For about a year now, I have been having problems with a neighbor in our condo building who does not handle her *breed* very well. She is a petite girl, and walks the dog on a standard leash and collar, usually holding the leash at the end furthest from the dog. To her credit, she tries to avoid other dog owners in the building, but its not fool-proof.
Our first encounter was in July of last year when we brought our 13 week old puppy home. His second day home, I was house training on the side of the building. She attempts to exit the building as we are walking past the door, and her dog pulls her out the door, completely out of control. Her dog lunged and, fortunately, only slobbered my pups neck as she happened to gain control. He went for a second lunge, but I put my foot down in front of his face as she gained control again. Her response was "Don't kick my dog!" I was appalled, but I decided not to escalate it there.
I decided to file a complaint with our condo administrator, but there was nothing that the condo association could do. I then filed a complaint with Animal Control, but they told me there was little they could do unless the dog actually attacked and bit. They did say they would contact her and discuss the consequences of a successful attack and offer some recommendations. I don't know if that happened.
Since then, when we pass each other in the common areas or outside, she makes passive aggressive comments to her dog about me or my girlfriend. We chuckle, because its quite immature and pathetic. We also keep these encounters documented in case anything should ever come of it. She never changes the way she handles the dog, though.
Yesterday, we had a repeat encounter of the July incident, except she gained control a foot or two away from us. There was a witness. Again, I reported it to the condo admin, who again said she could not do anything except keep it documented.
At this point, I feel pretty helpless as far as protecting my dogs, myself, or my girlfriend from this reckless girl and her aggressive *breed*. I will be calling animal control again, but I don't expect they'll be of much help, since it clearly didn't change anything the first time. I've been reluctant to communicate with the girl directly because, well, she is not very pleasant and I don't think she would be rational.
What do I do? I am thinking about leaving some documentation in her mailbox regarding the Gentle Leader
head collar and some other collars she might want to consider, and whether I should attach a letter. Maybe even include the training DVD from our gentle leader.