Neighbor’s Dog Poops in My Yard

21 Aug

One of my neighbors lets his dog poop in my yard almost every day. He has a medium-sized mix, so these land mines are somewhat sizable. I’m not a dog hater (I have two of my own) but I wish he wouldn’t let his dog “go” on my grass. How do I raise this topic without alienating one of my neighbors?
B.C., Carlsbad, CA

Dear B.C.

Most dog owners these days know to pick up after their dogs, whether they’re at the park, on the sidewalk or anywhere else. But there are still some who think that leaving land mines outdoors is okay.

You could try a sign in your yard. I’ve seen one that’s made of wrought iron that is very attractive and small. If you can’t find one like that, perhaps a small sign like the real estate agents place beside the road would do the trick. Be sure the wording is tactful. You might even use humor to deflect any hurt feelings. Say something like, “We love ’em too, but we don’t want ‘piles’ in our yard. Please pick up after your dog.” Or try, “Pick up after your dog, please. It’s only human.” Something that your other neighbors won’t mind seeing every day.

If you don’t want a yard sign (or if that doesn’t get the point across), you might want to have a friendly chat with your neighbor. One friend of mind with a similar situation was able to get a neighbor to stop letting her dogs pee on her grass (it was turning her yard yellow) by getting to know the offender. She’s be sure to be outside getting her mail or pulling weeds as the woman walked by. She would greet the woman, stop to pat the dog, and talk about the weather or the neighborhood or traffic … something they both shared. As they got to know each other, the neighbor stopped letting her dogs make their stop at that particular yard.

If your neighbor is more of a hard case than that (or if you don’t want to invest the time needed for that approach), perhaps a more direct chat would be in order. Greet your neighbor, compliment the dog, then say something like, “I’m trying to keep my lawn in better condition, and I’m training my own dogs not to go on the front lawn. If you could keep your dog from going on my lawn, it would be a big help.”

Your homeowner’s association may be willing to remind everyone of city ordinances concerning picking up after dogs, or even write a letter to the neighbor directly.

Of course, the coward’s way out is to leave an annonymous note at the neighbor’s house stating that dog owners are expected to clean up after their pets. I once got an anonymous note in my mailbox when my grass was pretty shaggy. The note mentioned that neglected lawns bring down everyone’s home values. I was horrified, but my lawn has been mown, walkways edged and bushes clipped ever since. (By the way, don’t put anything in someone’s mailbox; it’s illegal.)

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Posted by on August 21, 2006 in Dog Etiquette


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169 responses to “Neighbor’s Dog Poops in My Yard

  1. Tena

    September 18, 2006 at 10:45 am

    Help, I lived on 10 acres , private I thought. Many times a day our neighbors black lab comes over to poop in our yard. I don’t want to clean up giant piles that are as big as our teacup chihuahua. I have tried different things , calling them , asking them to tie her up, tying her up at my house so they have to come and get her.Any suggestions?

    Dear Miffed,

    I, too, lived on a 10-acre property, surrounded by properties the same size. Outdoor dogs, cats and even the occasional escaped horse roamed from property to property as a rule, not an exception (not to mention deer, foxes and other critters). When you live in a more rural setting, the lifestyle is a little different. When suburban and city folks like me move out to these areas, we often expect our neigbors to act in the same way they did in more urban settings. They simply don’t follow their outdoor dogs around with baggies. They’ve been letting their dogs hang around outside for generations. Remember Lassie? Can you imagine some Yuppie couple coming over and telling Timmy to keep his dog off their lawn?

    You have three choices. 1) Acknowledge that free-roaming dogs are a part of the lifestyle you’ve chosen; 2) Get the county health department involved (although in that big a property, they may not get involved); or 3) fence in your property to keep dogs out. But ask yourself if it’s really worth getting all bowed up with your neighbors over. It seems to me that living with dog droppings is less stressful than tension and battles between neighbors. Think of them as deer droppings and focus your energy on more important issues.

    • tired cat owner

      August 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      I life in a townhouse and have neighbors who own a fat bulldog they bring to my yard to unload. I am thinnking of trying the ultrasonic pest repeller I have seen advertised on tv that keeps racoons and stray dogs out of your yard. I have asked these neighbors to stop bringing their dog to my lawn but have it go on theirs. They got abusively verbal and loudly proclaimed that we all own all of the yards and their dog can go wherever. HAS anyone ever tried an ultrasonic pest repeller for this problem I know that the problem is ignorant owners. Isssue is, I have cat that like to go outside occasionally also.

      • YogaCat

        October 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

        What works for me, is to get the largest, cheapest containter of some sort of pepper – I use Cayenne – and sprinkle it on the areas of your yard where the dog poops.

        I’ve found that dogs don’t poop where/when they can’t smell. The pepper either overpowers other smells, or confuses them.

        Hope it works for you.

        By the way, I wouldn’t let your cat go outside. Your lovely pet could be your neighbors’ hell. I have (indoor) cats – but my neighbor lets her cats out. They have destroyed the screens on my windows (I can’t open the windows without letting bugs in), her cats have banged on my windows while I’m sleeping & woken me up, and the worst part – the “visits” have stressed one of my cats so much, my cat is stress marking in the house. I thought my baby had a medical problem. Nope, many $$$ later, just to find out my cat is stressed. Also, her cats would poop in my yard. My wonderful (but not too bright) golden retriever would eat it…. then proceed to vomit for hours.

      • YogaCat

        October 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm

        Talk about timing – I “treated” a dog poop spot in my front yard today. A neighbor asked what I was doing & I told her. So she brought over her Sheltie, who likes to sniff everything. Her Sheltie wasn’t interested at all. The Sheltie didn’t exhibit any distress, just did not want to stay in the area I sprinkled the Cayenne.

    • Psyco

      February 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      drop poisoned wieners in the area they are shitting, the dog will eat them. problem solved.

  2. ellen

    October 21, 2006 at 11:09 am

    It isn’t a matter of etiquette. Some people just don’t get it. I am desperate. I have stepped in a neighbors dog shit on my driveway when I have gone out to pick up my newspaper. My 7 year old daughter plays out there. I literally shovel 5 to 10 large deposits a day off my driveway area.

    Short of putting down poison what are my options???? Because at this point I am not adverse to using anything that is legal on my own property.

    NOTE FROM MODERATOR: Poisoning the pet is not a legal option. It’s illegal in every state. Besides, poisoning is an agonizing, frightening, painful way to die, and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to inflict that kind of cruelty on the one innocent party in all this: the dog. Any further suggestions of poisoning a neighbor’s dog will be removed from this board. With that said, you still have a problem. Why not take that pile that you pick up every day and deposit it on your neighbor’s front doorstep? If the neighbor doesn’t want it there, then he or she should pick up after the dog. Then there will be nothing for you to deposit on his doorstep. By the way, one dog cannot eliminate 5-10 times a day. There’s more than one dog pooping in your yard. But leaving the gifts at the door of one known offender is a good start. That way, you’ll make him pick it up one way or another. – LW

    • RICH

      July 6, 2009 at 5:26 pm


      • Maria

        September 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

        Dear dog lovers or not! this is not the question. The question is do people have a right to be free of anyone or any animal tresspassing? Over 30 years ago I had 2 6mo. old puppies shot by a farmer. We were not happy to say the least. Much time has passed and my days of animal raising is probably over. I now have a neighbor who also lets her dog run free and shits in my yard. I have done everything to be kind and try to resolve this in a positive way to no aveil. When I think of the 30 min. to scrub with a toothbrush the poop out of the crevases of my shoes I am very angry. I choose not to have an animal for many reasons and should not have to be on the look-out for her dog poop! Even if I had a dog she has no right to not be responsible for hers…I am going to call the pound or what ever it takes except I would not hurt the dog it is notthe dogs fault…Thrilled to have a place to vent! Thanks

      • Linda Horrock

        October 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm

        My neighbor has a Boxer that is at least 75lbs. It is allowed to run loose daily. Not only do I not allow my two grandchildren to play in my yard, but I’ve caught this dog doing it’s business in my yard several times. When I yell at it, the owner comes out & I tell her to keep her dog off my property, & that I’m fed up with it pooping in my yard. She just ignores me, & goes in the house. This has been going on over two years. My husband cleaned up 6 piles the last time he mowed the lawn. I set up a camcorder & I have poof that it runs loose, but I haven’t had it on when the dog poops in my yard, which it still does. I found a fresh pile this morning. I don’t want to hurt the dog, I couldn’t, plus it’s not the dog’s fault. I have thought about the same thing as you, putting a laxative in some meat, so the dog would poop all over their house. I’ve contacted the authorities, & they said that they will go to their home & give them a warning. First I’m going to have all the proof I need recorded, & give the officer a copy.

      • YogaCat

        October 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm

        Linda, try sprinkling cayenne pepper where the dog likes to poop, or where he “enters” your yard.
        I use Cayenne & recently got to watch a neighbor “test” it on her dog (who likes to sniff everything). The dog wasn’t interested in staying anywhere around the cayenne & it didn’t hurt her. My neighbor is going to start using it too.

        Hope this helps –

    • Jack R.

      March 13, 2010 at 9:36 am

      My dog definitely pooped six times in one day. She might have been a little backed up but it is possible for a dog to eliminate six times in a day.

    • a dog

      July 14, 2011 at 1:46 am

      maybe she meant poison the owner. what dog is responsible for crapping in your yard?

    • Jules

      November 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Transferring the poop back into the yard of the dog owner will just get you into trouble. They can have you fined for defacing their property – even it if was with their own dog’s deposits.

      • Pop Schlepp

        July 24, 2012 at 11:02 am

        But they’re allowing their dog to deface his property. What’s the difference?

    • Lynne

      July 29, 2013 at 1:29 am

      Not suggested. I tried this once. My neighbor went ninja on me. It was frightening.

  3. jeri

    December 16, 2006 at 12:32 pm

    Same problem, exect they were leaving them allover the neighborhood.. I have spoken to them nicely, they act like they will stop, but don’t. I finally called animal control and they talked to the people. Now they are mad leave every poop on my lawn and their 6 month Rottweiller is getting big and leaving large deposits. I am intimidated by these people and don’t know what to do.

    • Sean

      June 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm

      I have decided to just clean up the poop myself, even though I don’t have a dog. It’s not fun, but it keeps the peace.


        April 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

        That’s a noble attitude. Wouldn’t hurt if you did it when your neighbor could see you doing it.

  4. Lorenzo

    January 1, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    I live in a townhome community and my immediate next door neighbor has 2 dogs. Their 2 daughters got them a few years ago as a gift from a grandparent.

    The two daughters never walk the dogs and keep them in kennels in the basement. They only bring them out when they have to do their business. Now this is where the problem comes in. Since they do not walk the dogs and we live right next door, the girls just walk around and have them urinate and poop in our yard and their yard and never pick them up.

    I have spoken to their parents numerous times and this last time we got into a shouting match regarding this issue. We have ironed out the situation and they promised again to talk to their daughters and make sure that they pick up and do not have their dogs urinate in our lawn as it turns it yellow.

    We are at our last nerve. We don’t know what else to do. We do not want to loose the neighborhood friendship with have with the parents. My wife got into a shouting match with the older daughter who is 15 years old and it was nasty. I don’t want that anymore.

