Neighbor applauded for getting dog owners to deal with “loud and reactive” puppies

Commenters on a viral internet thread defended a homeowner who spoke of his “petty” reaction to a rude and hypocritical remark mumbled by his neighbor.

In a Reddit post published on r/pettyrevenge, Redditor u/cjanes96 (aka the original poster or OP) said they housed their neighbor’s wayward dogs for years before a brazen comment instantly changed that.

Entitled ‘My neighbor cursed me for using my own yard. Well, I will use it more.” The post received more than 12,000 votes and 97 percent upvotes in the last day.

Beginning by explaining that they live in a townhouse with her husband and two dogs, the original poster said her neighbor owned four “loud and reactive” dogs who “attack the fence if they see anyone on the other side and keep barking.” “.

Noting that they have been reluctant to use their own backyard because of the dogs, the original poster also said that they previously kept their own dogs away from neighbors to avoid conflict, but details recent events leading to a change in the strategy would have triggered.

“When the neighbors have dogs [would] When I come out I would bring my dogs in but it would still take about a minute for their dogs to calm down,” OP wrote. “I would let my dogs play outside again if the neighbors go back inside. It wasn’t a big deal to me.”

“Now cue [Sunday]. The neighbors let their dogs out, they react, I bring my dogs in. Same old routine,” OP continued. “Except that my neighbor curses me softly [saying] ‘Keep your damn door shut.’”

Following their neighbor’s claim that they should keep their door locked and probably never let it her dogs to play with her Backyard, the original poster said they had implemented a plan to take back control of the neighborhood’s canine dynamics.

“I’ve started to be a little bit picky,” the OP wrote. “If the neighbor lets her dogs out, I stay outside and play fetch with my dogs while her animals become monkeys.”

“My dogs love it because they get more exercise than before,” OP continued. “It’s only been three days and my neighbor is distraught and has to chase her dogs around the garden.”

“I expect to enjoy my garden to the fullest this summer,” OP concluded. “I will probably set up a privacy screen so her dogs can’t see mine as nice, but I will no longer restrict my well-trained animals to their untrained ones.”

Dubbed man’s best friend, dogs can sometimes create more conflict than companionship.

In all types of housing, from apartment complexes to detached townhouses as described on the original poster, dogs are a contentious issue between neighbors for a variety of reasons including cleanliness, noise and safety.

Noise, particularly barking, is the most common complaint associated with dogs, and the problem has been exacerbated by COVID-19 and the mass migration of former office workers in home-working situations.

However, because noise complaints are directly related to dog training, or lack thereof, neighbor-to-neighbor confrontations are often uncomfortable.

FindLaw, an online legal information resource, reports that when complaints about a neighbor’s pets extend to longstanding issues, local laws enforced by police and animal control can come into play, as well as harassment lawsuits that submitted by disgruntled residents.

Legal action is not always necessary, however, and in some cases the best response to a dog owner’s irritating actions is to mimic the behavior.

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Members of Reddit’s r/pettyrevenge praised a homeowner’s pettiness after explaining how they battle their neighbor’s unruly dogs.
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Throughout the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors applauded the original poster for reacting to her neighbor’s remarks and insisting that OP, as a homeowner, has the right to let their dogs spend as much time in their yard as they like.

“There’s nothing petty about that,” Redditor commented on u/51225. “You have every right to use your property as you see fit.”

“I wouldn’t bother to do anything to stop your dogs from seeing your dogs unless you don’t like listening to your dogs,” they continued. “As for asking you to keep yours [f**king] Shut the door, I have more than a few choice words for your neighbor.”

In the top comment on the post, which garnered more than 4,000 votes, Redditor u/CindySvensson echoed that sentiment.

“Don’t waste money on her dogs,” they wrote. “She’s the one who needs to put some money or time into training.”

“You gave her two summers already,” they added. “You deserve to keep every penny.”

news week asked u/cjanes96 for a comment. Neighbor applauded for getting dog owners to deal with “loud and reactive” puppies

Rick Schindler

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