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Old 08-11-2005, 11:24 PM
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My neighbor has a golden retriever. I was up there today and she lives in a fenced in area (concrete) about 50 feet by 15 feet. They are very nice to the dog, they love her. The only thing is that the dog urinates, and poops there. It smells pretty bad, but the dog lives in that area (which is actually around a pool) They are not cruel to the dog but they just don't clean it up. What do you think I should do. I do not want to offend them in any way, but just to ask them to clean up around the pool. The dog has to live there. What do you suggest?
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Old 08-11-2005, 11:28 PM
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Tell them they need to hose it out at least once a week, everyday would be the best. And also have them use a dog-approved germicide like Rejuvenal to get rid of the bacteria and possible infectious agents.

Uncleaned concrete will stain, smell and can become a health hazard to the dog quite easily, especially since it sounds like the majority of the filth is concentrated around the pool, which I'm sure the Golden, being a Golden, uses quite often.

Does this dog ever get to play in the grass? Constant contact with concrete is hard on a dog's paws.
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Old 08-12-2005, 01:22 PM
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I don't think the dog often comes out. I usually try to take my dog up there so the golden will have someone to play with.
I think the place is just a holding place while they get a fence built, but I've never seen her out of it (they have taken her with them when the go on vacation)
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Old 08-12-2005, 02:22 PM
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Awww...poor thing...thats terrible to never take the dog out of there.
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Old 08-12-2005, 02:25 PM
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So what do you all suggest I say?
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Old 08-12-2005, 02:31 PM
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That's a tough one. How receptive are your neighbors to you? Could you present them with the facts about how harmful to the dogs health as well as to anyone else who walks by there it is? Point out that things like parasistic worms and such love an environment like that. As well as flies for laying their eggs which can then cause fly strike in animals. This all equals higher vet bills so by cleaning up they would be saving money in the long run. Most people like to save money, LOL! Also are there not any laws in your county about cleaning up dog feces? It reduces the equity on your property and surrounding neighbors when you have an issue like that as well. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. Why can't people just take on the reponsibilities of having pets? Did they think it wouldn't poop?!
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Old 08-12-2005, 02:44 PM
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First thing I would do is check with the city that you all live in to see what the rules are about cleaning up after your dog. I know that where I live, we have a city law that you must remove any dog waste on your property within 24 hours.. If there is such a law.. I would kind of tell me a little lie and say " Oh I just heard that a neighbor of mine just got a ticket from the city for not cleaning up after their dog that was housed in an outside kennel.. Oh I would hate that to happen to you..I am not sure how much the ticket was for but that would be terrible for you.. You may want to clean up a little more often just in case the city comes by, so they don't give you a ticket.. I know that I am going to at my house after my dog(insert name)" that may be a good way to start.. All so the is a product call "Odoban" that is GREAT for smell,, and it is same for pets.. I have started spraying it on my yard every two weeks since I have 4 dogs.
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