No matter where you live, you may have a problem with dogs. Dogs love to bark, to roam, and to explore their surroundings. If your neighbor’s dog is causing you a problem, there are several tactful ways to handle the situation.
Dogs are also territorial. It is their habit to mark their territory by leaving little piles to warn off other four-legged intruders.
Talk to your neighbor
Many times, the neighbor may not realize that his dog is causing your problems. One of the best things to do is talk to your neighbor. Be polite when you confront him. You can also try a gentle, “I don’t have dogs because I hate cleaning up after them.” If the owner is gone from home when the dog is making his visits, he may not be aware of what his pet is up to, “Your dog misses you when you are gone.” can be great opening lines to tactfully approach the issues. “You have a great dog but please keep him at home.”
It seems some dog owners just don’t care what their animals do, even when they are standing there watching them. You may need to take a more pro-active approach. You can place a sign in your yard, “No dogs allowed” or if you are outside when your dog is doing his business while the neighbor is watching, “Are you going to clean it up?” if the neighbor starts to walk away. Better still, have a plastic bag in your hand and give it to him, “I think you should use this to clean up after your dog.”
Some dog owners just will not cooperate. You have some choices besides starting an all out war with your neighbor and his dog. One expensive alternative is to fence your yard to keep his dog out. Many states have laws on the book that the livestock have the right-of-way. For an owner to protect their property from a wandering cow, they have to “Fence out” the neighbor’s cow. Other states have “Fence in” laws where the owner is liable for any damage their animal does to anyone’s property.
Some people have had wonderful luck getting owners to take care of their dogs by unusual means. One neighbor carefully collected the unwanted piles and placed them on the dog owner’s porch. Another neighbor went so far as to collect the piles and place them in a plastic bag and tied them to the dog’s collar before sending the dog home.
Check your city and community ordinances:
As a last resort, if your community has ordinances about pet ownership and responsibilities, you may need to report the owner and the dog to the authorities.
Finally, document everything you do to try to correct the situation with your neighbor. If you are going to have to go to war over a dog using your yard as a bathroom, you will need to document when you contacted the owner and how. You will have a better response from the law enforcement with the documentation to back up your claim and the neighbor’s unresponsiveness to your problem. Be sure to snap a couple of pictures of the offending dog when he is actually causing the offense to prove you are accusing the right animal