Sniffing out Neighbors Dog entry point to Backyard

What happens when you call animal control on your neighbor's dog?
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Is the neighbor’s dog getting into your backyard? It can be difficult to pinpoint the precise entry point if you have a privacy fence and the digging to crawl underneath is disguised from the neighbor’s side.

The seasonal time of the year can also hide an entry point. In the fall for instance leaves may fall over the entry point.fence

It can also be difficult to spot an entry point depending on the type of fence you have and if the dog goes into your backyard every once in a while.

A flimsy wire fence could be a problem. A dog will weaken a flimsy fence and may be able to bend it down enough to jump it or it may be able to push it back far enough onto the ground to walk across it.

Another possibility is that it might push it up enough to crawl underneath it.

When searching for the locations of a dog’s entry point look for disturbed dirt or grass.

  • The dirt can have scratch marks and is raked back or piled up.
  • The grass can be flat and ripped from the ground.
  • Also look for dying grass or a dead patch of grass and holes in the fence.


Can’t find any disturbance of where the neighbor’s dog busted through?

bottle fenceWatch for a rattling fence from your window or when you’re outside. The part of the fence that is being rattled could be the dog’s entry point and it may be trying to get through at that time.

Another trick is to roll a rope down the length of the fence, lay it next to the fence and then roll a second rope a couple of steps over from the first rope. When the dog comes through the fence hopefully it will trip or move one of the ropes so you can identify where it came through.

A temporary camera could be set up and angled toward the fence to capture and show you the dog’s entry point. Once the entry point is discovered measures can be taken to fix the fence.

If the dog continues to be a problem you can set out a motion sensor sprinkler near problem areas. You may have to bait and set out a large caged live trap to catch the dog for delivery back to the neighbor’s or to the humane society.

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Another thing to remember if you do not want your neighbor’s dog to continue getting into your backyard is not to give the dog attention when you are

Don’t be friendly to the dog. Don’t try to pet it or give it food or even talk to it.

A lot of people will talk to a dog when it’s barking at them thinking that this will quiet it down.

Most of the time it will keep barking at them. If it’s a friendly dog and wants attention talking to it may encourage it to try to come to you, which may cause it to come through the fence.

Common FAQs

What happens when you call animal control on your neighbor's dog?

Animal control officers are responsible for enforcing animal welfare laws and investigating animal cruelty cases. They also respond to citizen’s complaints about animals in need of assistance.

They can take the following actions when they receive a complaint:

-Issue warnings to the owner or custodian of an animal in violation of an ordinance

-Issue citations for violations of ordinances

-Take custody of a dog or cat that is in violation of an ordinance and bring it to a shelter -Impound, quarantine, and destroy any dog or cat that has bitten a person or another animal, is rabid, or has been exposed to rabies

Is it OK to let your dog walk on other people's lawns?

In the US, it is legal to let your dog walk on other people's lawns. In some states, it is even illegal for someone to tell you not to let your dog walk on their lawn. However, this is not the case for all countries. For example, in the UK and Australia, a person who owns a property can ask you not to let your dog walk on their property.

This article will discuss whether or not it is OK to let your dog walk on other people's lawns in different countries.

When should you call animal control on a neighbor?

A neighbor can be a nuisance in many ways. They could be playing music too loudly, or they might not keep their yard clean. But what should you do if your neighbor's pet is causing problems?

It's very important to note that animal control may not come out to a call unless the animal is posing a threat to people or other animals. The main objective of animal control is to protect people and animals from harm, so they will only take action if there is an immediate danger.

If the animal's behavior has been aggressive or there have been complaints about it going into neighbors' yards, you should contact your local animal control agency and make a report.

What can I do if my neighbors dog keeps coming in my yard?

If your dog is coming into my yard, I am going to get a leash.

I will talk to my neighbor about it.

We should make sure that our dog is trained to not bark or come in other people’s yard. If the dog is not the problem, we should make sure that we have a fence around our yard and if they still come in, we can contact Animal Control for assistance.


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