Originally Posted by SoHoVe
As of yesterday it appears the house next to mine has sold and people are in the process of moving in...working on the house ect. I really thought nothing of it.
Yesterday evening was unseasonably cool so I had planned to play/work with my dogs outside in my back yard HOWEVER these new people apparently have a pit bull and allow him off leash so he/she was at my gate (wrought iron) and my dogs went nuts trying to protect their yard. My dogs were acting agressively towards it...and it in turn was snarling, snapping ect but fortunately it stayed about a 6 inches away from the gate. My dogs are generally really good with other dogs its only when they are in " their" yard that they become defensive (which I think is normal...correct me if I am wrong). The owner did retrieve his dog after several minutes of chaos and put him in the back yard. At this point my dogs were waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
over stimulated and we had to retreat back into the house where they remained agitated for several hours.
My concern is this...how responsible is this guy??? Yes he removed his dog but why was the dog loose to begin with? I take two of my dogs with me to work basically everyday I do not want to have to worry about them being ambushed on the way to my truck. Years ago I fostered a Pit who was a very sweet dog and unbelievably intelligent...because he was a pit he was never off leash not for ONE second. My other and very real concern is this dog appeared young and fit...he could jump the wall between our yards with no problem and that no doubt would lead to big problems. I have no idea if this gentleman even realizes that...if I had a pit I would not have purchased a house with 5 ft walls but some people don't think of these things.
So I think I need to approach this guy now with my concerns. I don't want to come across as breed biased but the fact is his dog could easily kill one of mine and thus far I am not viewing him as being very responsible which is a bad combination IMHO. Personally I love Pits...admire them greatly, I just would never take on the responsibilty of having one in my home again.
So how would you approach this or do you think I am jumping the gun?
I have not seen the dog outside today.
I do understand your concern in this situation. I would suggest you talk to the owner. I mean, obviously, especially at this point, I wouldn't suggest being rude. I'd suggest you just go introduce yourself, welcome your new neighbors to the neighborhood, and then casually bring up your concerns. That's really all I can think of that you could do right now.
My husband and I love all 3 of the "pit bull" breeds, but especially American Pit Bull Terriers. APBTs are definitely our breed of choice! We have owned 3 APBTs since my husband and I have been together and all of them were super intelligent, very obedient, loving, loyal and gentle. As I'm sure you know, seeing as how you have spent time around "pit bulls", most of the crap we hear about them from people, on the news, etc, are nothing but myths. A properly bred, raised, trained, socialized and cared for "pit bull" should not be human aggressive. "Pit bulls" were bred specifically to be human friendly. They shouldn't be animal aggressive either. I mean, "pit bulls" were originally bred for things like ratting, fighting other animals, etc, but they are not (or at least should not be) used for fighting anymore. Our "pit bulls" were not animal aggressive in the least. However, because of what they were originally bred for, we were always very cautious of other animals. Like we wouldn't leave our dogs together unattended, etc, just to always be safe. Even though we never had any animal aggression issues. Anyway, from what you said, it seems like the "pit bull" maybe felt threatened by your dogs and was just being aggressive back. I'm not saying you or your dogs did anything wrong, I completely understand that your dogs would be protective of their yard, but to another dog, dogs barking and growling would be threatening.
As far as the "pit bull" jumping the fence, there's no doubt in my mind that it could do that. Brooklyn, our male APBT, could easily jump 6 feet, but he could get higher than that. He use to get a stick off of our roof. He would get a running start then jump. He could jump about 6 feet, like I said, and then he would kind of run up the side of the house to get the stick that was 8' 4" off the ground! But, seeing as how it stayed back 6 inches or so, it doesn't look like the "pit bull" is interested in jumping the fence. To me it sounds like he was just checking things out.
And, last but not least, as far as whether or not that owner is responsible or not, I really couldn't say. I know people who will walk their Labs or Hounds all around the neighborhood without leashes even though we have leash laws here. God forbid someone walk any so-called "dangerous" breed without a leash though! I personally don't agree with any dog, regardless of the breed, ever being walked without a leash. It seems like the people in our neighborhood just assume because their dogs are normally friendly that it's okay to break the law, but I completely disagree with that. Not only could the dog end up getting hurt, even if the dog is normally friendly, or has always been friendly, dogs are still dogs are something could set them off, period. Anyway, my point is that in a way, I consider anyone who walks their dog without a leash an irresponsible owner. At least when it comes to walks. But, I don't know your neighbor or his dog, so I really couldn't say. If the dog is in his yard without a leash, while I wouldn't do that myself, I don't consider that being an irresponsible owner.
So yeah, I don't know, like I said, I would suggest you just bring up your concerns and see how it goes from there. Good luck with everything!
Oh, and I was curious, what kind of dogs do you own?