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Old 09-21-2010, 09:39 PM
 
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We recently moved to a new neighborhood and one of our neighbors has a Sheltie who is allowed to run free through the neighborhood. He has pooped in our side yard 4 times, and I think he has even peed on our house (hopefully dog pee doesn't hurt stucco). It's a fairly upscale neighborhood, and the neighbor doesn't seem to be hurting for money, so I don't know why they don't buy some type of containment system.

I already pick up after 2 dogs. If I wanted to pick up the poop of 3, I would get another. Our dogs stay in the backyard, and DH and I shouldn't have to watch for "landmines" in our side and front yard. I will be going to a neighborhood party this weekend, and I am not sure how to broach the poop subject. I get mad just thinking about it.

Any advice on what to say to let the owners know it's unacceptable? If they let it continue, I will probably pick it up, and leave it on their porch. Satisfying, but probably not the best thing to do in my first month here...
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:09 PM
 
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The CDC has information of the public health hazard of pet feces. Find it and leave it on their door. Find out what local laws say about dogs pooping on other property. It may be under sanitation or litter laws. Print that out and tape it to their door.

If they don't take care of it, pick it up and leave it on their door step, or on the driveway where they might run over it. Just make sure it is their dog's poop.
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:36 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Are you positive it is their dog? If yes, I'd record it, in action, then email them the evidence and tell them to be careful when they step out the front door, as you returned what's rightfully theirs.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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As obnoxious as it is, I wouldn't do anything that will make interaction tense with your neighbors. Make sure you know it's theirs; are you actually seeing their dog poop and walk away? Maybe approach them in a joking way, like say something like "hey, your dog left quite a few presents in my yard for you, ya wanna come get them?" Try friendliness first, especially since you're new to the neighborhood. If that doesn't work then tell them, still politely that if they keep letting their dog roam without picking up after him you'll have to call animal control.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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get a stray dog trap from AC and let them figure out the dog was picked up .. I wouldnt even warn them .. even nice neighborhoods have stupid neighbors.. And they know they just dont care .. or they figure your dogs poop so whats one one you might not even notice !..
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Get a couple of these Scarecrow, Motion Activated Sprinkler, Motion Sensor, Scarecrow Scares, Scare Device,Animal Repellent, scarecrow Shop around, you can get them for less $$$. They work. Someone down our street has a couple. My dog stepped into their yard one day as we were yeilding the sidewalk to a person in a wheelchair. The thing went off. My dog now will cross the street when we get anywhere near that house.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:49 AM
 
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I wouldnt alienate my neighbors over something so minor. Like the other poster said I would make a joke about it like I have to buy a bigger pooper scooper with your dog contributions, they will probably get the hint and you wont come off looking bad. I guess I live in a rural area where being neighborly is more important than if a dog poo's in my yard. I dont agree with a dog running loose and causing mischeif though and if that was the case I would politely bring that up to the neighbor righ away.
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Aside from the fact that the poop is annoying it's also incredibly unsafe for the dog to be roaming the neighborhood. It might get their attention to tell them you saw their dog close to the road and were afraid he was going to get hit.
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:33 AM
 
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Get a couple of these Scarecrow, Motion Activated Sprinkler, Motion Sensor, Scarecrow Scares, Scare Device,Animal Repellent, scarecrow Shop around, you can get them for less $$$. They work. Someone down our street has a couple. My dog stepped into their yard one day as we were yeilding the sidewalk to a person in a wheelchair. The thing went off. My dog now will cross the street when we get anywhere near that house.
What about the mail carrier, and meter reader?
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:41 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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What about the mail carrier, and meter reader?
As if the mailman doesn't have enough hazards on his daily route, let's add a sprinkler to that list!
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