

Strategy 4: Provision of Doggy Bags

Inspired by a discussion in a Reddit community, providing doggy bags to dog walkers can proactively address the issue. This considerate act fosters neighborly goodwill and considerably reduces the likelihood of disputes related to dog poop.

Strategy 5: Utilizing Dog Repellents and Deterrents

Capitalizing on a dog’s sharp senses can be strategic. Think of it as an invisible dog-repellent fence. Options include:

  • Garden water sprayers or motion-activated watering systems.
  • Ultrasonic dog repellent (electronic fence).
  • Mothballs.
  • Cultivating plants unattractive to dogs yet non-harmful, like rue, citrus, and citronella.  Here are some plants that dogs don’t like. 

Strategy 6: Fortifying Your Fencing

Regularly inspect and enhance your fencing to stop a dog from pooping on your yard and lawn – or even worse – a dog digging under the fence can cause material monetary damage and be plain ugly to see. This might involve increasing the fence’s height, securing locks, or plugging holes dug by dogs. Well-fortified fence barriers can effectively prevent larger breeds of dogs, like German Shepard, from pooping and digging under your fence and yard.

Strategy 7: Seeking Legal Recourse

When all other strategies fail, considering legal intervention might be necessary. If a neighbor’s dog is persistently pooping in your yard and lawn, causing damage, the dog owner may be liable for yard or lawn repair costs. After exhaustive negotiations, you may seek advice from animal control officials and local attorneys armed with evidence such as security camera recordings or photographs of the damage caused by the dog. Again, we believe any legal recourse should be a last resort option and strongly suggest talking to a real estate attorney who can provide further details on the costs and legal options available. 

At Bright Bid Homes and in our years of real estate experience in Texas, we buy, sell, and manage houses from Dallas to Fort Worth, TX, so we have seen situations where amicable solutions don’t suffice. Our team has managed hundreds of properties throughout Texas, so we know and understand dog owner disputes.  If you’re facing persistent issues with a neighbor’s dog pooping in your yard, and you’ve tried all other strategies, legal recourse may be your next step. It’s crucial to document the incidents meticulously. 

We suggest maintaining a log of occurrences, supported by evidence like security camera footage or photographs, which can be invaluable. Before proceeding, I advise consulting with a legal expert familiar with the local Texas property code and animal control laws to discuss your options specific to your Texas city.  What might be okay in Houston, TX, might not be permissible in a Dallas, Fort Worth suburb.  This not only ensures you’re on solid legal footing but also helps in understanding the potential outcomes of your actions.

In conclusion, addressing the issue of a neighbor’s dog pooping and digging in your yard demands a combination of diplomacy, vigilance, and, occasionally, legal steps. By implementing these stop dog poop and digging strategies, Texas homeowners can effectively mitigate the challenges posed by unwanted canine visitors, ensuring a peaceful and respectful coexistence within the community and your Texas neighbors.

Nicole Packin UW-AAB, SAMP, CCWT, CCFT

Nicole founded The Packin Method with the mission to better the mental, emotional, and physical health of dogs by providing Treadmill Workouts, Canine Massage Therapy, and Bodywork. In addition, offering canine fitness education to pet parents and the community to help balance their pets' lives.

Nicole Packin UW-AAB, SAMP, CCWT, CCFT

Nicole founded The Packin Method with the mission to better the mental, emotional, and physical health of dogs by providing Treadmill Workouts, Canine Massage Therapy, and Bodywork. In addition, offering canine fitness education to pet parents and the community to help balance their pets' lives.

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