    I have mentioned this to the homeowners associate and they did a blurb in the newsletter and that did not work.

    I just want it to stop. Please help us.

    • Dani

      January 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

      I’m having a similar experience, except I can’t get the dog owner’s to admit that they’re doing it. Most HOAs have a fine for the dog owner’s who let their pets go in others lawns. Check the HOA agreement; if it’s in there, the HOA has to abide by it. Also, you can go to small claims court to collect damages up to a certain amount.

      • Dog Toys And

        February 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

        Nothing works like video evidence. Even if you have to take a day off work, isn’t it worth one day to end the problem? Watch their face when you tell them you have them on video doing it. Alternatively, the lazy man’s way of doing this is to post a sign saying that your yard and theirs are under video surveillance. I’ll bet it stops that day.


      April 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Why not get a printed copy of the local regulations? Hang them from your neighbor’s door with a rubber band. Every day that you find the dog poop in your yard. Every. Day. : )

    • Lynne

      July 29, 2013 at 1:32 am

      I just moved. It took me several moves to finally find peace. There are some real jerkoffs in this world. I just try not to be one myself

  5. Angry Neighbor

    January 23, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    I live in a townhome community and I have the worst neighbor ever!! She lets her huge black lab poop in our yard. I have recently confronted her about it and she started raising her voice at me telling me that she can’t bend over! Well then lose weight fatty! and my mom watched her pick the poop up in my yard while she was standing there. But, the very next day she let her dog out (always without a leash) and it always seems to poop right in my driveway or where my 4 year old sister plays in the snow! I am about to pick the poo up myself and put it on her front door step!! This is what we all should do and teach these stupid people a lesson!

    • Response

      June 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Yes. You should. It would teach her a valuable (and humorous) lesson. You could drive the message home by individually wrapping each “gift” her dog leaves you with a note attached saying something along the lines of, “From Fido. I hope you enjoy this as much as your neighbors do.”

    • CL

      August 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      I have the same problem. I live on a corner lot and people walk their dogs past my property on both sides of the house and some would let their dogs eliminate on my property, after a while I just started picking up the stuff with my hand shovel and tossing it right where they walk. It works for a while, then when it starts happening again I toss it out on the walk way again.

      I know it seems strange but when they step in doggy poop they get it! 🙂

      Remember the saying “human beings don’t change until it gets so painful that we have to change”.

      Stepping in dog poop is painful on many levels.

      Good Luck Everyone

      • terrick2010

        September 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

        That is a great ideal. I live on corner lot also. A few of our neighbors let their dogs run free on the weekends because the 311# to call to report them is close on weekends. Go figure. I don’t understand why they do this? I would be afraid they would get hit by a car….I have two dogs of my own that do not run loose, and they don’t bark!

        I think I will toss poop on the sidewalk. Great Ideal.

  6. mat smith

    February 4, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    ive heard that putting chilli powder down on your lawns for a few weeks will sort out the dog eggs problem, just coated my lawn tonight to give it a try.

  7. Diane

    March 1, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    I recently moved into a neighborhood that has very few fences. As I have two dogs who are used to having the freedom of lounging in a fenced yard, I knew I would be putting in a fence. My house is on about .5 acre, so I planned on only fencing a portion of the yard.

    When I moved in, I had noticed a portion of my back yard was full of dog (I assume) poop. The house had been vacant, so I cleaned up the poop and assumed the offending owner would get the message. However, I soon learned my next door neighbor always let her dogs out her back door unattended. They would go straight to the same portion of my yard and do their duty.

    As a result, I chose to put a fence around the entire back yard, figuring I would nip the problem in the bud. Now, my neighbors dogs are using a portion of my front yard.

    Please provide some friendly, yet firm, opening lines and additional statements I can use to approach this neighbor.

    Also, is there anything safe and natural that can be sprayed or sprinkled on the ground (I have pine trees and a pine needle yard instead of grass) to discourage the dogs?


  8. The T Man

    March 3, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    I had a similar problem. I told my neighbor that I didn’t think he’d appreciate it if my little boy took a dump on his front lawn every morning, so why did he think it was ok for his dog to do the same thing to my lawn every day. The problem stopped…at least in my yard anyway.

  9. Mary

    March 7, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    I had a neighbor a few years back that was doing the same thing. They walked their dog when they got home from work the same time every day. So I went out one day as they were letting their dog crap in my front yard. I told them that it was my yard and asked them not to have their dog come into my yard and crap. The owner said that his dog would go where he needed to and there was nothing I could do about it. So I said, “do you know I am the one with the 4 show dogs, Ridgebacks?” He said, “Ya I know.” I then said “if this is a free country and dogs can go where ever they want I am telling you in advance that the next time I see you let your dog come in my yard and crap I am going to take all four of my very large dogs down to your yard and let them do your business. How does that sound?”. He left in a huff and never had his dog come up in my yard again. He walked it across the street and it starting going in the yard across the street first and then the common property. From that I guessed those neighbors complained so he kept his dog in the street until he reached common property and then let him go. BTW the housing association rules clearly state that when you dog goes on common property you are to pick it up and dispose of it in proper trash cans.

  10. meme

    March 12, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    I have heard crushed red pepper works and I am going to try it for the black lab next door who poops in our yard, but if that doesn’t work putting the crap on their door step or driveway is also a good idea.

    MODERATOR’S NOTE: We discourage leaving any sort of substance for a dog to injest. Not sure what crushed red pepper will do, but it will be very unpleasant for the dog to eat. It may prevent him from eating anything in your yard again, but will likely not have any effect on him pooping in your yard. Using health code violations and leash laws to get your neighbor in compliance is a more effective tactic and does not cause stomach upset to the dog. – LW

    • Anonymous

      November 16, 2010 at 10:51 am

      Using health code violations and leash laws to get your neighbor in compliance is a more effective tactic . . .

      BS. When you live in a condo and you constantly have new neighbors moving in with dogs, take matters into your own hands.

    • Uomo Del Ghiaccio

      February 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

      A little common sense should be exercised. The comment is referring to using CRUSHED red pepper which is the size of course ground black pepper, not huge chucks of pepper. The procedure is to sprinkle it into the grass which then falls to the ground.

      The dog would need to lick the grass for quite some time to consume enough CRUSHED red pepper to get an upset stomach. If the dog licks the grass to get the pepper then it will not deter this dog anyway. In reality the dog will not be able eat the CRUSHED red pepper, but instead will smell it and hopefully be discouraged from choosing that spot to eliminate.

      Now I’m not sure if this will work or not. My dog loved tabasco sauce and black pepper and would not have been deterred in the least. We discovered this weird fact when we left some grilling supplies on the deck and he got into them. By the way he never got an upset stomach by consuming an entire tabasco sauce bottle and chewing apart a pepper shaker. He lived a long 15 years after this incident when he was a pup.

      My problem is that since my dog has died last spring, it seems that all of the neighborhood dogs (5 dogs – 4 owners) are using my front yard (city lot) as their favorite spot. I also seem to be receiving numerous other contributors talking a stroll in addition. My next door neighbors (2 dogs) do pick up once or twice a week, but there are always piles all over.

      I tried a natural animal repellant spray that really stinks, but my wife and I like to sit in the front yard and read. Neither situation we great we have either poop smells or the stinky repellant.
      The CRUSHED sounds interesting, but I doubt that it will really work.

  11. CrazyMad

    March 14, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    I’m on 20 acres, none of which I can enjoy! The guy next to us has 4 dogs running loose at all times. One of them is a vicious dog that won’t even let us drive..(much less walk) down our driveway without going through hell. The neighbors on the other side have a whole bunch of dogs (all loose) that poop on my property and only my property. I’m in country dog hell! Let’s just say my child is outside and gets mauled down by on of these crazy hellyins…Then what?? No one cares unless a child gets hurt, but why let it get to that point? There has to be something I can do. I’m all for animal rights, but what about mine?

    • nomsa bhiya

      May 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      i have 4 german yard is fenced.i trained them not to get out of the yard when gate opens.Neibourhood children normaly throw stones and provokes my dogs,the dogs get very day on my arrival from work opened the gate to drive in ,angry dogs shot out like a bullet and attacked neighbour’s child.i then discovered that there were many stones on my yard until to my doorsteps. does my neighbour has the right to contact spca to take away my dog?can spca take away my dogs on the instructon of my neighbour?

      • joseph

        October 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm

        my neighbour is a jerk he lets his children throw rocks at my dogs and when i ask him to stop they continue the same thing happend and they took my dog away try to cover it up in any way without proof they have nothing on you try to get your fence closed off and very tall so they cant throw any rocks at them or you can even put a doble gate in so they cant escape again

    • Lynne

      July 29, 2013 at 1:38 am

      Set a humane trap. I caught 4 cats one after another. Took them all to animal control. Cost owner $200 each to get them out of jail. Problem solved.

  12. donna

    March 16, 2007 at 11:33 am

    My neighbor has a dog that constantly poops on side of our house. We ahve a dog but he he is always on a leash and alwsys poops inour backyard. Her 2 kids are out front with the dog roam free, no leash. She evens knows it and said she will pick up Jesse’s poop but never does. Any suggesions.

    • joseph

      October 20, 2010 at 8:34 pm

      get a fence but if you cant because they wont alow you to then you need to get signs and tape them letting there dog do thay then take it to court showing evedence of signs and videos and they can make them clean it but if you want a peacful thing then talk to them if there nice

  13. Chris

    March 17, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    I turn on my lawn sprinklers everytime I see my neighbor’s dogs in my front yard and it works. They hate getting wet and I am hoping my neighbor will get the hint.

    • dave

      March 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      What about those horrible cats that run free! Their poop is the worst smelling ever. the dogs like to roll in it. grosse why do dogs need a lisc and cats dnt?

  14. kip

    March 24, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    So we just bought a house in urbano. Well there is a rot and german shep next door. Our house was left empty for a few months before we bought it. Will.. the hole bunch comes over a poops in our yard. Oh Man when the snow melts…. well I need to say no more! Pics our in order. well i caught the bunch in yard today and confronted the owner. He said it wasn’t his dogs.. Hhaha I just watched them do it in my yard and the owner has totally denied it. Now what? I called the animal control. But what will they do? nothing!
    Help!!!!!!!!! what do i do? I don’t want to make a mess of our new home. But for god sake we spent everything we had on the place. I very pissed about all this!

    Can i catch the dogs on my property and take the to human soicty. Or i don’t have the right to do this!
    Oh crap! lol any hints out there?

    • joseph

      October 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      throw the poop in there yard and deny doing anything and then they will get the hint but dont get caught

      • CL

        August 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm

        Yup 🙂 You got it Joseph.

  15. Pat

    March 31, 2007 at 11:14 am

    I’m at the end of my rope with my neighbors. I’m tired of coming out of my car and stepping on dog poop. I want to sue him for every pair of shoe that I ruin from stepping on his dogs mess.
    What do you do when they just refuse to listen to you? Once their dog chased my daughter around the car and now she fears dogs. My husband yelled at him and told him there was a leash law and if he doesnt follow it that we are gonna call the cops on him. The neighbors response was, “Oh, you dont wanna do that!!”
    Last summer they used their backyard as a training area for pitbulls. They had between 10-15 dogs coming around. I called the cops everytime this happened but the cops showed up after everyone had left.
    I complained to the owner of the house and he said he was gonna put a stop to the fighting but now I think their way of getting back at us now is by having their dogs poop all over our lawn and having them run around without a leash.
    In my case, talking with neighbors doesnt work, it only causes more drama.
    I will try the chile pepper to see if that works but there has to be something else I can do.
    Any other suggestions?
    Is there a site that I can go to that has all the dog laws for Illlinois? Maybe I can print it out and send it to my neighbor.

