Dog repellant?

We're supposed to keep dogs on a leash around here, but recently someone is letting out their dog late at night. It keeps pulling over the trash can and also the little can I keep outside with kitchen scraps for compost. It might also be the culprit which has been eating my parsley. Would anyone have any suggestions re marauding dogs? I'm ready to dump red pepper in the compost can.
Dora snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com
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Repellents cost you money and effort. If it works, the dog goes elsewhere, which doesn't really solve the problem. When dealing with dogs, the goal should be to not only stop the dog from bothering ANYBODY, but to give the owner a reason to reconsider keeping the animal. Call your animal control department and ask for suggestions. I'd offer some, but you probably don't want the police knocking at your door wondering why they found a dog in 11 pieces in the middle of the road.

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On Thu, 01 Jul 2004 15:43:59 -0400, limey wrote:

Sounds a lot more like the activity of a raccoon or opossium. I would assume that the first time their dog came home with trash all over it, the owner would put that to an end. But you never can tell about people. You can only buy a better (locking) garbage can and keep your compost in a different place.
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Capture the dog and call the owner if it has a collar with the name on it and animal control if it doesn't. AC probably doesn't work the night shift and you'll have to hold it in the garage until the a.m., but that's the surefire way of keeping it out of your garbage. And, hopefully the owner will learn a lesson. You can always tell the owner that you were concerned about the dog's safety re getting hit by a car or ingesting some poison from a neighbor that doesn't want him turning over the trash. Even the densest person should get the hint, and if they don't, the fine they pay when they pick their dog up from the pound ought to teach their pocketbook.
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Barber left Exlax on his lawn and next day neighbor was removing rugs from house that dog had soiled.
There is also a broken up lightbulb in hamburger dog story that you do not want to know and cat lovers would kill barber if they heard his cat story.
Seriously, if you don't mind spending a few $, sportsmen suppliers like Cabelas sell cameras for photographing game at night. Also if raccoon or possum and you can trap, I'd buy the largest Hav-a-hart. I'm working on a large raccoon and smaller trap will not fully close on him. Also bet the large one might take a small dog ;) Frank
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You really don't want to screw around with a trapped and frightened 'coon. They can be vicious.
Tyler
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photos was a vicious little bastard. Never stopped rattling around the trap. Hav-a-hart is pretty solid but still made me nervous driving him to park in trunk. I released him down hill over a guard rail where he could not turn around easily. He ran for woods. This is third raccoon I've captured and released and other 2 were docile. Rabies is endemic here although I have not heard of recent cases. A few years ago they had a rabid pet coon at a nearby nature center and several that had been scratched before it was discovered had to have the shots. Frank
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dogs eat parsley? could be rabbits or other small rodents. Sometimes cats will pull over garbage. Call the animal control officers in your area.
One time my dog got out and brought home a fully (over) cooked roast beef.
take care Liz

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"MisNomer" wrote in message

Well, the stripped parsley is a mystery - could be deer, too, since they're rampant. Anyway, I haven't seen the marauder so assumed it was a dog, but I suppose it could be a raccoon. It makes calling Animal Control difficult, since I can't describe it. Right now, we have a bungee cord wrapped around the trash can and a stake, which worked last night. There's red pepper in the little compost pail. We're working on it!
Dora
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Dora, One solution to your problem no matter what type of animal is getting into your trash, would be to purchase an Ultrasonic Deterant Device.
www.backyard-lifestyle.com has such a device featured on their website it is called a Cat/Dog Stop and sells for about 35.00. This product worked great to keep raccoons out of my trash. It has a motion detector and runs off a 9v battery for months. whenever it detects movement in front of it, the device sends out Ultrasonic Sounds that scare off most cats/dogs/raccoons/possems and other critters, and because it's ultrasonic it is above human hearing range. So animals hear it and humans don't.
I hope this helps.

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