How to Deal with a Rowdy Dog Next Door

This post answers the following questions

1) What to do with a rowdy dog?
2) How to handle the mongrel next door?
3) Why talking to your neighbor is essential?
4) How to protect your property?
5) Why should you use proper confrontation?

Have a neighbor with an annoyingly rowdy dog? We’ve all been there at some point in time. You may not be worried much if it’s just a Chihuahua with an attitude, but things change when it’s a pit bull looking to tear down the fence. If you have found yourself living next to an unruly pet, there are things you can do to make the situation better. Here are some tips to help you handle the mongrel next door.

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Talk to Your Neighbor

A lot of times, people won’t really know how their pets behave when they are gone from the home. If a dog spends most of his time outside, your neighbors may have no idea of how he behaves. Talk to them nicely about the situation and explain whatever problems you are having with the pet. In an ideal scenario, they will agree to take care of matters and train or get rid of the dog.

Protect Your Property

If you know your neighbors won’t do anything or you’re not confident about their ability to take action in a timely manner, you can take matters into your own hands. Add bricks or cement around the base of the fence to prevent the dog from digging his way in. Add spikes to the top of the fence to prevent him from jumping over. Put up security cameras to capture any escapes on film, or record incidences when you notice them. This will help if you ever have to go to court. The more you can do to protect yourself, the better off you will be.

Use Proper Confrontation

If you get the urge to punch the dog in the face, by all means control yourself. You need to avoid confrontation as much as possible so that you don’t get bitten or injured by the mangy mutt. If you need to have someone take care of the situation, report the problem to the authorities. Either the police or animal control will come out to assess the scene. They may take the dog away, or they may issue the owners a citation. Either way, you’ll get some sort of justice out of the ordeal.

In a Worst Case Scenario…

If you find yourself in an unavoidable confrontation with the dog because he got loose and attacked you, make sure you seek proper medical attention right away. Take photos of the wound as soon as you can, and get copies of all your medical records. Then file a personal injury case against the owners, and you’ll be able to get compensation for your hassle.

Alexis Allen is a freelance blogger, mother of two small girls, and dog mom to a pair of adorable labs. She relies on the attorneys at Handy and Handy in Salt Lake City, Utah when she has legal questions about dog bites and other animal attacks.

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