How are dog owners in your neighborhood?

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Good, bad, Jerry Springer worthy?

We have lived for almost eight years in what amounts to a rural trailer park with some houses thrown in the mix. The landlord who owns the majority of it is a slimy SOB whose Amstaff killed one of my goats and terrorized the area before he shot it for killing one of his llamas.

Our next door neighbor his a reclusive biker who had two older dogs when we moved in, an aggressive male ACD and a medium sized brown female mix. Both were allowed to wander the area. The female vanished one day and he came down to our place to ask if she had been around, we told him we hadn't seen her and he went away. Slimy landlord owns 50 aces that he allows anyone who rents from him to walk, hunt or 4 wheel on. I used to take the dogs up there until we had issues with stray dogs and shady people. One day,years after the female had vanished, Zane drug down the old dissected carcass of a dog that was all tangled up in what looked like a white clothesline. :suspicious:
A couple years ago he went out and bought a female Rottie pup. At this time he still had the aggressive ACD, but kept that dog in his house. The Rottie pup was left tied to his front step where she would periodically get loose and ignore him when he yelled her name. I got to meet her several times and she was a very friendly dog. The aggressive ACD vanished last year and he got a second Rottie, this one also female. Both of them are moved deeper into his property and now all I see is one of his family member's brown Doxie periodically being yelled at as it waddles away from them. Just this week he threatened to shoot and sic the dogs on a group of elementary aged kids looking for their dog.

A neighbor farther down the block has a mostly white pit mix that when it's not in their house, is left on a tie out by their backyard. This dog is hugely territorial and is severely DA. She (probably not spayed) is never walked and the only exercise she gets is when she breaks her tether and roams around their property. She has ambushed me and my, leashed, dogs several times.

A neighbor near our pasture has a B&W pittie named Rosco. This dog is an intact escape artist. He is super friendly, but just needs some exercise, obedience training, and neutering might also help.

Some people in this area appear to be good owners, but the majority buy a dog, don't speuter/take it to the vet, tie up or put it in a kennel and leave it to rot.
 

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I think that they're generally pretty average... although based on the amount of dogs I see on chains 24/7, there are a few owners who I don't think should own dogs. I don't see many dogs out on walks either, usually the same four or five, but I just like to think that they get morning walks or get exercised in the backyard.

I have yet to meet another dog person in my village, but there's a dog trainer in the town over the bridge who Cali took her obedience class from... so there are a few in the general area at least.
 
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I live in the city so there are plenty of dogs and they are all indoor. Haven't seen any tied out around me. The ones that walk the neighborhood near me have some very well-mannered dogs with good leash etiquette. The public dog park a mile away from me is another story. Get a lot of people who shouldn't be there, but I get it.

Most of my social activity outside of my roommates and school are with a group of people I've met at the dog park. We frequent trails together and are often thought of as a doggie parade...
 

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We also live in a city. So we have all varieties of dog owners here. From very involved and loving to abusive and neglectful. My particular area of the city most dogs I see have fenced yards to be in. There are 3 close neighbors that will leave their dogs out all day and late into the evening barking non stop. When we first moved here some people thought it was our dogs barking so called bylaw but they quickly learned that my dogs are trained to ignore people unless they step though the gate and they are never outside unattended unless for 2 minutes to pee. After being here 5+ yrs our neighbours love our dogs(dog now).

Our public off leash dog area is amazing as well. Only ever met one owner in the 6+yrs of going there that was not responsible for their dogs behavior and though their Jack Russell being aggressive to other bigger dogs was funny. Everyone else I have met is very responsible for their dogs, friendly and communicate well if their dogs have dog issues. Our dog run is unique in the area as it has gorgeous walking trails, a beautiful stream running through it that has many swimming holes designed for the dogs enjoyment and plenty of wide open areas for training or play. We just took our entire family there a week ago for the annual spring clean up party.
 

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The owners in our area are generally really good to their dogs. Nice suburban New England. Dogs are rarely seen roaming, surrenders are very low to rescues/shelters, most of the dogs out and about seem reasonably well socialized and healthy. I was an animal control officer a couple of towns over for a few years, and it was mostly just dealing with the occasional dog barking or people walking off-leash in places where it wasn't allowed.
 

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Boxers across the street roam. The younger one now has a cheapo electric fence collar he runs out of occasionally( the one you plug in the house and is circular) after getting tangled in our electric fence.

New neighbors have dogs but are far away I don't know what they are. I do know they are always screaming for or at them.
 

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My neighborhood is a small network of dead end streets. There are basically two types of dogs that people keep.
1) The mysterious, only ever behind a privacy fence in the backyard dogs that everybody hears but nobody ever sees.
2) The dogs simply let out the front door to roam.

