I recently moved into a new home, and was disappointed to find at least a dozen “housewarming gifts” from the neighbour’s dog in our backyard. Being the new kid on the block, I do not want to make waves so quickly and am hesitant to have my introduction to the neighbours be in the form of a complaint. How can I tactfully ask them to prevent their dog from targeting my lawn — or, at least to pick up afterwards? – Best wishes, JB
Wow! Not the “housewarming gift” you expected I’m sure!
However let’s think about this for a few minutes. Firstly, I would do nothing about the dog visiting your backyard (other than clean up the mess to start with), and secondly, I would make sure that my fence is in good order, with no holes, etc.
Now, how about taking the initiative and introducing yourself to your neighbour. This would allow you to start a friendly neighbourly relationship so that if, worst-case scenario, their dog does come into your yard, you will be in a much better and more comfortable position to approach them to deal with the issue. Good luck, and let us know how it turns out!
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