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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?
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SO annoying!!! Are there leash laws where you live? I think this warrants a direct response with your neighbor asking that he restrain his dog. If you have leash laws I might go as far as telling him the fines that might be given if his dog is seen off his property without being on leash. I'm kind of wimpy, I put up a fence because my neighbor's crazy dog made me crazy, plus he pooped in my yard!!!! Best of luck, I know this is such a sticky situation, but if something bad happens to your dog, or even his, you'll live to regret not saying something. It doesn't necessarily have to come across threatening, maybe more of concern about the safety of his dog.

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Ugh I dislike being put in the position you are in because the fact is you shouldn't HAVE to tell this person to keep his/her pet on a leash. It's either the law where you are (or not) or just plain the SAFE thing to do. And intact! And loose?! No!!

I'm kind of cowardly. I might leave a letter in the mailbox anonymously. I just don't like confrontation and I wouldn't want to get on a neighbor's bad side. But - I also get walked on so you might not want to take advice from me! LOL!

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I don't know in Florida but in CA, it's illegal to have a dog off leash in a neighborhood.

I'd call the po-po, or animal control.
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Thanks to all for your advice! I really appreciate it.

Interestingly enough, I noticed this afternoon that the dog was with the owner's girl friend ON A LEASH! Very interesting. The dog was out running around last night late, maybe they finally wised up or had a scare of some sort.

There is definitely a leash law where I live. I live in an urban area, basically downtown. I am not on a busy street but there are some nearby and we do have a fair amount of people wandering around on foot and also looking for free parking spots.

I just can't imagine what this guy is thinking. One of my biggest fears is that my house will get broken into and someone will let my dogs out. I could not willingly put my pet in that kind of danger. His dog could get stolen too. I would guess that he paid over $2K for this dog (rare breed that is quite expensive) not to mention the private trainer and daily pet sitter visit. I don't know if he is overly naive or what!
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I don't know in Florida but in CA, it's illegal to have a dog off leash in a neighborhood.

I'd call the po-po, or animal control.
Po-po, love it. have a lot of california relatives
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I'd write the neighbour a friendly note, and maybe even include some home made doggie treats. I'm make the note super friendly, emphesize all the the things you like about the dog, but mention the problem in a constructive way. Hopefully he'll take the hint without being offended and without any sort of confrontation. If that doesn't work, take a more direct approach.


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"dear neighbour:

You have a great dog, and as a fellow dog owner it's so great we live is such a dog friendly neighbourhood. I know you are a responsible owner but I just wanted to bring a small problem to your attention that you may not be aware of. Your dog is very well behaved off leash when you are around, but when you go inside he tends to wander a bit, and when I am out with my small dog, your dog tends to get a little "amorous" if you know what I mean. My dog is fearful of him and I'm also worried he may approach the wrong dog and get himself into some trouble, or try to follow us on our walks and get lost!

I baked some homemade dog treats I thought he might enjoy,

Love,

the neighbours"



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I would have a talk. I have heard personally of a half dozen or so dogs that supposedly were trained to their own property that got killed by cars. And I saw it once myself. Not a memorable event watching a dog suffer with four broken legs for an hour or more before Humane Society came and eventually put the dog down. Plain stupid what this guy is doing.

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Yes it is crazy what he is doing. Amazingly since I posted this I haven't seen the dog off leash once. Not sure what happened. I have the feeling the dog went too far from home the night before I posted.

The note and treats is another good idea (although I would have to buy them lol).

Thanks to all for your suggestions. I really appreciate it. This forum is great!
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I think he must have picked up the vibe from all of the forum people telling him he needs to keep his dog on a leash! I certainly hope so, since it is best for all dogs and people involved, and would spare you from having to figure out what to say. If you do have to bring it up, a combination of friendliness and firmness, as seen in the above suggestions, seems like the right approach.


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