How To Deal with Neighbor’s Aggressive Dog

Dealing with a neighbor’s aggressive dog can be very frustrating.

It is important to not let your emotions get the best of you, as this could escalate aggression or violence that will make things worse for all involved.

In today’s blog post, I will present some ideas on how to deal with this situation and hopefully come up with a solution that everyone can live with.

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Ways on How to Deal with Neighbors Aggressive Dog

Wondering what to do about your neighbors’ aggressive dog? Well, here are some important tips that should help you get started.

Talk To Your Neighbors

There are many ways to deal with a neighbor’s aggressive dog.

Write a letter to your neighbors in which you politely ask them to keep their dog inside when they’re not home or if the noise bothers you.

When doing this, make sure there isn’t too much anger in your voice because it could come off as confrontational (although sometimes people do need an angry reminder.)

If your neighbors aren’t home and you can get in touch with them on the phone, ask if you could schedule a meeting so that everyone is present for when their dog starts barking.

Ask politely.

You don’t want to scare them away or make them angry because otherwise, there won’t be anything done about the problem at all.

Remember that things take time – especially within a community where people have busy lives and schedules, which means even if someone has agreed to help out right now doesn’t mean they will continue doing so indefinitely.

Try not to let setbacks discourage you from getting what’s fair for both you and the neighbors.

Call Animal Control

If you are concerned about your own safety, call animal control.

The dog may need to be quarantined if it threatens others in the neighborhood and can’t go back home until its owner has agreed with this decision.

Contact the police immediately if there’s an incident involving injuries or property damage that requires medical attention after being attacked by a neighbor’s aggressive dog.

It might also help to take pictures of the event just in case the authorities want them later on when they’re investigating what happened during the aggression situation, so people know how much damage was done and who exactly got hurt because of these actions from another person’s pet.

This way, everyone knows why something like this couldn’t happen again without consequences for anyone involved.

How Do I Write a Complaint Letter About a Neighbor’s Dog?

A complaint letter is the best way to express your concern.

Writing a formal and professional letter can be intimidating, but it’s important to provide clear and concise information if you want anything done about your problem.

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Follow these steps:

Open with “I am writing in regard…” or “this concerns…” state precisely what happened – don’t rely on assumptions that everyone knows.

Put everything into perspective for the reader (i.e., how long has this been going on?).

Keep yourself out of it, don’t get sidetracked by personal feelings like anger or frustration.

Stick to facts while still being tactful- try not to use judgmental language (“blatant,” “outrageous, etc.)

Use only reputable sources as evidence – cite witnesses and keep a record of dates, times, and locations.

If the issue is still not problem to your satisfaction, don’t hesitate to report it further.

Neighbors Dog Tries to Attack Me: Use Dog Deterrents

A dog deterrent can be anything from a simple dog spray, a treat that you can easily conceal on your body.

Some of the dog deterrents I would recommend include:

  • Dog treats– these are most effective when passing a dog that’s known to attack passerby. You’ll get the dog to go after the treat instead of the people.
  • Whistle with ultrasonic tone– since dogs have sensitive hearing, a whistle with a sharp ultrasonic tone can be highly effective in deterring an aggressive dog.
  • Rocks in pocket– throwing rocks at an aggressive dog will easily scare it off.
  • Dog deterrent spray– pepper sprays are highly effective in stopping aggressive dogs.

Using deterrence can make a big difference as it’s not always easy to anticipate your encounter with an aggressive dog.

What Happens When You Call Animal Control on A Neighbor?

When you call animal control on a neighbor’s dog, the animal control officers will request you to give a thorough explanation on the issue.

If the officers believe that your concern is genuine, they will contact and warn your neighbor, and should the problem persist, your neighbor receives a citation which they can either pay or challenge in a court.

How Do You Scare an Aggressive Dog?

Scaring an aggressive dog can be a dangerous situation.

If you scare your neighbor’s aggressive dog, it might attack and injure you.

Before going about scaring the neighbors’ dogs away from your property, consider calling animal control or a local law enforcement agency to have them take care of the problem for you.

However, if that is not possible, then there are ways in which you can try to scare off their pet without having to approach it yourself.

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Simply being present as much as possible will often suffice because the presence of another person tends to make animals nervous.

You may even want to walk out on your porch with something oversized like a housemate’s jacket or large umbrella – this usually works well, too – although some dogs may be too aggressive to scare this way.

Neighbor Dog Charges Fence

The first thing to do is stay calm.

Often dogs approach you in this way because they are scared, not aggressive.

If the dog gets up on its hind legs and puts his paws on your shoulders, you must prevent him from doing so by making sure he doesn’t get too close.

If the dog is barking, keep your voice low and calm.

Flashing light in their eyes can effectively get them away from you if they are charging towards you.

You may also want to grab items with a pungent smell such as vinegar or peppermint oil– this will distract them long enough for you to escape safely.

If all else fails, try using treats.

This might sound strange, but dogs respond well to food, so it’s worth trying out anyway.

Don’t chase after the neighbor’s aggressive dog yourself unless he has actually attacked you because this could encourage him even more next time around.

Final Thoughts on How to Deal with Neighbors’ Aggressive Dog

Above are some of the best methods on how to deal with a neighbor’s aggressive dog.

Like a good neighbor would do, I would always recommend you talk to your neighbor first.

If no action is taken after talking to your neighbor, I recommend you take more drastic measures.

Don’t forget to use dog deterrents.

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