    • CL

      August 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      Years ago I had the same problem I was intimidated by the neighbor and he was abusive to his dog and taught his dog a (rotwiler) excuse my spelling) to be agressive towards people.

      I started collecting the poop and rather than just throwing it back in his yard I would toss some in the front and back yard and in areas where I knew he would walk. LOL . :0 I made sure he did not know it was me because he was a very violent person. 😉

      I love all animals but one day the dog went after my girl friend and I ran towards the dog directly at him and yelling I was preparded to what I had to but thank goodness for all of us the dog retreated.

      I have the same poop problem today but with different neighbors and so far they are not violent, thank goodness. I use the same actions (strategic poop tossing) to get the point across because it gets the messege across.

      We are like parents and animals are like children and are innocent some parents should never have children or pets.
      Remember pets are children don’t punish the children, punish the parents.

      I love those who love animals and I love animals


  16. darlene

    April 3, 2007 at 12:42 am

    i live across from two neighbors, they both have a lot of dogs, i don’t have any, their dogs shit in their own yard,they just leave it, but when the wind blows, it stinks, all year long, i hardly go outside, all you can smell is dogshit, don’t people without pets have any rights?

  17. Sherry Collins

    April 5, 2007 at 11:42 am

    To the people suffering with antisocial neighbors… I HAD the same problem. I like a nice lawn and I work in my yard pretty much daily and found dog mess each and every time I went out there. My neighbor said it was not their dog. They said there were lots of stray dogs running through the streets.

    Anyway, I called animal control on my neighbor and they were left a warning. Exactly one week after I called Animal Control, they let the dog out again. I picked up the dog poop and threw it back into their yard. Unfortunately, some of the poop landed on her car. I then knocked on their door at 6:30 A.M. on my way out to work and very loudly told her to keep her %$$%^&& dog out of my yard.

    Everything has been quiet . As long as you are the frustrated and angry party, your neighbor will not care. You have to show them what it feels like to have dog mess in unwanted places like their front porch, windows, car, or whatever you can hit. Law Enforcement will back you up because their is probably a restraint law in your area.

    Yes, people without pets have rights. Check the small claims court rules in your area. You can sue them for damage to your property, trespassing, preventing your enjoyment of your personal property.

    One other thing you can do is to wait for the dog to get right in the middle of pooping and then throw a bucket of cold water on him. He won’t come back too soon for that kind of treatment.

  18. kip

    April 7, 2007 at 12:38 am

    Hey! Well, to add to my above coment, I have a update. I called the Animal Control office and they came they say they need some kind of proof, like a picture with time and date. So, I said ok. I got a DVR with motion detector cameras set up.
    Hahah! Now I’ve recorded all 3 dogs from next door crapping in my yard. I also got the owner in my yard trying to retrieve his beloved pets. With this setup, I can grab my USB flash drive and put the video on it and deliver it to Animal Control.

    My yard is getting cleaner as the snow melts. Kip

  19. Linda Crane

    April 19, 2007 at 10:02 am

    I love dogs and have two beautiful, well-behaved Samoyed dogs. We have a large chain link fenced backyard and a beautiful lawn. My neighbors have a male husky dog which will not urinate in their fenced-in backyard – he urinates into my yard through the chain link fence – all the time! Therefore, I have a 12 to 16″ area, the full length of our shared fence that smells of very strong urine and the grass has died. My dogs don’t urinate along the fence. A couple of weeks ago, I caught the neighbor’s dog urinating on one of my dogs when they were standing near the fence! My neighbors know I’m not happy about this, but have not done anything to try to alleviate the problem. Any suggestions as to sprays, landscaping ideas, anything???

  20. Angie

    April 22, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    I live in a townhome. I own, but my neighbor rents their house.
    They have a large dog they just leave on the patio. (we have no yards)
    It’s on the patio all day chained up.
    It’s not taken out on walks and just urinates and defocates on their patio.
    Then they hose off their patio and wash all the urine out their front gate…which is RIGHT next to our gate. So everytime I walk out our gate there is that stagnant puddle of dog piss right outside their gate and it SMELLS!!!
    I have hosed it and hosed it and poured bleach on it and the smell just lingers.
    I dont want anyone who comes to our house to walk past that!!!
    Is there a law against any of this?????

  21. Bob

    April 27, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Gather up the poop and put it where you KNOW the owner/offender will be likely to step in it.

    Buy ex-lax candy, stuff them in pieces of meat and leave them where the dogs are crapping.

    Lots of dogs like to go to the same spot. If they eat a couple of these, they will have the accident where it BELONGS, in their yard. The runny stuff is much harder to pic up!

    MODERATOR’S NOTE: We do not condone giving dogs laxatives. You know how bad you feel when you’ve got diarrhea; the same thing happens to the dog. It is not the dog’s fault that the owner does not control where the dog does its business. The dog should not have to suffer digestive upset because of a neighbor who’s frustrated at the dog’s owner. It’s better to pick up the piles and leave them for your neighbor to deal with.

    • phil ruocco

      September 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      The moderator is a candy ass liberal piece of shit.Call up the nearest Chinese restaurant the next time an unwanted mutt comes over.a well placed tranquilizer dart and it’s pork fried dog for everybody.

      • Ron Paul

        August 23, 2011 at 11:05 pm

        Well said!! I could not agree more. A paintball gun keeps my neighbor’s dog in its own yard. If not, the mutt goes home yelping and yellow with paint!!

  22. JB

    May 23, 2007 at 12:24 am

    I AM A RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER who is sick and tired of IRRESPONSIBLE dog owners! I recently moved to a new state into an apartment. I have two large dogs which I walk daily and always pick up there poop! PROBLEM: Apt. neighbor next store is a complete jerk. He leaves his patio door open and his dog comes and goes as it pleases. The dog is not leashed nor attended. You never know when this dog is going to appear. One of my dogs wants to go after this dog but I won’t allow it because I’m sure that I will get the vet bill. I have called the managing office, the police and the humane society. The jerk is finally being evicted not because of his dog but because he goes into the managing office and curses them out! He says that there is a leash law that the dog has to have a leash but doesn’t say that he has to be holding the other end. I provided the office with a copy of the local ordinance that does state “a competent adult must be securely holding the other end.” IT IS RIDICULOUS THOUGH that responsible people have to put up with irresponsible people but we have to do it all the time. Irresponsible dog owners, irresponsible drunk drivers, irresponsible parents, irresponsible criminals, irresponsible drug addicts, irresponsible smokers, etc. WE SHOULD BE SEGREGATED BY OUR ABILITY TO BE RESPONSIBLE.

  23. Lillie m. Jones

    June 4, 2007 at 9:49 am

    I am having the same problem as the other person,”person” about dog poop talking to the neighbor doesnt work you have to take action. red pepper, ammonia, lime would help the dog forget in territory. try that and see if that work.

    Mrs. Jones

  24. AM

    August 1, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    My neighbor (in the house directly behind us) just moved in one month ago and has a medium sized dog that he lets roam around in our yard. Although he does try to pick up the dog poop in our yard, sometimes he misses. The dog also urinates in our yard, which obviously can’t be cleaned up. What irritates me is the fact that I have a 12 month old son who isn’t walking yet, and since our neighbors have moved in, I don’t feel I can let my son crawl around in the urine-laden grass that used to be MY BACKYARD. I have spoken nicely to our neighbor about this concern, and his response was that he “guesses he’ll have to put the dog in the house or on a chain.” Isn’t an electric fence a better option?

  25. samuel stoneware

    August 10, 2007 at 4:16 am

    Two things I did:
    (1) After talking with the owner the first day, he feigned innocence as he was crossing my yard and his dog had already pooped and the dog was pissing on my new dogwood tree as we talked — he said it wouldn’t happen again. I knew that was too good to be true, so
    (2) The next day, sure as rain, he came walking the dog again and as the dog was crapping in my side yard, I blasted both dog and owner with a high-pressure water hose, soaking both of them. He was mad as hell and started cursing his old-fool lungs off. I pulled a pellet gun out of the bed of my truck and told him I’d “be here every morning and the NEXT time his dog even touches my yard, he will be severely injured, costing you a large vet bill. YOU decide whether it will be worth it.”

    Hadn’t seen the old fart since. When a person doesn’t respect your property, than tit-for-tat, why should I respect his?

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Dontcha just love anyone who uses “feigned” in a sentence? You’re a person after my own heart. It should be noted, however, that we do not encourage threatening physical harm to anyone or any dog.

    • Ron Paul

      August 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      Good for you. The moderator is a big liberal pussy!! Someone should take a big shit on his head. You might also try a paintball gun. Hurts like hell and leaves them with a nice paint job!

  26. Richard Zarsadias

    September 12, 2007 at 2:32 am

    I seldom come home early enough to catch a the “owner” culprit and I do agree that it’s not the animals fault. However, the one time I caught a neighbor allowing his dog to defecate in my yard and not clean up, all I did was pick up the stool with a smile walked over to his porch and emptied the bag unto his yard. Next time, I’ll call him out on my daughters sofball bullhorn and ask him “nicely” to be a good neighbor and clean up after his pet.

    rich, Hawaii

  27. pdx

    October 8, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    I live in a 30×30 lot, in the city, and a stray Lhasa adopted me last year, about 2 yrs old, neglected and unhousebroken. shes a great pet now, up to date on health and beauty issues, but until recently i was letting her ‘get away from me’ between the house and the car, or when i gardened i let her lie around and watch me, and quick as a blink she would sneak away and go to the next corner down, check on new, and create her own P Mail, and deposit a few Pine Cones now and then,,, well, the neighbors told me they didnt like it, so I started picking it up when i caught her, even went out of my way to look for it and pick it up,, sometimes finding some really huge piles, obviously not hers,, Anyway, the crotchety man on the corner that likes to wear dresses and b–ch about my cat going into his yard to eat ‘his’ wild birds,, has it out for me, and got 5 neighbors to sign a petition-, the county sent me a Poop Fine for $50. Which I will pay, but now that I know how nasty this subject can get, I am The Perfect Neighbor, leashing my dog everytime we go out to walk, go straight to the car and not walk anywhere except The Off Leash Dog Area at the local park. I used to like to stroll, and talk to my neighbors if they were out, but forget them, with friends like these who needs enemies. No, I dont hold a grudge, but I am afraid someone might see my Girl squatting and assume shes poopin instead of peepin and get another violation put out against me. My world just seems to keep shrinking. Anyway, dunno how my story helps, but just to say when there is money attatched a threat become much more important. I will save money on neighborly Christmas cards from now on though, to balance the budget!! 🙂

  28. Debbie

    October 24, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    I’m surprised at your suggestion that we leave their dog poop on their doorsteps. I did that once; however, on another occasion, I had to call the police and she complained about the poop on her doorstep. He told me I couldn’t do that. That is, I could throw it in her yard or lawn, but not on her doorstep!

