dog digging lawn

26 ways

to get rid of a pest dog

Dogs are great pets, friends, pals, who dedicate themselves to responding to human needs.


BUT…sometimes dogs do things that we won’t tolerate. Such as:

  • When the neighbors Jack Russell terrier digs holes in your lawn.
  • When your neighbors dog leaves his droppings on your lawn.
  • When the neighbors dog sprays and marks every bush you have as his own.
  • When a wild dog or wild dogs attack and kill your pet(s) and frightens your kids and you worry for their safety.
  • When a dog rips up your garden for fun or while chasing your cat.
  • When a dog chases the deer you are feeding.
  • And the worst case, when that barking dog next door never ever stops barking.

Yes dogs can become a pest.

Then even the cutest dog or cat can become a pest, and you need to do something about it. How to get rid of a dog or how to stop or how to repel it…that is what this is about.

Here are 26 techniques, some organic and natural, some are not.

We have listed things you may want to consider that others have used successfully…but be warned…you or the owner won’t like these suggestions, but like it or not, they are the basic options you must consider.



1. Call your neighbor and ask them to control their dog and wait to see if they will. This is the best option, is free, and you can do it yourself.

2. Clap your hands and yell to scare it every time it arrives.

3. Purchase a boat signal air horn for about $10 and blast it at the animal. They are very loud, very portable, and can be pointed directly at their ears. Pest control using a sonic blast.

4. Give the dog a bad taste. Purchase a pest control product that deters by giving it an unacceptable usually bitter taste when he chews or smells his next target. These products are either liquid to spray or granules to put around and are available in farm and garden stores.

5. Purchase a motion sensing scarecrow to spray water at it each time it arrives.

6. Purchase a directional sonic shock wave and/or strobe or visual dog repelling device that the dog will activate and send the dog running away. Available sometimes locally.

7. Spread a dog repellent along your property line or garden or both.

8. Get a nastier or bigger dog of your own.

9. Put up a fence around your property.

10. Pay your neighbor to put an invisible below ground electric fence on their property that gives a dog a shock if he crosses over it. This is the top dog pest solution used nationwide.

11. Complain to the police. If a second time is needed, consider filing a complaint with them stating your need for a solution.

12. Call the City or County catcher or pest control company that specializes in wild animal control and other types of wild animal trapping.

13. Trap the dogs. Purchase a live trap and bait it with canned dog food. After trapping them, take them to the local humane society. Do not relocate them to a remote area. Traps can be quickly purchased in a local farm or pet store.

14. Shoot it. The choice of last resort, which if done, must be done safely. Shooting ranges from a pellet or BB type gun to sting the dog and scare it or possibly to a firearm that will dispose of the pest.


15. Call your neighbor and ask them to control it and wait to see if they will stop the it from barking. For example, could they put it inside the house when they are absent? Then call again later…politely, and wait again.

16. Email your neighbor. Send them a note asking for their coöperation to stop the barking.

17. Search for, find, and Print any article about “stop dog barks” and put it in the neighbors mailbox along with a kind note requesting they address the never-ending barking.

18. Bribe the dogs. Give him some treats only when he is not barking. Tell him no when he barks.

19. Shame the dog’s owners. Video the dog barking and send it to You Tube. Be certain to include the owners email if possible so that they are included in any responses. Perhaps this will cause them to take the initiative to stop them from barking.

20. Give your neighbor a dog neck collar training device and the batteries for it on their anniversary with a card that says…Please. “We need some quiet next door”.

21. Or you could give them a muzzle to use on the barker.

22. Tape record the barking with date, time, and duration and give a copy of that recording to your neighbor and ask them to remedy the barking problem.

23. Spray the dog with a water gun or hose. Not to kill the dog but to scare or upset the dog and associate the “hit” with the barking. Best done when the neighbors left it outside and you are dead certain they are not home.

24. Call the police. Explain the problem. Ask if there any ordinances that are being violated such as sound or  health or an unlicensed kennel ordinances, and can a violation citation be issued. If not, could the officer talk to the owners on your behalf.

25. Consult an attorney. Perhaps a warning about civil litigation, or other remedies could help resolve the barking.

Last…Item #26…we must state the bottom line for you.

You just might have to move.