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The Neighbors Dog
My neighbor has an approx 11-12 month old dog that is off the leash whenever it is outside. They don't leave it outside running around when they aren't home, but if they are outside, the dog is outside (off leash) and sometimes they have their door open and go back in with the dog free to go in and out. The owner sent the dog away to training school for several weeks to be trained by a professional trainer, (apparently it has some certificates, titles, not sure what kind) so he thinks the dog is fully trained. The dog is an intact male, as I understand it the owner plans to have the dog neutered when it is over a year old.
When I take my dogs for a walk, we frequently have a run-in with this dog. It used to be mildly annoying, the owner would come over and get him, but now that the dog is older and still intact, his main goal is trying to hump my lab. And he is quite intent about it. The last couple of times the owner hasn't been outside, so we're left to trying to control the dog ourselves and go on our way.
I haven't spoken to the owner about this. Prior to this, I've had no negative interactions with the owner, and he isn't inconsiderate in any other way as a neighbor. I don't really want to have a confrontation but on the other hand I am sick of feeling anxious every time I go outside. I can't walk my dogs together if I am alone during any of the hours he might be out. In addition, I am not sure what I should do when I go for a walk and his dog joins us (or my lab I should say), and the owner is nowhere to be found. Am I supposed to be responsible for it?