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Pitbull Neighbor

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by PitbullNeighbor, May 17, 2019.

  1. My new neighbor has a pitbull and I'd like to hear from you if it's behaving normally or whether it's showing signs of being unduly aggressive.
    At first my neighbor let the pitbull roam freely on the street in front, without a leash. This is CA so here a leash on public streets is mandatory. Once he even lost him and the pitbull was running around our neighborhood, with my neighbor frantically looking for him. Now he always keeps it in his very small backyard - never takes him out on a walk. It's a male but is not neutered (he should be based on the city regulations, but I have not reported him), and it is my impression that it is quite young.

    Any time I walk by the property fence or even just open a window that faces his backyard, the dog growls and barks at me. The fence is only 3 feet tall so he growls very close to me sometimes, about 1 foot away. I believe a pitbull can easily jump 3 feet. I'm not particularly afraid of dogs but I feel some frustrated aggression coming from this one. I'm not a dog expert by any means, but I feel like I can't walk by the fence without guarding my back.

    Today I've seen him snap aggressively and growl at their gardener, who was using a gas leaf blower. To defend himself, the gardener pointed the blower at the pitbull to keep him at a distance. Some weeks ago, a sheriff deputy tried to tell my neighbor that he should get some training, or a water-spraying collar to reduce the barking, but my neighbor didn't listen.

    I heard that about 50% of ER injuries by dog attacks are due to pitbulls. My personal opinion is that dogs have personalities, and some dogs are more aggressive than others, but pitbulls can be more aggressive than other dogs, and require an owner who is smart and knows how to train them. My neighbor seems rather irresponsible to me, which makes me concerned the pitbull might randomly attack someone or even jump over my fence. I discussed with his landlord about installing a higher fence, but she did not want to.

    I would be interested to hear your opinion, though I understand you have not seen this dog in person. Does it sound to you like normal pitbull behavior? Do you think it'd be possible for the pitbull to jump over the fence and attack me?
     
  2. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

     
  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    If this was me, I would have a friendly discussion with your neighbor. Be nice and get to know the dog and the neighbor. Give positive suggestions with regard to training, exercising the dog, etc.
     
  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    If he would allow you to play with the dog and get to know it it would be very good. Bully breeds need a lot of exercise (walking, tug, etc.) Being left in a yard alone is a recipe for disaster if you ask me. It sounds like it is looking for a job and now believes it is supposed to guard the backyard. One of mine doesn't like if you stare at him. If someone looked out their window and stared at him in the backyard he would growl and bark too. If you can meet him and say his name in a very friendly manner then it will put him at ease. However, my male gets very uneasy if someone is afraid of him. He is not a confident dog and he senses fear. Yes, he can jump a 3ft. fence without any problem at all. When I got my female 6 yrs. ago I put up a 3 ft. gate and she didn't even touch it. She just jumped it like she was stepping over a curb.
    Maybe you could give it small unseasoned chicken breast or little pieces of bacon? Maybe you can give him a toy if your neghbor says it is okay?
     
  5. Thank you for your replies which sound reasonable but unfortunately depend on my neighbor's collaboration. I tried to be friendly when they moved in, but I'm sorry to say the guy isn't very bright and it is hard to communicate with him. When I told him his dog barks and whines a lot when he's gone, he said he'd get a shock collar. He never did, and to be honest they sound cruel to me anyway. The dog shouldn't suffer because of the owner.

    Weeks ago I tried calling the local humane society and the city, to see if they could do anything (I did not give them his address), but the person I talked to said that she owns 2 pitbulls and that 1. they can't possibly jump 3 ft at all, so I have nothing to worry about (thank you for confirming that yes they can); and 2. I was blaming the pitbull because I'm prejudiced. I honestly do not stare at him through the window, he barks simply at the noise whether he can see me or not.

    The owner said he does not want to give the dog any chew toy. Honestly I feel bad for the dog, any dog will suffer from lack of attention, but when it barks at 11.30 pm because my neighbor is out, it is quite annoying. I heard there are ultrasonic devices that you can put in your property and they activate automatically. Would it be cruel for me to do so? I don't want the animal to suffer. The best thing would be for my neighbor to go to a good dog trainer, but he isn't open to suggestions from me or anyone else.

    Once I did try to toss him a treat, but he ignored it and kept barking at me. It was an edible chew toy bone I got at the pet store. Do you think actually meat would be better? I'm vegetarian but I could get him some chicken if that would make him more friendly.
     
  6. oldman

    oldman Little Dog

    Think it over very well before giving the dog anything to eat or play with. If anything ever happens to the dog the owner may blame you for it. I know that I would be very angry if anyone fed anything to my dog or threw anything over the fence. That is a sure way of getting in trouble with the law.
     
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  7. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Of course it would be best to get the owner's permission to play with the dog or give it food. Never give a dog cooked bones.
     
  8. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Honestly if I were you I would put a 6 ft. wooden fence up next to this fence line where this dog is.
     

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