What would you do?

@breezie (1247)
Canada
December 3, 2008 6:06pm CST
What would you do? Our next door neighbor has two dogs and we have a dog as well. We always make sure to clean up our dogs messes off of our lawn or wherever she happens to make them. Our neighbors are not so considerate. There have been 2 or 3 times (at least) that my boyfriend or myself have seen this neighbor has let his dogs go to the bathroom on our front lawn and then he just walks away without cleaning it up. I am sure that there have been more incidents due to the messes that we have seen on the lawn. The first time I saw him walk away I went to the door and said "Are you going to clean that up?" He went inside, I assumed to get a bag and he never did clean it up. I was a little ticked off because we always make a point to keep our yard clean. The same day when my boyfriend got home I told him of the incident. He saw the neighbor in his yard and casually mentioned that we would appreciate it if he would clean up after his dog on our lawn from now on. That was a few months ago and it continued to happen periodically. Yesterday my boyfriend had the morning off and was on the phone with the insurance agent. He happened to glance out the window and see our neighbor with his dog (on a leash) and te dog was pooping on our lawn. The neighbor looked at my boyfriend and then just walked away leaving the mess, and never cleaned it up. My boyfriend is furious and we are all disgusted with this. We don't want a gross lawn and we shouldn't have to clean up after his dogs. I certainly don't want people stepping in it and tracking it into my house and my kids play in our yard. I am at a loss as to what to do. We have brought it to his attention and havn't gotten anywhere. There are things that I would like to do, but don't want to start a big argument. What would you do? Sorry about the long post I needed to vent, thanks for reading and for any suggestions you may have :)
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@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
11 May 09
I think this is very disrespectfull, I am sorry to hear so. I am not sure whether you can take certain actions against this, perhaps you can mention to him that poopbags for dogs are available for little money (in Holland you can get a certain amount for free at the goverment office) and that there are certain tools to clean it up aswell if he is disgusted by it. If he says he is not disgusted by it, ask him what else could be the reason he doesn't clean it up, because you personally are disgusted by your filthy lawn. If nothing works I agree a small fence might be a good idea aswell. Too bad that these people aren't listening to a very reasonable request, good luck!
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@breezie (1247)
• Canada
12 Jun 09
Luckily they have not been doing it much anymore. I think that a few other neighbors had issues with them as well. Maybe after they had ben told to pick up after themselves by a bunch of people it finally sunk in.
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@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
13 Jun 09
I'm glad it finally did. You have had enough discomfort by it allready. It's too bad that it sometimes take this long, or even comment of multiple people, before someone is willing to take a look at themselves and change something. Selfreflection and admitting you are wrong can be hard, but wouldn't it be easier to change something when someone asks you kindly and not let things simmer on untill people are getting really upset with you? Oh well, some people I guess we will never quite understand.
• United States
6 Dec 08
I suspect that, shy of getting the cops involved, which they might not even do, you are unlikely to be able to resolve this at human level. So, go after the doggie level instead. They make products intended to repel dogs from specific areas. If you can find one of these and apply it to your yard, you may be able to convince the dogs not to choose your lawn for their business. You may need to experiment a bit to find what works for these particular dogs. Good luck!
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@breezie (1247)
• Canada
6 Dec 08
That would be a good idea. I'll have to check it out. We have a rather large yard, so t may be expensive. The only thing is that I don't want to repel my own dog. Thanks for the response.
• United States
5 Dec 08
It would really make me mad. In california you have to clean up after your dog. I would put the poop in the scooper and go put it on his lawn. Or you could put it in a bad and put it in his mail box, or if he has a mail slot in the door right on into his home. I wouldn't want to deal with that, and you shouldn't have to.
@breezie (1247)
• Canada
6 Dec 08
You are supposed to clean up after your dog here as well, they just think they are above the law. I have been tempted to put it on his lawn, but havn't yet. It may be the only solution. After all I would only be returning something that belonged to him. Thanks for the response.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
4 Dec 08
Maybe you need to think about putting up a little fence, just so he won't be able to get on your lawn. Some people just don't have no respect for there neighbors.
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@breezie (1247)
• Canada
6 Dec 08
Thanks for the response. I really would rather avoid a fence as it is our front yard and we would have to have it all the way around. We do have small shrubs between our houses, but his dogs are huge and just jumps over them.
@KrauseHome (35522)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Wow!! This is indeed not a Good thing for sure. I know I would be quite mad and seeing if there is something that could be done to Stop this. I know around here you see more and more people with fences, etc. to help stop some of this kind of thing as well. I would keep on confronting him and if he does not change look into seeing if there is a way to Stop this.