Make Dog Repellent Spray

How to Make Dog Repellent Spray

Dogs sense of smell are thousands time stronger than that of a human. Hence, they are moved by what they smell. They are often curious and can create a mess out of their curiosity to investigate your properties. Some like to chew furniture, shoes, and other essential items at home. Getting rid of your canine companion is never an option. Instead, apply a repellent to restrict your dog from places you do not want him to access.

It is easy to buy dog repellents from the pet store without even noticing your home is filled with ingredients to make a repellent solution. Thus, you can formulate your natural repellent spray that is not harmful to your dog.

Below, we have highlighted and explained how to make a dog deterrent solution from common household plants and materials. These materials all have the same feature: like, they generate a smell that is bad enough to repel and keep your dog off restricted areas.

Make Dog Repellent Spray

Make Top 5 Dog Repellent Sprays – Step by Step Guide

Top 5 ways of making dog repellent sprays at home. Below guide to making different homemade repellent formula

1. Vinegar and Citrus Dog Repellent

Ingredient: Vinegar, essential oil (orange or citrus), and water

Get a clean spray bottle, new or previously used.

Step 1

Measure 1 ½ cups of cold or warm water

Measure Cups of Cold

Step 2

Add 2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar. It does not necessarily need to be organic.

White Vinegar

Step 3

Then, add 20 drops of essential oils. You can use either orange or citrus-scented. Dogs are unable to stand citrus scents.

Drops of Essential Oils

Step 4

You can mix the entire ingredients directly in the measuring cut or directly inside the spray bottle.

Measuring Cut Inside Spray Bottle

Step 5

After pouring the solution into a spray bottle, put the cover of the spray bottle on and shake well before applying. 

Into a Spray Bottle

2. Homemade Citrus Fruits Dog Repellent

Citrus fruit scent can be appealing to humans but disliked by dogs!

Step 1

Pour 2 cups of water into a clean medium pot. Heat the water with medium to high heat until it starts to boil. Boiling takes 6-7 minutes.

Heat the Water 6-7 Minutes

Step 2

Once the water starts boiling, add 1 cup of lemon, orange, and tangerine peel into the pot. Reduce the heat level to medium and leave the mixture to cook for 20 minutes.

Lemon, Orange, And Tangerine Peel

Step 3

Afterward, put off the heat and let the mixture cool down for 30 minutes. Use a clean funnel to transfer the liquid into the spray bottle.

Mixture Cool Down for 30 Minutes

Step 4

After pouring the mixture into the bottle, add lemon juice and liquid soap. Shake the mixture together, then feel free to apply.

Add Lemon Juice and Liquid Soap

3. Homemade Garlic and Chili Pepper Dog Repellent

The combination smell of garlic and chili powder deters not just dogs but anyone away from restricted areas. It is one of the most effective and easy to make repellent.

Homemade Garlic and Chili Pepper Dog Repellent

Step 1

Get a small bowl and pour in 1 ½ cup of warm water and a teaspoon of household liquid soap. Add chili pepper powder, chopped garlic, and onion.

Step 2

Leave it for about 24 hours and shake for a proper mixture.

Step 3

Pour the resulting mixture into a clean spray bottle and apply to needed areas.

4. Rubbing Alcohol Dog Repellent Solution

Alcohol is another smelling substance that dogs dislike. If you have pets, it is hard to control them if you don’t apply alcohol around.

Step 1

Get a cotton ball and let it soak in alcohol.

Step 2

Pick the cotton ball out of the alcohol and apply it to the places you don’t want your dog to be. Note, you can’t spray this formula like other pet repellents.

5. Citronella Oil Dog Repellent

It’s no news that citronella is often used as an insect deterrent. Did you know that dogs dislike citronella smell too? You will find this oil functional when it comes to deterring dogs.

Citronella Oil Dog Repellent

Step 1

Mix half a cup of citronella oil with 4 cups of water.

Step 2

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the mixture in places that need restriction.

Read more: how to make dog deodorant spray

Some Important Tips

You can produce a homemade solution with stuff in the house but, here are a few tips to guide you.

  1. Age: The age range of your dog is an essential factor to consider when formulating a pet deterrent. Some natural recipe reacts differently on dogs especially the ones undergoing growth. Thus, ensure a mild and less aggressive deterrent remedy for young pups.
  2. Avoid the excessive combination of materials: All you need is a combination of few ingredients. Be available to watch as your dog reacts to the newly introduced spray. Take time to see what works best for your dog.
  3. Safe and Non-toxic: Pet repellent should be easy to apply and made with natural ingredients safe for both dog and your belonging.


There are varieties of commercial sprays in stock, but only a few do a good job. You may spray up to 5-6 times a day and still find your dog doing the same old thing. Making a homemade dog repellent is one of the best things you can do to experience a smooth friendship with your furry friend. Although dogs don’t intentionally destroy things, it is their nature and way of living.

The combinations of the different organic ingredients mentioned above will effectively deter your furry friend from marking, chewing properties, or accessing restricted areas. Furthermore, the repellents are harmless and can be used for both outdoor and indoor restrictions for dogs. Making your homemade repellent will help you sample out as much as you can. Also, it will help you figure out the smell that works better for your dog.

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