Ward dogs and cats away from your lawn or garden using some of these pest deterrents. Dogs can become a nuisance in a new yard or garden, while cats can ruin landscaping or mulch. Adding a deterrent to specific areas of your yard may help it to remain healthy and undisturbed. Sprays and granules add an unpleasant scent or taste to the area, so animals learn to avoid it. Motion-activated machines that spray water or make noise are designed to startle the offending animal, keeping them from returning to that spot. For more determined cats or small dogs, trapping them in a humane trap for release or rescue may offer a longer term solution. Be sure to browse our Cats and Dogs section for all your feline and canine pest control needs.