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Right, so we just had some company. A woman who lives next door and her 8 year old daughter came knocking on our door. Here’s what happened

Me: Can I help you?
Neighbor: Um, yeah, my daughter and I, we live right over there *points*.
Me: Okay. (I recognize the little girl as one of the kids who is always hanging around our house)
Neighbor: Um, do you have a dog?
Me: (Not sure where this is going) Yes.
Neighbor: Well, you see, how do I say this? Look at her leg, she got hurt by playing with your dog.
Me: *looks and sees a faint scratch on her ankle and virtually no bleeding*
Neighbor: Has your dog had shots?
Me: Yes, two sets of DHLPP.
Neighbor: Swine flu? Rabies?
Me: *bangs head on wall*
Neighbor: Can I see the dog?
I go to bring Trent down, and she looks very surprised.
Neighbor: He’s a puppy!
Me: Yes, he’s a two month old baby. And perfectly healthy, thank you very much. Yes, he’s growing teeth. Yes, he nips. No, he is not a vicious man-eating German shepherd.
Kid: *starts crying. Loudly. As in sobbing-in-her-mom’s-coat*
Neighbor: *pats daughter* We go to hospital and come back later.

Here’s what had happened. This afternoon, Trent had to go out for a potty break and a quick romp. The said little girl (Soo-young, I think was her name) rushes over immediately with a group of friends and starts playing with him. They did not have, or ask, permission to run into our lawn, and my dad repeatedly told them to please stay away. Soo-young and a boy promptly pick up long sticks lying on the ground and tease Trent with it. They were asked to stop. Trent, goes after the stick, the kids get freaked, drop the stick, and run. Trent chases them back and forth on the driveway (he has always refused to leave our house and lawn unless someone in the family is encouraging him. Even then, he’s very reluctant. Even when the kids try to get him to chase them down the block, he sits down and stares after them). I am guessing he nipped at this girl’s heels, and she went home and told her mom about her big, gruesome injury.

We haven’t bought insurance for Trent yet… what’s the worst that can happen? Sorry about the rant, but I’m honestly scared.
 

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I'm so sorry you're going through this :( I have no idea what could happen, but if any kids try that in the future, I would immediately bring the puppy in and have your parents escort the children home and ask their parents to keep their children from coming onto your property without permission. If the children continue this and their parents don't do anything about it, call the cops on them for trespassing. It may seem a little extreme, but its better than having to go through this undeserved crap again because some parents do not teach their children manners.
 

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I can't imagine ANY thing would happen besides maybe animal control stopping by and checking on the "problem" but there is no visible injury, your dog is 2 months old, and they came on to your property. Where were their parents?

I understand your fear. Once, Jack bit a kid. Well, a 17 year old kid, but a kid nonetheless, and he injured him pretty badly. He kicked in our back fence and cornered Jack beneath our picnic table. Jack is NOT a fighter, and flees any situation he's uncomfortable in. The fence is acres away from the table by our house, so the kid advanced on a barking/snarling dog all that way, and got bit. We caught the guy with a rock in his hand, and called the police. Animal control showed up, Jack nuzzled and charmed every one, we showed his license and vaccinations, and we had a hearing on whether or not he was vicious. He was obviously deemed not, because of the situation and the fact he ISN'T, but I swear I thought it was all over for him.

A couple weeks later the parents came by our house and explained their son had emotional problems and snuck out of the house. They were extremely apologetic about what happened and offered to pay for a new fence section and a new lock.
 

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The kids' parents were either at work or inside the house, and nowhere near them. These kids are always outside chasing each other around, knocking on doors offering to walk dogs, and riding on scooters and bikes. I let them play with Trent when he first came home because 2 of the group of kids (two girls, Sarah and... Anne?) I have met and found very, very polite and sweet. I also thought it would be a good opportunity for Trent to meet new people and socialize. Sarah was actually scolding Soo-young and told her "don't tease the doggy and don't run around screaming! He's a puppy and growing teeths!".

I worried that because he's a German shepherd, people will think he's vicious and out of control. A two month old puppy. There honestly has not been a single person who's met Trent and didn't like him. A lot of people comment on how "smart" and "well behaved" he is, especially for a puppy. The kid's mom acted like she was going to have to rush to the ER and get surgery performed on her kid and then sue us or something of the like.

And I have a 5 page essay due tomorrow. Is the stress causing me to overreact? I don't know how likely it is, but I'm worried they'd try to press charges!
 

