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Anyone come up with a good way to keep dogs away from fig trees? I've got a 6 month old Boxer pup and I can tell already I'll be chasing him around the yard whole he's dragging my trees around...pots and all.
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Double up on the pepper quantities.  

https://www.dirtdoctor.com/garden/Garlic-Pepper-Tea-Recipe_vq2545.htm

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When I trim my trees and throw the limbs on the ground, my dogs grab them and chew them up. I can't see how they can stand the bitter taste of the latex, but they love it. To a dog it must be a treat. Go figure!

To stop your dog from grabbing your trees, try spraying some hot sauce on the limbs. Once he gets a taste of that he'll think twice before he uses it as a chew toy.

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When I trim my trees and throw the limbs on the ground, my dogs grab them and chew them up. I can't see how they can stand the bitter taste of the latex, but they love it. To a dog it must be a treat. Go figure! To stop your dog from grabbing your trees, try spraying some hot sauce on the limbs. Once he gets a taste of that he'll think twice before he uses it as a chew toy.


Perhaps you can get bitter apple spray and just coat the heck out of one fig. Then casually leave it out for your dog to find. He won't even look at figs again. We had some extreme version of bitter apple and when sprayed even the air turned bitter (our dog loved to eat the leaves off of house plants). It fades in a few weeks. 

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I sprinkled cayenne pepper around one tree that I've brought indoors to get a head start. Ten minutes later I noticed him walking around locking his chops.....with his snout COVERED in cayenne....he's a handsome Devil but not too smart.
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I sprinkled cayenne pepper around one tree that I've brought indoors to get a head start. Ten minutes later I noticed him walking around locking his chops.....with his snout COVERED in cayenne....he's a handsome Devil but not too smart.


One method to make the bitter apple work correctly as was taught to us at an AKC dog club. Soak a cotton ball with bitter apple, or something similar, put it in your dog's mouth and hold his snout shut for around 10 seconds. It sounds kinda harsh, but some plants are poisonous to dogs and this is a better option.

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Our dogs always considered various kinds of pepper, hot sauce, bitter apple, etc. as yummy condiments. What you could do is use something you already know your dog doesn't like. If he hates baths put some dog shampoo on the plant pot. Flea spray can also work while killing fig pests at the same time. For a braver dog try hiding with the garden hose and make it 'rain' whenever he gets near the figs. With dogs it helps to think outside the box.
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Our dogs always considered various kinds of pepper, hot sauce, bitter apple, etc. as yummy condiments. What you could do is use something you already know your dog doesn't like. If he hates baths put some dog shampoo on the plant pot. Flea spray can also work while killing fig pests at the same time. For a braver dog try hiding with the garden hose and make it 'rain' whenever he gets near the figs. With dogs it helps to think outside the box.


Our dog also ignored until we did the bitter apple cotton ball trick. The first time we sprayed it he literally licked it clean. Our trainer said many dogs seem to ignore it so owners assume it doesn't work. The dog has to learn to hate it. Bitter apple is only a few dollars at most pet stores. 

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Going to buy some bitter apple as well as clove oil, heard that may work.
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Going to buy some bitter apple as well as clove oil, heard that may work.


Just be careful with clove oil. That stuff will stink up the place with just a few missed drops. As for the BA, just soak a cotton ball with it. Make sure your dog doesn't think they are in trouble or anything. Place the ball on the tongue and hold snout shut for 10 seconds or so and then let the dog spit it out. Hope that works!

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My 2 german shepherd mutts run and play all day & have never bothered my figs.  Except occasionally know a pot over.
I think the secret is keep the dogs busy with dog toys & play with them. 
If dogs get bored they will look for entertainment and will playfully destroy anything in sight.

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My Dalmatian ate a skillet of freshly cooked jalapeños and onions while the skillet was searing hot so I'm keeping an eye open. Perhaps a coating of hot English mustard, very hot chilli oil or that stuff people use to help them stop biting their nails might work?
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Put him on Craig's List. :-))
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Put that dogs own poo wherever you do not want it to go ....or it works if digging put it's poo in the hole
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Electrified Fence....lol...he'll be fried in no time. He eats his own poo if I don't clean it up quickly enough...like I said he's a Boxer, not known to be smart. He ate one of my 3 Brebas off my Petite Negra yesterday....I'm going to try one of those remote collars that emit a high pitched sound when you press a button. I really didn't think this through when I replaced my black Lab that passed away in December. She was a great dog...wouldn't touch anything that wasn't hers...this guy is so damn curious. I've already pulled two batteries out of his mouth.
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my black Lab that passed away in December.  


Very sorry for your loss.

