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If your neighbor's dog dug under your fence and into your yard, what would you do? Would your answer change if it happened multiple times? What if the neighbor had taken steps to block dog from digging under the fence, but pup was determined and got around the anti-digging measures?


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Feb. 9th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
Feed it pudding
Feb. 9th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
Watch in amusement as First demonstrates how cranky old bitches got to be called cranky old bitches? I pity any dog that invades her turf uninvited.

Seriously, I'd ask the neighbour if they wanted me to assist in keeping the dog in their garden and if so I'd make their place more pleasant for it to be than my place. Otherwise I wouldn't be too worried.
Feb. 9th, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
Probably the same thing I told my neighbor when their dogs kept breaking the fence and getting in my yard. "I keep an eye on my dogs but the corgi is not friendly to strange dogs and there will likely be a fight even if I'm out here if they show up uninvited again." Half serious (he would probably try to run but their two small dogs like to antagonize), half not really serious. I wanted to scare them to actually keep an eye on their damn dogs and it worked.
Feb. 9th, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
I don't know. I called the cops when a dog I didn't know got into my yard last week. If I knew where the dogs were coming from and it kept happening... not sure. If their dog is that determined to escape the yard, it shouldn't be left outside so much.
Feb. 9th, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
Well, we don't have a fence and this has happened (it's a rather rural area so dogs do wander around) and it wasn't a big deal. Rusty and his friend tend to say hi once in a while, we just don't go outside or encourage them (Rusty looks to have fleas).

Now if we had a fence and there was digging involved I'd get genuinely annoyed because fixing the holes would be a pain and then my step-dog could get out. If the neighbor was showing efforts to stop their dog from doing so I'd still be annoyed, but not at the person or even the dog, just the situation. I'd probably try something like putting mesh around the fence to discourage digging.
Feb. 9th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
Can I remove whatever's in my yard that's so interesting? Or does the dog just want to roam for the sake of roaming? I guess I just return the dog whenever I notice it's in my yard.

If it's an easy-going dog, I don't mind so much, to be honest. I like surprise visits from my cats' friends; this isn't really different. It's more of a problem for the dog's safety and the owner's peace of mind. (Also, I don't like my fence being undermined.)
Feb. 9th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Honestly, we'd have a problem. I go to great lengths to make sure my dog stays contained. She would have to get through two gated, fenced areas to roam. I don't want to deal with the possible consequences of having my dog running free. My dog is part pit and the deck is stacked against her to begin with. So even though the neighbor would be at fault if their dog were to get in my yard and a fight break out it would be my dog public opinion turns against.

If their dog kept digging into my yard I would report it. I'd have to. I'd want it documented that their dog is at fault. If the dogs did fight and one was hurt I don't want to be sued because they lied and said my dog made the hole. In fact, I've seen that exact scenario on one of the judge shows.

Years ago I had a greyhound who got out and attacked a pomeranian. Even though the little dog was out too and even though the owner said her dog ran up to mine I was the one who got in trouble. I ended up paying $2000 in vet bills because that's the way the law works here. I was lucky that the cop was reasonable and spoke up on my behalf to the judge. I had a small fine and the case was dismissed rather than being ticketed and my dog in the system. Since then I don't mess around. I protect myself and my animals.
Feb. 9th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
What does the dog do when they get into my yard?

If it's something really destructive or dangerous, they don't get an A for effort. The dog needs to be effectively contained, restrained, or closely supervised when in the yard.

If the dog is just digging in to hang out or for the sake of digging or to visit amicably with my dog, and I see that they really are trying, I'm willing to be patient.
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
I would definitely talk to them about it directly, because I don't want MY dogs using that hole to get out. I'd be pretty willing to be patient as well as to try and put things on my side of the fence to deter it if necessary (boarding up known weak spots, etc). As long as they treat it as a serious problem and are working to fix it, we'll keep working on it. If they blew me off or didn't bother to do anything, I would probably call animal control/the police and see if they can give them an official-type scare as encouragement.
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