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Hi, my next door neighbour has 3 chihuahua in their apartment. However, their dogs are frisky. They bark incessantly (morning, noon and night) and love to sneak into our balcony.

Honestly I don't mind them in my balcony IF they mind their own business. But they still bark, they terrorize my ragdoll, they pee everywhere and try to hump my leg when I'm outside. Once one of the critter even bit me on my left knee!

You see, my neighbour they are a very nice couple and we can always count on them to look after our cat when we are away. So I don't really know how to tell them. What should I do?
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If I were you I would tell them nicely but directly really... I am sure they will appreciate it
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i head chihuahuas were very yappy but i got one last year and she doesnt bark at all unless someone distubs her in her sleep...miss her couldnt bring her to swiss coz of all the paperwork
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Re: Problems with neighbour's THREE chihuahuas

I hate to be depressing but I am afraid that getting three yappy dogs to quieten down is likely to be well nigh impossible. I know that there are all sorts of wonderful dog trainers and therapists, but to get three dogs coming from what is generally a pretty yappy race is a tall order. I hate to say this, but I suspect one of you is going to have to move and it may have to be you. You could talk to your landlord, but you would have to say goodbye to any chance of good relations with your neighbours.
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Re: Problems with neighbour's THREE chihuahuas

I don't think there is much you can do - aside from complain to your neighbors - about the dogs barking, unless you want to make some real problems with how you relate to them.

One thing that can be addressed though is them invading your space. How are they getting to your balcony? Perhaps a few pieces of "decoration" from a home improvement store will help?

I'm trying to think of where I've seen gaps in side-by-side balconies, usually along the bottoms and maybe at corners / sides. I got some garden edging to run along my side of the bottom of my balcony as there was a large enough gap for our cat to get through, which gave her access to go walkabout across the roof tops.




I also had some gaps in the sides, where the balcony barricade didn't quite meet the wall, so we also picked up some criss-cross lattice to go up against the wall - because of our cat being able to (of course) go OVER the balcony as well (hopefully less of an issue with the chihuahuas), we use it as a support for a cat net, so now our balcony is fully enclosed.

(Along the line of this, but less fancy)




Perhaps setting up something like this on your balcony will work as well to help keep the chihuahuas OUT as it does to keep my cat IN - and since it would be pretty, you don't even (necessarily) have to explain the real purpose to the neighbor.
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Re: Problems with neighbour's THREE chihuahuas

Time for a chihuahua coat?

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Hi, my next door neighbour has 3 chihuahua in their apartment. However, their dogs are frisky. They bark incessantly (morning, noon and night) and love to sneak into our balcony.

Honestly I don't mind them in my balcony IF they mind their own business. But they still bark, they terrorize my ragdoll, they pee everywhere and try to hump my leg when I'm outside. Once one of the critter even bit me on my left knee!

You see, my neighbour they are a very nice couple and we can always count on them to look after our cat when we are away. So I don't really know how to tell them. What should I do?
Its a valid complaint if you tell your neighbour that her 3 chis are treating your balcony as a toilet. No one, even the most neighbourly dog-friendly person can tolerate that.

I wouldnt go down the landlord route as yet. You sound like you have excellent relations with her - looking after your pet whilst on holiday etc - pop over one evening with a bottle of wine, or something home made? That should bring things off to a good start. During the chat, gently bring it up, adding that your cat is very stressed (dogs coming over to pee, terrorised by their presence etc - you get the idea). As an animal lover, she should empathise. Also - mention the bite and express your concern that it might escalate and she should look into it. The main objective of the session is to get the message across that you are there to work out how your cat and her dogs can coexist peacefully - and its not an attack on her and her dogs.

As for the barking, unfortunately, in a pack, it doesnt take much to set the others off if one is doing something, for the rest to join in.
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Hi, my next door neighbour has 3 chihuahua in their apartment. However, their dogs are frisky. They bark incessantly (morning, noon and night) and love to sneak into our balcony.

Honestly I don't mind them in my balcony IF they mind their own business. But they still bark, they terrorize my ragdoll, they pee everywhere and try to hump my leg when I'm outside. Once one of the critter even bit me on my left knee!

