Post # 1
Our neighbor (we live in a condo) has this habit of letting his golden retriever out at night to poo on the common grounds and then, calls for the dog back by “clapping” (sounds like a loud banging bc he wears gloves) and yelling “NEAL!”. We are already annoyed about the fact that he doesn’t curb his dog but the loud yelling and noise into the common grounds annoys the hell out of us, too. After a long flight home, DH woke up annoyed and went out to confront the neighbor and said, “You know, we all can hear you, right? You also need to leash and curb your dog.” The neighbor replied, “I’m training a service dog.” Say what now?! We’re not sure what to make of it. And, what if he just continues to do this…do we complain to the board? What do you think?
Post # 2
What is ‘curbing’ a dog? I’ve never heard that before. It might be worth a call/email etc to the condo board if it’s annoying you that much. But they may not be able to do anything – since when you say condo, I assume everyone owns their unit? It’s not like they could kick him out of something he owns.
Post # 3
Pinkmoon: Oh, pick up the dog’s poop. I don’t think they can kick anyone out but they could just start giving out fines. It’s just annoying. IDK what the condo board can do either. *shrugs*
Post # 4
mnp: Training a service dog does not exempt him from bylaws.
I would document what’s happening to the Board and have them decide if he is violating bylaws or if he is exempt from them.
Post # 5
I don’t get how training a service dog means he can be loud and annoying at night…I’d slip an annonymous note in his mailbox asking him to please respect the neighbors. If that doesn’t help, then I’d tell the condo board.
Post # 7
julies1949: Sounds like a plan! We felt like we were being the rude ones for a second there.
Post # 8
I would think that any service dog would have to start with leash training, coming when it’s called.. things like that. I call BS.
Post # 9
Pinkmoon: Actually they can. A strata group just outside Vancouver recently forced an owner to sell their unit for years of consicously vioating the bylaws of the strata and not paying the subsequent fines imposed.
Willful disregard of stata rules can have serious consequences. It is a long drawn out process but bad behavior does have implications.
You may own your unit but that is conditional to the rules of the strata which you have to sign that you agree to follow when you purchase your unit.
Post # 10
mnp: I know there are several groups around here that train service animals but they all follow normal rules of good animal manners. It is possible that he is being trained to respond to the sound of a clap to come back but he shouldn’t be permitted to disrupt his neighbours. Besides, once my dog was house trained (which only took a couple weeks) he generally didn’t go out after 9:30/10:00 until we got up the next morning.
Post # 11
MsGinkgo: This is good to know. This has been going on since we moved in (3 mos. ago).
Post # 12
My grandmother trains service dogs. She would never, ever be so disrespectful to anyone! Most service dogs are trained by hand commands, and yes verbal, but not loud noises. And training a dog to return is not just done when it goes to the restroom EVERY time. This guy is either lying and just rude, or ignorant. Not picking up poop is definitely NOT a part of service dog training. Sounds like he is just a liar.
Post # 13
mnp: Um, no. If anything, service dogs need to be more polite and unobtrusive than other pets because they go places where dogs are not typically allowed. Service dogs need to learn to be well-behaved and respond to discreet commands. I take it this is not a simple “Neal, come!” and a clap?
Either way, the fact that he doesn’t pick up after his dog makes me think he’s full of shit (see what I did there?!). Seriously, though, anyone who lets his dog poop everywhere is not responsible enough to be training a service dog.
Post # 14
Do you have a condo association you can file a complaint with? Even if it was a service dog (which I doubt), that’s no reason for behaving like that.
Post # 15
mnp: Yes, complain. Even if he is training a service dog, (which I highly doubt), so what? That doesn’t give him the right to disturb the peace every night or let the dog off leash to shit all over the common area.