Good Fences Do Make Good Neighbors



Out here if you have dogs a good fence can be important for good neighbor relationships. Out in this prairie land a neighbor can be miles away and still be a neighbor. This is mostly farm land with wheat, corn, milo and other crops grown and cattle on the more rocky hilly areas.

Ever since we lived here we have always tried to contained out animals and at one point even took on dog out on a leach to prevent her from running down the road. One dog, we had a mutt a mixture of German Shepherd and a fluffy huge dog, was always determine to escape from the confines of the front pasture. We tried a dog kennel and he tore it up. He tore up stock fencing and that steel rod fence is the only way we had luck confining him. However, he would get caught up trying to climb the cattle fence and evenly died doing so.

Our neighbor with a shot gun was not always pleased when he saw our dogs but he came to realize that we tried to confine them but sometimes they escaped. He never shot the dogs when they escaped but scared them. They became terrified of gun fire sounds.

The other dogs that would wander from the other house 1/4 mile down the road the other direction did not seem to fair as well. This house seemed to change owners almost as much as we change our underwear. They all seemed to have large dogs and let them run all the time to our other neighbor’s irritation. A couple times I heard shots and he would call thinking they were our dogs and we let them know. Other times I have seen dogs from this other neighbor running down the road toward this guys home, hear a shot and never seen the dog again. Those other neighbors would then move. To be honest they did not always move because of this reason but after a snow storm and not getting plowed out for days would make them leave too. Sometimes living out in the country is not so much fun.

I certainly do not blame this shotgun neighbor for his actions. He has a lot of animals large dogs would like to prey on, from Boyer Goats, chickens, pigs and rabbits. I have certainly worried about my sheep. Right now there is a  Alaskan Malamute running around, not from the same house, but I have seen it chasing an neighbors cattle. It has wandered into our property but only seemed interested in a pet or handout. When the time comes when I put my sheep in the larger pastures I might have to find the owner. There is nothing worse than finding a bunch of your animals killed.

My suggestion is if you move out into the serene countryside be aware that your dogs can be an issue to your neighbor. They have a right to protect their livestock and will. Good fences for your dogs can make good neighbors.

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19 thoughts on “Good Fences Do Make Good Neighbors

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  2. I can see both sides (of the fence, ha!) While I adore dogs,and would hate to see them shot, I do agree that owners HAVE to be responsible and keep them under control when out and about. I have a terrier, who I NEVER let loose, because despite her being trained – if she saw a fox etc, she would be away without a backward glance to me.
    Interesting post – helps me understand your life a bit better. :D


    • I agree, I would not be able to shot an animal except maybe if I caught them in attack mode and afraid of my life too. I am do not know guns enough to load and shot anyways. I would just take a picture and talk to the neighbors and hope they will be nice. If not sheriff.


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  4. Good advice and good descriptions! I live in a fairly remote area, but we have close neighbors. I always walk our aging chocolate lab on a leash, more for her protection than anything. But our landlord lets his Rottweiler (very friendly, but still…) run loose. He doesn’t leave the property as he’s guarding it, but I know the neighbors are nervous. Can’t blame them – I would be too if I didn’t know his loving personality!


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  6. Yes there are some of those around here. The had three Rhodesian Ridgebacks. The problem with guard dogs is the do not know property lines which is the reason I have a mule and planning on getting a large donkey. The all hate dogs but do not usually attack humans. .


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