WE have a neighbor who owns a dog that pees on our car tires every morning without fail. When I go out to crank up the car in the morning I know what to expect - there is a big stain running down our driveway. What can we do to deter this behavior? We would be grateful for any advice. - Mike, Clemson
Well, dogs are creatures of habit and once they have christened your tyres and driveway they will keep going back to the same place because the smell will still be there. It may help to wash the tyre and driveway stain with vinegar or with baking soda and water (or bottled soda water), but some of the readers may be able to suggest other effective treatments to make the area not so attractive to the dog.
However, if that does not work (the behaviour pattern may by now be established) try to cover the area with a smell the dog doesn't like - you can buy a preparation that simulates skunk oil (used to keep cats and dogs off gardens), or there are other not-so-repugnant preparations for sale in garden centres and pet centres that should make the dog decide that your driveway is not the best place to pee on.
In case I do not hear from a reader with subject knowledge, I would love to receive a report from you on whether you have had success with any particular product. I am sure that this is a problem that hundreds of people face daily. - Ed