    I don’t understand it. If it’s okay for me to step on their dog’s poop, why shouldn’t they do so, too?

  29. David bonifas

    November 8, 2007 at 10:43 am

    I always throw the poop back in my neighbors yard even though i know it’s not just their dog. i see all kinds of dogs but i just hate my neighbor. This way i can get even. I throw cat feces, skunk feces and racoon feces that live under my deck at their house. Am I hypocrite?

  30. doglover

    November 21, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    I am having this same problem with my neighbor. I asked him to please scoop after his dog, but then I caught him, a week later letting his dog poop in my yard. However, I discovered that my city has specific by-laws requiring that owners keep their dogs on a leash (when off-property) and scoop their dog’s waste.
    With each complaint, they send a letter to the owner reminding him/ her of these by-laws. If the city receives more than 3 complaints against an owner, they will take the owner to civil court and he/she could face fines, etc… so, I just filed my first official complaint—hopefully that will do the trick.
    I feel bad for the dog, though. I mean what a terrible owner. He doesn’t keep the dog on a leash (and I live on a very BUSY street), and he is obviously too lazy to take the dog for a proper walk (where he scoops along the way). Maybe this letter will shame him into being a better pet owner. I know I would be mortified to receive such a letter. Mind you I take great care to ensure that my own dog is not disruptive toward other neighbors

  31. helen

    November 22, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    I love my dog (Dobberman) very much but lately am running out of patience as he persistently piles on my front door. Despite using Get off spray etc, he has refused to get the message and is becoming a nuisance. What do I do before i go crazy?

  32. helen

    November 22, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    my dog likes piling on my front door despite our using get Off sprays etc. What can I do as am running out of patience?

    Editor’s Note: Here’s a trick from Cesar Millan. Put the dog on a leash every time you go out. Set the pace and keep your dog by your side while you walk. If your dog wants to put his head down to sniff or wander, give the leash a tug and keep walking. Then, when he’s walking beside you properly, stop, give him some slack, and let him do his business. This way, you’re setting the pace and your dog waits for you to say it’s okay to do his business. Instead of pooping at the front door, he’ll learn that he must leave the house at a brisk walk by your side. Try it. It will be a struggle at first, but if you do it every day, or even twice a day, your dog will learn what to expect. Just don’t try walking him too far before letting him relieve himself at first.

  33. Jake

    December 14, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Tell your neighbor that the next time you catch their dog pooping in your yard, you will shoot the dog. Worked for me.
    EDITOR’S NOTE: We don’t want to censor comments, but we have to mention here that we do not condone shooting or harming dogs. The dog is not at fault (he doesn’t know that pooping anywhere he wants is “wrong”) the person is at fault. It is illegal to shoot a neighbor’s dog.

    • dog owner

      October 31, 2010 at 7:42 pm

      It is NOT against the law to shoot a neighbors dog on your property. You should take a picture of the neighbors dog on your property before you shoot it as proof it was on your property. Dogs chase live stock where i live and get shot if caught. IF a neighbors dog is on your property it is your constitutional right to protect your home, your self and your property and it it is NOT against the law to shoot a neighbors dog if it is on YOUR property. The editor needs to brush up on constitutional law.

      • Ron Paul

        August 23, 2011 at 11:18 pm

        The editor, as he likes to call himself, is an idiot!!

    • Tommy

      August 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      I’m sick of reading about the dog owners having all these rights to shit all over those of us that don’t own a dog or who are not destroying other people’s property. Yet if a dog owner does these things to us there are rules and regulations. However a dog can come over to my house growl at me and my family. Prevent me from doing things in my own yard. Piss and shit where every he pleases on my property and I can’t do anything about it. Bullshit. Kill it and then ask the dog owner to provide proof with pictures and video that you did it. After all, thats what you have to do to prove they are shitting and pissing and destroying stuff when you report it. Right?

      Editor’s Note: I appreciate your frustration. But there’s a difference between bad manners/destroying property and killing a living thing. By law, dogs are not allowed to eliminate on your yard. And if someone’s dog is coming onto your yard and growling at you, you can enlist the help of the police to resolve the issue. If the owner does not resolve it and keep his/her dog under control, then the dog will be seized. Killing an untrained dog is not fair to the dog.

  34. Idetrorce

    December 15, 2007 at 10:15 am

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

  35. Kathy

    December 20, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    I have a situation with a neighbor that is the opposite. The neighbor directly across the street from us continuely puts dog waste on our driveway because they are convinced it is our dogs relieving themselves it their yard. I have 3 dogs; one kenneled when we’re not at home and the other 2 are behind a 5 ft fence. We live in a rural area on a one lane private road. Most dogs are behind fences unless their owners are out with them. Our dogs cannot escape our fenced yard. There are 3 dogs that live a few houses down that are not confined and roam freely throughout the neighborhood. The neighbor putting dog waste in our driveway owns 2 dogs. I left the other day and took our 3 dogs with me. I was gone for about 1 hour. When I returned, there was a nice pile of dog waste on the driveway. I decided to talk with the neighbor. I told her that if she SEES (I am vigilant about our dogs whereabouts when I’m out with them) our dogs relieve themselves in her yard to let me know and I’d be happy to take care of it. She told me it’s not her responsibility to tell me and besides it only happens when we’re not at home. Pointing out to her that I had my dogs with me did no good. To top it off, one of her dogs is terrified of noise (we live very close to a military installation so at times it is quite loud). On several occasions she has not been home and the bombing starts and her dog is at our front door scratching, barking, crying to get in. Usually the dog (golden retriever) escapes via the creek and darts into our house as soon as I open the door. Our front door is ruined because of their dog, I’ve had to clean my house after the poor, muddy dog makes a mess of it, but have taken the dog in to comfort it the best I can until the owner returns home. Isn’t that what a true dog lover does? I am astonished at the rude behavior of this dog owner. What should I do? Do I can animal control, health department or law enforcement? HELP!

    • nosey nosey

      March 2, 2011 at 11:47 am

      call animal control while the dog is in your possesion, take pictures of the dog damage for the police, they can make her pay or file criminal charges for vandelism.

  36. Brent Eamer

    January 17, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Get some livestock, a few chickens etc. Most animal by-laws permit shooting a dog if it can injure livestock

  37. Lee Lee Tee

    January 30, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I love dogs, too. We had a dog for over 15 years that passed away in 2001. It was very hard on the family. My neighbors on the side, in the front, and on the back all have dogs. The front and back neighbors are responsible. But the one on the side lets their dogs poop right on their side of the property line and never clean it up. You can imagine how stinky, nasty, and ugly the area is. I told them once about it and they cleaned it once. Now, its worst than ever. Isn’t this an environmental hazzard? Who can I call to help keep this neighbor and environment clean? The HOA isn’t helping.

    Editor’s Note: Try your city’s health department. – LW

  38. funstufffordogs

    February 1, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Here’s a solution that worked well for someone I know. Get an air horn. Wait until the dog is in position (squatting), then blow the air horn. The dog will be startled, to say the least, and will avoid lingering in your yard (and probably the yards on either side, too). The person who tried this had to do it only once. It’s a bit hostile, but if talking to the owner doesn’t resolve the problem, it’s a non-harmful way to discourage the dog. – LW

  39. Doggy lover

    February 12, 2008 at 9:14 am

    I have small kids. We moved from DC to CO on 40 achers to play out side. I have tried all means with the neighbors to get them to stop their dogs (5) from poopying in my yard right by my front and back door. Sheeeze if it was in the pray land I would care less. No such luck! The blow horn sounds nice. I was told to shoot the Dog with a beebee gun, in the butt It will not hurt them yet it will stop them from wanting to come over. I just have to catch them. We will see.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Do not shoot a dog with a BB gun. It will hurt the dog. If you doubt this, shoot yourself with a BB gun and see how it feels. The best solutions I’ve read in this discussion are the air horn, reporting someone to the HOA or health department, and collecting the poop and depositing it on the offending neighbor’s doorstep. LW

  40. rangled

    March 1, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I think it is more appalling to compare hurting a pesty dog or cat coming into someone else’s yard and crapping all over the place, to a human. So what if a BB gunshot hurts, IT’S SUPPOSED TO!
    Be lucky it’s not a real bullet! Save bleeding hearts for the children that pick up diseases from nasty dog crap left in your yard–and you already have a fence, don’t own pets of your own. Bad owners make bad pets–but non-pet owners rights to a poop-free yard should be considered!! Here, here! (and this is the clean version of this rabble)

    • Ron Paul

      August 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      I could not agree more, Rangled. The editor is an idiot!!

  41. Pammie

    March 10, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Ever thought of buying the dog a doggie present; say a pooper scooper. Take the pooper scooper to the neighbor with a note; If you teach your dog to poop in my yard, then , teach it to pick up the poop.

  42. extremely frusterated

    March 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

    I am having a terrible time, I live on a cul-de-sac with a total of 5 houses and I do not have a dog, but I do love them and think there great! I am the only one in the neighborhood who does not have a dog and all of the four other neighbors have dogs, they let them all run around where ever they want to and even leave them out doors with out supervision, I have asked them before and have made comments about the dogs pooping/urinating in our yard and I am still seeing big mounds of dog crap in my yard and i have two children who like to play outside, I constaintly have to clean their shoes and have even asked the kids not to step in our own grass because there is poop. I am so angry and frusterated, I looked up the ordninces for our town and it is illeagal what they are doing, what do I do to stop this??? ???? please help me. I am thinking of writing them a letter, but it is difficult because just last night I was giving my daughter a bath and I looked outside to see the neighbor walk with his dog and his dog stopped in my yard and clearly was going to go to the bathroom and did take a big turd in our yard and the neighbor went home after he seen that and DID NOT PICK IT UP, WHAT DO I DO???????????????????????????????????

  43. Brian

    April 1, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    It is amazing how many pet owners don’t pick up after their dog. This is a huge national problem that many people are not aware of. We sell more no dog pooping signs than actual dog signs. Pet owners should always remember, “If your dog poops, please scoop”.

    Editor’s Note: Great idea, Brian. Thanks for the link. – Lisa

    • Sean

      June 11, 2010 at 12:25 am

      I bought a sign that I thought would be tactful, but it was vandalized by someone. The sign had a cute picture of a dog using a pooper scooper, and said “Be Responsible” “or train your dog to be!”. The neighbors’ dogs continue to poop in the yard. The association said there was nothing they could do about it either. I called animal control and was told that owners were responsible by Law to pick up their dog’s waste, and was advised that a picture was the best proof. I don’t want to cause my neighbors to hate me, and possibly vandalize other property, so I decided to just buy a pooper scooper and clean up the waste myself. I believe in prayer as well, and I hope God will soften their hearts to see their fault.

