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Off Leash Dogs, What Would You Do?

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by firedrake13, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. firedrake13

    firedrake13 Good Dog

    I know I don't post often...such is my busy life, but, I needed to get some advice from other APBT owners. I live in a very residential area, and while my apt does have a yard my neighbors use said yard for their kids to play in so as a favor to them, I walk Indy across the street (empty grassy area next to a major road through town). I also am always very careful walking her since between myself and the people in my area there are a lot of dogs, so Indy is ALWAYS on leash, I have a good strong collar for her, and I walk with a break stick.

    That all being said...the people who live next door to me seem to feel the need to let both of their dogs outside off leash when they take them to potty. They do not have a fenced yard, they walk where I walk my dog. In the past few months while myself walking Indy as well as my fiance, once of these dogs has attempted to attack not only Indy but us when we get in its way. This has happened about 4 times now, the last time being a few days ago when I was out with Indy late at night, and the neighbors dog took off across the street to get to us, thankfully there were no cars coming. Luckily we have been able to keep the vicious acting dog away from Indy so neither of them got hurt...but I know that if anything were to happen to the other dog, Indy would be to blame. I'm just at a loss as to how to deal with this. The area we live in is between jurisdictions so if cops have to be involved I have to get the state troopers to come and I dont know if thats how I want to go with this.

    I have every intention of trying to talk to them about this, but I have a feeling they wont do anything differently if I did. So I have to ask...what would you do?
  2. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    Can you fence your yard in?

    Other than that. Chances are there is a leash law. Find out and definately talk to them. If I understand correctly I know you said you are allowing them to use your yard for some reason but if they are causing problems, I put a stop to that and let your dog out in his yard.

    Don't be confrontational but let them know the dangers of letting their dogs run loose. They could get hit by a car, eat something that could be deadly to them, get injured, they could get picked up by the pound, or even be stolen right in the front yard. Suggest maybe a fence or maybe a tie out for the dogs.
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  3. bearxfoo

    bearxfoo Big Dog

    Call local AC. One of them has to cover where your home is at, call them and file a complaint. And continue to complain until they get tired of hearing from you and they do something about it.

    Most cities have a leash law, but surprisingly, a lot also do not. I'd still call though.
  4. theo

    theo Puppy

    I would go over and discuss the problem with your neighbor. If they don't correct it, I would get pepper spray (since NY has lousy gun laws), the kind that streams and use it if they attack you or your dogs again.
  5. firedrake13

    firedrake13 Good Dog

    Ahh I should have explained better, I live in an appt, and the people who live below me use the yard for the grandkids, so I walk my dog across the street that way incase something doesnt get cleaned up the kids dont fall, run, ect in it. The people with the problem dogs live in the apt building next door, they also walk their dogs off leash across the street. (this is typical of everyone who lives around here is to walk their dogs in this area, but with the exception of these people Im having issues with everyone else walks their dogs on leash.

    As I said, enforcement of any leash laws might be tricky due to us falling in to this area were we are not considered part of either towns jurisdiction.

    Sadly fences are not an option due to I rent, as well as the people who live below me share the yard.

    ---------- Post added at 01:03 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:02 PM ----------

    Honestly I did think about it. But, I dont want to cause any harm to the dog. Its not his/her fault that its owners are irresponsible.
  6. jeoestreich

    jeoestreich GRCH Dog

    I agree with this. I would talk to your neighbor and the would make sure you had pepper spray and your break stick handy if they do not fix the problem. I would also document the situation incase you have to get AC involed. Also welcome back. :D
  7. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    Big stick and a good kick. That's how I handle loose dogs on walks.
  8. firedrake13

    firedrake13 Good Dog

    That was kinda my plan to talk to them about it...I only seem to run into them in these bad situations when I know if I say anything I'll blow up. I'm glad to hear people are kinda saying what I was thinking with the AC, I considered the pepper spray but again Im concerned about hurting the other dog but I guess when its down to that dog trying to kill my dog...its probably the lesser of the evils.

    Thanks for the welcome back! :D
  9. monkeys23

    monkeys23 GRCH Dog

    I would report them to AC/authorities and the apartment management. I'm sure there is a policy that dogs there must be on leash. ;)
  10. Kit

    Kit Good Dog

    In addition to what others have said, I'd carry a still or video camera and take pics of the other dogs being loose.
    I carry Spray Shield when I walk my dogs.
  11. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Contact AC and see that they come out and give them a warning. Also, I would contact the management and let them know. The other people are not obeying the leash laws, and while unfortunately, that is not a law that is enforced, AC can let them know that a complaint has been filed and that usually will scare some people into making sure they start obeying the leash laws. ;)

    And welcome back!! I've missed seeing Indy. How's your other pup doing, I can't remember his name now, sorry. :o
  12. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    Hey, lady! Missed ya!
    Check your lease and pet addendum. I've never seen one that didn't state something about dogs having to be kept leashed outside. Then call and complain to your landlord.
  13. firedrake13

    firedrake13 Good Dog

    Missed you too lady!

    Unfortunately I have no idea who runs the building next door, its one of those homes thats been broken up into apartments, and while I know my landlord he doesnt own the other building next door.

    I think my next step will be to contact AC i've never had luck with them dealing with issues no matter where I've lived but we will see. I'm also going to make sure I have my phone (which has picture and video) on me when I walk Indy as well. Just in case.
  14. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    I have the same issue here, on both sides. The guy upstairs from me has an amstaff who is actually "friends" with raja, but the guys a jerk and everytime we let our pup out to go to the br (we keep him on a lead since our yard is not fenced in) he let's his dog out and my dog wont go do his buisiness! But to top it off, the guy across the street has three cattle dogs of sort who are NOT friendly and are never on a leash! We always have to triple check outside to make sure theyarent roaming the neighborhood. One time there was a confrontation during one of our walks and we had to get the cops involved. They spoke to the owner and that was it! Now they are still running around like its nothing. So irritating =(
  15. K9 Love

    K9 Love Good Dog

    Indy was just a baby-baby last time I posted here! I need to see pics of him all grown up! :D

    I agree with the pepper spray and always try to have your fiance with you. I've been attacked before by myself by 2 dogs and it was terrifying. If there's two of you one can handle Indy while the other deals with the dogs. Irresponsible owners make me so angry!!!
  16. brindlexpitt

    brindlexpitt Derpidoo

    not to sound harsh, but its "kill or be killed" type of situation. if the dogs attacks you or your dog, would you rather burn its eyes for a couple of minutes, or watch in horror as your dog get shredded by another dog?
  17. buddysmom

    buddysmom Good Dog

    I carry pepper spray and had to use it twice to protect (leashed) Buddy from off leash dogs that were charging and intent to do harm. Usually looking scary/throwing gravel/yelling at off leash dogs works fine but not always. The problem around here is chronic.

    Thankfully it worked (as pepper spray is not 100 percent foolproof) and both times yeah I felt bad for the loose dogs but they recovered and the owners were contrite.
  18. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

  19. Jim

    Jim Good Dog

    Boot to the head or ribs. People's opinions on keeping their dogs leashed generally change after they see their dog whimpering and crying after an encounter with you. They might not behave perfectly all the time but they will check if you are out and about as they know what the consequences will be.
  20. JakesMom5332

    JakesMom5332 Little Dog

    We have this problem in our area as well. When there is a loose dog though it is usually an Am Bully or a Rottie and an occasional Mastif. I have taken up walking my dogs with a Taser Batton. I don't want to have to use it and will do everything else before resorting to it, but I know if the dog does not back off, I have 500,000 volts waiting to correct their behavior.

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