Not sure where to post this, but I need to vent.
My neighbors rescued a Jack Russel about a year ago. The reason he was put up for adoption was because a family member developed allergies, typical story. He seems like a sweet dog. Timmy and him get along just okay, he's a very busy guy and has no time to play. Shortly after they got him they installed an electric fence. He's never taken for walks he just stays in the yard. My neighbor has been annoyed with all his barking when anyone walks by and just random barking in the yard. Hmmmm, perhaps he could be stir crazy?
His solution was to either get the citronella collar to spray him in the face when he barks, or get a remote and just shock him when he barks.
This little guy has a tennis ball obsession, he LOVES playing fetch. Unfortunately this doesn't happen to often. This family has two kids, one in grade school and a baby who's not quite a year old. My neighbors mom comes to watch the baby when they are at work and she brings her Springer Spaniel. Springer Spaniel doesn't have a shock collar and one of his favorite things is to take the JRT's tennis ball and run into our yard. They seem to instigate each other all day. Earlier today I was outside on the patio combing out Tim and these guys were in the back yard with Grandmom and baby when they got into a blood drawing battle, it was so scary. I never knew dogs could make those noises. I put Timmy inside and ran over to see Grandmom using her foot to break up the fight while holding the baby !!!
I came over with a full watering can that was sitting on my patio and I kind of threw/poured it on them and that broke it up. Guess what was sitting on the ground when they walked away, the tennis ball. I don't know what they are going to do about this but I'm worried for the baby and the little boy, that's a red flag to me. What's a neighbor to do? I told them I would be happy to give a name of one of the trainers at my center to help them but they seemed to tune me out. I guess this little JRT is going back to the shelter with a scarlet letter, sometimes people are so frustrating.
Thanks for listening to me vent. Now that I have a dog I just get so mad at the way some people try to solve problems, at least if it were a family member or friend I might be able to make suggestions. I'm certainly no expert but if you would just take the dog for a walk a couple times a day a lot of this stuff might stop.