How to Disinfect My Dog's Yard

Updated April 17, 2017

It is important to disinfect your dog's yard every now and then to prevent the build up of bacteria and mould which could harm your pet. If your dog has recently had a contagious illness, such as parvovirus, you will need to fully disinfect the yard before letting your dog back out, or you risk reinfecting it.

Clean up any dog droppings using a plastic or metal shovel which should be thrown away or disinfected after use. Dog faeces contain a lot of bacteria, so gloves are advised.

Remove dog toys and bedding. Wash anything that is washable on the highest temperature suitable for that material, and preferably wash everything on its own.

Hose your yard down with water, making sure you spray everywhere. While water does not kill bacteria, it will make the cleaning process easier and disperse bacteria out for easier treatment.

Spray the yard with a disinfectant safe for use with animals. An example is Johnson's Clean and Safe Trigger Spray, which is safe for use with all animals. Cover the garden completely, and any toys or equipment that are not washable.

Hose the garden down with water again after waiting the recommended amount of time for the disinfectant to work.

Allow the garden to dry before putting your dog's belongings back.


If you are using bleach as a disinfectant, always make sure the area is well ventilated so that toxic fumes from the bleach don't cause further harm.

Things You'll Need

  • Disinfectant
  • Hose
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Elle Blake has been writing since 2006. Her articles regularly appear in "All Women Stalk," "Parenting," "Education Plus" and "Glamour." She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in early childhood studies and primary education and a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in animal welfare and behavior, both from the University of Warwick. She is currently studying towards NCTJ Certificate in Magazine and Journalism.