how to protect dogs from coyoteOur dogs are beloved members of our families. When it comes to protecting them from harm, we want to do everything under the moon to keep them safe. And with coyote activity on the rise in suburban and urban areas, it’s all the more important to take a handful of precautions that could save your dog’s life in the event of a coyote encounter.

Here are 5 tips on how to protect your dog from coyote.

Tip #1: Don’t be a food source

Coyote will scavenge near and far to find food, and this includes searching your backyard if they smell or see anything interesting. And since coyote will eat just about anything, it’s important to secure your garbage in an animal-proof container, and for extra security, maybe even store it inside of your garage or shed.

If you feed your dog outside, bring in the food and water bowls once they’re finished eating.

And bird feeders are also a coyote attractant. Though nice to have, bird feeders attract birds, and coyote like to hunt birds for food. So, keep everyone safe, and store your bird feeder.

Once you’ve secured your garbage, brought the dog food inside, and stored your bird feeder, take a walk around your property to look for anything else that could be food for coyote. This includes fruit trees, gardens, and fish ponds.

Tip #2: Build a fence

If you don’t already have a fence around your property, we highly recommend building one. Fences are a simple way to keep your pets in and coyote out. Your fence should be at least 6 feet high. And since coyote are known to dig under fences, bury the fence anywhere from 12” – 18” in the ground.

Install a PVC pipe, chicken wire, or barbed wire on top of the fence to make sure a particularly athletic coyote isn’t able to, literally, get a leg up.

Tip #3: Put on your fight face

Every encounter with a coyote―and hopefully, there won’t be any―should be unpleasant for the coyote, and result in them running away scared. You never want to give coyote the feeling of being comfortable around humans. So, whenever you see a coyote, scare it away using tactics outlined by The Humane Society.

These tactics include making lots of noise by yelling, blowing whistles, or using an air horn. You should also make yourself appear big by waving your arms up over your head. The Humane Society also suggests throwing sticks and small rocks in the coyote’s direction.

Read The Humane Society’s complete guide to coyote hazing by visiting

Tip #4: A tight leash

Always keep your dogs leashed and near you while you’re out on walks together. In an interview with Dogster, a National Park Service ranger in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said that dog owners should act as if there’s always a coyote nearby and on the prowl. That way, you're never caught off guard.

Tip #5: Install Nite Guard Solar lights

Nite Guard Solar lights are used by dog owners across the US to protect their beloved pets from predators like coyote. We receive story after story from grateful customers who’ve found a solution to their coyote problems in our lights.

Here’s what two of our happy customers have to say about using Nite Guard Solar lights to deter coyote.

“We heard coyotes every night until we put up Nite Guard Solar lights. Now we have not heard them for months.” ― Gary Fowler in GA

“Absolutely stops coyotes! My neighbors laughed at me when I bought this product. They are not laughing now because the coyotes are starting to go to their rightful place after I installed Nite Guard Solar lights.” ― J. Fendrick in Windsor, CO

Read more coyote testimonials.


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