Wow…Really Neighbor?!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@megz06:  Good for you! Seriously. I’m thrilled that you said something right back to her! It drives me up the effing wall when people don’t teach their kids how to interact properly with dogs… that’s how people get hurt! I would not have that kid back in your yard, and I’d also keep an eye out (or put a lock on) so that she doesn’t just waltz back in herself.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

@megz06:  it sounds like you are handling the situation very well. There is nothing else you can do, you can work on him with his nipping and hope he grows out of it but that brat child is not making it any better.

Im sure Dh will feel the same…or maybe the other 8 year old who plays very well can have secret play dates haha.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you’re being a bit harsh on the girl – she’s 6, she doesn’t understand like an older child or adult would.

I think it would be in your best interest to not let children around your dog given its history of biting.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

@megz06:  I think it’s for the best that you don’t let those kids play with your dog anymore. They obviously don’t know how to play nicely with animals, won’t listen, and their adults are not teaching them. Anything that goes wrong will be blamed on you. You and your pup isn’t getting anything positive out of these interactions, so just put a stop to it.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@megz06:  Just say no. She is too young to be held responsible for her actions with your dog. You will also still be legally responsible if you allow her into your yard to play with the dog and he bites her.

If you want to minimize the interactions between them and your dog, you can buy those strips that you weave in and out of the chain link fence.

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Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you are making the right choice.  A 6 year old is old enough to understand you when you tell her that she cannot run with the dog.  She just doesn’t care.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@megz06:  YIKES.  You never should have let any neighborhood brats play with your dog, for the dogs sake!!  And for your liability…

Did you tell Callie’s parents about the incident (just the biting), I think it’s a need to know and you could also tell them given that (and her attitude) that you won’t be allowing her (or anyone else) to play with your dog.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@megz06:  I would be super frustrated too. 

As far as the PPs saying “She’s only six,” I have to say, that at six years old, kids are totally capable of following clear, repeated instruction! She also should not be defiant and rude to you! I would’ve been yelled at and punished for days if I behaved the way she did. 

Good for you for keeping your cool and deciding not to put up with that BS anymore. Sorry you had this experience, though! Some people and their kids….

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

What a little brat!  You’re absolutely doing the right thing–your dog is not there for their entertainment.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@megz06: …I think that Grandma’s parting comment was more of an attempt to diffuse the temper tantrum of her granddaughter and in no way a knock at you or your dog….sometimes when a kid is ready to flip, you’ll say things that make them feel better because you just don’t want to have to deal with the freaking out right then.

I’ve got dogs, and annoying neighbor children that want to play with our dogs and the answer is always, “No”….if I see one of them lurking around the back fence, and I need to let the boys out, I stand watch and keep everyone on task..they are out here to take a piss and that’s all…no monkey business, you don’t like people barging in on your while you’re in the bathroom, give my dogs the same courtesy.

They’ll whine and bray, but the weird thing is, they have dogs of their own…play with YOUR dog…my dogs don’t wanna play, its hot, you’re loud and inside of our house is a canine paradise with a giant teddy bear of a man that hangs out with them all day….loud children lose that contest every time.

Don’t let it get to you and don’t feel bad about limiting contact with your dog, he’s not some object to be played with, some animals just aren’t compatible with kids, loud noises or manhandling and you and your DH keeping a firm line about that isn’t being mean, because you didn’t get Napolean for the sole benefit of the neighbor, you got him because he belongs in your family.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@megz06:  No need to get snippy. My comment has nothing to do with how her parents have chosen to handle the situation. It’s not my place to judge how others choose to parent their children.  All I am saying is I don’;t think you can reasonably expect a 6 year old to follow your instructions not to run every time, at least not this particular child.  Why you’re letting a 6 year old dictate your decisions is beyond me, You should have just said no if you knew it was an issue, instead of giving in and letting her come over.

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