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    How co-incidental that the minute I come back to the forum, my neighbour does something appalling.

    I have just heard my neighbour strike their dog. The dog screamed. Not yelped, Screamed.

    I leapt out of of my seat (about 20 feet away from an open window to their yard from the office) and yelled through it - "OI!" followed by " If you hit that dog again, I'll hit you!"

    So, when is it right, and when is it wrong, to step up involvement to RSPCA and/or the law? Do I assume that this is a one-off and "remember" and suck it and see, or do I call in the back-up straight away?

    I cannot tolerate abuse to animals of any sort, and this infuriates me. I am typing now with the trmbles I am so angry, so I need some advice that is separate and not mine.

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    Makes me feel sick to the stomach. Good on you for yelling out, and yes I would call RSPCA and make a report, they may get you to call local council as well. See what they say, and have your camera or mobile phone at hand.

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    Do you actually know what has happened though? If you do it would be easier to know what to do about it.

    I've had one of mine go into a screaming fit when I've inadvertently stepped on their toes. Depends on the individual dog's reaction though, sighthounds have a special trick that catches people out - it's called the "scream of death". If something really bad is happening to a sighthound, they're more likely to be silent.

    Not trying to make light of what you heard Pinkest, but you have to know exactly what you're dealing with before you know what to do about it.

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    Yes the we have the greyhound "sream of death", warned the neighbours that if you hear a high pitch yelp not to worry.

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    oh, yeah, I know what a whack sounds like. Just like whopping a bottom clad in a disposable nappy. And it was followed instantly by the scream. Just one. I know what Rosie sounds like when she gets her toes stood on, so, yep, totally get that one... bt I actually heard the hit. One second later, major single scream. Followed instantly by my OI!!

    But you're right, I don't know the circumstances. And I wasn't looking over the fence. Which is why I wanted the cooler heads to weigh in!!

    Thanks for all your prompt advice, it is really appreciated!

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    Keep listening to see if this is a regular thing, it may have been a one off for really bad behaviour, like trying to kill the cat for instance, not the best way to handle it if so, but if a one off, no point in going to RSPCA and maybe getting the dog taken and also maybe winding up being put down.
    If you hear it again definately call them in

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    If you get a chance in the next day or so, have a stickybeak at the dog if you can and see if it looks ok.

    I'm sure you'll be well tuned in for any repeat performances. If you notice them, it might be time to act.

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    I think I'd talk to the neighbours first and find out why they hit the dog, and maybe find a way to offer them alternate ways to get their dog to do what they want.

    I have a neighbour who has a puppy mill special, and totally old school ideas about how to train a dog - eg he frequently scolds it when it (finally) comes to him when he calls it. And he always barks at the dog when the dog barks at me, he's got NFI.

    I try to set a very different and obviously different example in dog training. I'm pretty sure he can see and hear how I deal with dog barking. Eg I say "enough" and then I call dog and I always praise dog no matter how long it takes her to get there. Though I do deliver a better quality of praise if she's quicker... etc. And he would never hear me scold or yell at the dog. Sometimes I say "OI" at her if she starts digging in the middle of the lawn but I don't rub her nose in it or hit her.

    And I saw a bloke hit a dog (not hard but still) and rub its head in the dirt for not coming as soon as he called it. I knew the dog, so when I saw it again, and with the nearly father in law eg dog's grandpa, father of daughter who owns dog... I explained how I felt about that kind of correction to him and I said - it's no way to get a dog to come willingly... Next time I saw dog out with daughter and bf - the way they managed the dog - who was just as naughty/playful was completely different.

    So, I'm very reluctant to call RSPCA if I haven't talked to person concerned first. If they were hosting dog fights - I'd call the police immediately. And I have been known to yell over a fence "can you scream a little louder, I don't think they can hear you in Melbourne".

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    If the dog looks healthy and happy as a general rule, then I owuldnt be escalating.

    However, if they are constantly bashing the dog then I would.

    Tricky situation, but prsonally, I dont think giving your dog a smack is abuse. It's not the ideal way to treat your dog but its not that bad. I dont like smacking for dogs or children, but I have in the past smacked both

    In regards to the screaming, Barney used to scream like he was being abused if my daughter touched his butt for the first 2 weeks we got him lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    I've had one of mine go into a screaming fit when I've inadvertently stepped on their toes. Depends on the individual dog's reaction though, sighthounds have a special trick that catches people out - it's called the "scream of death".
    I know this is slightly off topic, but I'm so glad I joined this forum. I experienced the scream of death the other day too, it nearly gave me a heart attack! A few people in the park looked at me like I'd just murdered their firstborn too, but it was an accidental foot-trodding incident

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