Okay, well, I have a 4 to 5 month old puppy, Missy. And Missy is an only child right now, except for one older cat who stays inside. Anyway, our neighbors whose house/yard borders the woods on the right side of our yard have a few dogs also, and two of the dogs have come up to our house because they know about Missy. Yesterday was the first day that they came, and Missy was more timid around them, and we chased them off, but today she was playing with them, which was okay. Maybe I'm just being a little overprotective beacause she's just a baby, but one of the dogs is a lot bigger than she is (fully grown border collie) and I'm terrified he could hurt her. So today, when the playing got a little rough, I chased the dogs off with a water hose, and when they started to run home, Missy started following them! I don't know how to keep them away, and I'm also afraid that now that Missy knows where they came from, she will go up in the woods when I'm not looking..What can I do?
countrygal, you need a run or an enclosure for your puppy if other dogs have access to your yard, or your whole property fenced off. It's either that or you will have to be with your puppy at all times when she's outside.
Do your neighbors know the dogs are coming into your yard? maybe if you told them about your concerns they would try to keep the dogs home. Just because they live in the country, it does not give them permission to let their dogs run wild. They still need to be responsible for them. Maybe they don't know the dogs are wandering off.
I think it's lovely that your puppy has playmates, but I think that some kind of fencing is in order. There's no reason that your neighbor's dogs can't come to the gate and ask politely to come in and play. That way, your baby can't follow them home.
For now, though, I'd leash baby when play time is over and take her inside. Then go out and order the neighbor's dogs to go home.
I knew a woman who had a country place and couldn't afford to fence it all at once. She started with a 10' by 10' run and had the fencing people come out once a year to extend it. She eventually had a half acre fenced, which was plenty. She walked the dogs over the countryside often, and everyone was happy.
i would have to agree with a fence. you don't want your baby getting out farther than just those puppies. what if those neighbors don't like her and they shoot her or poison her or abuse her and you can't see. that would be devistating to you. she needs to be able to play and socialize with other pups but not out and about on her own. a fence is the best way to keep your eye on her and to keep other pups out when it's not play time.
Thanks to everyone who replied. It's good to know that you guys don't think that I'm just being overprotective and silly. A fence would be a reasonable idea, yes, but (it's kind of hard to explain) the area where the woods meets our property can't be blocked off...it's too big of an area and it would cost way too much. But for now, I'm just going to keep Missy around me, and whenever she goes towards the woods, I'll just have to distract her and go the other way. And when the other dogs come in the yard, I guess I'll just keep the water hose on hand :) The neighbors are the sweetest people you will ever meet, and we've had similar situations in the past with our other dogs (now passed away)..but they had an adult collie dog, Delilah, who started coming up to our house because we had a beagle she liked to play with. She would stay up here so much that they eventually gave her to us...even though she knew she had two homes to go to. Anyway, there is no chance that they would hurt Missy if she came up there, but I still don't want her wondering up there with them. Thanks again for all the suggestions!
I live in the city and have a similar prolbem, but mine is with a rottwiller puppy. He is always beaking off his leads and runs to my home, the new schnauzer that I have wants to fight with him. I have no clue why. If this was me I would try to explaine to your neighbors your view on this. They might not even relize that there dogs are loose.. I would let them know that you are not worried that a fight or anything will happen, but you think that the playing rough may injure your dog.. If they do get mad then let the animal control know about the situation. After all there is a law in every state that a dog has to be secured by a fence, chain when left in the yard.. Just be nice with whatever you choose to do!! I was able to get a resalution with my neighbors next door and no one got mad or anything.. Good luck!!
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