I was just going over some of the older posts as I find them interesting and I came across on re: signs put up on your property. I do have one on my gate as my electric meter is located in my yard behind the gate. It has a picture of a dog and says I can make it to the gate in 3 seconds. Can you?
I put it up just as a warning to let people know there are dogs there. The electric company did get the idea and requested to put up a new meter that they could read without coming into the yard.
I guess I will call my insurance people and check for my state. I would think that it would make more sense to give a warning then just to let someone just wonder in and maybe get bitten. I think the electric company appreciated the warning, thus the new box.
every state varies on the sign issue. here in washington state, if you put up beware of dog signs, you can be accused of harboring a vicious animal. but you CAN put up "guard dog on duty" they consider that as you have a working dog and he is on the job and is to be respected. so i think mainly its the wording of the signs you put up. i saw a sign that said "if my dog dont get you, my smith and wesson will" somehow i dont think that one would be acceptable ! lol
no Dusty that one don't sound too friendly. "pulling out my 45 Magnum LOL." I just want people to be aware that the dogs might be out. I've got 3 pretty big ones and try to avoid any problems if possible. I know if I saw a sign I would be more aware.
Where I am, a “beware of dog sign” is a must. Actually, it is the law. With out one, you can be liable for a dog bite that happens on your property which WILL raise your insurance premium. However, if you do have a sign and some one enter with out permission and get bit, you can not be held responsible, especially if you also have a “no trespassing” sign next to it.
A word of warning about these types of signs Skittles have. These type of signs may not provide you any protection under the law since they may be taken as a novelty sign meant to be funny and do not provide a clear warning. Stupid people may not get its intended message. Just because your dog can make it to the fence faster then you can, doesn’t mean you should be concern about it. It is best to keep it simple and give a clear warning that there is a dog on the property and you should stay out.
Lucina, thanks for that info, I just didn't want to scare the poop outta anyone who came around with a stronger sign, just let them know that we had dogs. I will check with my ins co. and see what they say. BTW I am located in Florida.
Also if I had not found this forum I would never had known that this could be a problem.
we are putting up a fence this summer and i have been wondering about the signs. i remember that discussion eons ago about them. i absolutely LOVE the "we can make it to the fence in 3.5 seconds, can you ?" signs. i saw one years ago with an anatolian on it. i didnt yet have one but i knew i was going to someday. wish i would have picked that sign up then because i have not been able to locate one since :( :(.....in any event i would like some kind of warning on the fence. no utitlity people need to come on my property for anything , at least the parts of the property that will be fenced in. i guess i will have to check with the insurance company and see what the laws are in this state.
My elderly parents have a sign on the old dog house that reads Rottweiler on duty. It's on one of those yellow yield signs. The letters etc are in black. It shows a Rottie carrying a cat by the tail......
That is a good question though! I wonder what the laws are in Texas?
skittles...no need to thank people for posting...New members are not necessarly ignored...it might depend on the post, or how it was stated. I think the question you posed it a dearn good one...makes me want to call my insurance company too...thanks for bringing it up...
This is very interesting, quite obviously the laws vary widely from state to state. The sign I was told to take down years ago was a simple Beware of Dog sign. Maybe some of the less to the point signs would not have drawn the same attention from my ins man. I live in Wis and my ins co is State Farm. Rules may vary among ins companies also.
It's usually the 'beware of dog' signs that actually pose more of a risk. That's because there's a hint that you know the dog is dangerous if you are putting it up, Beware of dog is a distinct warning to some eyes. A novelty sign like the one about "I can make it to the fence in 2.8 seconds, can you?" and ones like the Akita one we got for my mom "Akita on Patrol" are definitely more ambiguous and there's no warning involved like the 'beware' signs. You would probably be far better off getting a sign that says something like those, and they'll be mroe interesting anyway. I've also heard a 'Dog on Premises' sign works as well. With the non -beware signs, they're more like "Be Aware of Dog" than they are "Beware of dog"
interesting post! We have 2 Gsds that have full roam of our fenced in backyard. We debated on the signs for the same reasons posted here. We ended up with a sign on each gate made of wood shaped like a bone that says beware of dogs. My husband does woodwork and we had seen similar ones at a craft show. I had him make up a couple and I painted and letterd them myself. They are cute more than anything but also let people know we have dogs in the back yard at times ( as if you could miss them anyway...they are very nosy about the neighbors ;0) Anyway, does anyone know what the Michigan laws are? Thanks..
Don't know what the laws are in other parts of Michigan, but I was told by animal control NOT to put up a beware of dog sign or anything else in that matter. He told me that it is the same as admission of guilt and if anything ever did happen in your yard, that you would be considered guilty of having a dangerous dog.
Not that I have to worry, the 2 housedogs have natural underbites, being Shih tzu and Japanese Chin. They couldn't hurt someone if they tried.
This would be in Upper Michigan, you might want to check with your local animal control for specifics on wherever you live.
Thnaks Bassett-Lover....Darn probably will have to take them down...maybe I can paint over them and put something non-threatening so to speak :0) seems like you cant win either way though. If someone were to climb the fence and break into the house and one of my boys bit them I think we would get sued anyway. Thats such a hard issue. My boys are both well socialized but with Tanner being a rescue ( and I think he was abused by his breeder...speculation but still think its true) He is VERY protective of his back yard and loves his family..plus that GSD nature. Anyway I am rambling now.....so thanks for the info...Im going to check it our Monday...