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I know there are a lot of threads about inconsiderate neighbors and their mean dogs, but I am stewing right now and need to vent. About 6 houses up from us are neighbors with two labrador retrievers. All of the neighbors have had problems with their dogs. The chocolate lab ran into the street while my husband was fast walking last year and for no reason, bit him on the leg. I called the neighbor to let her know (I don't really know them) and she assured me that they would get the electric fence fixed and that he was up to date on all vaccinations. Well, needless to say other neighbors have had problems as well. Kids have been chased and it is not nice. They have been better with the dogs until today. DH and I were walking Brady and the chocolate lab came accross the street after him. DH got in between them on the way up the street, and I guarded on the way back. He is a nasty dog snarling, barking and growling in the middle of the street as we are walking. I was screaming at him to go home and stomping my feet. You would think the owner would have heard me. I just called her when we got home and she was rude. DH said not to call as it wouldn't accomplish anything, but I needed to for my own sake. She said she was sorry (rudely) and would try to keep her dogs inside more often. Not quite the answer I was looking for. How about making sure that they are secure in her yard when they are outside. That is more along the lines of what I was waiting to hear. I just told my husband that the next time, I call the police. I will not take a risk with mine or Brady's safety and I really don't care if it starts a war with them. And I wonder why Brady is afraid of large dogs.

Thanks everyone. I just needed to vent.

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I'd vent too. That's really a dangerous situation for you. Maybe when you have a chance to cool off you could talk with your neighbor and explain to her that since this is an ongoing problem you don't have any options but to get the authorities involved and you really don't want could she please keep her dogs contained. Unfortunately, it probably won't make a difference but you could at least try. Since you have her number, maybe call her before you head out the door on a walk - she'll begin to get the message pretty quick.

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Karen, do you have leash laws in your town? next time, call the cops and stay there, they will witness the dog off leash and off the property. Maybe it would be best if they removed the dogs for their own safety - as I am sure on will get hit by a car soon!! Poor Brady!!

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I'm so sorry to hear your story. It makes me so angry when people are irresponsible with their pets. Obviously, this neighbor knew that her dog had been aggressive in the past, so why wouldn't she be extra cautious about having it secure? Makes no sense!! I would make a call to Animal Control. It's unfair that you have to be nervous just walking around your neighborhood. I had to call Animal Control once on our neighbor who left his German Shepard out all night barking in the winter. I they can help you, since this person is obviously not going to change her ways!

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Laurie that is good thinking..

Karen I am so sorry you have to deal with this, it can be so scary not only for ourselves but our fur kids also. It's noon time have a drink and give Brady some belly rubs for us.

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I am sorry that this has happen. I would try and call her when you are going to go for a walk...but you should not have too. I would call the police if this happens again. The fact that he has already bitten your husband I would think something needs to be done.

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Wow.. the dog actually bit your husband last year? I'm assuming it was not much of a bite, or you would have escalated this and had the dog quarentined?
I guess I was pretty oblivious to all the dogs in my area before getting Beamer. (really never payed attention) And all I can say is that there are some great dog owners and some really BAD ones around. I dunno what I'd do if a big dog attacked Beamer or myself. Dont really like the idea of punching or kicking a dog.. This summer should be interesting.. lol


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Karen- don't wait till you are with Brady. I would say if you are driving home and see this dog in the road call the police. Obviously this lady needs to be hit upside the head to really understand where her yard is located. My mother went thru the same thing with a neighbor with a GSD that was out of control. The poor dog had no idea of the concept of home!


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I had been in this same situation so many times when walking my Australian Shepherds.
They had been attacked so many times that one of my Aussies became aggressive when approched by ANY dog...and THAT was really upsetting!

I was told by one lady whose two Lab's attacked my dogs to "just spray them with pepper mace" next time".. NEXT TIME???? I told her it was her responsibility to keep her dogs in her yard.

I finally stopped walking my dogs in the country, (as so many dogs ran loose) and started walking them in the city.

BTW..aren't you suppose to call your town's "Dog Control", as they will come out and issue the people a citation/fine.

It probably would be good to carry pepper mace because what if you come across a situtaion where the attacking dog does not stop?

Another suggestion that one of my trainers gave me was to put a few penny's in an empty coke can (tape it closed) and when a dog rushes you , throw it at him.
The result is that the noise startles him into a retreat, but doesn't hurt him, as the can is so lightweight..
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You know, I don't think I would wait. I think I would call animal control and the police now. That way they will have a record when it happens again. If you wait, it will be a first time offense and you will probably just have more aggravation and danger waiting for something bad to happen again. It's not being mean, it's being responsible. The dog has already bitten at least one person and frightened others.


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