Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Middle TN
Dogs Name: Mocha
Dogs Age: DOB 3/21/2014
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I know I'm late to the party, just saw this thread. We went through this twice, and I'm convinced this is partially the reason why Mocha turned out so reactive to other dogs.
2 1/2 years ago, we had a family buy the house next to us. They initially had one Akita, a male who was the most chill dog I've ever seen. All he did was sit or lay in the yard. Never heard him bark or growl, nor did he ever react towards Mocha when I took her out to play or potty.
Then they bought a female with the intent of later breeding the two together (Ugh). Right around the time she turned about 7-8 months old, she became really aggressive, barking and growling at every noise, and she was also very destructive. They kept her outside most of the day, and of course she got bored and destroyed their deck planters, furniture, dug holes all over the yard etc.
We have a 6 foot wooden privacy fence between us but every time I brought Mocha out to go potty or play, that female came charging at the fence, biting and scratching at the wood in an attempt to get at Mocha. That got Mocha all riled up and it got to the point where I had to take my dog potty on a leash. Talking to the neighbors nicely didn't work. Then lucky days, we saw a for rent sign in their yard, the husband who is military got an assignment to somewhere else. And there was much rejoicing.
Unfortunately, the family that rented the place after the others moved out came with a male German Shepherd who, yep, you guessed it, was super aggressive and would come charging the fence every time I took Mocha out. Plus, they put him out back at 7 in the morning and didn't let him back in till around 10 or 11 at night, no matter how hot it was, or how hard it was raining. I went over several times and talked to them, asking them to please at least take the dog in when I took Mocha out so she could go potty, play, or train without being distracted. All I got was "Dogs bark, what do you want us to do?"
I finally got pissed off and told them that if what they want is a yard ornament, I'd gladly go to Lowes and buy them a pink flamingo or one of those ceramic garden gnomes and then they could give the dog to someone who would care for it better. No, that didn't go over well, guess that made me "that jerk of a neighbor" LOL
Thankfully, they've since moved on and now there's peace and quiet.
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