For the most part, most of the neighborhood dogs are in the #1 category (a few of them I do see getting walked on leashes through the neighborhood now and again, but that is a minority in this group). The few dogs in the #2 category are three of my immediate neighbors. XD Luckily, though, they are all decent enough dogs.

One is a sweet, billion-year-old golden retriever that mostly just lies like a log in his own driveway, but he will stumble over to my yard once in a while if my kids are out. And when he does, the owner usually comes right out to say "hi" and make sure we're okay with the dog coming over.

Another is a little poo-mix of some kind, but even when he's out he's pretty well glued to his family. When he's out, he's typically just following his owners, or it's just a potty-and-back-inside trip. Honestly, he belongs to the unofficial "head" of our neighborhood, so for the most part he's just treated like a neighborhood mascot. He was the fist one to greet us when we moved into the house. Lol

The last dog bugs me a little bit, but not because the dog has actually done anything. He roams the most, though doesn't tend to confront people. If you encounter him it's mostly just a sniff and a wag and he's on his way again. He has rushed Morgan once. It wasn't outwardly aggressive, I don't think, but he's a big boxer (or mix of) and Morgan was a bit startled/intimidated by the gesture. I almost never see the owner outside, either. Like, I said, it's not like the dog does anything bad, it seems nice enough. I just think it's weird that he's out and the owner is MIA.
 
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Not terrible I guess. There's a retired couple at the end with a typical yappy chihuahua but we only ever see it barking at the windows when we walk by. Then no dogs until us, an older mutt next door that can be barky and they leave outside for quite awhile sometimes while it's making a ton of noise. An older mastiff next door to them, always off leash but on a shock collar and stays close to the owner, goes everywhere with her. Every now and then see her poking over the fence line and barks once in a great while.

Across the alley a couple of fluffy mutts that go out on tie outs that don't leave their deck although they have a large chain link fenced yard. They bark a ton when outside. New people right across from us let their weim roam free, eating everyone's trash and getting into garages, came charging and barking at us once when walking the dogs and I yelled at her, they kept it on a tie out after that. Now I think that dog is gone and there's a brown curly haired puppy instead. So basically only have problems with those people who seem to be really irresponsible and stupid.
 
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pretty terrible, actually. My main neighbor, he owns the land all around us and rents out to different people, he has (had?) a small bulldog-y thing that teamed up with his tenants greyhound-y thing and were always loose. There was a stretch that I called them at least once a week to come get their dogs. Now I only see the greyhound-y dog running around. The people that are now renting the horse farm have a handful of dogs. Their toy aussie does NOT stay on their property. I was coming home from a work trip, and the neighbors were out in the pasture fixing some fence and the little dog ran over into my yard to bark at me.

Luckily all of these dogs are friendly enough towards people, so that's a plus.
 
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I live in the suburbs behind a huge off-lead park/reserve. Lots of dogs and families in my neighbourhood and I see a lot of the dogs while we are out walking. They are mostly mid-sized breeds, lots of border collies, labs, goldies, spaniels, mixes etc or older people with small breeds.

One thing I have noticed in the 8 years I have lived here is that a lot of people have more than one dog, maybe because we have such a nice walking area. We have 4 so are upping the average! I know all the dogs names in my own street and the regulars from the park. Nearby are also lots of good walks, we are very lucky but then again it is the reason we bought our house here! We are on the outskirts of the city and a short drive to lakes, rivers, forests, hills etc.
 

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Our neighborhood is pretty good. Mostly people who have casual pets that they walk 3-4 times a week and let out in their back yards. The only one that bothers me is this super fat dachshund that lives a few doors down. He is so horrifically overweight and has lost most of his hair. I think they said he is like 4 years old? They let their 8 year old daughter walk him off-leash outside and she frequently wanders off and get into other peoples things while the dog barks and rushes people who are quite a ways away. He barks like mad at our dogs and flings himself at them.
 
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I live in a rural area and it vastly depends. There are people who keep their dogs the way suburban people do, hunters with flea-bitten dogs chained to barrels in all kinds of weather, people with outdoor ranch and LG dogs that are good and stay within their boundaries, people with outdoor ranch and LG dogs that wander to Oz and back...

My dog has chased one neighbor dog away from the poultry we had a time or so, and I get annoyed with the dogs that come barking out into the road when I ride my horse past. I know of one dog allowed to roam the highway that suddenly turned up three-legged (presumably from an amputation due to being hit by a car) and is still allowed to roam. :confused:

But I mean. My dog still occasionally barks longer than he should when I kennel him in the barn while I do stuff and I know there are neighbors within earshot, and he's bee-lined into the neighbor's pasture to sniff at their cart horse a time or two (though he recalled quickly) so I suppose we all have our sins to do penance for. I try to be tolerant except where animal welfare is very directly involved (as it is in some of my examples)
 

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Good, bad, Jerry Springer worthy?