  44. FD

    April 5, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I have tried all the ways of being nice to my neighbors whose dogs have pooped in my yard. None worked. The only thing that worked was a very firm direct approach! See these dog owners who let their dogs poop in your yards have already made up their mind that you are nothing and they can walk all over you! Being nice to them usually doesn’t work. So what I ended up doing was go to my neighbor and tell him a few things: 1- I will call the animal control and cops on them and if it comes to it I will prosecute them to the highest degree for destruction of my property. 2nd if that does not work I will physically remove their animal and will then call the cops that their dogs tried to byte me. If they get mad I’ll tell the cops they threatened my life! Harsh, isn’t it! But it has worked for me. The downside, the neighbor doesn’t talk to me anymore and stays away from me, good! Who needs neighbors like that! See you can’t be nice to these type of neighbors. Good luck.

  45. Aging Gardener

    April 16, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    I am so sympathetic! We live on 16 acres and have somehow been terrorized by our neighbor’s unfixed male lab who loves to come poop over here where I do such a lovely job gardening. The owners are “friends” and we have felt we need to be very careful but you know what, I am through with that. It’s our land, it’s their dog — take him home. Keep him home. How many piles of dog shit have I cleaned up without saying a word? I think the big dog pooping on the nice neighbor’s field, lawn, whatever is an extension of alpha neighbors insistence on their own place in some sort of weird hierarchy. I say let’s stop indulging them.

  46. Aging gardener's friend

    April 17, 2008 at 7:58 am

    In 1980, when I was young and feisty, I had moved into a very chi-chi neighborhodd. One neighbor let their little dog run loose in spite of the village rules. He always made a bee line to our house when he had to take a dump. Talking to them nicely didn’t help either. Finally, I got so desparate that one day I put the poop in a plastic bag and attached it to the dogs collar.

    The conversation that time wasn’t so nice but it helped. We didn’t see as much of the dog after that day.

  47. Petro

    April 20, 2008 at 1:01 am

    I was getting a drink of water late tonight and saw my neighbor walk out his front door carrying his dog. He walked down his walkway, took a left into my yard and literally placed the dog on my lawn to take a crap. I’m assuming he was carrying the dog because they didn’t want him to crap on their own lawn. I’m completely shocked.

  48. Tired Mom

    April 24, 2008 at 7:53 am

    How do I stop someone from coming over from another neighborhood and using my front yard as her dog’s toilet? She must be new to the area or have a new dog, but she walks up into my yard and leaves her G. Shephard doo where my children play. Yes, we do have a county ordinance banning trespassing and not scooping, but if I call the animal control all they say is “tell me where she lives….” I don’t know where she lives — just not on my street! Short of sitting outside all day to wait for her, how do I stop the poo?

  49. a t wits end

    April 25, 2008 at 1:11 am

    well i too have neighbor dog ( 3 ) to be exact that loves to come over to a mowed yard and show me there stuff. well talking never help, so now instead of weed-eating and getting poop on my face and body, i now take my garden tool and scoop it up and toss it very close to there steps i figure they may want to see what there good boy did! i have tried mothballs and stuff but i found if you go buy a bag of fish bate called chum find a spot they go, they love to roll in it and get all stinky..these dogs are house dogs and they have carpet.. i love dogs, but not neighbors that think its funny! now who’s laughing? i get a smile every time i see them coming now 🙂

  50. Fed Up

    May 13, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I think it’s time to clean up this planet and get rid of these selfish bastards, that have no consideration for others. They want to have pets, but expect others to clean up after them. I don’t have a dog for that precise reason, I don’t want to take care of them. So why would I want to take care of someone else’s dog shit in my property. I say, shoot the bastards! These kind of people will never learn or respect others. I keep thinking that maybe by moving into a larger property I won’t have neighbor dog problems, but reading this forum, I guess I was wrong. That’s how I arrive at my conclusion..Shoot the bastards!

  51. a cajun delight

    June 6, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    i have had an ongoing problem for years.i have though fell upon a recent solution of sorts. when i find those pesky poops, i “of coarse ” clean the area, then saturate the area with cayanne pepper. it worked for one neighbor wonderfully.presently i am faced with the unknown “dog walker”.my current tactic is to put the pepper in areas that are of interest to the dog. the corners of the yard ,bush bottems on the agenda is to get up really early,”when the poops occur” and confront them…. its sad … poop has now become some preverse sence of entertainment

  52. FirstTimePoster

    July 13, 2008 at 10:08 am

    LOL…Similar problems here. I live in a town home community and my neighbor has two large Boxers. He lets them out the front door and they come over and hit right next to my front sidewalk or right off my back patio. When this first started there were two times when I nicely asked him not to do it. Sure, no problem. Problem kept happening so I loaded up a 3 gallon bucket full out of my yard and put it in his. Still, problem exists. And have complained to the homeowners association at a half dozen times. The odor, flies, and stepping in it have been too much. I was hoping to find some legal recourse on here. I had to shampoo my carpet once and these dogs scare the bejeebers out of me at night. They are not on a leash.

    However, I do have a suggestion for some of you…MOTHBALLS!! I used them in the winter and it worked great! Can’t use them now because of lawnmowers and rain, but it did work. I tried the chili powder, tabasco sauce, etc. Use the mothballs!!

  53. Nana

    July 15, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    If you don’t SEE the dog poop on your lawn and just assume it is their dog–you will be putting dog crap on the front proch of an innocent person and could be considered vandalism.

  54. Sandra

    July 23, 2008 at 10:49 am

    We have an unknown neighbor who has twice brought their dog onto our property, to defecate just outside our garage door. Both times, the dog had diarrhea, so it was a nasty mess. And both times, this bozo stole either a neighbor’s paper or ours, threw some loose papers on top of the diarrhea, dropped the rest of the paper on our property, then left. So on top of having to clean up stinking diarrhea, we had loose, feces-covered newspapers flying around. Does anyone know if you can rent a surveillance camera anywhere? I’m ready to report them to the health department, and also for trespassing and littering, if necessary, but I need to know who it is first. We don’t have any new neighbors, so I think it must be someone who recently decided to walk their dog on our street.

  55. Bill

    August 7, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Get the SPCA to bring a large humane animal trap to your yard and tell your neighbor that you are having problems with strays.It is ILLEGAL for anyone to remove an animal from the trap.After they “pay for the pooper” a few times, They may take care of the problem. If not , leave a little meat with the right amount of laxative in it and the dog probably will not have any poo left by the time he gets to your yard(See haw your neighbor likes liquefied poo on his carpet)Check with your vet to see what amount will work for your particular “friend”

  56. Dina

    August 13, 2008 at 8:36 am

    My husband loves gardens and asked me to plant some plants and take care of them.I control time,water,weather,weeds…everything to make him glad with it but…I am angry to have this big job because we have neighboors who do not educate the teenager daughters to respect the other people yards…the girls have a medium size dog and leave it without leash:it makes number 2 in my other neighboor’s yard…she is upset too…the dog invaders every yard and makes number 1 on my plants and broke my cosmos flowers.I told to my husband I will not more keep a garden for this rotten girls do this.We and many other neighboors have dogs here but everybody respect everybody less my left side neighboor.

  57. Alyssa

    August 13, 2008 at 11:37 am

    My neighbors are some real gems…They like to chain up their giant hound off of the back porch so that his relentless barking and howling (directly outside of my bedroom window) is a constant annoyance.
    At any rate, they strategically have the dog tied so that it is forced to poop along the side of my house and piss all over my side garden because it obviously won’t make on their driveway. Nothing like waking up to a hot smelly dump right outside your bedroom! They have a good sized backyard that is fenced on the other side but not along our mutual property line. Why not tie the dog up on the other side of their porch so that it poops where it should–in THEIR grass. Anyway it’s a real dick move, and it feels deliberate. Beyond this, I have nearly stepped in massive piles of doo doo EVERYTIME i mow my backyard! They’re too lazy to pick up the poop and they don’t want the feces in their yard so they let the dog go anywhere he wants in my backyard! I used to be able to lay out or play catch in the backyard but now I have the constant fear of doo-doo-foot and can’t enjoy getting a tan when it smells like a zoo. The sh*tty (haha, a pun) part is, I don’t even own a single dog! The reason I don’t have a dog is because I don’t like picking up sh*t! WTF?! This is clearly being done on purpose, I just wish I knew why! They are just some miserable young couple who resent living here and are rude to all of the neighbors. Maybe they think they’re too good for our middle class peasant village of curteous poop-scooping, law abiding citizens? I dunno but these rubes don’t even mow their own lawn–they let their parents come over and do it! Why can’t these neighbors grow up or get rid of the dog if they don’t want to clean up its messes? I am too embarassed and upset to say anything to them about it, but short of putting up barbed wire along the property line, what can i do?!?!

  58. smv

    September 3, 2008 at 11:30 am

    the tenants above our unit let their dog pee outside their patio, which in turn goes down to our patio. I have tried to clean and wash away the smell. One time while i was washing it away, comes another shower from above. so i have stopped cleaning and i dont go out to the patio anymore or cant even open the door to avoid smell. we made several complains to the complex manager they have sent letters but nothing has been been done the dog continues to pee.

    what should i do?

  59. CrankyMe

    September 9, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Wow, I thought I was alone. We got a new sidewalk from the city, and suddenly everybody from surrounding neighborhoods are coming around. I’m sure our yard is not the only one being hit, but there are some special dogs out there, like the one who poops on top of the border bricks… wish I could get that on tape!

    I’m thinking of sprinkling something yummy on the presents, so maybe the dogs themselves would clean it up… I remember my chihuahuas used to eat poop a lot and it never killed them. Maybe this would be the “ick” factor to keep the neighbors from letting their dogs visit my yard. I’ll let you know if it works. 🙂

  60. Charles

    October 23, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Yep, it surely is unfortunate that we can’t legally threaten the owners or the dogs with physical violence. Believe it or not, I would sometimes love to punch out someone’s granny. Also, shooting the owner or animal will get you into deeper shit than what’s on your lawn.

    I liked the idea of putting fish bait (chum) on the grass, but doesn’t it smell pretty nasty too?? Aren’t we trying to remove smells?

    My solution is fairly simple, although it does take a bit of vigilence. I use my trusty garden trowel like an uppercut catapault. Then a liberal amount of ground red pepper where the pile used to reside. You see, when dogs squeeze off a few rounds, their anal glands add their own personal signature. This scent is what they’re sniffing for when they’re looking for a suitable spot. Since a dog is not much more than a nose and an asshole, the pepper really wakes them up. A wonderful deterrent. But you have to keep looking for new piles.

    The scoop and fling method, if you will, works best. I just fling it whatever direction is closest to my property line. The yard to the south is rarely mowed, so I’m sure the 14 mexicans that live there don’t even notice. The girl that lives to the north of me is perpetually out of town, and the street doesn’t mind a bit.

    I hope this helps


    October 30, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Well, after reading all this and hoping to find a “for sure” win against this absolute violation of people’s rights, I feel HOPELESS. I have a neighbor that allows both of their dogs to shit/piss all over the neighborhood, including our yard. I have also tried talking “nicely” but only to hear “F…. YOU”. Imagine that. Now, she waits until she sees me come home from work to deliberately piss me off. Police basically are worthless and only “talk to them”. Any rebellion against these shitty-disrespectful people will only lead to self-confinement (jail). The City/Government MUST get off their high-paying behinds to actually defend people’s right to privacy and PEACE (isn’t that why we vote them in to office?).
    I did enjoy reading this to learn that I am not the only one so upset with this that one would come up with the ideas listed in this chat. I have tried black pepper, chili pepper and cayenne pepper–that just becomes way to expensive as once it rains, you have to do it again. I do love the air horn idea though and am going to purchase one this weekend. Even though “shooting the bastard”, “poisoning the damn dog” or just “kicking the shit out of the owner for being stupid” sounds GREAT — I could never do that as I don’t want to be arrested or want God to kick my butt instead. Great laughs though as we get frustrated, we sure can relate.
    How disappointing that we cannot find a “cure” or have a “law” in place to protect people that would like to have nice yards, peace when they get home and respect for our property as we respect others. So much for the “Golden Rule”!

