My dilemma about my dog

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    I have a really nice Border Collie/Aussie mix. He's very smart, has great manners, and is extremely popular around here. He has several human friends in the neighborhood who love when he comes visiting. One is an older lady up the street who lives alone, another is a single, lonely aging hippy woman a couple of houses away, and there's the alcoholic retired gentleman who comes on weekends, plus my renter and her little boy next door.

    I love to share him, it's good for these folks to have their canine visitor, they are lonely and comforted by him. He's a really cool, intuitive Lassie type dog who herds our chickens, and actually ran to another neighbor's door and barked and barked when their chained dog fell down the hill and was dangling by his chain, and probably saved his life.

    Trouble is, the lonely ladies let the dog in and he's not around when I'm ready to go for a walk. They give him biscuits and treats, and my other dog, who's a homebody, also goes to get them, and she has a weight problem. I feel like things are getting a little out of hand. Yet, the dog does a lot of good in visiting these lonely people.

    Should I start setting some limits by requesting they not keep my dog inside?
     
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    Give it a cell phone and tell it to call you and ask permission before accepting a treat.

    :lol:

    No, seriously, give the old ladies a bag of low calorie treats and tell them the vet asked you to watch the weight of the dogs. They'll probably love you for it.
     
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    It's a tricky one.

    Maybe you could give your neighbors some dog treats to give him when he comes a-callin'? That way he would at least be given stuff that's better for him than the human stuff.

    Also, maybe they'd like to come along on the walks? That way they could all socialize with each other, get some exercise and enjoy the puppies together?
     
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    Pretty good solution Ravi.

    You know.......not only would giving them a small bag of low cal treats be good for your pooch, but it would allow them to feel kinda responsible for the health and well being of your pooch.

    That little thing of all of you uniting to take care of your dog would probably go a long way towards being more neighborly, because then all of you would be united by a common cause.
     
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    I don't really want to take my neighbors on my walks. For one thing, they are very long walks, plus sometimes they are runs.

    I've talked to my hippy neighbor. She also works at a small micro brewery serving the beer, and my dog goes down there 3 days a week hanging out, waiting for biscuits and greeting tourists and other customers. She basically does what she wants anyways, and feeds them tons of biscuits and believes in totally spoiling and catering to dogs.

    I have a loud whistle, so he usually comes, even when a few blocks away. But this morning he didn't come, and I think he's at Eleanor's house, the older lady. I know she lets him in.
     
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    It is your responsibility to keep your dog at home so it's kind of silly to blame people for playing with your dog.
     
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    I don't allow my dogs to accept treats from strangers, ride in a stranger's car, fetch a stick for a stranger or go into their house unless I am present. I don't allow them to surf the internet unsupervised nor do I allow them to watch R-rated movies. On top of all that, my dogs go to church every Sunday and one of them even sings in the choir. The oldest one, a beagle, is an Eagle Scout.
     
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    As far as keeping the dog in, I tried that and it really upsets the neighbors. He does serve a mental health purpose by visiting people, plus he enjoys it so much. Also, he tends to find a way out of the fenced yard, no matter how hard I try. And in winter, with 3 feet of snow on the ground, it's virtually impossible.

    I live in a very small town with less than 1000 residents, btw, so it's not exactly an urban area.
     
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    You are a model citizen and dog parent! :clap2: :razz:
     
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    give them treats and ask they limit the feeding of biscuits...blame it on the vet...you may want to print a list of items dogs should not be fed...and give to the nice people....

    do you have the ladies phone numbers? just call and ask that they let the dog out

    i would rather have this problem ...than the neighbor....yea that one..him...who gets all out of sorts over the deposits my dogs leaves....he compared my dog to a small pony....personally i dont see the problem...who knew he was so neurotic that he trained his dog to use one small spot...way way way over there...
     
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