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Old 04-05-2014, 01:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our GSD is 14 months old, high energy female, super active, plays rough. You need to be firm with her. I put her out side on her lead this morning and went back inside. Only a couple of minutes, she started barking then I heard some kids and thought my husband was home with the grand kids but then I realized I did not hear the car pull up. Plus she would not bark at the grand kids or my husband. I look outside the window and the person who lives right next door was by the dog with two strange kids I have not seen before. He was trying to get her to behave and sit, she would not listen to him and in the mean time she was barking at the one kid. He was still trying to get her to settle when the one kid started to go toward her and back up several times. This was all in a short time span. Well, I went out side and told him that I would prefer him not to bring kids over if we are not outside. My husband is telling me never to say anything. Was I right? I have to protect my dog. This person feels like he can walk in our yard any time, on foot or with his ATV and go up and pet the dog. His back yard is even with our house, our house is set back on our property and I found out that he will stand in his back yard and call the dogs name and make noises. I found this out when they invited us over and they had a few to many and his wife told me. Her lead and kennel is on that side of the house. I am just fed up with people like this. What are your guys opinion on this? Sorry if to long.
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I do not believe you were rude whatsoever.....simply being responsible and acting in a fashion which is best for everybody....including the dog.

A Robert Frost quote comes to mind....." Good fences make good neighbors"

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Old 04-05-2014, 01:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have similar issues but not quite as drastic. When it was just my little dog outside people walking by would stop and reach over my fence to pet him. The neighbor girl on the left tries to play with my dogs through the fence and my neighbor on the right stops by to see them. He is ok because he has brought his dog over into my yard with my permission to socialize the animals. The neighbors behind us I am pretty sure don't mess around but I did find an empty peanut butter jar in that part of the yard one day. I let that one go because I didn't know if it was something that was buried in the bushes or if they gave it to the dogs. My husband and friend who is a property manager both stated that in city I have no right to stop people from doing this as long as they are outside of my yard because they are on public property. Have you posted No Trespassing and Beware of Dog signs? At least if you have those posted you have a little more protection on your side if something does happen. I'll be interested to see what people here have to say about the issue.

I now keep the little dog on a chain inside the fenced in yard because the neighbors and passerby's actions have encouraged him to charge the fence every time someone walks by. He has gotten out twice, once into the little girls yard and once right out the front. I think it's sad that I have to leash my dog inside his own fenced in yard but I can't change the actions of others so I have to adjust around their actions.

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Old 04-05-2014, 02:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Not rude, best to just stay out with your dog while it conducts its "business", especially with no fence. It only takes a split second for some kind of accident/incident to happen, dog knocks kid down or even a solid unintended head-butt to one of the kids and you may have someone knocking on your door, just not worth the risk.

Kind of tough dealing with neighbors, but best to be clear with them. I'd have a talk about respecting boundaries, but be diplomatic, he may be a PITA, but there may come a time when you may need their help.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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what kind of a person calls YOUR dog and makes ''wierd'' noises? sounds like a potential Big problem IMHO.
and don't forget in the long run-if you fail to plan you might as well plan to fail.
best wishes for a peaceful outcome.
personally I would post my property with no trespassing signs ASAP.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Your neighbor is obnoxious.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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all the above but also putting your dog on a tie out and not supervising her outside
and having people teasing her is going to make her aggressive
if you do not remedy this situation instantly you are liable to have a bite case on your hands very soon
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fences make good neighbors.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Certainly not rude!! I think you are correct in laying the ground rules - your property, your dog etc etc. Heaven only knows where you would be if the dog bit one of those kids!
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I agree with the fence and not leaving your dog outside unattended. You can't fix stupid, but you can protect your dog.
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