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Old 05-08-2019, 08:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Hi,

My next door neighbor has 2 pit bull mix dogs. Based on my non-professional opinion and their history, one of the dogs would be considered a very aggressive dog. A pit bull forum seems like a great resource to get info.

Can you please help me find and suggest to the dog owner a more suitable home in the Austin, TX area for these dogs or direct me to someone else that may be able to assist me before the dogs harm someone else (the dogs killed her other neighbor's dog & injured a 3 year old child)?

I am terrified of my neighbor's aggressive dogs for myself, my family, and my neighbors.

Based on conversations with my next door neighbor, she has a deep love for rescuing dogs; however, she is not physically capable caring for these dogs. Also my neighbor is away from her home 12-16 hours a day (she volunteers), and lives in a congested area. And worse, she believes that her dogs pose no danger to the neighborhood. Sometimes, she cannot get her dogs out of her backyard for her grand kids to play there. The dogs have free reign of her house and fenced backyard, but as you know, this is not enough exercise for these dogs. The dogs charge and attack (scratch) the common fence at the slightest noise. At the dog owner's suggestion, my wife and I tried to work with the dogs by throwing the dogs treats since moving into our new home; however, the dogs have only gotten more aggressive. I get high enough that the dogs can see me from my side of the fence, but they still continue to show aggression while throwing treats to them. Also, I have witnessed the dogs bark scratch (attempting to get out of their backyard) to reach middle school kids (with no parents) that are walking home from school.

To convey my extensive animal (and dog) experience, I have lived with a variety of dogs in my lifetime and lived next to other dogs. I like to jog and was able to successfully train my girlfriend's (now wife) Akita mix dog to jog with me with no apprehension of controlling it. It should be noted that I grew up on a farm and rode horses in a forest near Yellowstone National Park as the lead horseman. We currently have no dog in our home.

One of the dog is the pack leader and main aggressor. It is unknown if the less aggressive dog would be less aggressive if the other dog no longer lived there.

Also, a 4 year old child lives in my house, and loves our small backyard. Only a fence separates these aggressive dogs from my child's play area. No child deserves to live directly next to these dogs.

Thanks for all constructive feedback.
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The first thing I would do is stop throwing treats over the fence. You are positively reinforcing the bad behavior. The second thing I would do is suggest the owner utilize chain spots to give her more control in collecting them and them less access to the fence line to damage the fence or escape and go after people or maybe suggest hot wiring the fence to discourage them from going near it. As far as what you can do? Nothing more then make suggestions. As long as the dogs are contained, there's not much that can be done. If they are loud after hours, or if the fence is yours and they're damaging it, you can call animal control. It will take A LOT of calls, but eventually, the fines and or removal of the animals will cause her to either train them, or get rid of them.
Try to put up a barrier to discourage the kiddo from going near the fence line and always keep a watchful eye.
I know it's tough having dogs with bad manners and aggression issues right next door. I go through it myself. I just keep that fence line clear of anything breathing and ignore their dogs as best I can.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
 

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I wonder if calling Animal Control and telling them about the school children walking by and the dogs charging the fence would be useful? It is always worth a try.
I am sorry you are having this issue, I actually lived next to a Pitti like this once and it was quite scary especially since we had a toddler and the dog showed the same behaviors with the fence - I always wondered if one day he might scale the fence.
I found this article, maybe it is helpful for the neighbor (though it sounds like she doesn't have the time - and perhaps the interest - to do much about the dogs' issues):
https://www.spiritdogtraining.com/ma...reactive-dogs/
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Hi,

The dogs charge and attack (scratch) the common fence at the slightest noise. At the dog owner's suggestion, my wife and I tried to work with the dogs by throwing the dogs treats since moving into our new home; however, the dogs have only gotten more aggressive. I get high enough that the dogs can see me from my side of the fence, but they still continue to show aggression while throwing treats to them. Also, I have witnessed the dogs bark scratch (attempting to get out of their backyard) to reach middle school kids (with no parents) that are walking home from school.


One of the dog is the pack leader and main aggressor. It is unknown if the less aggressive dog would be less aggressive if the other dog no longer lived there.

Also, a 4 year old child lives in my house, and loves our small backyard. Only a fence separates these aggressive dogs from my child's play area. No child deserves to live directly next to these dogs.

Thanks for all constructive feedback.
It seems that these dogs might have barrier frustration. I'd suggest a dog behaviorist who could work with that, but that's all I can advise. Ultimately the decision to hire help lies with the owner. I just pray nothing bad happens with the dogs. We do NOT need more reasons for BSL to be enacted.
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