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Thanks
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Spray figs with Carolina Reaper tea..... they'll chew on the trees....once. Won't hurt them. Works on all plants for all pests..... I ran out. I'm using Trinidad Scorpion Butch T this year.
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Hey Joe thanks for the info. Where do I get these sprays? I looked online and only saw the actual peppers
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I make it myself. Get a generic spray bottle. Now Carolina Reapers at the worlds hottest pepper. Availability may depend on your location. I grow the Scorpions myself. Kijiji or a google search will find them for you but really you just need to find the hottest peppers you can get your hands on. Fresh is best. Chop up a large bunch and pour boiling water over them. Close lid and let steep overnight. Next day strain and pour into spray bottle and use. Some people add a small amount of dish soap to help bind it to the plant.

Warning: be upwind as you spray or your eyes will not be happy. You've basically made a light pepper spray

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Perfect, thanks!
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If you try any kind of homemade pepper spray be sure to use the seeds in your brew as well. Those buggers have lots of heat.
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These large breed dogs are still mentally puppies for 2 years, but so big at just a few months, that they can wreak havoc in just a minute or two!

I have a very smart 5 month old Irish Setter and he loves fig trees. (Told you he was smart!)
I put him out to "potty" and not 2 minutes later, he had eaten the tops off of the 2 figs I was going to plant later today. Not nibbled, not just broke off, all of the tree above the soil in the pot was completely gone. Not a trace remained.

For the record, my dog Dash chases, fetches, swims, etc. all of his waking hours- me & the kids keep him playing & busy, and though that keeps him out of most trouble, he's still teething like crazy & he can destroy something in seconds.

I don't have an answer, but I wanted to share, because it's not your fault & not your boxer's fault. He'll likely grow out of it if you can keep him busy. Certainly try the hot peppers too!

Also, does anyone have a Smith or a Emalyn's Purple for sale or trade, as mine are not going to make it! I'd be thrilled with a cutting, plant, or air layer. I'm in Northern CA, near Chico, but travel down to Sacramento monthly, so anywhere near here, I could pick up. Or I could pay shipping. I promise to keep it away from Dash!

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I bought my Trinidad Scorpion seeds from this guy:

http://www.superhotpeppers.ca

His name is Shane. He sells seeds, plants and dehydrated peppers. He says he only ships in Canada. But you can ask... He literally has all of the top 10 or 15 world record holding peppers for heat.

I originally asked him about seeds for the Carolina Reaper (hottest) but on explaining what I was using them for he recommended the "Trinidad Scorpion Butch T" as it easier to grow and produces many more peppers.

He'll probably remember me if you mention.

Good luck - and whatever you do, be careful with these things... Se sent a free gift along with my seeds. Some dehydrated "Ghost Scorpion". I like hot food but this nearly popped my head off. 

Youtube: "Carolina Reaper Challenge" or "Trinidad Scorpion Challenge" and you'll get a sense of what they are.

Edit - These guys are great: 

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That video was great! I'm going to try some pepper spray I came across but I'm going to dilute it a little in a spray bottle with water.
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If you mean actual pepper spray, be careful. I was standing behind someone once while the demonstrated how to use it...The wind blew the wrong way...I was not happy....

Also strongly recommend you do a test to ensure it does't leave any residual flavor on your fruit... I know the super-hot chilies don't... Pepper spray is made from chemically derived capsaicin. 

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I've been sprayed before, I know what ypu mean...lol. I was just going to spray the pot itself and just the dirt on the edge.
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Ahhhh. The adventures of a late-night stroll through the park :-)



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Ahhhh. The adventures of a late-night stroll through the park :-)




LOL, I thought I knew her...I swear!
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I grew a pepper once that had a 250,000 scoville rating. Was gonna make a nice hot salsa with it. Whirled it up in the blender b4 I was going to simmer it on the stove with all the other ingredients. When I took the top off the blender the fumes got in my eyes and the pain was unbelievable. Ran screaming down the hall....seriously I'm not kidding.... and jumped in the shower and held my eye lids open and let the shower water flush my eyes. The newer varieties have scoville ratings over 1.5 million. Can't imagine the heat/pain involved in ingesting that or getting it in your eyes. I would think it would be a 100% effective pest deterrent.
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Hence the great pesticide....All the benefit without the risk of actual injury to anyone or anything....Just intense unpleasantness... Imagine that same experience at over a million SHU....right?

No chemicals, no pesticides, no harm done....just, "get the (expletive) out of my yard" bunny....or squirrel, or deer or whatever
 

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BINGO! Herds of deer by me that have been eyeing up my garden and figs, all the while having an appetizer of large flowering hastas right before they bloom! going to try this out.
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Wish someone would try this and use one of those trail cameras so we could see them go running when they take their first taste...I have figs going out in front of the house this year and that's where the deer walk through....So I'll be peppering all over...

If you want 6b cold tough figs you should contact ADelmanto. He's in your area and has some amazing trees. Ask about his Naples Dark. 

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Critter cam would be fun to see.. Thank you for the contact info! Will be sure to look into. 
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Here's Aaron's last list. He has a lot more than is listed here. Many of his trees once mature will hold their own with little protection in your area.... 

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/cuttings-2016-8323713?pid=1294898439

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