Neighbors' dog keeps jumping their fence toward my dog.
September 1, 2014 9:57 AM   Subscribe

My neighbors' dog keeps jumping their fence into the street/the sidewalk where I'm walking my dog. This happens about weekly to me (though I'm sure it must happen more), and it is scary every time. The neighbor dog doesn't bite my dog, but it does lunge at her.

We've lived here for about a month. So far, I have put my neighbor's dog back into the yard every time. I've seen them once when it happened, and they said, "Oh, she does that sometimes." The other times it's happened they have not been home.

My worries about this are that the dog will bite my dog or me one day or that the neighbor's dog will get hit by a car. What I really want is for them is to make the fence higher or find another solution so their dog isn't jumping the fence - I don't want them to lose their dog or anything like that. What is the best solution for me, the neighbors, and the dogs?
posted by superlibby to Pets & Animals (6 answers total)
Best answer: You can either call animal control every time it happens or leave them a note saying "Please, I don't want to call animal control, but you need to put up something to discourage her from doing this or I'm going to have to."

I have a jumper. I make it so she is pretty damn unlikely to try it (and I am now real good at it), and some of those solutions have been a pain in the ass but that's tough shit because it's my responsibility to stop her.
posted by Lyn Never at 10:00 AM on September 1, 2014 [4 favorites]

Response by poster: Also, because I know we all like to see pictures of cute dogs, here's mine (the one being lunged at) after a trip to the groomer.
posted by superlibby at 10:09 AM on September 1, 2014 [3 favorites]

When you say neighbor, is it the neighbor whose house you absolutely have to pass to leave your house? What if you walk in the other direction? Will the other dog still jump the fence if you don't walk in front of the fence? If that's the case, could you alter your route to avoid the jumping dog?

If you absolutely cannot avoid walking in front of the house where the jumping dog is, you could try carrying mace to ward off an attack (if its legal in your area) or a bottle of ammonia to squirt the dog with (I've never tried this, only read about its efficacy, so tread carefully!).

Me? I'd go the avoidance route. I mean, why court trouble?
posted by GoLikeHellMachine at 12:05 PM on September 1, 2014

"Oh she does that sometimes" is not spoken by someone who is a responsible pet owner.

Call Animal Control the next time it happens (take the number with you). Personally, I would not put the dog back in its yard, but you may feel you need to. Although this may result in the owner losing the dog, I'm sure it jumps the fence other times, and could easily run into the street and get hit.

Avoidance is not only annoying (would be to me, anyway) but not useful to the neighbor's dog. Also, your dog is too cute to be upset by strange dogs "lunging," which sometimes turns into "biting."
posted by kestralwing at 3:44 PM on September 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: It's directly across the street, and the dog will jump the fence to run across the street to get to my dog, so it's not really avoidable.
posted by superlibby at 4:31 PM on September 1, 2014

Animal Control. See my last question for how I know.
posted by WeekendJen at 11:32 AM on September 2, 2014

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