I missed reading the original posting but here is a simple trick that I read
almost 10 years ago that prevents dogs from crapping on your lawn. I don't
know if it will always work but it worked for me. Apparently, dogs will not
defacate where there is fresh water. Half fill a container that a dog
cannot drink out of, such as a sprinkle can, with fresh water and set it in
Entertaining, but actionable. Prolly not a good idea.
This is one of the more interesting suggestions yet (and there's been some
real bullshit flying). I could see a perp being so unnerved by the whole
photography process - especially if you make a production of it (might be
fun having a standard talent release form handy!) - that they'd avoid the
yard of "that crazy dude down the street."
One thing I haven't seen mentioned here. When I lived in town, ten
feet of "my" lawn was city property. Of course, they "allowed" me to
maintain it but I could not exclude anyone from walking on it. I
discovered this when trying to stop the neighbor kids from cutting the
corner with their bikes. They did have a pooper scooper ordinance
I would contact code enforcement first.
Failing to get relief there, I would photograph the dog in the act and
follow the dog owner home so you know who is responsible. Then hire
someone reputable such as a vet clinic employee to clean the mess one
time. This establishes what it costs to remove dog poop. Then sue the
dog owner in small claims court for the maximum amount allowed. 100
days at $50=$5000 or whatever.
Dog owner may protest his pooch only used your yard once. Your
assertion is that someone uses it daily and he is the only one you
have seen. Even if you only win the one day rate plus court costs, it
will get around that you are serious.
I don't have this problem as bad as described, and so I don't know how
well this will work, but I once read of a fellow who cooked up a few
pounds of bacon and bottled the grease. Just before an 'event' was aout
to happen, he heated some of the grease and then poured it over some
deposits left the day before.
No real anecdotes as to the veracity of the results but the rumor was the
dog was far more interested in discovering the grease *before* doing the
Don't know if you have gotten this response, but one thing you can look
into is a lawn sprinkler with a motion sensor. Usually advertised for
keeping deer and such out of gardens.
I would set one up on each corner of your lot, and give any jerks a nice
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