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    As you know - my dogs are not perfect. Occasionally they can be downright awful for reasons I often can't figure out. I do what I can to fix this and protect others around me from being bothered. On the days I am home, my dogs will spend 99% of the time indoors and bark maybe 5 minutes all day. On the days I am not home, my dogs will spend 100% of the time indoors with the windows shut, and might bark 15-20 minutes all day on a good day, to maybe an hour on a bad day. I go out maybe 2 or 3 times a week. So I was surprised to see one of my neighbours deliberately hose my dog through the hedge on Saturday at 1pm. The dog was just sitting, looking through the fence - not barking or doing anything. I thought "ok, maybe it was the kids next door. Kids do things like that." Anyway, earlier today one of my other dogs went downstairs and had a little run around the yard. Maybe a growl or two, not a real bark. Anyway, I heard one of the adult neighbours yell "Rack off." In front of their child (presumably). Nice. Excuse me? What was my dog doing? NOTHING! I am really disappointed because we used to be friends and I really try to be nice and somehow we ended up avoiding each other. I know I am sick and under a lot of stress right now so things bother me really easily. I think maybe they have some sort of problem too because they used to be a lot different without saying too much. But there isn't really any more I can do to keep my dogs away from them and I think my dogs should be entitled to go in their own yard. I just hope it doesn't escalate into them doing something to the dogs. The only thing I can think of is the person on the other side of me and across the road got new dogs which bark alot so maybe the neighbours think all their barking is coming from my house.

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    They just hosed my dogs for being in their OWN yard again They have become so unpleasant I really don't know what to do.

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    How horrible for you Megan.I notice you said that you were friends could you go round when you are calm and talk to them.I understand how stressful it is when you can't even let your own dogs out in the garden without wondering what is going to happen next.I can't imagine what reason they can give for their behaviour but it is best to get it out in the open.It is the same round where I live that it is the same dogs that bark all day(the ones that never get taken for a walk)and responsible owners that do all they can to avoid trouble.Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goonerlady View Post
    How horrible for you Megan.I notice you said that you were friends could you go round when you are calm and talk to them.I understand how stressful it is when you can't even let your own dogs out in the garden without wondering what is going to happen next.I can't imagine what reason they can give for their behaviour but it is best to get it out in the open.It is the same round where I live that it is the same dogs that bark all day(the ones that never get taken for a walk)and responsible owners that do all they can to avoid trouble.Good luck.
    Thanks for your support! They actually have dogs themselves and are ok owners - they don't really walk them but play with them in the yard alot. The dogs do get bored and spend alot of time sitting at the fence staring at us and then when they see our dogs they bark (so it's our dog's fault I guess ). The neighbours wanted to get a wooden fence which I don't want due to the maintenance involved and the fact that it won't solve the issue of their dogs noticing our dogs and barking because they have a wooden front fence and their dogs who are very strong have broken off one paling trying to get the postman or whatever. Even when they aren't home if the dogs hear us outside they start barking, so it's obvious that a visual barrier won't do much. AND you can imagine we would be forever arguing about repairing the fence once their dogs broke it down trying to get into our place. The types of dogs they got are also renowned for being clever escape artists if they don't get enough attention.

    Bottom line - I think they wanted the "lifestyle" of owning a dog (weekend trips to the beach etc) without the day to day responsibility of exercise etc. Basically, it is an inconvenience to them that a person next door owns a dog and now they are busy with changes in their life and over the honeymoon phase of owning them they don't like the fact that they can't just leave them in the yard without any sort of interruptions to their lives. Gee, I'm busy too.

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    There are some strange people about.Even if they are maybe getting complaints about their dogs barking it is daft to take it out on your dogs!What sort of fence do you have now?Maybe they could buy a stronger fence as it seems to be their problem rather than yours?

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    Maybe write it down so you are not so emotional. I know my logic flies when emotions kick in.

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    If when you talk you keep quiet while they do an inevitable rant to justify themselves they should wind to a close. If you try 'reflective' listening and say back what you think they are trying to say ( even if it is totally unreasonable- stay very calm). Once they feel you have heard they may be open to a " what would you iike to happen? How could we work this out approach?"
    No guarantees of course as some people make a career out of being unpleasant but may be worth a shot,

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    I suspect it's not legal for them to be hosing your dog through your fence...

    But proving they did it deliberately would be hard. You'd need to keep a log of it (date, time, place, description of what happened).

    You may want to have a chat with the neighbourhood liaison person in your local police about an appropriate way to deal with it.

    I hosed my neighbours dogs for a while - at least until the Rottweiler learned that barking at me when I'm in my garden got it hosed. Unfortunately the SWF was a bit thick and so was his owner. Eventually the SWF got rehomed (it disappeared) because it was barking all night at possums or me in my bedroom or other neighbours and they couldn't stop it and if they shut it inside - it would pee everywhere. Not the nicest dog. The rotti was gorgeous and very smart and no problem for me.

    I never reported it to council but I did show up a few times at 6am Sunday morning after a long and loud Saturday Night bark fest when I had to be up early for sports events.

    If you can talk to your neighbour and explain that if they have a problem with your dogs they should come and talk to you before they hose them. Other than that - the only thing I can think of is putting some water proofing (eg corrugated iron) on your side. Personally I would not think a hedge by itself would be dog proof.

    If you don't feel calm about doing that, maybe ask someone else to go on your behalf. Just to ask them what the problem is.

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    Do they own or rent? have a look at the garden, that should tell you.
    grass up to your knees? Call local real estate agents, find who is managing the rental, and VISIT the office, with a written letter stating right at top. I wish to make a formal complaint
    Got a mobile, most of them take videos.
    If my dog was going to be sworn at, and made wet with water, yep, id set this up in fact and film it. then take the video and submit evidence of the behaviour, the end of the video shot is the one with todays paper with date displayed, and the speaking clock and voila, you have evidence to take to the police. Have them behead him.
    That should sort it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    have them behead him. That should sort it.
    lol

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