You see, my neighbour they are a very nice couple and we can always count on them to look after our cat when we are away. So I don't really know how to tell them. What should I do?
UPDATE:

Hello! Here's a little update on the situation above.

It seems there are only 2 chihuahuas left now but it's not getting better. We haven't come around to talk to the owner because it's a bit more complicated now that his girlfriend has left him. He's more reclusive and has been avoiding us for months.

So it seems that each time he leaves the house, he would leave his balcony door open, giving the dogs access to the balcony. I'm a housewife, I'm home most of the time and I can't help but notice that the chihuahuas simply bark at everything that moves. We've cordoned off the gap in between our balconies with a piece of cardboard. That helps. But what really gets to us is the stench that comes from his balcony. It's horrible. Unfortunately, the dogs does their 'business' there and during hot days are the worst, I'm sure you guys can imagine.

Other neighbours are starting to notice the barking also but no one seems to want to confront him. I know we should be the one talking to him but it's just hard because as I've mentioned before, he did take care of our cat when we were away. Not that we will ask him for help again in the future, it's just that we feel confronting him at this point will only make him hate us. Or shouldn't we care?

There are plenty of other things about our next door neighbour that gets to us; like the way he park his car that is obstructing and how disgustingly messy his front door is but it's all trivial. We could look over that. But when we put everything together, we realized that he seem to stop taking care of himself. Giving us the impression that 'maybe' he's depressed.

I'm at my wits end. If anyone can please give us a good solution, we would be really appreciative.

Thanks!
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Re: Problems with neighbour's THREE chihuahuas

Oh I'd love to do that and a lot of other things to them but I realized that the owner is actually the problem. :P
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Re: Problems with neighbour's THREE chihuahuas

Buy or borrow an Alsatian. The chis will disappear (and you won't have to feed it for a couple of days).

Seriously though, I think worrying that he is depressed is reasonable and that the fact you have been patient with it is very creditable. However, there definitely comes a point where you have to recognize that his behaviour is causing you more hassle than you're prepared to deal with (it may also be that you're doing him a favour by pointing out his deteriorating behaviour!).

The excrement on the balcony is disgusting, and you shouldn't feel at all bad about asking him to stop it even if he has looked after your cat once. He should be taking the dogs out often enough that they don't need to go there anyway. The other stuff is less important, but why not start by going to have a chat with him and gently asking that he clean up his act in general, with particular reference to the shit.
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Re: Problems with neighbour's THREE chihuahuas

Really who likes shaven rats also known as chihuahuas. They just look disgusting. I know all life is sacred but come on.
Let them know you will hire a pro cleaner to get rid of the pish with a quote for CHF 10K. That should stop them pishing by.
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Hi, my next door neighbour has 3 chihuahua in their apartment. However, their dogs are frisky. They bark incessantly (morning, noon and night) and love to sneak into our balcony.

Honestly I don't mind them in my balcony IF they mind their own business. But they still bark, they terrorize my ragdoll, they pee everywhere and try to hump my leg when I'm outside. Once one of the critter even bit me on my left knee!

You see, my neighbour they are a very nice couple and we can always count on them to look after our cat when we are away. So I don't really know how to tell them. What should I do?
Tell them their little chihuahuas have small dog syndrome and that it isn't cute. But let's talk about some of the words used.

Frisky: They have energy
Bark incessantly: not possible. please clarify the time of day and duration of all barking
Sneak onto balcony: How are they "sneaking"? Is there a divider? Are they climbing up, over, under, around?
Terrorize your ragdoll: I'm assuming it's the cat. How are they terrorizing it?
Pee everywhere: Where is exactly "everywhere?" does it include your balcony? in the hallway? in the elevator? in the lobby? in the washroom?
hump your leg: That's because they have small dog syndrome and want to be your daddy and/or mummy.
knee-biter: they aren't that tall. How did it bite your knee? were you on the ground playing with it?

So what is Small Dog Syndrome? Basically, it occurs because small dogs get away with behaviors that they would not otherwise be allowed to get away with if they were bigger... like jumping up to say hello, for example.

