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The kids next door tease my dogs

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Calimommy 1
CivMP 1
puppylove 1
Running 2
GardenWitch 2
Liberal Scumbag 1
Maleficent 3
Champ 1
AnniRay 1
a4217848uu 3

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a4217848uu --- 9 years ago -

Alright so the kids next door seem to always be outside with no supervision. They come up to the fence line with plastic swords and other toys beat on the fence yell and scream and taunt my dogs of course the dogs bark and I don't want them to become a sound problem they are very well behaved and when other dogs start barking in the neighborhood they stay quite. I'm not sure of the family situation of the neighbors I never see a mother/wife but I see the father I assume he is enlisted but the kids are outside all the time no matter what day of the week it is with what seems like no one else home. And always taunting my dogs! I don't want my dogs to become aggressive towards kids as a result of this. Yes it's annoying to hear them yelling and screaming all day long but I understand kids will be kids and I live in a family neighborhood. I don't see it fair to have my dogs locked inside all day bc of these children nor do I see it fair as the kids should be locked inside all day.... What do I do in this situation? How do I find a happy medium? I'm always worried that these kids may be left alone for the day... There 4 of them between the ages of 1-5 I think. Help?!?! Any advice 

Maleficent --- 9 years ago -

Say something the kids. Tell them "hey please don't do that." And usualy that's enough to scare the kids away. If it doesn't work though talk with the parents. That's all you can do. 

Champ --- 9 years ago -

If all the kids are under 5 "yelling" at them should be enough.

Under 5 and no supervision is a bit worrisome though. 

Calimommy --- 9 years ago -

Oh no I would be upset. The fact that the parent doesn't hear your dog and wonder why the next door neighbors dog is being loud all the time shows they don't pay attention. If I ever saw my kids doing that to someone's dog I would kick their butts. I would nicely show the kids what they should do. Than tell the neighbors you don't mind if they talk to the dog nicely and you don't think your dog will do anything but you don't want the dog to dislike kids. A normal parent would respect that. 

Running --- 9 years ago -

Either go over and knock on the door and ask the parents to redirect their children.

OR

You can walk over to the fence line and teach the children how to interact with the dogs.

OR

You could put up a barrier, a second fence of sort to keep your dogs further from the common fence line. 

Running --- 9 years ago -

Oh no I would be upset. The fact that the parent doesn't hear your dog and wonder why the next door neighbors dog is being loud all the time shows they don't pay attention. If I ever saw my kids doing that to someone's dog I would kick their butts. I would nicely show the kids what they should do. Than tell the neighbors you don't mind if they talk to the dog nicely and you don't think your dog will do anything but you don't want the dog to dislike kids. A normal parent would respect that.

They probably assume she is as horrible as a dog owner, as she thinks of them as parents... 

CivMP --- 9 years ago -

Plant sticker bushes along the fence... kids hate those.


OR

You could put up a barrier, a second fence of sort to keep your dogs further from the common fence line. 

Maleficent --- 9 years ago -

I'm still all for yelling at the kids and scaring the hell out of them. 

a4217848uu --- 9 years ago -

Here's the thing the husband/father who I have only seen a few times went out yesterday and said what did I tell you about teasing those dogs but I'm not sure when he is or isn't home and like I said I haven't ever seen the wife/mother again I'm not sure of their family situation it seems as though he is the only one in the house hold that seems to enforce it which can be hard it both parental figures are not on te same page 

GardenWitch --- 9 years ago -

I'm still all for yelling at the kids and scaring the her out of them.

Yep. And lots and lots of sticker bushes. Like Cactus. 

a4217848uu --- 9 years ago -

Trust me my immature childish side would love to go about it that way I've though about dressing up like an evil monster or demon dog and really scaring the pants off these kids! But I don't want to cause further issues. At least u get a chuckle out of thinking what horrible things I could do 

Maleficent --- 9 years ago -

Honestly you don't have to yell at them but going out there and even asking nicely saying "I don't want my doggies to eat you" might be enough. They may not take their mom/dad/whoever seriously but they tend to listen to strangers more. 

GardenWitch --- 9 years ago -

Or just asking them where's their MOM?? and tell them you need to talk to her about their teasing the dogs (in other words "you are gonna get in TROUBLE") 

puppylove --- 9 years ago -

Say something to the kids. You don't have to yell but tell them the dogs don't like them and ask them to stop. They can understand that even if the parents doesn't pay attention.
And honestly if your doing nothing your being a bad dog owner. Just because the parents doesn't pay attention to those kids doesn't make it ok for you to not protect your dog.

I had a neighbors kid throw weeds and sticks at my dogs and I asked her not to once then yelled at the kid and then went out every time with my dogs for a week and didn't leave them in the yard alone. After then every few days I would check on them. It was a lot of work but the protection of my dogs is worth it. Sorry if this is harsh but it's kinda true. 

AnniRay --- 9 years ago -

yeah, you might feel bad telling someone else's kids what to do, but you have a right to protect your dogs.
I don't like to tell off other kids either, but if it comes to our property, our pets, our kids...oh yeah, they will feel the wrath. There was an incident that I saw a kid come to the playground (which is practically our front yard) with an object that I couldn't tell if it were a toy knife or a real one. So, I asked him if I could see it. He said no. So I say "Ok, then I have to tell every one of these kids that they have to go home because I don't know if you are going to hurt them or not." He said nothing but went and took the knife home, and then I found out later that it was indeed real. There were only two other adults there and I was shocked that neither of them said anything. Yeah, speak up. 

Liberal Scumbag --- 9 years ago -

You could always "accidentally" overspray when you're watering plants, coincidentally at the same time as when the kids are taunting the dogs. 

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