I thought this neighborhood situation would make for an interesting discussion here:
One of my across the street neighbors has a partially fenced yard ( open in the front) their dog there is an "invisible fence" along the parts that is not fenced. Their dog is always off leash and always extremely well behaved. Seriously well behaved, I am terrified of dogs and I will randomly walk up to "Trixie" and pet her.
The building next door to them has been converted to apartments and new family moved in - and immediately walked over to Trixie's family and ordered them to tie her up. Trixie's dad declined, which really angered the new family and set off a verbal ( one sided) sniping "war" where every time the new folks see anyone from Trixie's family out side they make rude comments about how rude it is for Trixie not to be tied up.
I don't know if someone in the new family is scared of dogs( although I think they would say something if that were the case) or if they just believe all dogs need to be tied, but it's only March and this happens enough that all of the neighbors that I know, are aware of the issue, so the new family is really making a big deal out of this. I can see them asking Trixie's family ONCE and dropping it, sort of, but really since the dog does not charge the borders of her yard and approaches no one without being called, I really don't think it's anyone else's business.
However they just came to the door with a petition to forced Trixie to be chained and were quite upset when I declined. Apparently Trixie's owners and I are Rude to expect that the dog's right to be unleashed in her own yard be continued.
I can see this becoming a bigger problem as the weather improves. While I can't control what the new neighbors do, Would it be out of line for me to make sure that Trixie's family knows that I have no problem with the dog being unleashed in her own yard ? (I am not sure if they are not rude for not leashing Trixie on demand, but I do know that no one else I have spoken to have an issue with it, either. )