I have a neighbor, let's call him Kevin, who lives directly across the street from my house who has two dogs. When he gets home in the afternoon, he let's the dogs out to run around and use the bathroom. The problem is the dogs like to run across the street and use my yard as their potty.
I am generally a live and let live person. But, this is causing problems. My dog, Dagan, gets upset when he finds the markings/droppings in his territory. Dagan caught one of the other dogs in the yard marking and took off after him. He chased the dog out of the yard. My dog did not go across the street after the other dog, just to the edge of my yard. My neighbor got upset because Dagan chased his dog. The neighbor dog is leaving markings and droppings closer and closer to the house after that incident. It now literally become a dominance game.
Kevin's attitude is that he, as a dog owner, is not doing anything wrong. He is proud that his dog is not leaving droppings around his yard. He is happy because he thinks dogs should be allowed to roam free. He has complained in the past because a neighbor was feeding one of the dogs. The dog is allowed to run lose. The neighbor fed him some scraps. Kevin got upset because the dog is supposed to be on a diet.
This morning my dog was out in the front yard while I was doing something outside. My dog sat down and had a staring contest with Kevin's dog across the street. Kevin had a friend over and I overheard him talking about my "d--n" dog. Apparently, because my dog, Dagan, chased Kevin's dog out of my yard, my dog is now a problem.
I am at the point of telling Kevin if I catch his dog in my yard again I will be calling animal control. The issue is that animal control only works during week days. This problem happens mainly in the evenings and on the weekends. I do not want to antagonize neighbor relations, but his attitude is really getting me angry. Outside of this dog issue, I really have no other major issues with the guy.
Any thoughts or suggestions?