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How to Keep Dogs Out of My Flower Beds

By Alicia Bodine ; Updated September 21, 2017
Keep your dog away from your flower bed with homemade repellent.
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Dogs love to dig. Flower beds often have loose soil that is more enjoyable for a dog to play in, but unfortunately, the dog will also dig up your beautiful plants and flowers. You can work on training a dog to stay away from your flower bed, but until then, it's best to repel the dog so you do not lose any more flowers to digging.

Ammonia Dog Repellent

Pour the cup of ammonia over the stack of coffee filters. Just like humans, dogs do not like the strong odor that comes from ammonia.

Separate the coffee filters into smaller stacks and set them on baking sheets.

Place the baking sheets in the sun until they dry.

Cut the coffee filters up into tiny little pieces and sprinkle them around the perimeter of your flower bed. The dog will smell the ammonia from far away and steer clear of the flower bed. The ammonia acts as an invisible fence.

Vinegar Dog Repellent

Pour the vinegar in a small bowl. Dogs can't stand the smell of vinegar because it is so strong and their sense of smell is so sensitive. It makes a great repellent.

Set cotton balls in your bowl until all of the vinegar has been absorbed.

Place the vinegar-doused cotton balls all over your flower bed. This will keep dogs from entering the area and digging.


Things You Will Need

  • 1 cup ammonia
  • 50 coffee filters
  • Baking sheets
  • Scissors
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • Small bowl
  • Cotton balls


  • You can also place mulch around the base of the flowers in your flower bed. Dogs don't like to dig mulch.


  • Cats urine smells much like ammonia. If a cat smells the ammonia, it may urinate in your flower bed to mark its territory.

About the Author


Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, GoBankingRates and WiseGeek. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. She has received awards for being a top content producer.