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Unhappy Electric Fence Prisoner

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.

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Maybe if you think the dog is going stir crazy you could offer to take him walking with you and Timmy? My neighbors cant get out as ofter as they would like because they have 2 small children with another on the way, so I take the lab on some of our walks, she is now millers best friend.

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I'd love to take him for a walk with me, and considered it, but I usually walk with a group of people and he despises one of the dogs in our group. He can be a handful, he really isn't socialized that well and I'm not sure what would happen if I had Tim on one hand and crazy JRT on the other. I'm sure he would be fine walking by himself and having someone work with him, he does show a very sweet side. I've walked two dogs plenty of times but they are all very well behaved and no problem at all. After what I saw yesterday personally I'd also be a little afraid. I've never had a dog before Tim so I'm a bit nervous about the unknown. I'm heading out to meet my group shortly for our morning walk at the bus stop so I'll ask how things turned out.

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These stories make me so sad and what is even more sad is how common they are, I really hate that there is a faction of people who think a dog is a fashion accessory or household accessory and not a member of the family
I have no suggestions as of this moment, but I hope someone does..

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Emergency trip to the vet last night for staples, not stitches, don't know why they used staples. Both dogs are back together today with the solution being "no tennis ball." Really????? I don't have a solution either, but I hope things calm down.

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Emergency trip to the vet last night for staples, not stitches, don't know why they used staples. Both dogs are back together today with the solution being "no tennis ball." Really????? I don't have a solution either, but I hope things calm down.
Staples work really well for some types of wound, so that's not a problem. It's too bad they were stupid enough to let things get to the point of a serious fight BEFORE taking away the #$%@& ball! If this is strictly a resource guarding issue, and the ball is the ONLY "bone of contention" things may really settle down now. If they let it get to the point where the dogs don't even like each other anymore, they've got a REAL problem.

My experience with my neighbor's Springer Spaniels has not been positive. They are great with kids, but one is VERY dog aggressive, and has attacked Kodi TWICE on our property. Once, Kodi was actually on leash, and I was able to yank him up off the ground by his harness to get him out of harm's way. The other time, he was sitting on our back steps as I was carrying groceries in when the dog came after him. He grabbed Kodi, but fortunately only got a chunk of fur before I kicked him off. The neighbors "try" to keep them in the yard, but Springers come by their name for a reason... they are smart, and can either jump or climb almost any fence made.


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I don't know what is going on next door, but I think it's a disaster in the making. I thought the Springer was such a nice boy but he was the aggressor in that fight and now I'm a bit leery letting Timmy over there to say hi, even with me with him. I'm glad the fence guy is coming over later today, I'll have to read Dave's article about fence fighting now, sigh.

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I don't know what is going on next door, but I think it's a disaster in the making. I thought the Springer was such a nice boy but he was the aggressor in that fight and now I'm a bit leery letting Timmy over there to say hi, even with me with him. I'm glad the fence guy is coming over later today, I'll have to read Dave's article about fence fighting now, sigh.
Yeah, I'd be leery about the Springer. They can be unpredictable.


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