(Closed) My dog went after the neighbor's dogs – is an apology enough?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Should I do something more?
    Yes - a sorry note with baked goods is appropriate : (46 votes)
    57 %
    No - an apology at the time is enough - no need to do anything more : (32 votes)
    40 %
    other : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’d probably bake them some cookies and leave a note saying “My fault they were off leash, won’t happen again, sorry to bother you.” Play it safe with neighbors.

    Post # 4
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    9063 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Sounds like no one was hurt, so that’s a good thing.

    I’d probably write a card or something (If you wanted to include baked goods, that’d be kind, but I don’t think it’s necessary) and I’d explain that you are incredibly sorry and the situation has been corrected and will not happen again, and that you just want to continue being civil neighbors.

    They may be angry (or afraid), but I think after the initial situation wears off, they’ll realize that no one was hurt and you made a genuine mistake and are attempting to make up for it.

    Post # 5
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    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Apologise again and give them the cookies/whatever, and hope and pray it doesn’t happen again.  Some of my neighbors’ dogs have been required to be put down by the City for less. 

    Post # 6
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    5548 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    No actual damage done, you know now that your dog probably shouldn’t be off the leash again if there is a chance the neighbors will have their pets out so I think your apology was enough. 

    Post # 7
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    1359 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Peacockfeather:  I sincerely doubt a dog has been put down for doing LESS than barking at another dog.

    Post # 8
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    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It was an accident and you already apologized profusely. No need to suck up to them. Did they still seem pissed about it?

    Post # 9
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    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @moonadea:  Dogs in my area who act that agressively toward another animal or person more than once are subject to the owners being charged, the dog being seized, or the dog being required to be euthanized. They have a serious problem with hunting dogs killing other pets and attacking children out of the blue. 

    If her dog acted aggressively enough that she thinks it may have attacked theirs and that she needs to apologize, she plain needs to be more careful. 

    Post # 11
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    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @oracle:  Wasn’t blaming you in the least, hun, I didn’t mean to offend you if I did. My dog’s a big half lab/half shepherd and when she was young she chased a few kids on their bikes once. My mom gave her a pretty nasty talking to and crated her up for a couple of days and she was only let out on a leash. She learned her lesson pretty quick, the silly thing. Everybody makes mistakes, and animals are unpredictable anyway, but you don’t want your neighbors to always be edgy or afraid of their dogs being around yours since they’ll probably still be kickin’ around for a while! 

    Post # 12
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    135 posts
    Blushing bee

    About 5 minutes ago as I was waiting for the security gate to open to my garage, I watched a giant German Shepard go after a guy walking on the other side of the street.  My lovely neighbors opened their security gate and the dog made a beeline for the guy. Luckily the guy was able to put his backpack between himself and the jaws of the dog.  And after about 5 attempts to bite the guy, my neighbor finally decided to send her armed guard over to get her dog.  What does my neighbor say to the poor guy walking home??? She screamed at him for “walking” in her neighborhood. 

    I reminded myself that I am living in the murder capital of Central America and there are crazy street dogs everywhere. 

    So you live in the US, you apologized which seems like enough since your dog didn’t bite the other dog. If you lived where I am, the other dog owner would be apologizing to you.

     

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    They’re DOGS. It is in their nature to do exactly whatshe did. As long as she didn’t actually bite them, I think you’re fine. 

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Eh. Dogs are unpredictable and any dog owner should understand that sometimes these things happen. Since no one was hurt and you promptly controlled your dog, it should be fine with just an apology. Next time you see them, you may apologize again and let them know your dog will be on a leash from now on. Anything else would be be a bit too much IMO.

    ETA: My city has leash laws, but I frequently encounter dogs that are off leash and out of control. There have been many times that a strange dog has approached my dog aggressively and the other owner has given ME the stink eye because my dog also got worked up. The fact that you controlled your dog and apologized is much more than a lot of people do.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I’ve had problems with my dog being less than friendly towards neighborhood dogs as well, so I know how embarrassing it is.  But honestly, if no one was hurt then an apology is definitely enough.  I wouldn’t really bother baking cookies, and I would skip the note (I wouldn’t want to admit fault in writing). Also, I would think that other dog owners would be a little understanding.  Dogs can be unpredictable, and other dog owners should be well aware that s*** happens. If their dog wasn’t injured, I really don’t understand what they could be pissed about.

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