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6/26/16 11:46 A

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Exactly. so, if you call the police, explain that. most are really willing to listen, and will do their best to mediate the situation. at the very least you have a record that you tried.

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6/18/16 1:46 A

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I didn't do it, but I do want to clarify, mine are not aggressive at all, they just bark back at them. Just so frustrating that even when we do our best to manage our dogs and they are the ones who lose because of those jerks.

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i would suggest..strongly..that you NOT let yours go after his. I would call the police, explain whats going on, and ask for their advice on how to proceed.

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So get this horsepuckey...the neighbors started to put up weird crap they had laying around the yard as if to block the fence more! Like one small panel of picket fence, a run of chicken wire, a couple fence gates they never used...WTH is that going to do when their dogs charge the fence at mine 3x a day or more??! In addition, the man is quite bipolar because after trying to fight my husband in the street over what IDK they had a nice coversation! I was aggravated today, I watched and nobody was out. Soon as I let mine out he let his out, and it had to be just to cause an issue!! ALL the while he sits there on his porch like his dogs are doing no wrong! If he keeps up that BS, I will just let mine go after his even though I want to teach them it's wrong. But I am not going to let him chase us inside all day either.


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5/23/16 3:03 P

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i live in an agricultural community. a dog worrying livestock or deer can be shot on sight. no questions asked.
I worry because hunting is big here (adirondacks) and Lucy looks like a bear.


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Where I live, dogs get away with just about anything, but fence fighting is a BIG no-no. Dogs that fence fight tend to disappear. If you have been living there and your dogs didn't fence fight before the new comers showed up you are fine. In case you are wondering: a dog running lose is fine. A dog bothering livestock and threatening people that are not in his yard is not ok and a hunter will normally take care of the problem right away.

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wouldnt that be great if they just moved out!!

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5/23/16 10:47 A

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Thanks everyone! I think I am going to try to find a way to block the view, although they still bark if they hear them. I just had to get mine from barking out the window at them because they heard them outside! Meantime, I haven't seen the man outside at all, and as soon as we see the dogs come out we have been bringing ours in. Trying to take note of when they are out too in case they have a schedule we can avoid them. I am wary of the man trying to poison them too...so we definitely watch them much more closely now. emoticon It sucks, but maybe they will move! When we first moved in they were talking about moving to PA or down south...maybe there's hope!

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i agree...we are talking one fence line, correct? i'd put up plywood, something that TOTALLY blocks the view of the dogs to each other. it may not be pretty, but should prevent a lot of the problems. My dog has a fence in my yard. she is either in there or on a leash WITH ME when outside. i have 15 acres....and cant see any neighbors. She barks when the kid op the road goes by and revs his no muffler 4 wheeler in front of my house on purpose. She barks when ANYONE walks by. She used to bark at bikes, sometimes she does, but mostly not. And she barks if someone comes here or to the bakery. if i said its fine, she stops (except the UPS truck. she HATES the UPS truck.)
so we are talking maybe a minute of barking at the most. Until...someone a quarter mile up the road decided it was "cruel" to pen his dog. Lucy is in tact. no choice..she has a heart condition and cant be put under. his dog, for NO reason but that "i am not cutting my boys nuts off" (i kid you not) is also intact. Lucy comes in heat twice a year. having pups would also kill her. i am mega careful...but this stupid poodle thing comes up and will NOT leave. I've called the dog warden. his words..you really dont want to mess with them. they are bad news.
NO. do your job. i will sign the complaint. is that dog licensed? mine IS. does that dog have his vaccinations? nope. MINE DOES. so i am being responsible. keeping my dog on my property, etc, and i cant get the warden to confront these people. well i did. and i was scared...and the guy tried to be a bully. and i smiled sweetly and said ok. well. if your dog DOES get to mine, I will press charges, you will pay all vet bills, and if my dog dies due to your negligence and illegally letting your dog run loose and unlicensed and unvaccinated, I will sue you and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.
He backed down so fast i couldnt believe it. he apologized, and i havent seen the little ankle biter since. and i KNOW it not the dogs fault, but the owners.
and i'm not at all suggesting you confront your neighbors, just that you be SURE that you are complying in all ways, then maybe go to dog control. I would hope a plywood fence would do it, if they cant see each other.
And i'm sorry you are going through this. it stinks when neighbors done get along and are unreasonable. and, obviously, it happens everywhere.

