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post #1 of 21 Old 02-05-2013, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Neighbors' Dogs in my Horse Pasture

I should lead off by saying I have no patience what so ever for people who can't control their dogs. I have 5 dogs myself and it's not that hard.

On to the problem....

Neighbor's dogs routinely get loose and come to "play" with my horses.
Neighbor thinks it's fine because "they're only playing" and other neighbors with horses don't care.
I informed Neighbor that my big TWH is most certainly NOT playing and that I don't want to see her precious pooches injured/killed.
Neighbor promises to keep dogs home.

Several days later....
Neighbor's dogs return and I catch one and tie it up.
Called neighbor to come collect her ill-mannered doggie.
Informed her that if the dogs belonged to anyone else, they would have met the business end of a bb gun by now.
Neighbor tells me to "do what I have to do" because the dog escapes the fence, she REFUSES to tie it up, and claims there is simply no solution.
Neighbor doesn't care if I call the dog catcher because they're apparently "friends" and "he knows her and knows this dog can't be contained."

This is the same neighbor that runs a boarding kennel, and up until recently a dog rescue, from her home, making the situation that much more strange.

Got parental advice - treat dog like any other stray.
Advertise as "Stray, Free to Good Home" or take to the pound because anyone who would rather see their dog shot or trampled is obviously not too concerned with their pet's health and well-being.
If horses are injured in any way because of the dogs, send neighbors the bill.

Is that a reasonable solution?
How do you deal with dogs bothering your horses?
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-05-2013, 08:48 PM
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If the dogs are easy to catch, take them to the pound. Preferably in the next county.
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-05-2013, 08:54 PM
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a dog thats passing through, with the owner hot on heals to collect gets a wave, a dog thats passing through minding its own business gets yelled at,
a dog thats there all the time being a nuisance, gets taken to the pound
a dog that is chasing my animals is shot on sight.
Weird part of local law, shooting the dog with a bb gun or birdshot is animal cruelty, as you are trying to inflict pain, while shooting to kill if they are chasing livestock is perfectly legal. I may try to warn the dog/owner first if I catch it before any harm is done, but I'm pretty intolerant of loose dogs.

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post #4 of 21 Old 02-05-2013, 08:54 PM
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I let my gelding handle dogs as he sees fit, usually it's swift and violent lol. He actually doesn't mind dogs, unless they start nipping or being aggressive. He's broken a few dogs habits of chasing horses including my healer.
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post #5 of 21 Old 02-05-2013, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by BadWolf View Post
How do you deal with dogs bothering your horses?
I have always turned the matter over to my 16.1H Sorrel.

If the dog wants to stand its ground and challenge him, too bad too sad on the outcome as it's always the dog on the losing end of that sword fight

I come from a dairy and beef cattle family. Whenever dogs (homeless or had a home) packed up and went after the livestock, huntin' season was in and they ended up fodder for the Buzzards.

I have about as much sympathy as you do. I don't want to see a dog hurt but if it comes to my horse or that dog, the dog loses --- even if it's mine

My Sorrel has chased more than one 80 to 100+ plus dogs out of the pasture and if I see him do that, I go right out and give him cookies.

You could just get out the BB Gun and see if peppering its hindend will work, since you've already tried to do things the right way

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post #6 of 21 Old 02-05-2013, 08:59 PM
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What Speed Racer said.

Here's a piece of advice, never ever tell a dog owner what you are going to do to their sweet poochie, just do it. If you offer a threat, when something does happen to their dog they'll come asking questions of you first and maybe with the police. So politely ask them to keep their dog in, when they don't, quietly get rid of the dog. That means anything from taking it to the pound or shooting it and not talking about it.

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post #7 of 21 Old 02-05-2013, 09:04 PM
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For the dog's sake, it's a trip to the pound if you can catch it. It's unfair on you in that you're having to "clean up" someone else's problem. I've been down that road also more than once. A former neighbour said the "do what you have to do" statement which shifted the problem onto us; fortunately for us at the time our dog ran theirs off and scared it enought it didn't bother again. In another instance with a new neighbour, my alpha mare took care of the problem by running the dog out of the pasture while the neighbour screamed helplessly for little Fido to get out of the way - after that the dog was never off the leash.
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We have the same type of dumb people who live nearby. I was riding on the BO's land when two loose dogs came charging at myself and friends with no owner in sight. When we finally met up with the dogs owner as the dogs were running wild under and around our horses I stated that I feared for the dogs well being. The said owner's response was:"If they get injured, whatever!" Thank goodness our horses stood still and didn't injure these dogs. I think I would have been more traumatized if my horse had injured one of the dogs than the said owner. Apparently, these type of half wits are everywhere.
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post #9 of 21 Old 02-05-2013, 09:14 PM
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The dogs at my barn always chase the horses around. Well, one of them does anyways. He bites at their heels when you're trying to catch them and I've done everything from screaming to throwing rocks at him to get him to back off. The last time I was at the barn, I was bringing my horse in and that stupid dog was trailing her heels. I feel the lead go tight and I was yanked suddenly. Refusing to let go, I catch my footing and look up to see what was happening, and my mare was mowing the dog down. I guess she just about had enough of him. I pulled her short of trampling him and brought her in. I doubt that broke the dog's habit but it sure made him think twice about nipping at her for the rest of the day.

I have also shot dogs with BBs. When I was in Georgia, there was a woman who would bring her horrible dog to the barn even though it would chase the horses everywhere. I finally got a little pellet gun from the store and shot him everytime he would attempt. She went haywire, but I warned her again and again what would happen if he continued. After that she stopped bringing him to the barn.

If the dogs chase the horses into a frenzy, I would get rid of them one way or another. The downside is that if you kill it and they find it, they can do stupid stuff like attempt to press charges. If you just take it to the humane society (in another county as someone suggested) then the dog will just be gone.

They might get another one to replace the lost one, but at least the first one will be gone.

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post #10 of 21 Old 02-05-2013, 09:21 PM
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If I know who owns the dog, they are given ONE warning that either they keep the dog(s) out of my pasture/off my property or I will - by whatever means I see fit. If the owner is unknown, I will catch and call A/C for stray pick-up - if I were in an area where stray pick-up was not an option I'd transport the dog to the shelter myself. In this county you have to call for A/C pick up because if you take the animal in yourself you have to sign the dog over as a surrender/pay the surrender fee, ONLY animals picked up by A/C are taken in under stray process.
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