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Ridiculous argument with neighbour

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KindleAndCake · 21/04/2022 15:24

Maybe IABU. My dog only ever barks at cats, that's it. Never at other dogs or people.
So, new neighbours at the back recently moved in and have cats, they have them on leads and put them up against our fence.
When I let our dog out and he sees the cats through the fence he'll bark at them. I will then bring him in.
Neighbour saw me today and challenged me over the barking. He said it was annoying. I just said there wasn't much I could do, he's a dog and he barks at cats and I bring him in as soon as I hear him.
Neighbour then responds with, "but my cat doesn't make any noise". I just looked at him, and said, but he's a cat. He doesn't bark.
Neighbour then threatened to call the police if this carries on.
Am I really being unreasonable? I don't know what else I can do?

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Rosehugger · 21/04/2022 16:11

Presumably your dog isn't outside for long enough for the barking to become a nuisance? Our dog only goes out in the garden when we're there or out for a pee. The neighbour tying the cats to the fence with leads is bonkers though.

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PupInAPram · 21/04/2022 16:13

Calling the police because a dog barks briefly 😂 I'm sure they'll send a SWAT team out straight away! They won't even come out for burglaries now. Your neighbour sounds like a loon.

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OctopusSay · 21/04/2022 16:14

On the face of it, it'll seems bonkers but it is more considerate than letting the cats roam in others' gardens.

The cats don't bark comments amusing but surely designed to antagonise.

It must be possible to train the dog not to bark?

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yellowsuninthesky · 21/04/2022 16:16

Well I am not a dog fan at all but your neighbour is being ridiculous. Dogs bark at cats, it's what they do, unless they decide they are friends and play with them (my mum has a neighbour with a cat who thinks it's a dog and plays with the neighbourhood dogs).

And who keeps a cat on a lead in the garden?

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Watchkeys · 21/04/2022 16:17

It must be possible to train the dog not to bark

Dog owners don't have to train their dogs to do every ridiculous thing that the neighbours want them to, whether it's possible or not.

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Herejustforthisone · 21/04/2022 16:19

KindleAndCake · 21/04/2022 15:30

They tie the leads around chairs outside.
My dog only barks if he sees tge cats, and I bring him in as soon as he starts, as it annoys me!

He can threaten to phone the police all he wants, but I’d be phoning the RSPCA on that basis. Poor cats.

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fairylightsandwaxmelts · 21/04/2022 16:19

Your neighbour is an idiot, but in your shoes I would:

  • block the fence so that your dog can't see through it
  • install trellis or anti-cat fencing so the cats can't climb over
  • shoot them with a water pistol if they try

And I say all of that as a dog and cat owner. Dogs will chase and bark at cats. Your dog is in his garden and not doing anything wrong - if the cat owners don't want their cats being barked at, they need to keep them indoors.
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GreenFingersWouldBeHandy · 21/04/2022 16:20

Let them call the police.

I think the police might have more pressing issues to deal with.

And who the hell ties their cats to garden furniture? Report them to the RSPCA.

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Offintothesunset · 21/04/2022 16:20

Ask the neighbour to meet you half way. I have blocked the dogs view from my side, can you make sure they don't jump on the fence.

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OctopusSay · 21/04/2022 16:20

Watchkeys · 21/04/2022 16:17

It must be possible to train the dog not to bark

Dog owners don't have to train their dogs to do every ridiculous thing that the neighbours want them to, whether it's possible or not.

Stopping a dog barking in the garden on a regular basis isn't a ridiculous request.

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Watchkeys · 21/04/2022 16:22

OctopusSay · 21/04/2022 16:20

Stopping a dog barking in the garden on a regular basis isn't a ridiculous request.

OP stops it by bringing it indoors.

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XenoBitch · 21/04/2022 16:24

OctopusSay · 21/04/2022 16:20

Stopping a dog barking in the garden on a regular basis isn't a ridiculous request.

Maybe if it is barking at nothing. This dog is barking at something though.

