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Old 12-29-2012, 07:45 PM
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I grew up in a rural area and in Vegas we had cement block walls for fences. So, I'm rather inept here and am curious how others have handled this. Our new house has one dog to the left which shares a wood fence and three dogs to the back which share a wood (their side) and chain link (our side). The dog on the left is reactive but didn't seem that worrisome, however, the three at the back are nosing under their fence and pushing against ours.

Our goal is to refence the whole yard with buried bottoms but that will have to come after the inside remodel.

Backup today was clueless, which I love, but my other three won't be so easy going.

I will definitely work on my dogs reactions, they're almost never outside alone anyways, and the owners at both homes seemed to react and recall (effectively) their dogs within a few (2-3) minutes but... Suggestions? Has anyone tried befriending? Or deterring? Suggestions for cheap fencing as added security for our side right now until we can afford a new fence?
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:55 PM
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We have three dogs to one side, one dog (and currently a litter of pups) to the other side, and 1-3 dogs (some visit and one stays) to the back. It involves a lot of calling dogs in from all sides when someone decides to start something (usually, that "someone" is either Gavroche, the Shiba next door, or the pittie in the other next door). All my neighbors are really good about calling their dogs in when they get noisy (which is the only time they all react and get annoying) except for my neighbors on one side...they seem oblivious to everything. Logan doesn't start anything, he just stares at the chickens

We have wood privacy fence on two sides, and double chain link in the back.Gavroche could jump the chain link if he wanted, as could the boxer behind us, but so far nobody has found the need to do so (and I've been living here with mine for roughly 2 years, and off and on visiting before that). I think the 6-foot buffer between the two chain link fences helps that tremendously.

So, I guess all I can really say is supervision until you get to know the other dogs and how your dogs will react. Gavroche is quite reactive and he generally doesn't have many issues, other than occasional barking. The only fence incident I've had is when Logan tried to steal a chicken quarter from the pittie next door, and he got his foot stuck in the fence and tore it open a bit (poor pittie was just going to let him have the chicken lol). It healed without incident and we've had no more issues.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:57 PM
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Classic would fence fight with the dogs around us, mostly the GSD behind us. We were friendly to the neighbors about it as it all started with their GSD becoming fence reactive. We were both aware of the problem and wouldn't leave the dogs out unsupervised, however they were unwilling to really work on the problem with us and it turned more into a management thing. We even put up a tarp against the fence and that seemed to help.

The other neighbors have this little white thing that is super fence reactive and will redirect onto them. My girls ignore him but it is super annoying because he'll sit at the fence and bark forever and that gets old if I'm sitting outside reading a book. He's normally out with one of the kids and they don't do anything to get him to stop, understandably so because they get bit if they try. I finally had enough and snapped at them one day to get their d*** dog inside. Not one of my prouder moments.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:05 PM
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We have dogs on all sides. Thankfully we have a privacy fence so their view is pretty blocked. Mostly I just stay aware and supervise, Juno & Lucy are generally pretty okay aside from maybe a little barking. At the first sign of ANYthing, from either my dogs or the neighbor dogs, I call them back inside.

It helps though that my dogs don't spend a lot of time out in the yard, and neither do the neighbor dogs... so the vast majority of the time I don't even have to think about it.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:34 PM
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My advice is...it sucks to share fences with other dogs :/

IME is that even dogs who are "friends" will often fence fight in these settings. So I don't know how far trying to get them to be friends could go. I think you've said your dogs are trained to bark collars. I have had good luck preventing fence fighting with those. However, that won't solve the entire problem obviously. The best solution I have come across seems to be the "fence within a fence" idea, where you put up another barrier a couple feet in from the main fence. The purpose is just to create a buffer more so than to contain dogs. You could say put up some cheap posts with chicken wire or rabbit fencing or if you want sturdier, livestock fencing. If it's possible where you are, let the grass grow up around this barrier. Or attach these to it for an additional bit of visual barrier. http://www.homedepot.com/buy/backyar...-dan-rf01.html For a more permanent, long term extra barrier, you could always plant shrubs or crazy vines along the main fence and/or interior fence.

Of course, that depends on what is or isn't allowed or frowned upon where you live. If you have wooden and chainlink fencing on different sides of the yard though, I'm guessing there's probably not real strict rules.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:10 PM
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We have a yapper next door, that LOVES to fence fight with my guys. So if I hear noise I bring mine in right away, only time I can't is when I'm off to work and they're out for the last few minutes before coming in for the day, so I just suck it up. It does help that she's going to work at the same time, so she's up and her dog is out.

Also helps that her dog does tend to wander, and has even had the nerve to come into our yard and stand there watching the dogs freak out - I handed him back to her over the fence. The dogs did buy him some cookies for Christmas, I'll get those dropped off tomorrow.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:27 PM
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We have two dogs on one side of us. Our fence is a wooden privacy fence on all sides. Violet isn't a barker, but she'll run up and down the fence while the neighbors dog barks lol! It's actually kind of funny. But Chloe will bark back and she goes completely deaf and won't come inside when I call her, so if the neighbors dog is out, Chloe isn't. It just doesn't work. Both dogs go crazy.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:37 PM
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We have 4foot chain link fencing, and have had dogs beside us. Honestly, I haven't really known a difference between when we had dogs there and now, when we don't.

The only time we had an issue was when there were little yappy dogs next door, and they squeezed under the fence through a hole Rosey mostly made. The dogs would want to play and Rosey... well... doesn't.

We just made sure that we introduced ourselves to the owners, told them our worries. When we told them their dog was coming into our yard, and Rosey didn't appreciate it, they started tying their dogs up so they can't get in the backyard.

We have much more problems now, with this bully breed mutt that isn't even legally allowed to be here, a few houses down. They taught it to jump the fence, so it now just helps itself into our yard whenever it wants.
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Here is what I would do. This is assuming I am understanding your back fence set up correctly.

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Here is what my fence on the shared side looks like. (well it isn't green and blue. lol)

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Old 12-30-2012, 12:09 AM
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We were concerned in FL when we moved in, our neighbor had a pit he left outside everyday. Our dogs were fine for the most part, got adjusted pretty well, they didn't fence fight. The problem came when he started digging under..he was ok for the most part but him and Boomer would get huffy with each other. Didn't help the owner wouldn't be home and I couldn't 'return' him to them right away. And then he started pulling the fence slats off, and pulling out the concrete blocks, and the bedframe we buried, and so forth.

So we had a foster rottie pup, let the dogs out one night...the pit got through and just about mauled the puppy to death. The owner paid the vet bill, but because we took it to the vet, the vet filed a report with the county and the county went and threatened him with not vaccinating for rabies. He kept the dog tied outside from then on, but he got over once in a while still. It was pretty much a nightmare and I have no helpful advice other than if you do get in that sort of situation, just keep calling animal control. My mom didn't want to cause strife but it's not worth the headache.
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