My wife hates this tale, but I'm willing to share it with friends.
We had rabbits eating my wife's flowers a while back and on a friend's advise I bought a bottle of fox urine. This is how you "talk" to animals. I put a few drops of it on a cotton ball inside a film canister with a few holes drilled around the upper sides, and replaced the tops. The scent of the fox urine keeps rabbits away because they recognize it as the marker of a predator's territory. The film container protects it so it doesn't wash away so quickly, but it was a hassle to renew it. It seemed to work, but that fox urine got pretty strong and I banished it from my garage.
Then it occurred to me that fox urine is PREDATOR urine. I'm a predator, too. Mine is fresher, cheaper, and MUCH easier to find. (This is the part my wife objects to.) Mine worked just as good as the fox's, too.
Meanwhile, we started having a small problem with a neighbor who let his dogs outside to deficate - on my lawn it seemed. Dogs are also sensitive to odors for marking territory. So I put some urine in a spray bottle (well marked!) and sprayed it in the grass along my property line, being very careful of which way the wind was blowing.
The neighbor's dogs stayed on their side of the property line. Now, that's real, effective communication.
I renewed the spray treatment 3 or 4 times a week (because of the sprinkler system) through the rest of the summer (by then I just wasn't telling my wife what I was doing so we were both happy [img]tongue.gif[/img] ) and the dogs seldom come onto my property even now, even though I stopped the treatments a couple of years ago.
I found the spray bottle so much easier to use than the film containers that I threw the film containers away. They were pretty nasty, anyway.
Oh, a side benefit is that the lawn benefits from the spray because it is basically fertilizer.
I'm sure this is not a pleasant method for the more sensitive, and I apologize if it has offended anyone. But it might be worth a try. I don't think it would work with skunks, bears, or maybe opposums, but other than that it ought to.
"Before I speak, I have something I'd like to say. . . . I will try to keep this short as long as I can." Yogi Berra