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Old 12-24-2012, 08:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We appear to have a German Shepherd that has taken up with us and don't know what to do. The dog belongs to a neighbor who lives about a third of a mile away from us. There are very few houses in the neighborhood and they are far apart. The dog just follows me around every time I go outside and appears to be very lonely. We do not feed it and the owner says he is but the dog is outside my doorstep every morning and still there every night. We can only assume that he is eating somewhere because he doesn't appear to be starving. The owner came and got him the other day and took him home. Within 5 minutes he was back by my side. A friend of mine said the dog may have "imprinted" on me. It is a nice dog but we do not need a dog at this time. Does anyone here have any ideas of what we can do to make the dog go home ?
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The only way is to have the owners tie him up/fence him in so he can't get to your home anymore.

I used to have a neighbor dog that also loved us and hung out at our home all the time he could. Loved us to death. His real owners fed and vetted him, knew hs was over our house all the time and could careless. This dog dug under fences to get to our yard.

For us, we just loved him when he was over and when we left or went in the house, he would then return home. So it wasn't a big deal and went on for years.

If you really don't want him you can take him to the shelter for being loose and apparently abandoned and have them deal with the owner. There are leash laws in all states so that would be addressed.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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When we were younger we had a pit bull that did this. We would bring her home and as we were walking on one side of the block, she would be running down the other side and beat us back to the house. Every morning she was on that porch. After we moved, my mom always said we should have just took that dog. The owners didn't care and I'm sure they would have given her up. Her name was Elvira and I will never forget her. They pick people for a reason and I wouldn't discount that. If you feel the need to ignore the dog then do so, but I could never do that. Its kinda nice that he picked you and wants to be by you and you don't have to buy his food or pay for the vet
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Contact animal control for your area and let them know your neighbors dog constantly roams to your house and call when the dog is there so they can come pick up the dog and speak with the owner. If the owner can not take responsibility for their own dog he would be better off in a family home that actually wants him around and takes proper measures to assure his safety.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I would talk to your neighbors and let them know that if they can't keep him home then you will call AC. They need to train him and work with him so he wants to be with them.

I had a dog once that as soon as I opened the door, he was gone, 5 miles over the hill to the old lady at the blueberry farm. Nobody knows why but he LOVED that old lady. After several times of going and getting him and her bringing him back I finally asked her if she wanted him because he certainly wanted her. He never left her side from that day and never wandered from her property.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Oh what a shame the neighbours don't seem bothered whether their dog is wandering around and perhaps causing a nuisance to others.

I would have a friendly word with your neighbour and mention how you think he is a lovely dog, but you could really do without him hanging around your home all the time. Would it be possible for them to fence their property, so their dog cannot escape?
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Please don't rely on animal control to settle this unless you are willing to live with that dog being put down, if they pick it up for being loose -- if your neighbor can't be bothered to pick it up from ACO, there is a strong possibility the dog will be euthanized. DO NOT ASSUME IT WILL BE ADOPTED BY SOMEONE ELSE.

The assumption people often make about there always being some loving, wonderful family waiting to adopt a purebred dog from a shelter is flat out wrong, in most parts of the country. Purebred dogs, including friendly, healthy GSDs are often euthanized to make space. Sending him off with animal control should be a last resort, not a first phone call -- please try to settle it with your neighbor in a friendly way, as it sounds like a wonderful dog who is just looking for some good company, and has figured out that you are a person he likes.
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