But before you address it with your neighbor, make sure you are specific about the problems, and not just being accusatory.

edit: sorry I just realized the original post was from February... I blame the new medication....
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Really who likes shaven rats also known as chihuahuas. They just look disgusting. I know all life is sacred but come on.
Let them know you will hire a pro cleaner to get rid of the pish with a quote for CHF 10K. That should stop them pishing by.
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Tell them their little chihuahuas have small dog syndrome and that it isn't cute. But let's talk about some of the words used.

Frisky: They have energy
Bark incessantly: not possible. please clarify the time of day and duration of all barking
Sneak onto balcony: How are they "sneaking"? Is there a divider? Are they climbing up, over, under, around?
Terrorize your ragdoll: I'm assuming it's the cat. How are they terrorizing it?
Pee everywhere: Where is exactly "everywhere?" does it include your balcony? in the hallway? in the elevator? in the lobby? in the washroom?
hump your leg: That's because they have small dog syndrome and want to be your daddy and/or mummy.
knee-biter: they aren't that tall. How did it bite your knee? were you on the ground playing with it?

So what is Small Dog Syndrome? Basically, it occurs because small dogs get away with behaviors that they would not otherwise be allowed to get away with if they were bigger... like jumping up to say hello, for example.

But before you address it with your neighbor, make sure you are specific about the problems, and not just being accusatory.

edit: sorry I just realized the original post was from February... I blame the new medication....
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Re: Problems with neighbour's THREE chihuahuas

Ok, you all need to back off on the Chihuahua bashing! I used to breed Chihuahuas and if they are raised right they are NOT yappy. I only have one slightly yappy chihuahua and she doesn't yap at everything. She barks at a few things like any other dog.

Your neighbor has a problem and you need to talk to him about it. There is no other solution. Be nice & reasonable & try to be caring because if as you say his girlfriend just left him he might be a bit depressed.

Also, you might want to get out some treats (cut in TINY pieces) and try to make friends with them. They obviously haven't been socialized properly. I know it's alot of work on your part. But if he's not going to take responsibility you might have to take the bull by the horns.

My little one that is on my user page* died in April & I'm still broken hearted. She was a fantastic little dog who went with me everywhere. :'(


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Ok, you all need to back off on the Chihuahua bashing! I used to breed Chihuahuas and if they are raised right they are NOT yappy. I only have one slight yappy chihuahua and she doesn't yap at everything. She barks at a few things like any other dog.

that is truth, even if i dont like chihuahuas i had a ton of friends back home and most of them dont bark like is the end of the world jeje

And definitely you should talk to the owner, even if he is depressed if you speak to him and you interested a little bit in his well being, he would see that he is responsible of his dogs and that he is not alone and the world and that his actions (or the lack of) affect other people.

Also maybe he would see that other are interested in his well being and he might try to get out of his depresion (just sayin.. not a real psicologist)
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Cookies or a cake are perfect to break the ice he is stuck in.
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Tell them their little chihuahuas have small dog syndrome and that it isn't cute. But let's talk about some of the words used.

Frisky: They have energy
Bark incessantly: not possible. please clarify the time of day and duration of all barking
Sneak onto balcony: How are they "sneaking"? Is there a divider? Are they climbing up, over, under, around?
Terrorize your ragdoll: I'm assuming it's the cat. How are they terrorizing it?
Pee everywhere: Where is exactly "everywhere?" does it include your balcony? in the hallway? in the elevator? in the lobby? in the washroom?
hump your leg: That's because they have small dog syndrome and want to be your daddy and/or mummy.
knee-biter: they aren't that tall. How did it bite your knee? were you on the ground playing with it?

So what is Small Dog Syndrome? Basically, it occurs because small dogs get away with behaviors that they would not otherwise be allowed to get away with if they were bigger... like jumping up to say hello, for example.

But before you address it with your neighbor, make sure you are specific about the problems, and not just being accusatory.

edit: sorry I just realized the original post was from February... I blame the new medication....
Thanks anyway just loved it!!!

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