We have an issue with people coming onto our property (sometimes invited, sometimes not invited) then walking around the side (straight past the front door, sometimes opening a gate on the way)... and then opening the gate into the backyard and walking straight in with Koda despite him barking his head off at them and (depending on the person) growling at them. Most people Koda gets over it and will accept them, however there are some that it takes him longer to come around with and there are a select few that he absolutely despises!
If you ask me, you'd have to be insane to walk around to the back of someone's property uninvited, and then ignore the fact there is a very grumpy dog barking at you and just open the gate and walk right in... but for some reason... people do.
Koda is not a vicious dog, but it scares me when people do this because Koda can sometimes be a bit unpredictable and sometimes no one is around to get control of him.
So I have some questions...
1. Theoretically if someone walked in the yard uninvited without having spoken to anyone who lives here to tell us that they're here, and Koda bit them... where would we stand?
2. If they walked in the yard and we knew they were here (perhaps they were doing work on the farm and they came up to the house to use the bathroom... so they're not trespassing) and the same situation happened.... where would we stand with that?
3. How would having signage on the gate make a difference to where we stand on the matter? What would be the best wording to have?
Most of the signs I see around say 'Beware of dog, enter at your own risk'... I think the beware of dog part is okay, but I feel like saying 'enter at your own risk' is implying that they can enter if they want to.... rather than something firm like 'Beware of dog, do not enter'...
I dunno.... its a difficult situation to be in... I just want to do whatever I can to stop anyone (human or dog) getting hurt.