Neighbor's Dog

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Registered: 12-27-2003
Neighbor's Dog
Fri, 03-01-2013 - 9:20am

My family lives in a nice, quiet neighborhood with the exception of my neighborhoods huge dog. Many times when my neighbor is out, this dog has jumped their fence and run rampant all over the neighborhood barking and growling at anyone he happened to come into contact with. He has jumped the fence to get into our backyard and terrified me and my 5 year old DS. He hasn't jumped the fence in a month or so now (that I know of), but I can't even take my DS in the backyard to play on his swingset or play ball without this dog standing on his hind legs at the fence and barking and growling at us constantly.  Every once in a great while, if the neighbor happens to be outside, he'll go back there and yell at the dog to be quiet and it will stop for right then, but as soon as he leaves, the dog is right back at it again.  If the neighbor is inside his house or away from his house, we're on our own to deal with Cujo.  The neighbor on the other side of our house is a police officer and has seen this dog out terrorizing the neighborhood and hasn't done anything about it, so I'm not sure what we can do other than just bear it and take DS to the park instead of playing in the back yard (which is sad considering we have this huge backyard that DS can't even enjoy). I definately don't feel like my son would be safe to play in the yard by himself. Does anyone have any other suggestions? 

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Registered: 07-24-2011
Fri, 03-08-2013 - 2:07pm

I think you should try talking to the neighbor too. I really do not like to have police or someone else show up at my door to ask me something that a neighbor could have kindly mentioned beforehand. (We used to have an RV, legally, in our driveway, and apparently a neighbor did not like it. The police man came to tell us that we had a complaint; he was clear that we did not have to do anything, but wanted us to be aware of an unhappy neighbor. Why the neighbor did not come to me directly, who knows. I later found out who it was and she certainly had no problem talking to me about other neighbors.) You might avoid an adversarial situation and maybe he is unaware of the danger the animal poses as it sounds as though he is never out there to see how high the dog can jump? I would start there, and if that does not work, ask the animal dept of your city what they suggest. Good luck! Poor dog, it deserves to have more attention.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-12-2011
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 10:27pm

I would video tape the dog as they say a picture is worth a thousand words, that way you would have proof of the dog running lose and the fact that the dog is preventing you from having  peaceful and safe enjoyment of your back yard. In addition it is your neighbors responsibility to build a fence high enough to contain their animal and if the dog has gotten out the neighbor is negligent because they failed to contain their dog.

I would talk to my neighbor and tell them my issues with the dog and hope that they will do the responsible thing after they have been put on notice. If there is still a problem I would file a complaint with animal control. Actually it is a good thing that you don't own the property because you have the option of moving to a safer place if the neighbor does not take steps to secure the dog. Also since the landlord owns the property you should also make them aware of your concerns and maybe he or she can approach the neighbor about the dog and ask them to build a higher fence to contain their animal.

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Registered: 10-12-2004
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 6:43pm
I agree with the suggestion to talk to the neighbour. I had a problem with my dog that I wasn't aware of how serious it was to the neighbours. My dog was a barker & I worked hard to solve this problem. I also talked to my neighbours several times to see if this was a problem for them. I kept my dog inside to reduce the barking. Both of my neighbours denied any problems. Said the barking lasted a short time because I acted on it. One morning I was very sick & had the dog outside doing her business when she started to bark. I was frankly too sick to enforce the no barking rules & within 5 mins my next door neighbour was standing over me threatening me & the dog with bodily harm yelling that he was sick & tired of listening to the dog. Thankfully he moved, not due to the dog but because he & his wife divorced but frankly if he had once said the dog bothered him then I would have done something more like taken her away from our house (we lived in the country) to do her business. Dee
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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 03-02-2013 - 12:25am

Have you talked to the neighbor about the problems? I would probably start there in case the neighbor is somehow unaware of his dog's behavior, that the dog can jump over the fence and acts menacing. If you have already done that with no results then contact animal control and ask them how to proceed. Different cities handle it in different ways. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-27-2003
Fri, 03-01-2013 - 10:50am
The neighbor lets the dog in at night, so this is only an issue during the daytime when we're trying to go out in our yard. Unfortunately, we rent the house, and the fence belongs to the neighbor, so we don't have any control over it unless our landlord would be willing to put up a new fence next to the neighbor's fence... ugh.
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Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 03-01-2013 - 10:38am

Call animal control in your town.  See if there is anything they can do.  If the dog is barking a lot at night, you could probably call the police but I doubt they would do much in the day time.  I think I'd make the fence high enough so the dog can't see or jump over it.  The expense might be worth it so you could enjoy your back yard and not be afraid the dog would jump over.