(Closed) Next door neighbor potential issue with dogs

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Helper bee

I’d go over with something baked (turning the tables) and innocently ask them if the dogs are theirs, and when they say yes, say that you don’t know how your dog will react to these other dogs, and if it’s possible would they mind putting their dogs out on a run. 

I’m sure theyv’e never had neighbors who have cared before, so if you bring it up nicely, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Hmm I kind of have a different take on this, as the owner of a potentially aggressive dog it’s your responsibility to isolate your dog, not the friendly dogs next door. If I were in your shoes I’d put up a privacy fence to contain your dog and prevent any contact. That said, I would definitely bring it up with your neighbors in a friendly way that your dog doesn’t play well with others, take a baked good over and phrase it in a way that you’re just giving them a heads up not to let their dogs go too near yours. Yes, they probably shouldn’t be roaming the neighborhood but that’s their choice and they have made sure their dogs are friendly and well trained enough to not run away or attack anyone. 

I do have a dog of my own and we have no fence so she’s always on a leash with us outside but I would be really offended if new neighbors moved in  and asked that we contain our dog instead of them preventing the issue themselves. We even have neighbors with a roaming cat that likes to come taunt our pup through the window and it’s our responsibility to keep her from destroying the damn cat, not theirs (even though I hate that cat with a passion). We’re also military and I understand the short living assignment but we’ve been our current home just over a year and will be moving soon but I still definitely regret not spending the extra money innitially to get a fence (base housing so they dictate that it’s the pricey kind)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I also agree that because your dog is the aggressor you should consider a fence or constant supervison when your dog is outside. 

I think this has less to do with these dogs that are constantly running free (although that is an issue, don’t get me wrong) because you never really know what might happen if your dog is aggressive and easily approached by other animals. 

Another neighbor’s dog might get out just one time and be attacked by your dog, or someones cat, or god forbid someones child. And unfortunately, you would likely be found responsible especially since you know that your dog is    agressive. You would then be responsible for vet or hospital bills, possible lawsuit, and most likely your dog would be euthanized. 

Save yourself the trouble, tears, and the money and put up a fence for your dog. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

First, I’d probably look and see if there’s a leash law for dogs in your area. Loose dogs are pretty problematic in our area, we have a privacy fence and a couple broke into my yard and killed my chickens. It caused a whole lot of hoopla. Now, if these are well trained dogs who only stay within their property line, great. But if your dog is within his own territory and those dogs cross over, it isn’t necessarily your fault/responsbilty. We have a dog and post Beware of Dog and No Trespassing signs for this reason. 

Obvioulsy a fence would be great, but if you’re renting/leasing that may not be an option and a dog run will probably be your safest bet from there.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would first check if there are any bylaws in your area re dogs running loose.

Even though you said your dog is not the most friendly, you are a responsible owner and intend to keep him on your own property. The neighbours need to do the same with their dogs.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t really agree with the sentiment that the “aggressive” dog has to be locked up. ALL dogs are potentially aggressive and 9/10 human owners have zero understanding of animal aggression and behavior (the whole “my dog was acting fine until your dog came up and growled at him!” kind of line). In the end, they are animals and by definition, unpredictable. 

Without knowing the leash laws in your county, I would say that their actions are dangerous, indeed. If someone’s toddler found their way outside and then decided that it would be fun to say, poke their dog in the eye with a pencil, I really doubt that their dog would just roll over and slobber. It’s also just plain inconsiderate for them to do that–not everyone is comfortable around dogs. If you were afraid of dogs, you would be very annoyed by unleashed roamers in your ‘hood, no matter how wonderful they are. But rural is a little different from urban, so I get why you’re having some issue with this. 

I think that you are well within your rights to tell your neighbors that you too, have a dog and that your dog hasn’t had any previous issues, but he also is a more defensive dog when he is on a lead (as many dogs are–my dog plays well when she’s off-leash, but she doesn’t want anything to do with other dogs if she is leashed and they are not) and that you would hate for something to happen. Explain to them what your plans are, and also explain that you cannot erect some sort of fence because of the lease agreement. I think that most responsible dog owners would be receptive to hearing that–I definitely would be. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yeah, I’m reading this as the neighbors are letting their dogs roam freely onto OP’s property, in which case, it’s not up to the OP to necessarily “lock up” her dog if her dog is on its own property. Does this mean if she sticks her dog in a run or ties him up, the other dogs can still come up on the property and roam freely around her dog? Not really fair…

I think I would definitely contain my dog for the time being, but still go over to the neighbors to discuss it. (Bring some baked goods or something, as other bees have mentioned). It would be a great way to meet the neighbors and if you are nice about it and have an honest conversation, I can’t see it going badly (unless the neighbors are total jerks). Good luck!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

They are definitely the ones in the wrong. Letting your dog roam around the neighborhood and in other people’s yards is really inconsiderate to your neighbors and is dangerous for the dog. People can be very sensitive about their pets, though, so I would tread lightly and just say you have concerns about the dogs running onto your property and getting into altercations with your dog, as you want all the dogs to be safe.

I would be prepared to only take your dog out on a leash from now on, though.

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