So last year around this time, my dog Kelso got sprayed by a skunk in our backyard. We have a big ass backyard with a garden near the back door and bushes all along either side of the yard. It ends in a wooded area, and we get all manner of wildlife hanging around. Unfortunately I think they're attached to garden for food or atleast many critters like to hang around it, from rabbits to an odd coyote..
So long story short, my dog just got sprayed again
and at the very least this time I was ready for it. I immediately brought him inside to the bath, put on old clothes and rubber gloves, and gave him a bath for about an hour with special De-skunkify shampoo. He's doing fine, but still smells strongly despite the many washings I gave him. I'm gonna do another bath here in a moment, but now I'm turning towards the idea of getting rid of them altogether.
So how does one get rid of vermin like Skunks? My yard is huge and easily accessible because there's no fence. The garden is handled by my landlord who kinda plants stuff but then doesn't tend to it, so it kinda just grows crazy each year and does it's own thing. I'm not sure what I can do to deter the pests, and worry about any potential poisons or traps hurting my own dog.
What do people do about skunks? It seems like every year in the fall they just come invade our yard, making it hell to walk my dog. Any ideas?