SRINAGAR: Aside from the battle people are fighting with government troops, in the lanes of Srinagar people are also fighting dogs with “bottles filled with violet-colour water”.
The violet-colour water is sourced from indigo dye or blue-colour detergents. According to locals, it is effective in keeping dogs at bay.
Farooq Ahmad, a resident of Jamalata, said he was surprised to see such coloured water bottles hanging from shops in the area.
“I thought that they were left by the CRPF men who patrol the area during the day. I later enquired about these. Then I received advice from neighbors to use these indigo-colour water-filled water bottles to keep dogs away,” he said.
He said that neighbours told him that hanging such bottles outside shops and homes is highly effective in preventing dogs from spreading their faeces in the lanes.
The dogs have stopped entering the lanes and their littering, too, has reduced, the locals said.
According to Mudasir Ahmad, a resident of Safakadal, the idea works well as the smell of the liquid is not liked by the dogs. It also creates some kind of reflection that keeps dogs away, he said.
“The only thing one has to do is change the chemical continuously,” he said.
Though the idea has been a hit in the city where dog population is high, experts say this technique will have no effect on dog behaviour.
An expert from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, SKUAST, Dr Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi said dogs are territorial animals and will not leave their space by the threat posed by a hanging water bottle filled with some chemical.
“The only time a dog fears water is when it has contracted rabies. Otherwise it cannot be affected by such liquid bottles,” he said.
The expert said “dogs will always defend their territory” and that even the smell of a certain chemical cannot drive them away.