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    Hi,

    I am really upset and I don't know what to do. I have had Geoff since the start of September. He gets along with every dog we meet, and so far, I haven't even heard him growl.

    We have a really big problem. The neighbour who lives 2 houses down from us has a rescue blue cattle dog. Apparently he is the nicest dog imagineable, loves playing with little dogs, loves people, even loves cats and hates Geoff.

    If he is off leash, he will rush Geoff who takes off in fright and bites his heels. The owner is always apologetic and says he doesn't understand why he does it, but he still keeps letting this dog wander down our street without a leash. Yesterday, it chased Geoff at the dog park, and this morning it ran about 100m up the street to get him.

    I have whacked it with a stick and this morning I kicked it as it went past, but it is oblivious to anything but Geoff. Geoff ran home and hid in our garage and wouldn't go for a walk down the street this morning. He was shaking and wanted to sit in my lap on the driveway rather than going outside (and fair enough too)

    I don't know what to do? I have asked them to keep it on a lead, but they insist it's gentle with everyone else. They are neighbours and have lived in the area for 25 years and we are only recent additions, but I don't think that is the point. I don't feel like I am giving Geoff the protection and leadership he deserves. How can he trust me if I can't protect him? I am changing the way we run our lives to keep away from it. We have changed routes for our morning walk to avoid this dog. Now we have to avoid a dog park if he is there.

    I am really upset and at my wits end.

    Any suggestions

    Regards

    Curly Girl

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    as far as I am aware most areas in australia require dogs to be leashed unless in designated off leash areas, if they aren't helping you willingly perhaps a complaint to the authorities?

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    Curly Girl

    Phone your council and report it.

    Dogs are not allowed to roam the streets in NSW, let alone attack other dogs walking past on leash.
    http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/n...98174/s13.html

    http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/n...98174/s16.html

    There are a few dogs that wander my area. They're hard to catch, cause traffic problems by wandering onto the road in front of cars. Each time I catch a dog like this I call the ranger. Sometimes they give me the owner's number to ring too, but if I catch the same dog twice, it will be going with the ranger as the owner clearly needs some help understanding how serious the situation is.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 02-28-2011 at 01:30 PM.

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    The problem is that the dog is walking with the owner who thinks he needs to be free.

    And I have seen Jock walk at his heel past all manner of other dogs until he sees Geoff.

    I don't want to cause discord with my neighbours.

    My husband thinks I am over reacting because he doesn't have any bite marks on him

    But I know he is really scary when he charges you.

    regards

    CG

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    So you'd prefer to leave it until real damage is done?

    It's not beyond an ACD to savage another dog. They're pretty high in the bite statistics especially against another dog.

    I understand about not wanting to upset your neighbour but I'd still talk to the council about it. Then at least even if they do nothing they will have the history.

    And I'd talk to your neighbour about coming to some arrangement so the dogs do not see each other off lead, like him putting his dog on lead when he sees you before his dog does, or agreeing that one of you walk in the morning and the other in the afternoon and he keep his dog secure at home when not walking or at times outside your agreed times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curly Girl View Post
    Hi,

    I am really upset and I don't know what to do. I have had Geoff since the start of September. He gets along with every dog we meet, and so far, I haven't even heard him growl.

    We have a really big problem. The neighbour who lives 2 houses down from us has a rescue blue cattle dog. Apparently he is the nicest dog imagineable, loves playing with little dogs, loves people, even loves cats and hates Geoff.

    If he is off leash, he will rush Geoff who takes off in fright and bites his heels. The owner is always apologetic and says he doesn't understand why he does it, but he still keeps letting this dog wander down our street without a leash. Yesterday, it chased Geoff at the dog park, and this morning it ran about 100m up the street to get him.

    I have whacked it with a stick and this morning I kicked it as it went past, but it is oblivious to anything but Geoff. Geoff ran home and hid in our garage and wouldn't go for a walk down the street this morning. He was shaking and wanted to sit in my lap on the driveway rather than going outside (and fair enough too)

    I don't know what to do? I have asked them to keep it on a lead, but they insist it's gentle with everyone else. They are neighbours and have lived in the area for 25 years and we are only recent additions, but I don't think that is the point. I don't feel like I am giving Geoff the protection and leadership he deserves. How can he trust me if I can't protect him? I am changing the way we run our lives to keep away from it. We have changed routes for our morning walk to avoid this dog. Now we have to avoid a dog park if he is there.

    I am really upset and at my wits end.

    Any suggestions

    Regards

    Curly Girl
    That is horrible for you and poor Geoff.I would play up the bit about the other dog chasing yours 100m up the street to get Geoff and tell him his dog could get run over and you though you would warn him.Maybe he will do something about it if he cares anything about his dog.

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    Hmm... CG I do understand the desire not to cause disrumption of neighborhood harmony, but IF this dog chases Geoff then it could potentially decide to chase something or someone else unexpectedly. Perhaps a child.

    If discussing it with the neighbor does not help, I feel a conversation with your council is warranted... Even if it a discreet discussion, not formal complaint.

    I wonder if it is because Geoff is curly haired... Maybe a wee tiny bit sheep like???!!!

    Still, that's no excuse, no matter how well behaved, the dog should be on leash.

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