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Why wouldn't you let your dogs around your pond? What is it you're afraid they will do to the pond? (I'm assuming you're afraid of them leaving poop around the banks of the pond maybe?) I'm just asking because I'm in an Urban setting, and we have a pool in the backyard, but we are on the flight path of lots of waterfowl that make their way over to the large Los Alamitos Navy Golf Course, which occupies a property adjacent to the Joint Military Forces Training Base and Airstrip over here.

When we first moved in, several times Mallards thought they could swim about in my pool sh*tting all over the place... my Rat Terrier quickly showed'em what's up. Every once in awhile, a few years or so, another one will try, but there haven't been any in a long darn time now. They never returned to our back yard, but sometimes will land in adjoining neighbors front yards,even leisurely walk across or down the street, the females get tired and have to rest. Even seen 'em doing chilling in the little square planters in the Vons parking lot at the neighborhood plaza! Out in the front of the house, they know they won't be hassled by anyone's dogs, and the people think it's neat so they don't shoo them away or hassle them in anyway. They also land in the nearby park's pool in the off-season, the park is only 250yds away. It's fenced in, so they know they are safe in there.

I can't imagine any other way to keep the ducks out of your pond. Especially if you're saying it's pristine and has trout in it. Like what duck wouldn't want to go in that? Right?

What kind of dogs do you have?
 

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Duck hunters tend to scare off ducks. Let a ducker have at em and they will find another pond. Kind of envious, wish I had your problem.
 

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hatchet1 said:
Oh man...duck talk..love it! They sure are filthy creatures..and just think..folks spend thousands of dollars to shoot and eat them...sorry paul, im no help..wishing you the best amigo.
Surely, I thought you would have a good duck repellent plan.
 

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TheGDog said:
Why wouldn't you let your dogs around your pond? What is it you're afraid they will do to the pond? (I'm assuming you're afraid of them leaving poop around the banks of the pond maybe?) I'm just asking because I'm in an Urban setting, and we have a pool in the backyard, but we are on the flight path of lots of waterfowl that make their way over to the large Los Alamitos Navy Golf Course, which occupies a property adjacent to the Joint Military Forces Training Base and Airstrip over here.

When we first moved in, several times Mallards thought they could swim about in my pool sh*tting all over the place... my Rat Terrier quickly showed'em what's up. Every once in awhile, a few years or so, another one will try, but there haven't been any in a long darn time now. They never returned to our back yard, but sometimes will land in adjoining neighbors front yards,even leisurely walk across or down the street, the females get tired and have to rest. Even seen 'em doing chilling in the little square planters in the Vons parking lot at the neighborhood plaza! Out in the front of the house, they know they won't be hassled by anyone's dogs, and the people think it's neat so they don't shoo them away or hassle them in anyway. They also land in the nearby park's pool in the off-season, the park is only 250yds away. It's fenced in, so they know they are safe in there.

I can't imagine any other way to keep the ducks out of your pond. Especially if you're saying it's pristine and has trout in it. Like what duck wouldn't want to go in that? Right?

What kind of dogs do you have?
I have the pond fenced out to keep everything out. I do get deer in there and I let my sheep in an hour at a time occasionally. Dogs dig, crap, and I dont want them getting the habit of swimming.
 

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I was thinking use the bird cannon with a motion detector. Probably wouldn't go off more than once or twice a day until the birds were educated. Yeah, if those are dekes in the pond they need to go. Fake ducks attract real ones. That's kinda the point.

Question: Why don't you want your dogs to swim? They can't sweat and on a hot day its a great way to cool off. Once the novelty wears off it would probably only be occasional for them.
 

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Could you rig something on a wire, hung between 2 trees? A remote that has motion to scare them.
 

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The struggle is real Paul! I'm not of much help but if anyone knows how to keep my neighbors cats from shitting under my truck and climbing all over my hood and windshield that would be of great help!
 

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As far as shooting them goes you don't actually have to shoot them. Just walk up to the pond and fire three shots randomly in the air and they'll probably fly away. Works for me every time one approaches my blind. I fire three shots and they head for the next county. None of them ever seem to stick around, even the ones I was actually shooting at.
 

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Me too, but I'm good with a cow tag. You'll need to eat those disgusting birds.
 

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One option though it may not have enough reach is to get one of those motion detecting water sprinklers, think it is called a scarecrow or something. Maybe a couple of them?

It just chills until something is within range and then very abruptly sprays the crap out of anything close. My folks had one I got them to get rid of herons and it worked amazingly well, but was a smaller pond.
 

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bearclaw said:
One option though it may not have enough reach is to get one of those motion detecting water sprinklers, think it is called a scarecrow or something. Maybe a couple of them?

It just chills until something is within range and then very abruptly sprays the crap out of anything close. My folks had one I got them to get rid of herons and it worked amazingly well, but was a smaller pond.
I have one of those and they're awesome! If you have critter problems it discourages them in a hurry. There was some old lady who used to walk her little yapper dog early in the morning and decided my lawn looked like a good place for the little rat to poop. Set up the scarecrow, turned the hose on full so lots of pressure and next morning it soaked the dog and her. Hilarious and problem solved. Not sure how that would work on ducks though

Zach said something that might be worth a try. Suspend several wires across the pond hung with some sort of flags or flappy things. Enough to disrupt their approach. Not attractive, but might work.
 

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ESSposse said:
#1......... get rid of the duck decoys in your pond.
I dont need that kind of negativity. Chased off another 10 today. Trying to decide to drop $100 plus on a pair of swan decoys and replace my duck decoys. Reading up on the swan, it says they deter geese. I assume they would deter ducks as well.
 

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paulc said:
#1......... get rid of the duck decoys in your pond.
I dont need that kind of negativity. Chased off another 10 today. Trying to decide to drop $100 plus on a pair of swan decoys and replace my duck decoys. Reading up on the swan, it says they deter geese. I assume they would deter ducks as well.
I wonder if this is because swans are aggresive... never read up on that.
 

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$120. Ordered the swans. Anybody want a couple of mallard decoys. They have been in my pond a few years and the paint is like new. Amazed. I think those ducks would have come in whether I had those decoys out there or not, but, who am I to argue. haha
 

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Your problem started when you put the duck decoys in the pond Paul. Try the swans then a coyote decoy at last resort pellet rifle.
 
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