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Q: neighbors

September 30, 2008 | By Joyce | 14 answers | Expired: 2011 days ago

Joyce

my neighbors adopted my pup's brother like 2 weeks before I adopted mine. I adopted a little girl. My backyard is fenced in. They can not walk and exercise their puppy, medical reasons. They asked my husband, if we could let their puppy, which is a male. run and play in our backyard. I adopted a girl so my bushes and plants would not get peed on. is it fair, of them to depend on my yard for their pup? I feel so bad for their puppy. I see how my little girl runs and gets her exercise. we are talking lab pups here. What would you do?

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DebbieAABR
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Oct 05, 2008

Don't worry too much about peeing on the shrubbery. My male is 2 1/2 and has never lifted his leg for any reason. I would, however, make getting the pup neutered a condition of playtime.

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Xlbui
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Oct 04, 2008

i would consider letting their dog come over once in awhile to play with your dog, especially for socialization reasons.

however, if they are not medically fit, why would they get a dog in the first place? maybe they can hire a child in the neighborhood to walk the dog around for a bit... or considering fencing in their yard w/ an electric fence.

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Angela C.
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Oct 02, 2008

If they knew that they weren't able to walk and excercise with the LAB PUPPY why would they adopt a LAB? They should've adopted a less energetic dog breed for their condition. However, I do agree to the invitation only concept. It makes the most since, you were smart in your choice (getting a girl), they were not (getting a LAB).

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Amanda H.
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Oct 01, 2008

I can see the problem. you don't want to be rude and say No but then again you don't want your back yard turning into a dog park. i agree with many of the other answers. Allow them to come over on invitation only, this way everyone can socialize and you yard will not become a free for all playground.

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Tad D.
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Sep 30, 2008

Personally, I'd invite them to bring their dog over so they can play together, but if they ask, I'd let them know you dont really want him running around your yard alone or when you arent there. Maybe after the first time you can say something like, ok, I'll come and get (doggy) to play with (your dog) again as soon as I can.

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D W.
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Sep 30, 2008

I feel bad for the pup. I would allow them to bring him over to play with my dog. I think it would be good for both of them. Dogs need socialization. It would be by invitation, at times I select. I would also have a supply of "poop bags" out in the open. I would also try to find ways for them to get their pup the proper exercise, perhaps a (low cost) fence or hiring someone in the neighborhood to walk him.

Having a sharing relationship with neighbors that you trust is good too. There may be a time that you need someone to let your dog out or feed her and they might be able to help because she knows them.

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kristen  s.
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Sep 30, 2008

I would get them soem info on dog walkers or the electric fence people I know that have them love them but if they got a dog them they need to take care of it That would be alot of work for you two take care of two dogs. plus what will happen when it gets older will it still need to play in your yard and I know it is a lab but whta if it is not friendly and something happens on your property

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Marla W.
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Sep 30, 2008

I would tell them to get a electric fence. I have a large yard and live on a busy road I wanted to let my dogs run and enjoy them self but was afraid they would get hit. I have had the fence for 4 year. It didn't hurt them and they stay in the yard. We put it in for about $160.00. I did 2 acres for this. Maybe you could help them put it up if they are ill.

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CHRISTINE M.
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Sep 30, 2008

I agree that a playdate sounds best. I feel bad for the puppy but I also would not want someone else's dog in my yard all the time.

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Kadiquilts
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Sep 30, 2008

It's hard to say no to a neighbor, but if you agree--then you will have double work (picking up poop, etc)....and you really didn't buy into that. If you say yes, you will end up resenting your neighbors for getting the dog in the first place. They really shouldn't own a dog if they cannot take care of it--and part of the responsibility means exercising your dog--everyday! So, You might suggest they hire some neighbor children to walk it everyday or get their yard fenced in and pay children to play with him... How can you own a dog without having a fenced yard? That doesn't even make sense.

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