  62. cheree

    November 10, 2008 at 2:49 am

    we have a similar problem of dog crap in our driveway but as we work full time – i always come home to see it and we cannot work out who the person is as we have a lot of people walking past with dogs! I will try the chilli powder and see if it works. i am so glad that there are other people experiencing this – we were getting paranoid that someone was targetting us for some reason!

  63. Ann

    November 13, 2008 at 7:08 am

    I am having the same problem. I am a single female living alone and have ived in my house for 10 years. I knew my next door neighbor was weird, but recently his penchant for dogs has gone crazy. He now has 2 adult dogs and 4 puppies that he lets out whenever he thinks I am not home. They shit all over my yard, my back patio, my driveway, all around the house. When I complained, he said if he could go in my backyard he would clean it up. So he picked it up for a couple of days. Then I started putting up a privacy fence and he told my 80 yr old father that if the fence was over on his property it was “coming down”. Yesterday I found dog shit on my roof, and there is more dog shit than ever in my yard. I cannot fence my entire yard because there is wooded hillside behind my house. My dad says my neighbor is dangerous and not to intimidate him, just get the privacy fence up. I’m taking poop pictures in case I can show the police, but I am at a loss as to what to do next. He is sneaky (throwing dog shit ojn my roof) so calling the dog catcher is risky for me.

  64. Sara

    December 9, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Well, as everyone else I have problems with our neighbors too. They are really good friends of ours. They got a lab about 3 or 4 months ago and they Do Not pick up their own dog shit. I love dogs as I own two Yorkies, that go on piddle pads on our back porch!! We use baggies to pick up our shit. It’s easy to pick up those little tootsie rolls, but to continously have my 2 children step in HUGE PILES of dog shit, is awful. and it stinks to high hell. So I have started putting giant white paper towels over the top of it so they can see that their dog has shit in our yard. I have sprayed ammonia all over my yard today and put out 10, I SAID 10 paper towels in my yard this morning. I am freaking done with it. I found a pile on the other side of my house so I picked it up and put it right next to their car door!! Hopefully they will get the hint!! How is it possiable that my kids step in it, but theirs don’t? I even gave them a trainers leather leash, that I had from our previous dog that had passed away and they still don’t put him on it. I am going insaine here!! All they say is sorry, and dont pick it up. I can’t even let my kids out to play anymore. This shit problem sucks!!! We live in Florida so putting mothballs out will ruin the lawn mowers, as we have to mow the lawn every other week. I am searching for a good alternative to fix this problem. When I find one that works, I’ll be sure to post it!!

  65. AM

    December 19, 2008 at 10:28 am

    got an update for ya….the pesky neighbors with the giant howling fleabag just decided to get ANOTHER DOG! Seeing as how they cannot care for the first one, what is the point of getting a second dog?

    So now I have a double-dog noise and poop/pee problem….the solution?
    1)invest in a dog whistle and blow like crazy any time you hear the dob barking excessively or coming towards your yard.
    2)if you still want to try a rogue solution, for $20-$50 you can purchase a dog bark sensor for your yard that will emit a high frequency noise that harms the dogs ears when it barks, but won’t really solve the pooping/trespassing issue.
    3) signs or fences
    4)write up a note from the homeowners association or the neighborhood watch regarding the infraction and leave it on their door. If they see that it came from an assembly of neighborhood authority or is a shared concern, you avoid being the one looking like a jackass if you confront them alone and they are rude, they will be less likely to target you for retaliation if they are offended by the request, and it sends a firm but appropriate message: PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOGS AND ANYTHING COMING OUT OF THEIR BODIES IN ORDER, otherwise YOU force us (the neighborhood) to take action to defend our properties and right to peace. This way you put the responsibility on them and make it clear that legal action will submitted to if the behavior does not change. This frees you up from feeling guilty or victimized, and makes them take action or suffer the consequences of their own doing.
    5)if the above doesn’t work; record with video (if possible) every time the dog is being a nuisance (barking excessively or pooing on your yard) Make sure to call the police every single time there is an infraction so that the event is recorded. Typically with 3 offenses, the city gets effective and finally comes down hard on the owners. Be careful when taking legal recourse–dog owners don’t like to be filmed when they are in the wrong and will sometimes get hostile if they catch you. If they do confront you while recording, inform them of the problem you are attempting to document, remind them that you have the legal right to film from your property or public space, and calmly inform them that this documentation will be submitted to authorities if the behavior does not change. If you have a camera, you are in control and can capture any hostility, threats, or altercations to provide police with evidence if things get out of hand. REMEMBER: PEOPLE DON’T LIKE GETTING CAUGHT BREAKING THE LAW, so be prepared with composure and calm.
    6) try not to resort to unilaterally building a fence without discussing the matter with them first. If they are unreceptive or do not like the idea of a fence, you need to explain your purpose for building (“Well Ted, it has come to this because we simple cannot resolve the dog issue. I want to respect your rights as a pet owner, but they are infringing upon my rights to keep my property well maintained so I feel this is the best solution. If you are willing to take responsibility for your dog and clean up after them and not let them into my yard, then we don’t need a fence. You have given me no other option”)

  66. Sally

    December 29, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    I’m a single woman and have owned my home for 8 years. I’ve had two dogs over the years and never ONCE have I let either go potty in someone else’s yard. Well, my neighbor’s live-in boyfriend has gotten a mini-pinscher and I’ve since learned that the dog’s preferred spots to pee and poop happen to be in MY yard. I was doing yard work one morning found several piles of crap well into my yard, so since I’d caught him walking his dog on a leash at my garbage can before, I knew it was him – so I flung the piles into their yard and went on with my morning. He either heard the mower running or saw me do it bc next thing I know, this idiot came over to apologize for not having picked up his dog’s “poopies” since they were busy the previous day – I was in shock – he went on to explain that usually he picks them up quickly but since they’d been busy he hadn’t done it. I politely told him that a dog will learn to go potty wherever he is led to by his owner, and that I would prefer that he AND his dog stay out of my yard, since I just put in $10k of new flooring and am not in the mood to track someone else’s dog’s shit into my house. He continued to apologize – for not having picked up the poop sooner. So I repeated myself. It annoyed me to no end that he presumed the issue was just that he hadn’t picked up the poop, when in reality the issue is that neither he nor his dog have any right to be on my property in the first place. He WALKS her in my lawn, she’s on a leash, and still this clown acts like his puppy is the one at fault.

    So I was irritated about it but hadn’t seen it happening again, until this morning when I was getting dressed and opened my bedroom window’s inside shutters. And guess who had his dog on a leash, walking her on my lawn, and so far into my lot that he was behind my bedroom which looks into the woods. For 8 years I haven’t had to worry about anyone peering into my house, and now I have to deal with THIS???? All because he would rather ruin my grass and have me step in the shit, rather than his yard man stepping in it??

    I am SO ANNOYED. I live in FL and work hard to keep my lawn and flowers looking nice; the very idea that her boyfriend is choosing my yard to be their dog’s shitpile infuriates me. I had NO idea this was so commonplace but evidently my parents and sister have to endure it also from their neighbors. I’m going to try the cayenne pepper and/or chum idea since I’m not allowed to fence in the side of my yard that he’s dumping in (utility easement – but still my property). Bad neighbors count on people like us not wanting to have a confrontation but I’ve about had it. I don’t pay property taxes so that my yard can be used as a toilet or a playground for neighborhood kids. Talking to this neighbor would do NO good – she’s one of these people who won’t even speak back when you say ‘good morning’ or ‘hello’.

  67. Ann

    January 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Take pictures of them in your yard (pet owner and pet) mail it out to the offender.. indicate on the photo that all the neighbors have a copy ..It works like a charm…it’s amazing how busy the pet walk area is now that they all know they can make the HALL OF SHAME…….also ground black pepper and cayane pepper work well…sprinkle it all around the edge of your property….dogs /cats hate the smell…

  68. Scooter

    April 23, 2009 at 2:00 am

    I just picked up a nice pile . Left it hanging on my nieghbors car .
    We take great pride in our front yard and I find this to be so disrespectful !

  69. Viking

    May 3, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I live in a community where pets were not allowed when I moved here. It was one of the criteria for moving here. Since moving here we now live in a “pet friendly” neighborhood. Unfortunately, the “pet friendly” neighborhood is becoming a “pet nuisance” neighborhood.

    I do not own pets and did not want the problem I have now been facing for the past year. Dogs pooping and urinating in my yard. I find poop in my yard at least once per week and it is becoming worse and worse.

    When someone is walking their dog and stops at my house to allow their dog to smell, urninate and poop, I politely ask them to please not allow their dog to come into my yard. One hundred percent of these pet owners become very defensive and offensive with their language. I have tried explaining to them why I do not want their dogs pooping and urinating in my yard and the responses have been very nasty.

    Yesterday afternoon after asking a pet owner to not allow his dogs to run in my yard and allow his dogs to poop and urinate, this man began telling me to get a life and purposely extended his pet leash allowing the dogs to run up onto my patio as if he was wanting them to attack me. I was intimidated and frightened by this action and I ended up getting my cell phone and taking pictures of him and his dogs and then followed him home to find out where he lives. I had previously contacted the property management company about the problems I have been having and I was told to find out where the offenders live, take pictures and return with proof so they could take action.

    I was very threatened by the behavior of this dog owner that I contacted the police so that there would be a written record of the behavior. The officer went and spoke with the dog owner and advised him that I would be obtaining a harrassment order of protection. When the dog owner was confronted by the police officer, he told him he would no longer walk his dog near my property. We shall see! It was very disconcerting to feel the necessity to contact the police, but it may be the best solution. The worry of retaliation concerns me, but what will be, will be.

    I have tried the red pepper to no avail. I now have my hose next to my patio door and my cell phone camera ready to take pictures.

    This situation is extremely hard on me and I am very thankful I found all of the comments on this site. Some of the ideas are very funny even though they are probably not the right thing to do. Laughter is good medicine, but this is a huge problem that laughter may not cure. I will continue to be polite and now call the police. After all, are they not hired by us to “protect and serve”.

  70. emily

    May 22, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I was going to complain about our neighbor dog pooping in our yard 3 times a week, but from reading through the comments, I guess I don’t have it half bad compared to most of you posters.

    And just an observation, but anybody posting on a website about violence or revenge toward their neighbor really needs to get a grip. And some assertiveness training.

    What I got out of this post was 1. deal with the problem immediately and politely, and 2. if your neighbor really is an insensitive jerk, turn the other cheek, and just be glad your problems involve dog poop and not anything more serious.

    • carol

      September 27, 2013 at 1:56 am

      Thanks Emily. I have a problem with horrible neighbours that constantly act as if the world is against
      them. Their dogs are always pooping just inside my property line. But you are right: I am glad that the only problem is the dog poop – it could be worse.