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Mumdiva99 · 21/04/2022 16:24

Cats definitely do taunt dogs. Mine do. They climb I'm the fence and sit there winding up the neighbours dog. The dog barks. If I have an issue with the noise I can bring the cat in. If they have an issue they can take the dog in. I'm not going to get annoyed about it. (Equally if my cats are stupid enough to go in the garden - which they tried - their dog will.run at the cats thinking it's the best game ever. The cats need to move quick.....

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LoveAllCakes · 21/04/2022 16:25

I can just imagine the scenario….

Police-Plodshire police, how can I help you?
CatMan-My neighbour’s dog is barking at my cat
P-yeah, sorry, nothing we can do about that
CM-but I pay your wages
P-I’m going to terminate this call now

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SamphirethePogoingStickerist · 21/04/2022 16:26

Your neighbour is insane.

He can cover his side of the fence, to protect his cats and his ears. He can take all to avoidant action he needs to. That's down to him.

You just need to keep on doing what you are doing.

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TabithaTittlemouse · 21/04/2022 16:27

Your neighbour is barking

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godmum56 · 21/04/2022 16:30

TabithaTittlemouse · 21/04/2022 16:27

Your neighbour is barking

boom tish!

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Dancer47 · 21/04/2022 16:32

PriamFarrl · 21/04/2022 15:34

Why do they have cats on leads?

To stop them getting run over
To stop them killing birds
to keep them in your own garden
IT'S NOT FUCKING ROCKET SCIENCE

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Kat1953 · 21/04/2022 16:32

It's cruel to keep cats tied up when they're being barked at. They'll find it stressful and be unable to get away.

They need to build the cats a catio of they want them to have contained access to the outside. Cats need to be able to escape easily and tieing them is so cruel.

Yanbu

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10HailMarys · 21/04/2022 16:32

Ummmm yes, put something up against the fence so your dog can’t see them OR teach your dog not to bark OR keep him in when they’re out there

Why should the OP have to make the change? Why can't the neighbours keep their cats in when the OP's dog is out there? Why can't they put something up against the fence, if it bothers them? Maybe they could 'teach' their cats not to sit on top of the fence winding up the OP's dog?

The neighbours are entitled to tie their cats on long leads to garden chairs if they want to (although frankly that doesn't seem like the safest way to exercise a cat - if another cat gets in and decides to start a fight, their cats are going to be tangled up in leads and unable to run away, for a start). But if their cats are going to be constantly peering through the fence or sitting on top of it, obviously that's going to wind up a dog and the neighbours need to accept that.

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BrightOrangeOrange · 21/04/2022 16:32

Jalepenojello · 21/04/2022 15:43

Train your dog?

Train the cats not to jump on the fence and taunt the dog?

The neighbour is being unreasonable.

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DameHelena · 21/04/2022 16:32

If the neighbour wants your dog not to bark at cats, tell him he can a) not tether his cats so they can't move out of the dog's view and/or b) get some sort of plant or fencing to block their views of each other. It's not up to the OP to pay for and sort out planting/fencing.
And tell him to crack on and call the police. They could probably do with the laugh.

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Watchkeys · 21/04/2022 16:33

Dancer47 · 21/04/2022 16:32

To stop them getting run over
To stop them killing birds
to keep them in your own garden
IT'S NOT FUCKING ROCKET SCIENCE

Gosh.

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CorsicaDreaming · 21/04/2022 16:35

It sounds like the neighbour is spoiling for a fight, but surely the easiest solution is for him to tie them up on the OTHER side of his garden so away from your dog.

Could you just suggest that to him as a win-win solution?

It seems doubly unfair if he's just moved in and isn't trying to "fit in" with the existing neighbourhood. What a plonker 🙄

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XenoBitch · 21/04/2022 16:35

Dancer47 · 21/04/2022 16:32

To stop them getting run over
To stop them killing birds
to keep them in your own garden
IT'S NOT FUCKING ROCKET SCIENCE

Cat on lead freaks out and strangles itself.

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