My pup and I have encountered this quite a few times in our neighborhood.
There are two house in particular where the dog is off lead and seems to just be sitting in front of the house. As we come down the street the dog starts barking at us and coming towards us... Obviously they've never come off the property to attack because I am here typing this post. But I feel like this is a very dangerous situation for me and especially my 6 month pup.
The first block I ran into this problem we now avoid. And still hear him bark at us when we walk down the cross street. But last night it caught me by suprise. As was approaching this one house and heard barking. I didn't think much of it becuase we routinely hear barking from back yards and windows as we pass. But then I saw this huge dog coming down the driveway. He stopped at the end and I didn't come any closer. I watched him for a bit, then turned and walked back. I saw no evidence of an electric fence and, more disturbingly, no sign of the owner. Had this dog decided to attack me or my pup I really don't know what I would have done.
Any of you run into these situations? Should I consider calling the police or the spca to complain?
I would speak to the owners first. If it continues, there's no i-fence, and you have a leash law where you live I would turn them in. Not only for you and your dogs safety, but also for the safety of the dog being allowed to roam.
well, if the dogs are on their own property then they are allowed to be off leash. leash laws only apply when your dog is off its property. however the problem is you just don;t know that these dogs won't come off their property and i would be concerned about that. i am sure your dog, being only a pup, is very friendly , but you don't know if these other dogs are.
i am not sure what i would do. i know i couldn;t walk my one dog down a street where there is the potential for a dog to come out after us cause salty would try to eat it and even if it were a friendly dog, it would turn ugly anyway. so in my case i would avoid walking down that street. but as far as what to do about the people and their dogs, they really aren;t breaking any kind of law so it could be kinda touchy to go and say something to them.
all it takes is one time, and most people don't ever believe that one time will ever happen with their dog, but it can and does.
Yes Basset Lover you are correct. An invisable fence is a wire buried in the ground. But in my experience I have seen flags near where the wire is buried, a sign that says "Invisible Fence: Dog in Training" or an oversized collar around the dogs neck. I'm not quite sure why this is a "second of all" point in your reply. My point was that I was not willing to pass because I had no idea if the dog would proceed off the property.
I'm not sure to what extent the leash law in my town applies. In both cases the dogs were on their own property but not enclosed. None of the houses in my area have enclosed front yards, They all have lawns and driveways. Maybe one of those ranch style fences made of timbers, but nothing that would restrict a dog.
I haven't spoken to the owners. Basically I have just heeded the warning provided by these large dogs and avoided the blocks. But it is an inconvenience now and it also seems like a bit of a trend in the area. I don't feel inclined to approach an owner like this because I don't think they would receive the critism well. I base my opinion on the fact that they leave their dogs outside unattended and don't even respond when he is barking for a minute or two straight as we are walking away.
Call your AC or police & find out what YOUR leash law says. If you even have one. Not all municipalities have them. It could even be a state law for that matter.
Consider carring pepper spray or mace.
I can tell you from many years experience as an ACO, most people do not take kindly to someone knocking on their door about their dog. Your intuition is right on this one. And of course the dog would NEVER leave the yard!!!
Once the fence training is over the flags are removed so no you wouldn't see them.
If the dogs stay in their yard then I don't see a problem. I personally wouldn't leave my dog unattended in the front yard no matter how well trained he was, but I don't have a problem with dogs that are well trained being out front. There are quite a few dogs in my neighborhood that are off leash (their owners are usually out with them though), and they hardly pay any attention to my dog. There is a pitbull that has chased me and my dog down the street three times in the past week. The last time, the owner, his neighbor and his kid were all out there, and they did nothing to get the dog away from me. After giving them a strong taste of my potty mouth, I called AC and they were cited. I'm not normally afraid of pitbulls, but pitbulls with stupid owners, very much so! Well, any dog with a stupid owner, actually.
It just happened again. We were on the same stretch of road but a few blocks away from the house where I had my last encounter. I heard barking but couldn't see a dog. I thought maybe it was just a dog in a back yard. But erring on the side of caution I figured I would just turn at the corner. The dog happened to be on the other corner. He was on the lawn of the corner house. As we walked away he just kept walking slowly off the lawn and into the street barking and howling. Luckily he didn't chase us, but still...this is getting a little ridiculous.
I'll never forget being at my friends house and she has a neighbor with an old english bulldog-it sits in the front lawn all day and just watches people go by. We hear this lady screaming get away and go outside-she is in the bulldogs yard going towards it! And then she sprays it with mase, if we would have caught her I think we literally would have torn her apart. At least the lady has never shwon her face again.
And most people I know with the electric fences include their front yards and that makes those dogs yap like mad running in a line across the yard. Are you sure they are all just loose?
we have neighbors on each side of us and the one neighbor has a huge lab and a really huge newfie- they do have the invisable fencing ( which they dont have any flags or anything stating they have this- they did in the beginning when the dogs were in training i guess but since all signs and flags have been removed) but still with this invisable fencing im still worried they will take the jolt and run over and attack my small dogs- they sit there and bark at my dogs every time we come out side. these dogs are outside dogs and live in the garage from what i gather. they leave the big garage door open when they are gone and all day for the dogs to come in and out. and in the morning when i get up and take out my dogs i can hear tem barking in the garage wanting out. it upsets me that these neighbors never once have come out side to tell their dogs to stop barking at us- when i see they are out i normally always take my dogs to the other side of my house - away from them and their barking. i take my dogs out with out a leash. i am with them the hole time they are out. never have they ever been out on their own. my other neighbor is a state trooper and he has a beagle which comes in my yard and poops. oh my hubby hates it- he scoops it up and puts it back in their yard. he lets the thing run wild i assume. ive never caught the dog in my yard but the neighbor has said he was sorry that his dog has been in our yard. but there is no other dogs in our area so i knew it was the beagle. we live on a private road in a newer sub that only has maybe 8 homes out here and us 3 are the only ones with dogs.
i dont take my dogs out on a leash- were on our own property and i am with them every minute they are out. we dont have a fenced in yard ...yet this is what we are planning on doing in the spring- fencing in our 2 acre back yard for the dogs to run and play and i dnt have to worry about the newfie and lab getting my dogs. which i do every time i go out. of coarse i will still go out with them but i know they will be safe from the neighbors dogs. also we have coyotes in our area and you can hear them howl at night and everyone has warned us to watch our dogs- which of coarse at night im like a hawk with the flash light making sure i dont see any..lol
but i wou;ldnt put my dogs on a leash on my own property and we dont have a leash law where i live that states you have to. from what the trooper told me.
This comes up frequently on the People's Court. The judge says that in states with a leash law, the dog Must be on a leash or in an ENCLOSED secure area, such a s a fenced in yard. Don't know about the invisible fence, but I'm sure that show will come up eventually.