  71. Joy

    June 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    My neighbor has a dog that constantly poops on side of our house for last 8 yrs. I did spoke to the owner. The dog always no leash, evil owner let out of dog door when the dog needs poop
    It isn’t a matter of etiquette. Some people just don’t get it. It happens in Michael loop of Staten Island NY

    • bestoremann

      July 14, 2009 at 6:53 pm

      Dear Joy, Have you ever try Scarecrow Sprinkler?
      When the ScareCrow detects an animal it instantly releases a short but startling burst of water. The sudden spray of water and the movement and noise of the sprinkler scares animals away. Animals associate this negative experience with the area and avoid your yard in the future.

  72. john pete

    July 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Neighbor has started to rent rooms out in a single family neighborhood. There are now 7 dogs there. The two largest dogs are confined to a deck. They poop on the deck, but the poop is tossed off the deck onto our side yard. Dogs owner said they would clean up the mess. Nothing cleaned up as of now. Sheriff’s department officer suggested a call to code enforcement or go in for an anti-harrassement order.

    • bestoremann

      July 14, 2009 at 6:53 pm

      Dear John, Have you ever try Scarecrow Sprinkler?
      When the ScareCrow detects an animal it instantly releases a short but startling burst of water. The sudden spray of water and the movement and noise of the sprinkler scares animals away. Animals associate this negative experience with the area and avoid your yard in the future.

      Editor’s Note: What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. – L

    • joseph

      October 20, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      ok simple get a realy tall fence and block them from doing it so they cant do it any more

  73. Sheila

    July 12, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    What a great site! I also laughed like heck at some of the input… although I’d never try ’em for a second!
    My DH and I have 2 goldens, and have a pool with a latticework fence and chain link of sorts surrounding the pool and some grass area so our “girls” can “go.
    But – we got problems on our left and on our right. Neighbor on left has an ugly boxer. Seems as though the “lead” attached to their deck post was never calibrated for length as to avoid OUR property, where the boxer now likes to poop. This same neighbor idiotically believed that, since our fencing was not on the property line between us, that the “open” area now beloned to him! Only after I mentioned I confirmed with my boss – an attorney – that NO, the property belongs to US, NOT him – especially since DH takes great pains to cut the grass (7 feet from our home to the property line). This same geek always comes across as “the man with all the answers.” NOT!
    On the right side of us, we got 2 yellow labs, both of which (like the folks on our left) are NOT “fenced-in” and allowed to roam quite freely. Lately, though, I believe they’re aware of the problem (even saw her picking up their dogs’ poops recently). BUT…
    Today you could imagine when I looked to the LEFT and saw boxer’s poop on the grass INSIDE of our property lawn.. . and 1 of the golden lab’s poop on our treelawn, near the street!
    I grabbed hold of our long “spade” (it’s a garden spade with a broom-like handle about 3 feet long!), walked around to the LEFT side of the house… scooped up boxer’s poop and CATAPULTED it right over to their property… then, continuing on (and this all in broad daylight!!) behind our chain link fence and over to the RIGHT side of our house, I noticed the golden lab’s poop on the treelawn, scooped it up and CATAPULTED that one onto the right-neighbor’s front lawn!
    B-I-N-G-O!! LOL!! :O
    Now, I look forward to “poop patrol” – me and my LONG-handled catapulting spade!! :O

  74. Mike

    August 9, 2009 at 3:22 am

    I think I could handle an unleashed dog. My next-door neighbor walks his dog on a leash into my front yard. I’ve tossed it back before. And put up a little fence to prevent access to the favorite spot by my garage. It seemed to stop, so I took it down. Now of late, he has started again. I put the fence back up. I read some comments on another site today from people who have this habit. It piss*d me off so much I went out at 11:30 PM and tossed the latest batch out by the curb back into his yard. I bought my house 5 months ago and have spoken to his wife about other things, but not him. I’m ready for a confrontation and feel like starting it off with the blow of an airhorn.

  75. German Rottweiler breeders

    August 18, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    That’s really a shame that these kinds of things are so common. If its your dog, then clean up after it, plain and simple.

    Vom Bullenfeld German Rottweilers

  76. annoyed in Cal City

    December 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Samuel Charles Goldfield and Eva Marie Goldfield 9332 Margery Ave California City, CA 93505 phone 760-373-4025 cell 313-515-4883. They have TWO vicious, unlicensed, non-vaccinated (rabies, distemper, or any other) dogs who bark constantly, get out often and will attack someone eventually (soon!) It’s only a matter of time!

    • Soooo Happy Now

      June 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      They moved…HOO-RAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂


    February 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I do not know what dog shits on my lawn, since it happens between midnight and five a.m. If I knew where the dog lives, I would confront the owner. I have thought of putting a few rat traps to hurt the dog. I know it is not the dog’s fault, and he does not deserve to be injured, but I have 5 Grandkids, all under the age of 8 years, and they love playing on my lawn. Since dog shit is not healthy to step in and carry into your home, nor is it a good fertlilizer, I am at the point of not caring about hurting the dog. My main concern right now is the well being of my Grandchildren. Why should they be denied playing on my lawn, just so they do not step in the shit? Even after the shit is scooped up, there remains a sizeable amount of infectuous matter on the grass and in the soil. Now I am on a ‘hurt’ mission.


  78. Frustrated

    February 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Why do people insist on telling their stories when someone asks for a solution to a problem? It clutters up the post and makes it almost impossible to find a solution if anyone actually posts one…

  79. ripsesertance

    February 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now. Keep it up!
    And according to this article, I totally agree with your opinion, but only this time! 🙂

  80. Jesse

    March 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Dog treats and antifreeze.

  81. Andrew

    March 19, 2010 at 6:42 am

    You Moderators are a bunch of fucking spineless wimps. Take your PC ASPCA bullshit somewhere else. Im out to kill any animal that comes onto my property. Period.

  82. dan

    April 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I’m with “Frustrated” where are the answers, we hear the complaints and understand the “frustrations” but what is the answer, short of shooting the dog — Hum, can’t do that. When I was a kid my dad gave me a bee-bee gun and told me to shot any dog not ours settting foot in our yard. After about a week no dog in the neighborhood dared to come into our yard.

    We are going to be facing this again. We are moving into a new house with a nicely landscaped front yard, except for the small lawn area which has several tan, burned out areas? On one of our visits to the home, still in Escrow, we met the neighbor and his two small dogs. these two dogs ran to the lawn area and began pissing. The nighbor told us he had trained to piss on that patch of lawn. He said, seriouosly, that the previous own liked dogs and din not mind. A t first I thought he was joking. Later, coming out of my fog, I realized that is why the lawn looked so bad. This guy was serious, trained his dogs to poop and piss in his neighbors yard?

    Now I don’t want to start a war but how do you approach a mind like that. His thinking has to be up his ass, how do I pull it out so he can see clearly? I guess I could get a bigger dog and train him to go piss and shit all over his manicured yard, what about that?

  83. dan

    April 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Me again, I forgot to check the ceck to recieve replies to this problem.

    I di have another idea for this new neighbor of mine. I could go the the Adopt a pet and rent and animal for a week and take him to the front of my neighbor’s house and get him to go in his yard. When the nighber askes what I’m doing I will tll him I thought his idea was a good one so I’m training my dog to shit and piss in his yard. Think this would start a war? Crap, I have signed the papers on the new house, maybe I should cut my losses and eat the promise money. I will have another talk with my neighbor and he had better realize he was joking.

    I wrote all of this to demonstrate there are people out there that do not thinkk like normal people. I will update this, after confronting the nighbor in a polite, friendly way. Don’t get me wrong, I like dogs, it’s the people I can’t stand at times.

    • Joey

      May 24, 2010 at 10:47 pm

      Some of these dog owners are like cult members. So divorced from reality that the think their anti-social behavior is perfectly normal. Keep call the animal control and police until even they get sick of it all.

  84. Brian

    July 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I tried this and it worked! It looked funny for a couple of days but the neighbor got the picture.

  85. ahmad

    August 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm

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    “Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now. Keep it up!
    And according to this article, I totally agree with your opinion, but only this time! “

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  87. Andrew

    February 22, 2011 at 9:17 am

    The moderator can fuck off. We are dealing with a problem that isnt easy to fix. I guess you live in a bubble moderator.

  88. Sue Partington

    March 2, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Jeffrey Pedo
    1956 S Ingrim Mill RD
    APT B9
    Springfield, MO 65804
    (417) 823-0750
    Leaves his 2 dogs poop all over the apartment complex!!!

  89. judy

    April 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I throw it back in their yard.
    I am now, just as we speak wrapping this poop in a box, and mailing it to them…..
    My neighbors dog has broken a very expensive clay pot and an extra large crab, my yard is very tropical.
    I paid to have a fence put up, ok that works BUT, when I leave my large garage door open, because I am working in the garage and it gets very hot, in he comes, immediately eats MY dogs food, chases the cat, jumps on our NEW car as with the neighbors, and my daughters car.
    I have called and emailed the owner soooo many times, he ignores my messages, dog just might disappear.

    • James Reynolds

      April 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      I asked a neighbor who has five dogs to keep his animals on his property. He told me he couldn’t and wouldn’t. I told him if he couldn’t then I will. After two more encounters with poop in my yard I took action. I had an empty clear one gallon container that had had drinking water in it, some old food coloring, and an old aluminum pie pan. I put six drops of yellow and two drops of blue food coloring in the bottle and filled it with water. This created a green water mixture that looks like antifreeze. I took the bottle of water and the pie pan out side to a location that the neighbor could see and took the lid off the bottle, put the pie pan over the top, turned the bottle upside down and let the pie pan fill about half way up. Leaving the watering contraction in plain view and well within the boundries of my lawn it worked immediately. The dog owners now bring their five dogs out on leashes and watch them poop in their own yard one at a time. Of course I’m only providing water for the birds that visit it and can see when the water is getting low due to the green color of the water. A little green on the lawn is better that a lot of brown.

      • safetyelectricdogfence

        September 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

        I like your response. I would first take action via a condo association, town/city ordinance by calling the authorities regularly until the authorities act responsibly according the laws available. A fine can do wonders when it hurts the owners pocketbook! However, the next best action is to put the ownership (of the poop) where it belongs. Next, you can teach the dog not to want to use your yard as its bathroom facility. Cold water (depending on the breed of dog, of course) works or a stinky spray (like citronella) may work.

      • Jules

        November 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm

        Awesome! I have a neighbor who taunts me to take HIS picture, too, while I’m trying to take a picture of his mutts crapping on my lawn. He’s the biggest pompous ass I’ve ever met. Pictures and threats of calling animal control are nothing to him. And he’d be the one to haul my ass in court for defacing his property if I flung his dog crap back into his yard. I do think this idea would work, though, and I can only hope that he would call animal control on me for attempting to “poison” his dogs with drinking water! I’ll keep you posted!

  90. Carole

    May 18, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I have a friend who is having the exact same problem with her neighbor, only this neighbor walks her Yorkie across the street to my friends yard and lets her dog do its business while my friend is sitting on her front porch! Long story short we live in a small town and the Yorkie owner is one of those families that think they are small town royalty. I told my friend bag up the poo in a little goodie bag and put it on the Yorkie owners front porch with a note saying “I noticed you dropped this.” She laughed but I serious, it just might be enough to make the crazy lady stop doing this.