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5/22/16 11:03 A

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Dealing with bad neighbors is never easy. If this guy has a different persona at work than at home, maybe there are other factors (drugs, alcohol, etc.) which would make me very leery of a confrontation. I don't know what types of dogs you have or what size. Can you get some X-Pens and partition off a part of the yard for them away from the cocker spaniels? (I use one to keep my dogs on the patio side of my house when my yard guys put weed & feed on the lawn.) This would not be great for your dogs, but it might help keep them safe. If this guy is as crazy as he sounds, I would be afraid he would throw something bad over the fence for your dogs to eat.

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I have nightmares about this kind of thing. I own my home, but the house next door is a rental. We have had some really awful neighbors. Fortunately right now the neighbors are great so we've had it pretty easy for the last two years. They don't even complain when my dogs bark at them! I try to be courteous and bring them in the second they start, but these neighbors have been incredibly understanding. We've been lucky. But now they're talking about moving and the house might go up for sale, so... here we go again.

I would advise you not to confront these neighbors. The husband sounds incredibly unstable and you just do not know how he might react. Keep an eye on your dogs while they are outside and bring them in at the first sign of trouble. Otherwise, I would ignore these people. Don't engage at all, in any way. Of course, if you ever feel threatened or afraid, dial 911.

If things don't calm down, you might check with your city's prosecutor's office or police department to see if they offer a neighbor mediation program. This is where a neutral third party sits down with you and the neighbors and tries to get to the root of the problem and figure out a solution. These mediation programs are proving themselves to be very useful in reducing police calls and neighborhood fights. They work for all sorts of neighbor problems, dogs included.

In the meantime, can you let your dogs out on the other side of your house? Or somehow block off the common area of the fence? It doesn't need to be expensive, a couple of rebar posts stuck in the ground and some plain plywood panels lashed to the rebar would create an effective blockade.

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Thanks, we do on the property and I looked into the privacy panels but they are too expensive for me to afford with the other things I am dealing with right now. Plus, the common fence where they fight is actually HIS. emoticon

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If you are renting I would move. If the fence is chain linked you can put panels in it so the dogs can not see each other. My neighbors are jerks we just do not talk to them. We own the property..

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Has anyone had dog disputes with their neighbors before? We have not until recently. We moved her last July, and the neighbors seemed friendly enough, yet a bit creepy. They have 4 Cocker Spaniels, that are clearly not socialized, 2 tried to bite me when they invited me in to meet them (I am an animal person they all usually take to me!) and the do nothing but bark, all day anytime they are out. They have been charging aggressively at Charlie since we moved here, nipping and snapping through the chain link fence, and he is very docile so he used to take it. Now, he is barking back in retaliation and I can't blame him. I do still correct him nevertheless and bring him in if he doesn't listen. Sammy, has been born into this mayhem and used to put up with it too, but now he is also going back after them and getting a little more snappy than I like. Can't blame him either. But I correct him and bring him in too. The neighbors have NEVER corrected their dogs, and if anything reward the by throwing the ball for them while they are snapping or giving them kisses. Usually they ignore the obnoxious behavior and walk away. Since I know that it will fall on deaf ears, I have not said anything about this. Until recently.

Last week, I was getting ready for work and opened my kitchen window to hear my neighbor (the husband) talking all kinds of mess about Sammy, an threatening to kick my husband's a&&!! Then he walked toward the front yard and flipped off my house!! Out of nowhere!! Nobody was out, the dogs were in, nothing going on!! So I warned my husband that there was likely to be drama, and sure enough he came at him the other day with threats and name calling and all else but did not say WHY?? We have never said anything to them, yet he has tried to kick Sammy through the fence. I think maybe because my dogs won't take their crap anymore...they clearly think its OK for theirs to act like savages...and mine should sit there and take it. So far I saw him once after the altercation and made a very LOUD comment that my dogs were not going to be acting like jerks because his seem to be allowed to. Haven't seen them out since. But I know more drama is coming because he is very unstable. I see him all the time at his work and he never even recognizes me and has a whole other demeanor than he has at home. Has anyone had a situation like this and if so what did you do?

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