Does a Dog presence alone keep rabbits away?
This is my second year growing a garden. It's relatively small; 4 raised beds in a typical suburban, partially fenced, backyard. Last year I had problems with rabbits eating crops to the point of completely decimating several vegetable types (peas, beans, brocolli, etc...)
This year I had planned on building a fence, but I'm behind in doing so. However, I have not seen any evidence of rabbits in the garden this year. Nothing has been touched.
What I'm thinking is that we got a dog over the winter and he's now keeping them away. I've of course seen many posts on dogs solving rabbit problems, but always interpreted the posts as the dog chasing rabbits away. Our dog is an inside dog and to my knowledge has never even seen a rabbit in our yard. My question: Will a dogs presence alone, and the resulting bodily wastes, keep rabbits away? I'd rather not build a fence if I don't have to.