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Video:Prevent Dogs From Getting Sprayed by Skunks

with Lori Amato

Prevent dogs from getting sprayed by skunks so that your pet doesn't have a run-in with a skunk. Follow these tips prevent dogs from getting sprayed by skunks.See Transcript

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Transcript:Prevent Dogs From Getting Sprayed by Skunks

I'm Lori Amato for About.com. To keep skunks off your property and away from your dogs, you need to remove things that attract skunks to your property to begin with.

Keep Garbage Enclosed to Prevent Dogs From Getting Sprayed by Skunks

One thing you can do is to keep all of your garbage in enclosed cans with lids that don't come off, even if the garbage pails fall over. You should also not keep any food around after dusk, because this will attract skunks.

Keep Bird Feeders High to Prevent Dogs From Getting Sprayed by Skunks

If you feed birds, make sure you keep the area underneath the feeders clean -- a messy area underneath the feeders will attract skunks. You should also make sure the feeders are up high enough so that the skunks can't get to them that way.

Keep the feeders at least five to six feet off the ground. Skunks aren't climbers, so if you keep your feeders five to six feet off the ground, this will discourage them as well.

Bring Dogs In at Dusk to Prevent Dogs From Getting Sprayed by Skunks

Another way to keep your dogs from getting skunked is to make sure you bring your dogs in at dusk. If they do need to go out at night, make sure its with supervision.

When walking your dogs in wooded areas, make sure they're on leash and keep them away from areas where skunks might dwell. Dogs are attracted to all kinds of smells and scents -- they can see and smell things that you can't possibly.

Control Dogs to Prevent Dogs From Getting Sprayed by Skunks

Dogs love to chase and investigate and a skunk is a perfect thing to investigate. If they smell a skunk in a wooded area, they're most likely to stick their nose right into a skunk's face.

Skunks are nocturnal animals, so if you leave your outside lights on at night, this will deter them from coming onto your property.

Use Nematodes to Prevent Dogs From Getting Sprayed by Skunks

Skunks love to hunt for grubs in your lawn. A good way to deter this is by buying beneficial nematodes and putting them into your lawn. The nematodes will eat the grubs. You can either buy the nematodes on-line or in a garden center.

Many people are interested in composting. In order to compost in a way that won't attract skunks, you can purchase the mini composting bins that are available in garden centers and online.

Following these steps will assure that your dog won't get skunked. I'm Lori Amato for About.com.

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