by Cris Carl, Networx
Solutions for dealing with the toilet habits of your neighbors’ dogs have a lot to do with your personality. Are you the type to boldly confront people? Are you the “law and order” type who will go to any lengths to bring the culprit to justice with the local animal control officer? Maybe you don’t like confrontation so you try subversive ways of dealing with the problem. Or, are you more likely to be proactive and make use of various types of barriers to prevent the dogs from ever coming into your yard in the first place? Here are a few ideas about how to deal with this messy issue.
Confronting the responsible people
If you can identify the owner of the dog, you can try to have a simple and polite conversation with him. Personally, I have rarely found this to work, but maybe you will have better luck than I’ve had. Generally, if people are letting their dogs run free or are “looking the other way” while on a walk, then they probably could care less about the issue. Plus, depending on the neighbor, it could get ugly.
Yelling at people you catch in action can be effective – or get you in a fight, with someone who has a dog with them.
I did actually stop one boy from letting his dog poop on my tree belt. I photographed him and told him I was going to report him to the dog officer (we have a local ordinance with a $300 fine). I never saw him or his dog again.
- You can set out web cams to take note of the offending dog(s) and provide the evidence to the authorities.
- You can post signs, but dogs will often just pee on them.
- There are some that think placing the offending material back on the property of the dog’s owner will achieve the desired result. While you may feel some satisfaction by returning the favor, so to speak, you are more likely to start a feud with your neighbor.
- Networx editor Chaya Goodman has a friend who spray paints the offensive matter a Day-Glo color and leaves it on his lawn in order to highlight it to irresponsible dog owners. This doesn’t suit the aesthetic of many homeowners’ landscaping, but she credits her friend with inventiveness.