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post #11 of 19 Old 03-31-2014, 12:05 PM
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Two things - first and very importantly, please Be Careful in putting a muzzle on your dog and then introducing her to another, smaller dog. Muzzling is a great tool for control, but it can also lead to other issues. The device can make a dog feel attacked and like it needs to defend itself, because they have no real control over their mouths. Adding that to a high-stress situation like meeting someone new can lead to dog on dog problems later on, especially if the meet and greet with this little guy goes wrong. So watch your dog carefully, if she's showing signs of distress, looks defensive, or gives warnings (raising hackles, growling, keeping her tail low) don't bother introducing her to the new dog while she's muzzled. Chances are, there'll be some frustration to take out on it as much as there's all the other stress factors at play.

Second, if the little dog takes lightly to being squirted with water add a little citronella oil extract to the water and mix well. Citronella will make the water unpleasant and, if the dog considers being squirted a game, will firmly state opposite of the dog's opinion. It shouldn't be harmful to the dog (unless by chance he's allergic) other than providing a foul scent and taste.

Good luck and keep us posted! :)

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post #12 of 19 Old 04-05-2014, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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So far, things are going good. Just got moved in and settled today (in fact I just got done with everything and am waiting for my ravioli to be done ;P). If there will be any problems with the little dog, I'm sure they will arise in the future. Meeting through the fence went OK, a lot of barking and general freaking out by my terrifying dynamic mother daughter duo. They calmed down after a while. Did have one fiasco while I'm trying to unload stuff from my truck, my stupid shepherd (ok far from stupid, sometimes I wish she was stupid!) found the only spot in horse panels not lined with no climb (I didn't even realize there was a spot!) gets in there and starts herding/chasing my horses. Thank God Cheyenne didn't kick her, because if the dog ****ed her off enough she would've! (reportedly she has chased dogs before). So the dogs get shut up in a room while I finish unpacking.
I think everything is going to be OK (as soon as I put no climb on that spot). I've taken everyone's advice and am not going to use the dog door. Right now, I'm just going to chill out, watch a movie, and absorb the fact that my horses are now right outside my door!
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post #13 of 19 Old 04-06-2014, 09:21 AM
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There's a reason for the old sayin "good fences make good neighbors".

It's your neighbors responsibility to keep their dog in. If it gets out and comes onto your property it's sad but nothing you are responsible for. That's exactly what I would tell the neighbor.
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post #14 of 19 Old 04-06-2014, 10:57 AM
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I've always contained my dogs to my property, w/some "escape artists" it's not always easy, but it IS the law. The 2 shepherds I have now weigh around 100 pounds each-I sure do not want them out doing any damage in the neighborhood! We have them because we love them, so we keep them safe.
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post #15 of 19 Old 04-06-2014, 11:12 AM
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It's your neighbor's responsibility to keep their dog contained. However, it's your problem to keep your yard "safe" from intruders. Tell your neighbors that your dog does not play well with others, and that if he gets into your backyard or house then the dog may become injured. If possible, putting a string of hot wire along the base of the fenceline would nip this problem immediately. If not, put bricks along the fence where the dog can get through. If that won't work for some reason? Close off the doggy door. That should be a simple solution

For what it's worth, I have never met a cat that wasn't obese to be deterred by a puppy gate. I usually use them to keep the DOGS out and allow the cats to travel freely. If the solution works for you then that's great, but I would be careful relying on that fact to keep your cat indoors. I would consider something like this a better option in your situation, both because of the cat and intruder dog:
PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor - Electronic Dog Door and Pet Doors from petco.com

It has a sensor that you attach to your dog's collar and you can set it on three modes- locked, unlocked, and a mode that will only unlock if your pet's sensor is within a certain number of feet. It may not be enormously practical since you are only going to be there for a short while, but I would strongly suggest at least looking into something of the sort.
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post #16 of 19 Old 04-06-2014, 11:58 AM
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I live in the country also, but would never let my dog go free.... I would also be concerned that the is little dog will get in with the horses and possibly killed or injured. I would speak to the neighbors, state that my dogs will not get along with your dog, she might be injured by the horses and please keep her home.
I don't believe any state allows for country dogs to roam free without conquences.
Being a good neighbor is one thing, but allowing this situation to go forward without warning the loose dog owner about the probable injuries that will happen if her little poopsie continues to come over will cover yourself if something happens.
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post #17 of 19 Old 04-06-2014, 11:59 AM
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Nope. No dog that is not mine is allowed on my (even rental) property. The end. Let alone in my house or interacting with my animals! Dogs can be and do get shot for bothering neighbors' animals in most places. Is is their responsibility to keep their dog contained. If their fence is not enough, they need to keep their own dog on their own property by whatever means necessary and I am not responsible for their dog getting killed on mine. If their dog was on my property and injured my animals, my family, or my property they'll be getting the vet, doctor, or repair bill too. Ditto for my critters- if they get loose and cause damage or get hurt, that is on me, no one else.
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post #18 of 19 Old 04-06-2014, 12:24 PM
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Where I live, the owners of a loose dog, or any animal, are 100% liable if they cause an accident on the road. Far too few know or care about this.
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post #19 of 19 Old 04-07-2014, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the comments guys! I haven't been using the dog door, so it hasn't been a problem. The dog hasn't come on the property even once yet, so hopefully she will just stay where she is supposed to be. Had to patch a hole in the stall fence, after that everything's been good! Had my dogs out with me while I was walking the area where I'm going to build my jumping course (starting a new thread about that!) and the neighbors rotties ran to the fence barking. I'm about 100 feet away calling my dogs who ran over to say hi (thank God for the fence!). After calling a couple times they actually CAME BACK. Miracles DO happen! It's amazing what plenty of space and land will do for a dog's obedience.

On a side note-oh great, I'm sunburned. Mom's gonna kill me.
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