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
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.
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.
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.
Barber told me funny story where neighbor denied it was his dog.
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 ;)
Absolutely right! One I caught a couple of weeks ago and posted link to
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.
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.
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!
One solution to your problem no matter what type of animal is getting
into your trash, would be to purchase an Ultrasonic Deterant Device.
has such a device featured on their website it is called a
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
I hope this helps.
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