I have a neighbor who throws socks into my yard and my puppy eats them. I put up a larger fence but it didn't stop. I called the police but that didn't help. Please help!
Get a letter from the vet saying socks are not to be ingested, rent a video camera and tape it happening. and then take them to judge Judy or your local court. Racer
I would be very careful about what I do; I would be fearful that he might throw something like poison over the fence, too! Is your puppy barking and bothering your neighbor? He might be reacting to that annoyance? Is your neighbor trying to be harmful, or does he maybe think the socks would make a good toy? Have you talked to him directly? Is your dog a scary breed that he might fear will be potentially harmful?
If your dog is not barking, and you can think of no other reason your neighbor might feel provoked, and you've tried talking; then you might also call the ASPCA, as your neighbor is harming an animal.
Motion activated video cameras are pretty cheap now. X10 is one that has cheap packages and most are wireless so it's an easy install. They're worth their weight in GOLD when you have lousy neighbors.
Get the ones with audio. they're a little more expensive but well worth the money. You will also find out what your puppy is doing that is causing the neighbors to react this way.
Your dog shouldn't be out alone long enough that the neighbor is throwing things to distract or harm the dog. If you wouldn't do it with a 2 year old child; DON'T do it with your dog!
NO dog should be left outside alone(bored and vulnerable) when you aren't home or unsupervised even if you are home for more than a short period. It's basic, responsible animal care. You have no idea what the dog is doing or what noise they're making when you aren't home. Not everyone is out during the day. Some people work from home, work at night and must sleep during the day, etc.
If you weren't letting your dog be a nuisance; chances are no one would be bothering you as they apparently never threw things into your yard before you got a dog. Throwing socks sounds like they're just trying to distract the dog or give them something to chew to shut them up.
The next step for annoyed neighbors is usually to open the gates to let the dog run away, physically take the dog and drive them away to get some peace or they throw something poisonous for the dog to ingest.
Also be aware that a fenced yard is not exercise for a dog. You must walk/run with them for at least an hour everyday for them to get the minimum exercise they need to be healthy, housebroken in a day and well adjusted.
Tired dogs sleep.
Unexercised dogs are annoying as they try to burn off their energies.
How weird. It sounds like they aren't very stable. I'd be careful, but I think I would just throw them back into their yard.
Could the neighbor's kids be doing this and not the adults? I think I would take a few of the socks over and laughingly (or at least smileingly!) show the neighbor what the "kids or visitors" had done and very nicely ask if they could get them to stop because it is causing a problem for your dog. That might be the time the neighbor will show true colors and either spout off about your dog or be upset and promise to have a talking to the kids. Might work.
I'd put everything in a sack and with a big smile on your face give the sack to the neighbor and say "I think this is yours - I know you wouldn't want to be without these things." I'd also invite your neighbor to attend church with you next Sunday. Inform your neighbor that you "just know he wants an invitation to go to church with you and each time you receive more of his "valuables" you'll invite him to go to church with you." It's possible your neighbor has no friends. He might stop throwing things over the fence if you were a friend. If you go in anger, he might get out of hand, but if you show him kindness (perhaps it would be the only kindness shown him in a long time), he might turn out to be a good friend. If this doesn't work, build a moat between your house and his. Never allow someone else to ruin your day.
Call the polilce each time it happens. You will be creating a "paper trail" that can be used in court.Sue for harressment and / or damages. A lot of trouble, but well worth the effort.
That's got to be frustrating. I don't think everyone knows just how dangerous it can be for a dog, especially a puppy, to swallow a piece of cloth like a sock. It can really do damage to the puppy's intestines.
I think you have had some good advice given already. We don't know if your neighbor is reacting to your dog howling at night (still no excuse for doing something that is potentially dangerous) or if the person really thinks this is a great toy for the dog or if the person is just mean-spirited.
For the sake of neighborliness, proceed with caution. People are all so different, and maybe you can get to know this person and just ask him to stop. Or maybe you need to protect your pup by keeping him away from that side of the yard. I have had dogs poisoned before, and it is a sad, horrific thing to go through. If the person is mad at your dog that could be the next thing that happens. Talkk to the person, just not angrily.
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