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3 Homemade Dog Repellent Spray Recipes

Believe it or not, a lot of humans do not like dogs. Even those of us that do love canines, don't like being confronted by an aggressive dog. If you'd like to have a safe, effective way to ward off strange dogs a repellent spray is the perfect answer. These homemade dog repellent spray recipes are easy to make and the ingredients are surprisingly cheap!

Although used in different ways, dog repellents are most commonly used by delivery people, walkers, joggers and other humans to keep strange dogs at bay. They can also be used to repel dogs from getting into things and places that they shouldn't. You can use repellent sprays to keep your dog away from house plants, gardens, garbage cans or furniture.

So, what's the difference between natural or homemade dog repellents and chemical dog repellents? Isn't the latter more effective? The main reason why experts discourage using chemical repellents is that they can be dangerous – even life-threatening – to your pets. That's why you have to be extra careful when using them.

Homemade dog repellent spray recipes use natural ingredients that are safe and effective.

Homemade Dog Repellent Spray Recipes

aggressive dogCanines have approximately 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, whereas humans only have about 6 million. Their noses are so powerful that dogs can even sense shapes and sizes of objects. This powerful sense of smell magnifies any odor, making it easy to create homemade dog repellent spray recipes that ward off canines.

#1. Citronella Spray

The scent of citronella is a smell that may stop any dog in his tracks due to its sharp, acidic odor. Even the most mischievous dogs don't like this smell. If you're planning to use citronella oil as one of your main ingredients, be sure to dilute it first to avoid accidentally poisoning yourself or your dog.

To make this recipe, mix 24 teaspoons of citronella oil with two pints of water and put it in a spray bottle. You can use the diluted citronella immediately. Just be sure to give the bottle a good shake before each use.

#2. Citrus Spray

Dogs loathe the scent of any citrus fruit, so you can use the peels of oranges, lemon, or even grapefruit to make homemade repellent sprays. You may also use the extracts of the fruits themselves for maximum effect.

To make this recipe, you can create a concoction of any citrus fruit and mix it with water. It depends on you what citrus fruits and how many of them you'd like to use. You can also soak the peels of the citrus fruits in ½ cup of water and mix it with two tablespoons of vinegar. Leave them overnight before straining the solids away.

If you're looking to repel dogs from a certain area, you can place the fruit peels within the area you're trying to protect. As soon as the dog catches the scent of the peels, you can expect him to run away to cleanse his nose of the overpowering scent.

#3. Garlic

You can also create a natural dog repellent from the pungent smell of garlic. To do this, you mix 2 tablespoons of crushed garlic, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 2 tablespoons of chopped onion and 2 drops of dish soap in 1 cup of warm water.

Let this mixture sit for at least 24 hours, and strain out the solids. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle, and you have a very powerful dog repellent spray.

The main thing that you must remember is to avoid spraying these repellents directly on the canine. The main point of using natural dog repellents is to deter dogs from approaching your or entering a forbidden area.

You don't want to hurt the dog. Spray your repellent spray and continue walking at a slow pace away from the area. Do not panic and do not begin to run. You want to repel the dog, and show the dog that you are leaving without threatening his territory.

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Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.