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Old 17.08.2021, 22:19
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Re: Neighbour disagreement

I am swiss.

Do wash down the pee with a bucket of water (it really leaves white patches) and make sure the dogs obeys to a recall and recall it when somebody arrives so that it doesn't scare anyone.

Beyond that, not your issue, except telling (in german) anybody who complains that the landlord gave permission and they can talk to him if they have a problem.
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Old 17.08.2021, 22:37
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Re: Neighbour disagreement

This kind of situation is the one thing I really hate about this country. Because of it I can never relax, I always stress that Iím going to upset someone somehow.

If you can afford it moving forward, try looking for a house with a private garden.
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Old 17.08.2021, 23:32
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Re: Neighbour disagreement

I just wanted to chime in and say that my neighbours, who have an unwell very old dog, take their dog out several times a day and walk at least 200m to allow the dog to be free to do it's business in a wild area....


It's quite clear here that you cannot use a shared private garden area as a dog 'toilet'.... that is a big difference perhaps to other countries...

But it is very normal to take your dog out for a walk several times a day to allow them to do their business, usually in a more 'wild' public area such as a walkway, forest or public garden area.

There are plenty of trees around our area, as well as a cycleway, public path, forest, large streetside gardens and farm areas where it is OK to take your dog for a walk and allow them to do their business. And yes, it's also quite normal for them to pee on the street. I would also recommend you take some time to become familiar with the park signage. Children's playgrounds and parks are sometimes signposted 'no dogs' or they could be 'dogs allowed on leash'....



If a park/garden area is not signposted as 'no-dogs' then you are very free to allow your dog to do their business there, as long as you clean up afterwards.
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Old 18.08.2021, 08:45
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Re: Neighbour disagreement

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Exactly, to both of these comments! I very much want to do the right thing and not upset people, hence asking for advice on a forum where more experienced people can guide me.


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It's quite clear here that you cannot use a shared private garden area as a dog 'toilet'.... that is a big difference perhaps to other countries...

But it is very normal to take your dog out for a walk several times a day to allow them to do their business, usually in a more 'wild' public area such as a walkway, forest or public garden area.
Thanks very much Swisspea, this is really helpful. I met with my neighbour Lucy at the park yesterday and told her about my discomfort using the park, and she essentially said the same thing - it's a place where dogs are allowed (on leash) and therefore it's acceptable that they will do their business (with the owner picking up after them of course).


For those playing along at home, we have reached a resolution. The owner has said that as long as he doesn't see any evidence of the dog, he has no problem with her being in the garden, and he visited Mrs X yesterday to tell her the same. This has put me at ease - I know where I stand, and what is and isn't allowed now. Hopefully there are no hard feelings with Mrs X but I'll do what I can to demonstrate that I respect the rules and my neighbours.

As far as I'm concerned, I'm now one step closer to being more Swiss than foreign

Thanks to those that were constructive, it's appreciated.
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Re: Neighbour disagreement

Well, itsjess, you are to be commended for wanting to find out the way things work, here, for asking for advice in aiming for peace with your neighbours, for speaking to your landlord, and for being willing to figure out what you yourself could do differently. And most of all, I admire the way that, in amongst posts from all directions with a range of ideas, you've been consistently gracious in your responses. Thank you.
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Re: Neighbour disagreement

Thank you for posting news, itsjess. Keep working hard at learning German, so you can hope to exchange pleasantries and have bursts of light-hearted conversation with this neighbour in future. Continue to be hopeful and thoughtful, and keep that wonderful mentality (what can I possibly change to help matters?). If only it was easier for us all to consider what we may be doing to ruffle feathers, and to check if there is anything we could easily change. A good reminder to all of us, I think, that we're sometimes also playing a part in bumps.



Cherub's story is wonderful, and such a lovely addition to the thread.
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