Can you talk to your neighbor and ask why she is so afraid of your dog? Maybe starting dialogue will help ease her mind.
Well, everybody knows that she absolutely despises dogs... and many other things. But she has told me that no matter how well trained a dog is, they are beasts and will always be unpredictable. She seems to be one of those people you don't change their mind, because I have tried to politely tell her otherwise. I've been just trying to do training well she is out and other activities with Misty to attempt to show her how good of a dog she is.
The OP stated that he wasn't there and that their MIL let Misty out. I would fully expect Misty to not listen to the MIL. The OP also stated that if they were their, Misty wouldn't have done that, which to me indicates a well trained dog in that respect. The only thing I see wrong with that is that the MIL let the dog out into an unfenced yard when she clearly doesn't have control of the dog. In that case, the OP would just need to speak with the MIL about not doing that in the future or just eliminating the resposibility and just crating Misty while they are gone. My boy would do the same thing. He listens to me INCREDIBLY well but questions and pushes with everyone else who usually lets him get away with whatever he wants. So because I know this I NEVER let anyone take him into situations that could cause potential harm, unintentianally or not.
Thanks you! That is what I meant. I never ever allow her to run up to any neighbors let alone children to greet them unless they ask permission and Misty is sitting calmly. Also, my MIL knew that Misty was not allowed in the front yard. She is one of those people who have their own opinion and do not care about others. Her whole life she had dogs and let them roam the neighborhood. I was not pleased with her to say the least, but I learned my lesson. Fortunutly, she was only visiting and after tomorrow she should be going back to her home in Michigan. I know now to have her crated when I am not home or at night with MIL here (MIL goes outside randomly through the night). And to keep a close eye in general when she or other people are around.
i think you should introduce your dog to the neighbors.
when you're not home crate Misty. is there a spare
room Misty can use? teach Misty not to door dash
and teach her boundaries.
We have introduced her to almost all of the neighbors. Others that I have not mention seem to like her. At our other house we moved from, Misty would never ever run out the door. We did "wait" ever since she was a puppy and it meant that even if kids were playing in our yard a couple feet from her, she never ran out. Having moved we had to reteach her and although she is very good with it, she is not quite as perfect with distractions, such as someone being two feet from the door, than she was in Michigan, but we are working on it.
All in all, maybe I will find a different location to practice off-lead, get Misty's CGC, and eventually down the road be able to let her off-leash while I'm in the front yard. I think it will be awhile, though, with having a toddler and another baby on the way, but possible.
She is pretty close to testing for the CGC which I am excited about!