Neighbor relations can be delicate. You have little choice in picking your neighbors, and you have to deal with them on essentially a daily basis, so you need to make the best of it. It can become extremely difficult if you have a neighbor who constantly seems to be taking advantage of you. One common problem you may be having is if your neighbor’s dog keeps using your lawn as a toilet. What should you do? Well, there are several tactics you can employ, and as long as your neighbor is, well neighborly, you should no longer have any problems. If they aren’t so neighborly, then there are ways of dealing with that as well.
Discuss the Problem with Your Neighbor in a Friendly Manner
The first step is to speak to your neighbor about the problem. You don’t have to be rude or even judgmental. Be as friendly as possibly by letting he or she know that their dog is using your lawn, and you have to pick it up yourself. It is a delicate situation, and your neighbor may get offended, but most likely he or she will be embarrassed and apologize. Hopefully, the embarrassment will lead to them keeping the dog away from your yard, or at least picking up the poop afterward.
Avoid the Feud if Possible
If your neighbor does not respond well to you bringing up the issue, avoid a feud if possible. True, it is easy to get frustrated, voice your true feelings and begin a feud, but it will only make things worse. The neighbor will probably start picking out your yard for his dog every time in the future out of spite. Also, avoid the desire to hide in the bushes and spray the dog and owner down with a water hose next time. You have other alternatives at your disposal that can solve the problem and possibly keep a friendly, or at least non-confrontational, relationship with your neighbor.
Consider a Property Fence
There is the old adage, “fences make good neighbors,” and this may be the case in your situation. If you have been thinking about fencing in your yard, now may be the time to do it. It will be non-confrontational with your neighbor, will stop the problem and give you the privacy you have been longing for. Fencing can also add value to your home and make it easier to sell when you decide to move.
Contact an Enforcing Body
If you are not ready to invest money in a fence and talking to your neighbor hasn’t worked, there are still other alternatives. If you live in a community with a homeowners association, there are certainly rules against letting pets defecate in neighbors’ yards. Bring it to the attention of the homeowners association. Your neighbor will probably get a written warning and then a fine if it continues. If you don’t have a homeowners association, you can call the non-emergency police. In many areas, they have the power to issue fines for pet owners who do not control their pets.
Put Up an Invisible Line of Defense
There are products on the market designed almost specifically for this issue. They are products that reside in your yard or garden and send out an ultrasonic annoying noise that humans cannot hear. However, dogs and other animals can and it keeps them away. The device will have a motion detecting sensor. So, when your neighbor’s dog walks by the sound kicks on and the dog avoids your yard like the plague. In fact, after a couple of times, the dog will not even go near your yard again. These units are generally affordable and, if you have a garden, are great for keeping out squirrels and rabbits.
As you can see, there are many solutions to this issue. Begin where you feel most comfortable, and you’ll eventually find the right fix.