How to Keep Dogs Away From Flowers


Dogs are natural diggers. Not only does digging produce new smells, but it's a way for the dog to release energy--they don't just dig when they want to bury a bone. One place dogs will dig if they can get away with it is in a flower garden. It takes months of care and maintenance to get a flower garden the way you want it. You should take active measures to protect it from being uprooted by man's best friend.

Rubbing Alcohol Repellent

Step 1

Pour one cup of rubbing alcohol over a stack of coffee filters. The rubbing alcohol has a strong scent that dogs do not like. It makes a great repellent.

Step 2

Set the coffee filters side by side on a cookie sheet. Place the sheet in the sun until the coffee filters dry.

Step 3

Run the coffee filters through your paper shredder.

Step 4

Sprinkle the shreds of rubbing-alcohol-soaked coffee filters throughout your flower bed. This will keep the dogs from entering the area.

Pepper Dog Repellent

Step 1

Grind black pepper into a bowl until you have 1/4 cup.

Step 2

Add 1/4 cup of chili pepper and mix the two together. If you don't have chili pepper, use cayenne pepper instead.

Step 3

Sprinkle the pepper repellent around the flower bed. When a dog sniffs, he will begin to sneeze, and the capsicum will irritate his skin. The dog will not return after this happens a few times.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use a face mask when working with pepper.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 package coffee filters
  • Cookie sheets
  • Paper shredder
  • 1/4 cup fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chili pepper
  • Bowl


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Keywords: uprooting flower beds, repelling dogs, homemade dog repellent

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Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, Bright Hub, Associated Content and WiseGeek. Bodine is also the current cooking guru for LifeTips. She has received awards for being a top content producer.