We have lived for almost eight years in what amounts to a rural trailer park with some houses thrown in the mix. The landlord who owns the majority of it is a slimy SOB whose Amstaff killed one of my goats and terrorized the area before he shot it for killing one of his llamas.

Our next door neighbor his a reclusive biker who had two older dogs when we moved in, an aggressive male ACD and a medium sized brown female mix. Both were allowed to wander the area. The female vanished one day and he came down to our place to ask if she had been around, we told him we hadn't seen her and he went away. Slimy landlord owns 50 aces that he allows anyone who rents from him to walk, hunt or 4 wheel on. I used to take the dogs up there until we had issues with stray dogs and shady people. One day,years after the female had vanished, Zane drug down the old dissected carcass of a dog that was all tangled up in what looked like a white clothesline. :suspicious:
A couple years ago he went out and bought a female Rottie pup. At this time he still had the aggressive ACD, but kept that dog in his house. The Rottie pup was left tied to his front step where she would periodically get loose and ignore him when he yelled her name. I got to meet her several times and she was a very friendly dog. The aggressive ACD vanished last year and he got a second Rottie, this one also female. Both of them are moved deeper into his property and now all I see is one of his family member's brown Doxie periodically being yelled at as it waddles away from them. Just this week he threatened to shoot and sic the dogs on a group of elementary aged kids looking for their dog.

A neighbor farther down the block has a mostly white pit mix that when it's not in their house, is left on a tie out by their backyard. This dog is hugely territorial and is severely DA. She (probably not spayed) is never walked and the only exercise she gets is when she breaks her tether and roams around their property. She has ambushed me and my, leashed, dogs several times.

A neighbor near our pasture has a B&W pittie named Rosco. This dog is an intact escape artist. He is super friendly, but just needs some exercise, obedience training, and neutering might also help.

Some people in this area appear to be good owners, but the majority buy a dog, don't speuter/take it to the vet, tie up or put it in a kennel and leave it to rot.

Omigosh! That is just so sad. Why do people even have dogs? Don't you just wonder? I wonder if there's anything that can be done about the dogs that are tied up all the time. How extraordinarily sad to think of these lovely creatures living out their whole lives like how you describe.

I live in the suburbs now but within the city limits. There is a leash law. Everyone pretty much has fenced back yards where the majority of people throw their dogs and forget about them all day. That makes me sad too. I would say that in my rather small neighborhood there are a handful of us...maybe 5 or so who take our dogs for leash walks off the property and some of us take them to a cool, big field for them to run off leash. I don't see anyone out there training their dogs like I do with mine. But hey...who cares? It makes me glad when the dogs get to have a fun walk. And most seem to be in the house and outside so I don't know of anyone here who keeps their dogs outside full time, thank goodness. (at least I don't think so)

Anyhow, it is interesting how the treatment of or the perception of man's best friend varies demographically. It must make you pretty disturbed to have that kind of mentality all around you.:( Maybe you can move one day.
 
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Omigosh! That is just so sad. Why do people even have dogs? Don't you just wonder? I wonder if there's anything that can be done about the dogs that are tied up all the time. How extraordinarily sad to think of these lovely creatures living out their whole lives like how you describe.

I live in the suburbs now but within the city limits. There is a leash law. Everyone pretty much has fenced back yards where the majority of people throw their dogs and forget about them all day. That makes me sad too. I would say that in my rather small neighborhood there are a handful of us...maybe 5 or so who take our dogs for leash walks off the property and some of us take them to a cool, big field for them to run off leash. I don't see anyone out there training their dogs like I do with mine. But hey...who cares? It makes me glad when the dogs get to have a fun walk. And most seem to be in the house and outside so I don't know of anyone here who keeps their dogs outside full time, thank goodness. (at least I don't think so)

Anyhow, it is interesting how the treatment of or the perception of man's best friend varies demographically. It must make you pretty disturbed to have that kind of mentality all around you.:( Maybe you can move one day.
It is TERRIFIYING here at times. People ignore burn bans, have loud shouting matches, drive WAY over the speed limit and don't even get me started on the "free range children", one of whom is a preteen that would be perfect in the role of Damien from The Omen.

We (I'm disabled and live with my parents) are planning to move Gilbert, AZ in the next 5-6 years.
 

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My neighborhood is pretty good.

Our across the street neighbors have a sweet little cocker spaniel that often toddles around the yard with them. He is pretty well trained and they take good care of him.

One of my neighbors is a cat lady who has several wonderful cats (I occasionally take care of them when she is out of town). Her house has little cat walkways and tunnels built in.

My neighbor on the other side has a lab type dog that occasionally visits.

