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What Is A Natural Dog Repellent?

by Adopt a Pet, | January 8, 2024

What Is A Natural Dog Repellent?

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Vinegars and citrus fruits are examples of natural dog repellents that can help to keep dogs out of your yard, garden, and off the furniture. Dogs have very sensitive noses, so a smell that we may find mildly unpleasant can be unbearable to them. Keep in mind that, like humans, different dogs will react differently to certain smells, so there may be some trial and error before you find the natural dog repellent that works best for your situation.

Are Natural Dog Repellents Safe? 

It depends which one you choose and how you use it. For example, sometimes using essential oils is suggested, but they can be dangerous to pets. If you’re not sure, it’s a good idea to ask your vet before using any type of natural dog repellent. That being said, here is how you can use citrus or vinegar as natural repellents:

Citrus Peels

A great choice for protecting gardens, simply place orange and lemon peels in and around your garden.


Choose a light colored vinegar if you are spraying indoors so your furniture does not get stained. Two good options are white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Create a 50/50 mix of your chosen vinegar and water and put into a spray bottle. Then, simply spray around areas you would like your dog to stay away from. 

A repellent doesn’t have to be homemade to be natural. There are many sprays available that stick to natural ingredients, so add those to your list of things to try. When you’re looking for a natural dog repellent, you’ll have several options, but remember to do your due diligence to ensure you’re not putting down something that could be harmful to dogs, cats, or wildlife. 

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