  91. Katie

    June 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I have a neighbor that lets her 2 dogs out (unleased) and poops in my yard everyday. She never comes out, just opens her door and out they run. One of her dog will run up to your barking. I have 2 kids that I have to pick up the poop before they play in the yard. We do not own a dog. I have video and pics of HER dogs pooping in our yards. I am going to try a sign first. She uses drugs, so talking to her I don’t think will help.

    • Response

      June 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      You could spray the dogs with a high pressure water nozzle. And if that doesn’t work you could always invest in an electric wand that sends tiny volts of electricity out to discourage bad behavior. Seriously, if the dogs are running up and attacking you, you have every right to defend yourself by whatever means necessary.

  92. Jennell

    July 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    is there anything you can put down in the yard that will keep the dogs from dropping their poop loads in our yard? We don’t even have a dog and it is really frustrating to deal with.

  93. the judge

    July 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    “be tactful” pad, and nurture the dog owner … why? They’re breaking the law and acting un-ethically. See this statement says everything about dog owners. So many dog owners I’ve dealt with have a vendetta against society that they live out through their dogs. They’re rude and inconsiderate and don’t deserve to live in a civil society. The dog owners, not the dogs. Luckily our town has licensing requirements for dogs now so only decent people can own them. A dog isn’t an American right, it’s a responsibility. So if you can’t keep a handle on your dog, you fail as an owner and will face the repercussions in due time.

  94. sandra brown

    September 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    My neighbors keep their dog in a kennel cage in their back yard which is next to mine . A few years ago, my entire yard smelled awful because they were dumping the dog’s waste into my yard . I talked to them and they apologized and said they would stop . However now and then I find a pile , but not enough to cause the disgusting smell that I am experiencing now. I think it is because they keep that dog in a cage most of the time and I have never seen them bath the dog or wash the cage . I would like to know what can I do about this . Talking to them about their behaviour is not working.

    • Candace

      February 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Notify your local humane society (dog pound) they will come to the neighbors home and inspect the situation. They can issue a fine or if the conditions for the dog are bad, they will take the dog away from it’s owners.

  95. joseph

    September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    i would call animal control on them it is a violation to the animals rights and health also if it persists cal the cops

  96. pookie

    November 4, 2011 at 8:58 am

    My neighbors feed my dog with rod deer meat and he got sick. My husband try to stop him to not throwing the deer meat around his lawn with strong language. I guess my neighbors did that to stop us let the dog loose but my husband does not get the message. I try to tell my husband to not let our dog loose but he does not listen. I got a headache as I do not want to get the conflict they are so nice to put up with us very well for many years. Any suggestions?

  97. Nicole

    December 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Go outside while the dog is pooping, pick up the poop and dump it in your neighbors yard where it should have been in the first place..Those of you on here catering to obvious bad animal owner behavior are ignorant..If someone is taking their dog out of their own yard to poop, it’s obviously because they dont’ want poop in their own yard,,,So why on earth do you morons think the person getting dog bombs in their yard should deal with it????

  98. Scott Moreno

    January 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I have the same ‘owners letting their dog(s) poop on the grass right in front of my apartment patio and not picking it up’ problem. This apt complex is ‘pet friendly’. The apt managers sent out notices and have poop baggy stations around the complex, which helped but, their are still some dog owners who don’t care and let their dog poop and don’t clean it up. I’ve been trying to catch them, and I caught one girl, she has stopped leaving the poop. But their are 1 or 2 ‘dog poop leavers’ who find satisfaction in not following apt rules. And they have a BIG dog! with big poops! I am unable to catch him/her, they are being stealthy, being ninja dog poopers. Does this cayenne pepper, chili powder, crushed red peppers really work? Will the dog treats soaked in anti-freeze just make the dog sick?
    I can’t believe all the stories on here with people experiencing the same sort of problem. What is up with these dog poop leaver idiots?

  99. Ella Wein

    January 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Yes if yard signs do not work… Our neighbors have dogs and they poop anywhere but they carry with them plastic bags…

  100. Travis

    January 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Try speaking to them personally if you notice them letting there dog soil your yard.

  101. Candace

    February 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Help! I live in a senior community and there are a few people who walk their dogs and allow them to poop on the strip between the sidewalk and curb where I have grey landscaping rocks. This is also part of my property. I have a sign out there that says “NO poop zone”. Obviously someone wanted to make a statement and they let their dog poop right next to the sign. I have spoken to the offenders about it but still they persist. So because I have the small grey landscaping rocks out there, if I spray a generous amount of amonia on the rocks will it repel the dogs?

  102. JOEL

    March 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm


    Editor’s Note: Most cities and towns have laws limiting how many pets each home can have (in my city, it’s four). Report the problem to your city’s health department and be sure to document – with pictures, if possible – the health hazard to your own home. Be polite, though. Typing in ALL-CAPS is considered yelling and it’s rude.

  103. Jan

    March 28, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I live on a corner lot and took the advice of this blog and conveniently moved the dog waste just a few inches from my lawn to where the perpetrators walk along with their dogs. Seemed like a brilliant idea, a little “karma” for them to bring home on their shoes. Unfortunately, one of the dog walkers reported me to the county, and I received a postcard from the county warning me about dog waste getting into the storm drains and how I needed to clean it up and not move it onto public right-of-way. Somehow I was reported for not cleaning up after THEIR dog! How’s that for ironic?


    May 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Okay, this is awesome. A yard sign from someone at Cafe Press:

  105. melynda

    May 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

    My neighbor allows his dog poop in my drive way and never returns to pick it up. I got tried of cleaning it up and/or driving over it so I scooped it and put it in his yard. I feel terrible about it but I’m fed up!

  106. Andrea

    June 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Our dog Duke died about a month ago. We had him for 10 years and he would have been 12 this October. Yesterday I noticed there was a pile of dog poo in my yard beside the porch. I’m guessing that since Duke is no longer with us the neighborhood dogs feel free to use our yard as their potty. Since we live in the country and several of our neighbors have dogs, there isn’t any way to determine which dog is guilty so I will keep my eyes open and make sure to look before I step. We also have 5 grandsons that come and play in our yard, we will be sure and check our yard before they go out to play.

  107. mikejacksonauthor

    July 4, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Believe it or not. I am the only one who cleans up after his dog at the park near where I live. There are even signs posted by the county telling people to clean the poop! But people don’t read!

  108. Dog Coat

    July 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Back when I had that problem I put a glass jug filled with water in the yard and it worked perfectly. For some reason, dogs are leery of it. I had a small yard, so I don’t know how many of them you’d need for a big yard.

  109. Sharron

    September 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

    You have written an incredible resource.

  110. Ashley

    February 15, 2013 at 8:27 am

    We live in an apartment with neighbors above us who have a dog. These neighbors allow their dog to pee and poop on the deck which is a wrap around deck and is above both of our entrances to our apartment. The poop is falling thru onto our doorways and the dog pee is everywhere. We have asked them 3 times to remove the poop and not have their dog up there to use the bathroom and we have given them rope and hooked up a run for the dog. We have also spoken to the land lord and nothing is being done. We have a 1 year old baby and this is just disgusting. What else can we do?

  111. Blue French Bulldogs

    February 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    This fires me up.. especially when I’m so careful to make sure my doggies don’t bother or annoy anybody.. I still get the blame for it.. :/

  112. look at This

    April 27, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Amazing! This blog looks exactly like my old
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  113. Beautiful Chocolate French Bulldog puppies

    May 6, 2013 at 9:36 am

    That is soooo rude! lol Some common curtsey goes a long way huh, just pick up after you dog is all… good blog by the way, thank you! 🙂

  114. Prudence

    July 17, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Love this site! By the way, to the one who asked about anti freeze. Real anti freeze kills – and you could be fined for poisoning. That is why the suggestion is made to instead, make green/yellow water to look like anti freeze. By the way – the editor is doing a great job of moderating sanity here. We come frustrated and looking for answers – not insane or criminal suggestions. If you don’t like the editor’s comments, move on – like with all the other suggestions. Feel free to disagree. But don’t insult them just because they have a different opinion. When you do this, you have just become part of the rude people, like the ones we are all frustrated with and trying to work around.

  115. Notmyneighbor

    July 30, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I live on 1/2 acre and so does my neighbor. Her dog is so large it is the only kind that will attack bears. I am an award winning gardener and take my lawn and flowers seriously. I noticed that many burn marks started showing up out of the blue. I came home once and noticed my neighbor was running from my yard with her dog. I gave her the benefit of the doubt. I like to think of myself as a very tolerant neighbor, except when people go out of their way to be bad neighbors. Today I went for a walk, she did not see me but I saw her, with her dog in the MIDDLE of my lawn, using my lawn as it’s bathroom. We are surrounded by acres and acres of land, walking paths and even empty lots, and basically a zillion other places to use the bathroom even without picking it up. I think she has serious lawn jealousy and wants my lawn to look as badly as hers. So here is my plan of action. I am putting cocoa hull much around the tree’s where the dog goes often. This is very toxic to dogs (but great for trees), I am going to let her know, so the decision is hers. The damaged lawn areas are not by the sidewalk or anywhere a casual dog walker could reach. I am going to sprinkle pepper, and also plant dog repelling plants they sell at home depot. I am going to plant holly and as many spiky pokey plants I can find along the edge of my property (we are not allowed to put up fences in our neighborhood)
    For those that think just a little dog pee won’t damage anything has not had the pleasure of restoring a burn spot, and mine is no longer a small spot but about 10 ft sq, and part of my tree is dieing. If that is not enough to prevent it, I am SERIOUSLY going to buy ice cream for every child in the neighborhood, double triple scoops and make sure we all line up right on her sidewalk and drip ice cream, chocolate, and candy all the hell over the place. Like I said, I am a very tolerant keep to myself kind of neighbor UNTIL you cross me, Next, this one worked like a charm once before, buy a dog whistle, then at 2 or 3 am start blowing it like crazy, the dogs will go mad and every light will come on in the house. This doesn’t help with the dog potty issues but sure is funny!

  116. Jonna

    August 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Hi everyone there are stray cats in my neighborhood and irresponsible dog owners who do not pick after their dogs. To stop the cats from pooping in my front garden, I dropped a layer of mulch around every open dirt area that the cats like to use as a litter box. I’ve read that the texture of the mulch does not feel good on cats’ paws. My only problem now is the dogs. So yesterday, I bought cayenne pepper and spread it over the mulch. The next day, I noticed there was still dog poop, but only in the areas where there was light coat of cayenne pepper. Also, just to up my odds, I sprayed ammonia around the area as well.

    It seems like the owner is involved, too. earlier in the month, I had spread out rose branches as a deterrent, and noticed that a few of the branches had been removed and thrown behind the bushes. Not sure if the dog tries to cover it up or if the owner covers it up with the mulch. I will post again if what I’ve done works. Please, please, if anyone else has heard of other techniques, let us know. My next steps are to set up video surveillance. Hope i don’t have to go that far. It really becomes demoralizing to pick up other peoples’ litter.


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