Pet Peeve: Dogs Doing Business Where Not Wanted

Alyice Edrich

We've recently moved into a new apartment complex that really is much like a resort. We don't have to maintain the lawn, handle any maintenance problems, or deal with unruly neighbors. We can use the pool without having to clean and maintain it, we can work out in a gym without the added monthly expense, we can play pool without going to a bar, and we can enjoy many sports such as racquetball, tennis, volleyball, and basketball.

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So why with all this "luxury" surrounding us would I already be in a tiff? Dogs! That's why. Many of the renters own dogs and instead of taking them for a walk on the "pet walks" which were meant for their feces. These pet owners think its okay to walk their pets around the apartment complex, let them do their "business," and then walk away without cleaning it up!

I've learned that not cleaning up after their dogs is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. First, I consider it rude to let your dog use the bathroom on someone else's property. Okay, so we don't own the lawn in front of our apartment, but we sure do pay a lease for it as well as the public areas! Second, I think it is inconsiderate and shows a lack of respect for others. Third, I think it makes the property look bad.

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I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to go up to a dog owner as the dog is doing his/her business and give the owner a piece of my mind. But instead, I bite my tongue and say to myself, "As long as they aren't doing it on my property I have no right to say anything. I just hope if they do it on my property I find the right words to say without letting all my frustration out on one person."

I've even considered going up to management and making a fuss, but what can they do? They can't "police" every pet owner as they leave the house. There are signs posted through out the complex, they've mentioned this area of concern in the monthly newsletter, and it's in the apartment rental contract.

If you're a pet owner who lets your pet "do business" on someone else's property, think about this: How would you feel if you woke up one morning and stepped on something squishy as you walked to your car? Doesn't sound bad? What if you looked down to find that squishy mess was actually a pile of dog poop? Would you be angry, irritated, or disgusted? Or would you think it was okay and just walk back in the hose to change your shoes?

Now take that stop a step further, what if your little one was playing outside on his/her front lawn and thought that pile of dog poop was mud and put it in his/her mouth? Would you still be okay with someone else letting their pet "do business" on your property?

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Final Thought

Take the time to respect your neighbor today. You just never know when that respect will come back to you ten-fold.

About The Author: Alyice Edrich is a freelance writer specializing in helping small businesses succeedon the web. Visit her at http://thedabblingmum.com for free business-related articles and information on how she can help you succeed, today. Don't forget to join her free e-zine!

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February 22, 20050 found this helpful

my condo supplies poop bags for us to pick up our dogs prizes.

and yes my neighbors and i have asked folks to pick up the mess. some do some dont. it is a shame.

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February 23, 20050 found this helpful

I live on government property and here is what I told the neighbor next door when he stopped to let his dog defecate in my lawn. "Pal, if I wanted dog poop in my lawn, I'd buy a dog." That dog has never once used my lawn as a toilet. My neighbor and I still laugh about that to this day.

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March 26, 20070 found this helpful

well said, i think its rude too.

heres my story. i live in a very nice townhouse development in pembroke pines. fl. i work a lot so im not around during the week. mostly just saturday and sundays. well, we had the neighbors from hell move in a couple of months ago. renters of course. they have a young bull dog. he has absolutely no training and does not respond to any of the owners. first couple of weeks their teenage daughter walked him right in front of my house. of course he pooped right where we go to get into our cars. had dog poop on my shoes several times. i left a note which i thought was friendly on their door. well a few minutes later she came to my door and was fuming mad insisting its not her dog that is doing this deed and who am i to blame her dog. mind you it was a very heated conversation. a couple of weeks later i realized hey there is no more poop in front of my door or next to my car. didn't speak to anyone else about the problem, so by the process of elemination must have been there dog. then the neighbors from hell are in the common backyard of our townhouse development and let their dog run loose. the other day i had my little yorkie in the backyard and the much larger bull dog came running full speed at my puppy. i picked the yorkie up and turned my back to the out of control oncoming large dog, he then pounced on my almost knocking me with my little yorkie to the ground. meanwhile the owner (the mother this time) just stood there doing nothing. she never appologized or anything. i felt attacked. since then the dog still is allowed to terrorize my neighborhood and has chased me and my yorkie once again. this time being very afraid i ran for my door and my boyfriend opened it just in time. the owner again just stood there looking at me. after speaking to the bull dogs owner i was told the dog only does that when he sees other people out in their yards. and i should not go into my backyard when they are out there with their dog. what a hoot. i cant go into my backyard because my neighbors cannot control their dog. this is the perfect example of a family that has purchased a larger bull dog with no idea of how to be a responsible pet owner. and also no idea about how to control the animal.

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