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Claim: Jugs of water left on a lawn will prevent dogs from defecating there.
Example: [Irish Times, 1997]
Origins: A widely-asserted piece of dog lore is the claim that leaving half-full (or full) jugs, bottles, or jars of water on your lawn will keep dogs from defecating on the property. No one has yet to do a controlled study on whether this trick actually works, but a number of those who have resorted to this method of combating canine caca have reported that it did indeed improve matters, however others who also tried it reported
Another version of the belief asserts that these water-filled bottles will deter cats from wreaking havoc with the flower beds.
In case you thought only folks in your immediate neighborhood were crazy, this belief has been reported in the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Australia,
Is there anything to this notion or not? Who knows? For the record, those who have gone this route have used everything from clear glass jars to clear (or green) one-liter plastic soda bottles to opaque, gallon-sized plastic milk jugs. They've also either planted the containers standing upright or laid them on their sides.
Those who swear by the practice have come up with a number of "explanations" for why they believe this works:
Barbara "jug? head?" Mikkelson
Last updated: 8 August 2009
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