Our neighbor, they live about 4 houses down from us, let their dog out to play in the field behind our house.
Kids play back there (including mine) and the other day I went out to play lacross with Jas and we couldn't even find a spot to play in without coming across a land mine. I asked Jas and a few of her friends if they've seen a dog around the field and all of them pointed to the house and said "they let their dog out and play ball with him and allow him to poop everywhere". I don't have a problem with the dog being off a leash..he's a sweet dog...I let ChiChi out too, without a leash, but anytime she poops ANYWHERE, I ALWAYS pick it up!!!! It's so annoying, as this is about the only place (besides my own back yard) that the kids can play in safely and now that is taken away from them because of the crap everywhere.
How do I approach the neighbor without sounding like a B*tch?? I don't want to cause problems, because my girls bark, and like I said, I too allow ChiChi to run around with us in the field. I've only said "hi" to this neighbor maybe a handful of times, they seem friendly enough, but I don't want to step on anyones toes and piss them off. Advice??
I hate that, thats a hard one. Mabey if you don't single them out as the only one with a dog that poops back there and say, I was playing with my kids and there was poop all over and I wonder if you could help me out and spread the word to all that use that area, to please clean up after the dogs so when people go to use the area they don't have to step in all the poop. Or put a stake in the ground with baggies attached to it with a note to" ALL THAT USE THIS AREA" please use these bags to clean up your dogs poop and leave a garbage can there by the stake with baggies for them to put the poop in.
I would go to Petsmart and make a 'gift basket'. Buy one of those boxes with the 'poop' bags in them (you know, the kind you carry when you're walking your dog?) I would also maybe buy a few chew toys and maybe some treats and put it on their porch with a note saying, "To a fellow dog lover in the neighborhood! Your dog is adoreable! I just wanted to give a few gifts as a neighborhood gesture. Plus, with all the kids in the neighborhood, we thought the bags included in the gift set could benefit everyone to keep our neighborhood yards clean for the kids to play in" If you make it anonymous, she won't know which neighbor did it. Plus, since you have the other 'gifts' in the basket, it's not as offensive as just handing her doggie bags and complaining. But it also gets the message across to pick up after your doggie :)
We have a similar problem where I live. There is a yellow lab that lives across the street who is just out of control. They let him run loose in the front yard and he just runs and jumps on anyone who is outside. He also poops in other people's yards. You can only imagine my mother-inlaw's reaction. She says, "I don't have dogs because I don't want dog poop in my yard. Someone needs to put that dog out of its misery." The neighbors obviously have no knowledge of dog training what-so-ever.They yell at the dog to get in his yard and then scold him when he comes to them! I've thought of doing a gift basket that included a couple of private lessons with my friend who is a professional dog trainer. I've decided some people just don't know common courtesy.
OK...you guys had some great ideas...I don't know yet, what I'll do, but this may sound kind of greedy, but I'm not into spending money on people I don't know. So, the gift basket thing, I don't think I'll do...although HM, that's a GREAT idea :o) The stake in the field might work...although, I think the kids that play there would just tear it down and use it as a weapon.
Sorry, I sound ungrateful don't I?? I'm not trying to shoot your ideas down..lol even though it sounds as though I am :o(
I was outside earlier grooming my girls and sure enough, they were out there...I didn't see the dog poop, but I whistled for Jas to come home and I made sure they heard me tell her to pick up the dog poop in OUR yard. I know that wasn't enough of a hint, but if it continues, which I'm sure it will....I may just go politley knock on their door and have a talk with them.
I do, however, like the idea of making it known that I am not singling anyone out and that I am going around to ALL the neighbors to please respect the community play area. Or..maybe a flyer? Heck..I don't know! :o(
I'm pretty upset about it right now...because of this, I have 9 kids in MY back yard playing...normally I wouldn't mind, but they all want to play, some of them I don't know and you can imagine having so many kids in the yard and the screaming I have to deal with. I won't send them away though..it's not their faults.
I like all the ideas mentioned. However, I also understand not wanting to spend money and the concerns about the stake. Maybe I'm a big ole meany, but I would say something to the neighbor. Just be extra extra nice and very polite. If this was any other issues besides poop, I might say let it go--but like you said your kids and other kids play there and thats just icky and germy (sorry, but i'm a germ freak LOL). I don't think you will cause a big controversy if you are REALLY nice about it. Just my opinion--hope no one thinks I'm mean! =)
Wow, you got a a bunch of really good ideas there, DGI. I say, go with the flyer. Make up a bunch, put 'em in their mailboxes, wait no that's illegal, put 'em on their... windshields? Hmm, do you have a HOA? Anyway, it's simple, Please clean up the Inu Kuso!!! Not much help am I? ;)
Dogoneit, since you don't want to spend money (I don't blame you, lol) I would almost find out her address, write an anonymous letter and write it like this: "Attention all neighbors, it has been brought to our attention that a large number of dogs are using our local open spaces and lawns as a public pooping ground. This is upsetting several neighbors and making it hard for children to play. Please pick up after your dogs and do not let them roam free without supervision. Thank you for your time"
And instead of putting it on her porch, (they might see you...or a neighbor might see you and tattle on you! lol) find out her address and put the letter in an envelope without a return address and go down to the post office and mail it to her. Then she will have no idea where it came from, lol. Also, by wording the letter that way, it will seem that everyone got a letter like that, even though she is the only one. I'm conniving huh? lol
HM, that's an awesome idea and that's what I'm going to do! All that inhaling of vinegar must've made you wiser :o) I'm going to get right on it...and send it out tomorrow before we head off on our trip...hopefully by the time we get back home...all that POOP will be cleaned up! It's a shame..right now, DD is playing kickball in a narrow pathway behind some houses :o(
Didnt you say you lived in housing? Just call them. There is no easy way to ask somebody to clean up after their dog without them getting mad otherwise they'd already do it. It's just common courtesy to clean up after your pet in a common area.
You guys, excluding myself of course are full of great ideas. Agree with much of what has been said...the gift basket idea ..loved it. Though as a dog lover I can once in a while be a real @#!%, when other owners are disrespectful to others. I keep having images of Jim Carrey in Me Myself and Irene "relieving" himself on his neighbors lawn after getting feed up with the clean up from his neighbor's Great Dane.