The next time you help the daughter out with the dog, pay them a visit that evening when her folks are home. Explain that the daughter has trouble controlling the large dog, and you have had to give her a hand on a number of occasions and while you are happy that their dog is friendly to people, you are afraid that she is not letting you know that she is having trouble managing the dog. If they are using a flex-lead or a long line, on a flat collar, you might suggest a regular leash and possibly a prong collar. I would suggest classes, but classes will not help her manage the dog if it is squirrels, etc. If the dog is in anyway aggressive toward your animals, then bring that up. Tell them to fix their fence.
And, mention that you do not allow your dogs to poop in your front yard, because your child plays there, you would appreciate it if they would show some consideration and not allow their dog to poop in your front yard.
It is crucial to keep neighbors in the positive column, so consider well the way you go about saying what needs to be said. Don't bother with the things that you think they should do, like walking the dog, and going to classes. Mention only those things that affect you (and the minor child). Try to keep it helpful, but definitely something that is a valid concern of yours.
No one should have to put up with other people's dog poo on their lawn.
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Last edited by selzer; 01-12-2013 at 06:50 PM.