To the back of our property lives a lady with an enormous St. Bernard. Every so often I see her stroll down the street with him on a leisurely walk.

There are many other folks around the neighbor hood we see regularly taking their dogs on walks. We have an Italian Greyhound, and elderly Cattle dog mix, a set of elderly Corgis, a Shar Pei Lab cross, and a wee Cavalier that all live somewhere close.

The only dog owner that I get annoyed with is the guy a few houses down who has 3 large sporting dogs that he allows to go on barking sprees that at times can last a couple of hours.
 

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With the exception of a few, they're not bad.
One I dislike lives up the street with an overweight Boston Terrier and recently got some sort of bully looking pup.
She refuses to contain the dogs. I was doing some training with Cobain and Rigby in the front yard (decent size, about 5 car lengths from road to house) because the backyard was flooded. She walks by and "Lucy" comes charging into my yard barking at my dogs - whom I put into a down and stood between. Owner standing on the road lazililly calling her and saying "Oh she's just too friendly! hehe"
Same thing happened with the woman's husband and the dog a few weeks later when I walked past their house (on the opposite side of the road) "she's just too friendly, has to say hi to everyone!"

Kinda irritating, especially when Rigby is as nervous as she is.

But really, other than that, it's not bad. There's a lot of off-leash walking with other dogs, but they're actually trained so it's not really an issue to me.
 

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I posted saying our neighborhood was pretty great... then today I was driving with Hugo in car and passed the house where I knew a border collie lived. They usually let him out in an x-pen (they have no yard) and I see him occasionally. Well, they got a second dog and both dogs were off-leash in the yard. I didn't think anything of it. Then on the way back, I saw a lady walking a dog past their yard. The new dog (a mix of some sort) runs up to the leashed dog and just immediately jumps him. The BC quickly joins in. The lady is kicking both dogs and the attacking dogs owner finally gets up off the porch and pulls them off.

I pull over to see if I can help (didn't know if I should offer to be a witness that the on-lead dog did nothing) and the guy starts shouting at the lady saying that the sidewalk is part of his yard and that if she wants to walk on it she better be able to deal with his dogs since it's his property... she says she's going to press charges and he needs to pay for any vet bills (her dog was okay but there were some holes and bleeding). He literally laughed at her.
 

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I'd say my neighborhood is pretty average?

I don't see a ton of dogs being walked, but everyone around here has yards and I live at the beginning of the block so they could just not be passing me. There are also a TON of parks around me, so they could be going to those for walks (that's what I do), and my town is known to have one of the better dog parks in the area.

My biggest complaint is that my neighbor decided over the winter that the trails my husband snowblows for our dogs were also meant for his. Then he didn't stop using my backyard as his own personal dog park until his wife finally figured out what he was doing. I haven't seen him since, but we're putting a fence up as soon as we can afford it. /annoying.

But no....we don't have roaming dogs, or barking dogs, or even chained dogs in my area. Everyone's dog is a house pet around here and seemingly well loved and cared for.
 

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Lots of people have dogs, but they all live inside because I live in a townhouse development and we don't have yards here, all of the land is owned and maintained by the condo association. People pretty much keep to themselves. Most of the dogs I see here are various pit bull types. There is a GSD who lives just up the sidewalk who is scary reactive to everything and its owners' only idea of training is leash correcting and yelling NO at the dog. Sometimes when Norris and I walk by the house the GSD FLIPS ITS SHIT and you can hear the dog scrabbling at the window. That windowsill must be destroyed by now. Most people seem to pick up after their dogs, it's amazing. It's also rare to see a dog run loose, leash laws are pretty strictly enforced here.

Where my parents live is more country, and more affluent. Everyone there has big yards, but nobody is allowed to have a fence because of the HOA, so everyone has electric fences. Sometimes I take Norris there to walk to the lake in the middle of the neighborhood and all along the way we see dogs run to the front of their yards and bark. I'm always slightly concerned they might run out, but none have as of yet. No dogs usually run loose there, although there isn't a leash law but a "dog running at large law" which means your dog can be off leash under control, but if its just running everywhere willy nilly you will get in trouble. Some people with a boxer used to let her run loose, and she attacked my parent's dog Benji (RIP) twice. The second time my parents called animal control. There was also the people with the GSD who used to run loose, once we came home and she was just chilling on our front porch. Oh yeah, and I can't forget Gabby, the American Bulldog mix who was owned the the hillbillies that used to live behind my parents' house. They let her run loose all the time. She was a good dog though, loved children, other dogs, everything. All of those families have moved.
 
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My neighborhood likes dogs. Every body in my locality care for stray animals. Whenever possible they feed their leftovers to dogs and their puppies. I get this immense pleasure seeing my neighbor feeds stray dogs, cats, and cows.
 

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