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What Smells Deter Dogs?

Citrus and vinegar are examples of smells that deter dogs. When you're looking for a way to keep your dog away from certain areas in and around your home, one effective method may be applying a scent that dogs don't like. There are many things you can try, but it may take some trial and error to figure out which deterrents will be most effective with your pets.

Some Deterrents Are Dangerous 

When searching for ways to deter dogs, keep in mind that some suggested methods can be dangerous to pets. These include ammonia, some essential oils, and citronella. Since there is so much conflicting information online, it's a good idea to check with your vet if you're not sure if a particular item is safe.

Examples of safe deterrents include:

  • Citrus Peels: You might love the smell of a fresh orange or other citrus fruits, but your dog doesn't. To try this simple, natural solution, simply pulse citrus peels in a food processor to release the oils and sprinkle them around the area of your yard you want to keep dog-free. You can also bury the peels under some mulch to keep them in place.
  • Vinegar Sprays: Fill a spray bottle with water and add two or three tablespoons of vinegar. You can also place vinegar-soaked cotton balls around the forbidden areas. If you don't mind the smell, you can also use the vinegar-soaked cotton balls indoors. 

Another option is to purchase repellent sprays that are available at most retail pet stores. If the natural remedies and store-bought sprays don't seem to work, seek advice from a reliable animal behaviorist who will be able to give you tips about curbing unwanted behaviors.

Whether you're trying to keep dogs from stomping through your garden or from jumping on the furniture, with a little patience, you'll find the solutions you need.   

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