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Old 12-21-2010, 12:57 PM
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Neighbour's Dog Jumping over my fence

My neighbour's dog has started jumping over the fence to play with my dog, and it's driving me crazy. I don't know what to do to keep her out. I'll give you a little background to understand the story. My husband and I adopted a dog from the local spca. She's 8 months old and a fantastic pup. My neighbour decided to adopt a dog, because one of our other neighbours has a dog and we have a dog. He adopted his dog from the same spca location as we did. So our dogs know each other. They get along great, and love playing together.
Although, I don't dislike the fact that they play together. I do object to the fact that the dog is jumping over the fence to play in my backyard. The only time it does this is when my dog is outside, but it's getting to the point that I don't want to put my doig outside at all unless I'm with her. They don't have backyard and let the dog out on a leash in the front yard. They also let it off the leash and let it run all over the neighbourhood. I'm getting very frustrated to the point that when I see the other dog outside, I won't let my dog out, or if they let it out to run, I bring my dog back inside. I don't want to have to do this, but I don't know what to do.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:04 PM
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Do you live in the states? See what your leash laws are.

Have you expressed your frustration to your neighbor? If they brush off your concern you can call your local county shelter (if in the U.S.). Sorry your neighbor is so irresponsible.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:47 PM
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I live in Alberta Canada. The dog jumped the fence again while my dog was inside. The neighbour let her out, because I had my dog out front on her leash to go for a pee. I went to the door and asked her to come and get her dog, as she was in the backyard. She came out to get her, and said that she leaves her out without the leash when she hears Sarah out there. Then she asked if that's a bad thing. I told her yes, as I don't want Sarah to learn how to jump over the fence. I leave my dog outside when I go into town. I'm never gone very long, an hour or two, but I don't want to be coming home to find out she's been picked up by animal control or find out that I have to chase all over town for her.
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Good hopefully that will help
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Old 12-21-2010, 03:58 PM
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Well sounds like she wanted her dog to play with yours as dogs are really social creatures by nature and she didn't realize that it was bothering you, which isn't wrong either as I wouldn't want my dog learning to jump the fence, but yes hopefully now that you have spoken with her she will be a little more thoughtful and polite and keep her dog leashed unless there is a set time for the dogs to play.
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I personally would not leave my dog unattended in my yard while I was gone from the home for two hours. There are just way too many bad people out there, and if she did get out you would have no way of knowing until it was too late.

I realize that its more common then not for people to leave their dogs outside like that, but I just don't think its a good idea and that its asking for trouble.

Is there any reason you can't crate her in the house while you're gone and then when you're home let her out? I would just hate to hear that she'd been hit by a car 'cause she jumped the fence like her friend or that she'd gotten into something in your yard and that no one was there to help her.

As for your neighbor, I would just tell her that its dangerous to let her dog roam the neighborhood and tell her why its dangerous. The dog could get snatched, hit by a car, eat something bad for it or maybe even get picked up by animal control (and no, they wouldn't let your neighbor have her dog back). You have to think, there was a reason that dog was in the shelter in the first place.

Good luck with your problem and I hope you find a sensible answer.
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I would like to say that it has gotten better since then but it is starting to escalate. I was outside yesterday about to go out with my husband when my neighbour came out. She yelled at me asking "When are you going to clean up that f***ing dog ****, it's f***ing gross." I told her it was my yard and not to worry about it. Of course later on when I had a chance to think about it a few choice things came to mind to say, but it was too late. One of them being for her to grow up. She's in her thirties, and supposed to be an adult. I don't want conflict with my neighbour but why should I feel intimidated in my own home or not want to go outside because she will be out there. Sorry, just really upset about this whole thing, and I don't think I did anything wrong in asking her to remove her dog from my property.
As for the crate training, I will be getting one today. My husband works out of town and is gone for 3 weeks at a time. So when he's gone I have limited access to shopping etc. We hadn't bought one previously as we couldn't decide which kind to get. I want to get the one that is a complete metal cage, but my husband wants to get one of the plastic travel ones. So that we can use it when we go on trips and such, but we can use it here as well. She's only been left out 3 times in 2 months by herself in the backyard when I've had no other choice. All of the other times when she's out there I'm home with her. She's still a pup and will chew if left unattended. Or when she's mad at me. lol.
I don't mind her playing with the dog next door, with restricted access. By that I mean, scheduled play dates or times. When the neighbours next door first got the dog, I talked to one of the owners and said that it would be great if the two could play in our backyard. It would be a little friend for my dog and for theirs. They never took me up on the offer, but now that their dog is jumping the fence and coming into my yard, it should be ok? Why am I at fault because I don't want my dog to learn how to jump the fence and roam the nighbourhood, getting picked up by animal control, or getting hit by a car?
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Wire crates are portable too. I'd actually say they are more portable than plastic because they collapse. They are also easier to clean and move. Having had a wire crate and needing to clean it several times a day while crate training, I'd definitely recommend wire (I think they're also not as much as an eye sore as plastic). I'm sorry you're going through that.

If your neighborhood is safe, your dog isn't a barker, and the weather is nice, I don't see the harm in leaving him outside for a few hours (other than the neighbor). Some rural towns have no problem with dog snatching or anything you'd find in a big city. I never left my dog outside unattended, however, but I don't live in a safe area and my dog would get extremely stressed by all the noises. Just MHO.
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I'm really sorry things have gotten worse and it looks like your neighbor wants to handle this like a 5 year old instead of an adult which does make things more difficult. Honestly I don't really know what you could do other than call animal control or tell her if she verbally assaults you again you won't have any choice but to involve the authorities. I also don't know if they'll do anything but it could atleast make her realize that there could be consequences for her actions. Maybe another member has some more advice on how to handle this situation and what else you can do.
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Heres what i would do at this point


Crate up their dog and take it to animal control. If the dog has tags. Tell them you called and no one picked up If no tags tell them you think the dog lives and such and such address but because you live down the block you are unsure. They will need to pay a fine and listen to a lectureto get their dog back

I have multiple nieghbors like yours so i sympathize. Personally this is why i never try And form friendships with people i am "stuck" with. Just remaining friendly and cordial but not going past small talk really.
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