I've posted about this problem before, and most of the responses I got was "fencing". Okay, well, our yard has a wooded area that borders both our yard and the neighbors. The neighbors have dogs as well, and there's one in particular who likes to come up and play with my 4 to 5 month old puppy Missy. He is a full grown Border Collie, and he is very large compared to her. He's only came up to the yard a few times, but during those few times he has played a little rough for my liking..I've chased him off with the water hose, but I feel awful about doing it. Since Missy's an only child I know she would like some dog companionship from time to time. Am I in the wrong to keep the dog away from my Missy? I'm just worried since he's so much bigger than her, he could hurt her. And another thing, we don't exactly want another dog hanging around our yard, you know? I hope I'm not being too overprotective...
It comes down to do you want your puppy to be socialized or not? Your puppy will tell the other dog when the playing is too rough. Have the other owner around you should not spray the other dog with water when he/she is just playing -- let the other owner then tell the dog "take it easy".
I don't think you are over protective at all. Mine stay in the house all the time except to go potty and several years ago the people next door (have since moved) got 2 huge dogs. We put up a wooden fence along the chain link. I was not going to take a chance on them jumping that fence and maybe killing one of my babies. Better safe than sorry. I think you are so right in being concerned.
okay, well, Missy is a mix (we're not 100% sure of what) but we think she has some pit bull and maybe some lab in her.
I feel awful about chasing him away, and yes I realize that I could be sending the wrong message to Missy, but believe me -- she does not believe that play is wrong, she loves to play and she thinks everything is a game :) Anyway, I got very upset when the other dog layed down on top of Missy ( I don't think that's qualified as "playing" )and several times he was biting her neck. I realize I'm being a little dramatic about it, but we don't want this dog to get in the habit of coming to the house day in and day out. He hasn't come back in about a week now, after we had a discussion about it with the neighbors. I mean, my Missy is just a baby, I just want to protect her :)
I agree that a neighborhood dog coming uninvited isn't the most desirable situation and the owner should know, however, your "baby" isn't a tiny, defenseless creature :0) It would be a great idea to join a puppy class or a well run doggie daycare so your pup can learn how to be a dog. They learn from eachother all about manners and what is acceptable behavior in the dog world. Sometimes it involves what seems "rough" to us, but a good trainer in a puppy class can help you know what those lines are. We have a Yorkie and a Dobermann pup who is 4x's bigger and if that Dobe plays too rough - our Yorkie lets her know! He's a good teacher for her as far as letting her know when she is crossing the line and getting too rough or obnoxious.
Okay, well, I haven't replied to this post in a few days.. There's been an extra problem added to this lovely issue with the neighbors dogs..Missy now knows (thanks to the neighbors dog) where he came from in the woods and Ran Off into the woods when I looked away for a split second. I was yelling after her "missy no come here" but she was gone playing with the other dogs..I had to go into the neighbors yard (which I did not like doing) to get her. She would Not have come back to me if I hadn't gone to get her. Boy, she made me mad that day :) But since then, I've kept her on a leash to keep her in the yard, but it's hard to keep up with her, you know? I don't know what to do now that she's been in the other dogs' yard, she knows that's where she can find them..I'm still staying outside with her when she's loose, but I worry about when she gets older, how on earth i'm going to be able to keep her in the yard. I don't want to keep her on a chain/leash all the time..and especially because she's going to be an outdoor dog once she gets a lot older (she's only about 5 to 6 m.o. now) I don't know what to do. Suggestions?
I agree with the fence thing. Like I said after we put up the wooden fence we had no problem. We just ran it along side the chain link. Those dogs were big enough to nearly step over a chain link and I was not going to take a chance. Besides we want to know that when your dog is outside its safe. Better safe than sorry.
Yes, I agree with the fencing idea 100%. Countrygal, a fence would take all your worries away! You would never have to worry about unwanted friends coming over, and your dog will never be able to take off on you.
I agree with the idea of fencing, yes, but our yard is huge. It would cost too much to fence the whole thing in, although it would be a perfect solution. Anyway, I've recently bought one of those extendable leashes that goes up to 16 feet, and we are loving it! Missy can still roam away from me in the yard a little, yet I still have a hold on her. But I know this won't work so great when she gets bigger and older. About the fencing thing, we do have a largeish lot for Missy that she can run around in, but she doesn't like being alone for long so she's only in there for a few hours.