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I doubt they'll press charges. I can't imagine they could? They'd have to find a very bored cop with a huge hatred of dogs.

I hate nothing more than parents who let their kids roam the neighborhood doing whatever they want with no supervision. There are MUCH worse things that could have happened not involving a cute puppy.
 

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I doubt they'll press charges. I can't imagine they could? They'd have to find a very bored cop with a huge hatred of dogs.
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A cop needn't be bored nor have any feeling about dogs at all. All it takes is a reactive parent.

Your family also has the right to notify authorities when there are unsupervised kids in your yard pestering your dog.

I had a similar issue with kids I didn't know coming into our fenced yard to play with Esther. It's something I did not and will not tolerate fir the protection of both the children and my dog.
 

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A cop needn't be bored nor have any feeling about dogs at all. All it takes is a reactive parent.

Your family also has the right to notify authorities when there are unsupervised kids in your yard pestering your dog.

I had a similar issue with kids I didn't know coming into our fenced yard to play with Esther. It's something I did not and will not tolerate fir the protection of both the children and my dog.
Purely sarcasm. I just can't think of what exactly they could press charges over? I think they'd really have to trump up something over this situation. At worst, they could call the police, and I would imagine they would "check it out" as they're supposed to, and then nothing would happen.
 

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Never underestimate the idiocy of an over protective, unknowledgeable, parent and the inflexibility of the law and the "Justice" system.

Never.

Kids will be kids. Lawyers will be Lawyers.

Sad as this is, the best advice is not allow these kids to play with your dog.
 

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Definitely "Do not leave your pup unsupervised" The parents are idiots. When I was a very young child maybe 7-8 yrs old, I thought it was cute to tease a border collie type through a fence. One day I got bit and it was a 3 or 4 stitch program. That was the easy part, when my stepfather got me back home I did get a few swats on the butt for my teasing prowess. It was a different world way back then but I never teased another dog ever.
 

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I'm no expert, but I think this is the kids fault. They can't win in Court. I doubt anyone would even take the case

Wasko, is this your way back when childhood?


And I think I found a pic of you. (no, not Brad Pitt this time. Sorry girls)



or is it this one?

1st pic not quite that long ago, 2nd pic in the neighborhood but not quite to my home.
 

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Sounds like a possible culture issue as well. Some cultures dont share a fascination with dogs as pets, some cultures such as some in asia see them as a food source to be eaten, some as unclean filthy beasts to be shunned etc..
 

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Also agree with TxRider. In the interest of Political Correctness, I thought it but did not say it.

HOWEVER, this didn't happen in a different culture. It happened in Oregon.

"When in Rome....."
 

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I was told a long time ago, things may have changed, but it's in the homeowner's best interest to post signs "beware of dog", visible to the public; In the case of an incident, it's more viable (if that's the word.) and helps the homeowner's case.

I would get a few and post them near your driveway, and I would even demand that the little kids stop playing/teasing with your dog. If you see it happening, go get Trent and take him in the house and tell the kids, "You can play with -my- dog when you're not teasing him!" If it doesn't stop I would go to their parents house and make sure the parents see your BEWARE OF DOG signs...

It's the responsibility of the parents to tell their children to beware of strange dogs, and it's your responsibility to not let Trent bite anyone but should accidents happen, warning them may help your favor... Does that make sense to anyone else but me? lol!

Good luck on your essay and I hope this all gets resolved soon.
 

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In NY (land of taxes and litigous lawyers) it is suggested you put up signs that say "Guard dog on Duty" NOT "Beware of Dog."

When you say "Beware of Dog" you are informing everyone your dog is unpredictable and the court can have fun with that at yours and the dog's expense. "Guard dog on Duty" says something else and indicated entrance to the property is being "guarded."

It all aggravates me to no end.. over a PUPPY...
It means you can no longer let any kids play with your dog and you cannot let any kids on your property (yes, you have to be the meany and ask them to leave).

It just isn't worth it to fool around with the semantics or the what ifs or the maybe's. WV is right.. take care of you and your puppy.

How is that paper coming? :)
 

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When I lived in my old house, I lived on a corner lot. My yard was fenced in, but the neighbor kids would always tease my english bulldog. Finally I had enough, I went outside with my telephone, and made the children call their parents and tell them what they were doing. I' also talked to the parents and told them next time I caught their kids teasing my dog, the police would get notified.
 
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