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what to do about neighbor's dogs??

So, the people behind us have two huge dogs. One looks like a boxer, the other...probably pit. My dogs run out and to the back fence every chance they get. Barking their little heads off. That alone drives me NUTS! And their dogs do it right back, but sound like they're going to kill someone. Jumping at the fence, growling. We have one of those tall wood privacy fences. And their dogs (outdoor dogs) have managed to dig 3 HUGE holes on their side..coming into ours. I just looked out, and saw this big brown head coming from under my fence, UGH!! So, for the third time in months..I've had to pile pieces of flagstone (from a patio project dh is planning some time before 2014) into the holes. My yard is looking pretty ghetto these days, and I'm just about over it. Do they not see the holes, too??? I can look over, and see their yard is now THRASHED from these dogs.
Of course, my biggest concern is the safety of my dogs and my kids! I can just see one of our dogs sticking their head through there, and getting it bit off !! Or a kid (although I'd hope they'd know better) trying to pet the doggie that's coming under the fence. The previous owner's back there had a dog that did the SAME thing. When I mentioned it, the dog got chained to a dog house, in the middle of the back yard. Then one day, he was just gone.
I've only spoken with these people a few times over the fence. They seem really nice.
But, how do I approach them about the fence? I hate confrontation. Do I write them a note? Knock on the door? What do I say? I can't keep plugging up holes. But, I'm not sure what can be done on their end, either.

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You should knock on the neighbors’ door, ask then to look at what their dogs are doing and see if they have a solution, or call and have them meet you at the back fence. Your dogs are not helping the issue by barking but at least they are in their yard. Be nice, let the neighbors know you are just wanting to protect you children and little dogs and don’t want an incident.

If the neighbors are non responsive put an electric line at ground level that will stop your dogs from getting too close and stop the large dogs from trying to come under. If you own the fence and it is on your property you can put an electric charge on both sides that will eliminate the digging problem. If done properly the charge won’t hurt them but it will stop them. Your neighbors might go along with this idea if they own the fence and they love and want to keep their dogs.

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You should knock on the neighborsí door, ask then to look at what their dogs are doing and see if they have a solution, or call and have them meet you at the back fence. Your dogs are not helping the issue by barking but at least they are in their yard. Be nice, let the neighbors know you are just wanting to protect you children and little dogs and donít want an incident.

If the neighbors are non responsive put an electric line at ground level that will stop your dogs from getting too close and stop the large dogs from trying to come under. If you own the fence and it is on your property you can put an electric charge on both sides that will eliminate the digging problem. If done properly the charge wonít hurt them but it will stop them.
People seem more responsive when you as them to help you come up with a solution I think. The idea of an electrical line in sounds good also. Great thinking Smarty.
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I also say have the conversation....notes and messages never come out the way you mean them.

Last resort..... pet agree works wonders even on other dogs

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Not so sure about an electrical line...and my kids?? I'll look into, though. I have a friend at the police dept that I just talked to. He said they're breaking the animal ordinance. That they are responsible, and he'd gladly talk to them. I just don't want to cause problems, because I don't think they mean any harm. Although, I just looked again. And you can see the big pile of dirt in their yard, that their dogs kick up while digging. How can they NOT see that???

When we're all out there playing, my dogs stop barking after just a minute or two. But, theirs keep going the whole time. Slamming against the fence. If my kids are out playing, same thing. They bark at them the whole time. We had a BBQ a few wks ago, and had to come in. My friends and I couldn't hear each other over the noise.
And we asked our little ones what they wanted for Christmas...trying to prompt them to say swing set As we were wanting to get them a new one. That idea was quickly tossed out, because my 7 yr old said "I don't like playing out in the back yard. The big dogs give me a headache"

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I also say have the conversation....notes and messages never come out the way you mean them.

Last resort..... pet agree works wonders even on other dogs
Wasn't sure what you were talking about...googled and saw this

http://www.kiienterprises.com/petagree.html

seriously, would this help with our barking issues both inside AND out????
because if it would, I'll order 10 NOW, lol.

Oh, and I've never caught these dogs digging. When we go out, they're too busy trying to come THROUGH the fence. Instead of under. So, I'd probably have to lay in wait for them to dig, LOL. Not saying I wouldn't try at some point to catch them in the act....

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Gee I'm not sure I would wait for my neighbors to do the right thing if my dogs could be at risk of them tunneling under I would add a berm of dirt and plantings in front of the fence on my side to keep my dog a bit further back and to make it impossible for their dog to dig through that much extra dirt. I also would add chicken wire as a second fence behind the planting. Your neighbors may be nice people but you can only count on you to keep them safe. plus it may keep them a bit more distracted being away from the fence and bark less. I know it's money and that sucks but my old neighbors kept saying they would fix things and they never did until their dog was in my yard!



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If the neighbors are non responsive put an electric line at ground level that will stop your dogs from getting too close and stop the large dogs from trying to come under. If you own the fence and it is on your property you can put an electric charge on both sides that will eliminate the digging problem. If done properly the charge wonít hurt them but it will stop them. Your neighbors might go along with this idea if they own the fence and they love and want to keep their dogs.
The trouble is, this only works if the owners of the larger dogs are willing to keep the collars on their dogs AND make sure the batteries are always charged and the collars in working order. The electric fences don't work without collars to go with them.


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Over the summer we built up the flower beds. Brought in a truck load of dirt and mulch, planted little hedges, etc. Rarely do I ever see my dogs actually AT the fence, in the flower beds. They go to where the beds start, and that's about it. But, that's not to say they won't decide to once they see a hole big enough to get under.
We have thought about tacking the chicken wire to the bottom of our fence. And running it under the flower bed. But, guess we should have done that BEFORE we did all the other work.
But, that's why I posted here. To get suggestions. And maybe I can suggest that to THEM? I'd love to be able to help offer a solution, instead of just gripe at them.
And really, it's the initial confrontation I fear. After that...if they don't do what's right. It's ON, LOL. I'll call the police on them every day until it's taken care of. I have little tolerance when it comes to my kids and pets, once something has been addressed.

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Electric fencing is different than invisible fencing. An electric fence is charged with pulsing energy that will give a shock when touched. It think there are varying degrees of shock that can be used. I think that could be a good idea if all else fails.

Putting in a berm and plantings would cost a lot of money, and time for the plants to grow enough to do any good--for big dogs they could probably just power through them anyway...

I'd try talking to them first to see is a solution could be arrived at where they are participating...then get the cops involved if that doesn't work. It is very scary that their dogs are throwing themselves at the fence. Sounds like they could rip your kids, you, or dogs, to shreds if they break through, add to that that they can dig through... yikes! No one would have the time to get into safety if that happened.

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