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bnsmith928
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I've mentioned before that my neighbor has a Golden Retriever puppy named Gus who is about Tucker's age. They do play well together but now it's getting out of hand. The dog is ALWAYS over at our house. We have about 5 acres that separate us from our neighbors house.

He is teaching Tucker bad habits. We caught them both damaging our bushes (and we've caught Gus doing it alone). The minute I open my front door Gus comes barreling through the field to play. Which is fine as long as I'm not going anywhere because then it's hard for me to get Tucker settled back down and into the house so I can leave.

The neighbor's dog is also a jumper and makes it difficult to avoid getting all muddy before work. He's also a little thief. I can no longer allow the boys to take any of their toys outside because Gus steals them. I often find Gus just standing out our back patio gazing in through the windows. Maybe he thinks he lives here?

I never see anyone out playing with him. That doesn't mean they don't but I never see it. He does have shelter but he is always outside. He does have a big yard but is not fenced in at all. I'm very hesitant to mention my concerns with his family because I'm afraid they will just tie him up which wouldn't be good for him.

It is partly my fault that he comes around because before Tucker learned what my "serious" tone was when I needed him to come in, I would bribe Gus & Tucker with milkbones so I could get Tucker in the house. Now I have to give Gus milkbones to go away! So I take responsibility that of course he is going to come where he gets food!!

However, I have always been able to let my boys out for a bit and not worry about them. I can run in the house and check on a few things and then let them back in. They have NEVER left the yard until a few days ago and guess who they were both with?? Gus! They came back filthy and I have no idea where they were. We are planning to fence in our yard in the warmer months so that I don't ever have to worry about that again. In the meantime I can't let them out of my sight. I couldn't breath when I yelled for them and they didn't come. I was terrified.

We live way out in the country on a back road and have a long driveway so I never worry about the boys getting out. They have enough room to rome nad have fun but now I don't trust them to do that anymore.


Any advice on how to handle my neighbor? I don't want Gus to never come over because Tucker loves him and they have fun but I don't want my dogs to suffer (can't go out, have to stay in a fence, can't take toys outside...) because of their Dog.

  
Katiesnowflake
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Gosh this is a tough one. My inclination would be to speak to the owner - its not a good idea for dogs to be running unsupervised where there is any livestock nearby? I presume there is livestock if you live in the country? Is there any way you can get your fence up sooner than planned?

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Polo123
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Sounds a really tricky situation, so easy to upset others when the intention to do so is not there :ohwell:

I'm afraid I've no advice to offer but please let us know how you get along :flowers:



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Hmmm a tricky one. Personally I am not too sure a dog can be a bad influence on another dog. I am sure your boys are getting muddy just because they are having fun and enjoy doing it. They may well be happy to do it even when Gus isn't there.

Sasha is a great one for puddles but Tizzy doesn't really bother, Tizzy hasn't been encouraged by Sasha to join in. Tizzy barks her head off if she wants out but Sasha still sits there with her puppy eyes asking quietly.

I can see your concerns but dogs will be dogs and they will enjoy each others company. Gus wont understand that he is doing wrong, he is just coming where the company is.

If your garden isn't secure then I would make sure it was so you knew where your boys were and you could relax. Maybe then Gus could play with them in the confines and you know they are all ok

Depends on how well you get on with your neighbour. Gus is obviously seeking fun and play, perhaps he never gets that and pointing that out to them may not go down too well!

Good luck!



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bnsmith928
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Gus really is a sweet dog and he and Tucker adore one another. The fence hast o wait until the ground thaws. It is very cold and we have lots of snow right now so no one will build on for us until it warms. I can tell that Gus is very lonley and my husband and I have talked a lot about what to do. A fence will solve my problems because my boys will be find. Gus can always come in the fence to play with them and wouldn't have to worry. That wouldn't bother me at all. I think he would just move right in with us if he had the chance. There isn't any livestock (thank goodness) but we are surrounded by corn fields. As it warms up maybe that family will pay more attention to him. In the mean time I'll just keep letting Tucker and Gus play under supervision and spoil them both with bones. I do worry about Gus running out anywhere anytime he likes but I suppose it's not my place to tell them how to treat their dog. Sashasmom, you are right...Tucker would have probably began digging up our bushes at some point on his own whether Gus did or not. As a pup Tyson was a digger and that was a big nuissance. By the way, Tucker now stands about an ince taller than Tyson! He is going to be one big boy!!!

  
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Ok, so yesterday was a bit more frustrating. I was trying to leave and Gus wouldn't get out of my garage. I had to lure him to the front door with milk bones and hurry to the garage and shut the door before he got back in. He is not standing out our back glass patio barking and whining until Tucker goes to the room where they can see each other. Then of coruse he wants him to come out and play. It's like having kids asking if the other can come out to play. I truly don't mind unless Gus hinders my getting to work on time!! Which is becoming more common... I shouldn't have to worry about getting another dog out of my garage!!

  
bnsmith928
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Apparently the new neighbors on the other side of us have a couple so smaller, in door dogs. I caught Gus over at there house peering in their back door today. I had to scold Tucker because he started towards their house when we went out. I will not let my boys be a nuissance (well, to anyone other than me!). At least I'm not the only one who is experiencing the problems with Gus...

  
bnsmith928
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So Tucker was out playing with Gus yesterday and when I made him come in (he never wants to) his collar was missing! And a few more toys are now missing...

  
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Hi,

Well this may be barking completly up the wrong tree (sorry for the pun...) but I had a very similar situation with our cats a few months ago. Our neighbours cat was strolling into our house and causing fights. It got so bad that our cat had to have several treatments for bad cuts and bites. When a gentle talk about the situation didnt sort things out I then threatened to present them with the 200+ vet bill I had. Suddenly thier cat was much better behaved.

Maybe something similer could work in this case, a gentle talk about it and if that doesnt work, tell them they must pay for any damage caused, missing toys/collers etc or tell them that you will have to go higher up. These people are obviously are not being responsable owners and really need to be put in thier place.

Hope it all goes well.



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bnsmith928
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Surprisingly, the neighor approached me the other day and asked if Gus was being a nuisscane because he had found a lot of toys in his yard that didn't belong to Gus. He said that he had brought them over and put them on our porch but they showed back up later. I told him that Gus was no bother really and that I loved to watch him and Tucker play together. I told him I have to bribe them both with bones to get Tucker to come in when I have to leave. Later one of his kids brought all of Tucker's toys home. At least I know that he is aware and that he is concerned. I chickened out telling him everything but I didn't want Gus to be chained up. I figure as long as he knows that his dog is a little theif and he brings things back, no harm is really done. Gus barked at my when I was walking to my mailbox the other day until he recognized me. So now I have my two and my neighbor's dog looking out for us. I give him bones, he doesn't want anything happening to me!! :smile:

  
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At least the lines of communication have been opened!



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bnsmith928
17:42:28 Thu
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Very true! So if something happened that needed immediate attention I would now at least send my husband over :smile:

  

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