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Our neighbour's fleas!


kizpip

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I wonder if anyone can give me some advice as a sideline to the "Fleas!" posting.

Our 4-month old puppy is surprisingly well-behaved (for a puppy) and is proving to be quite easy to train (sit, stay, lie down, etc). When roaming the garden he returns quite happily when I call him except when he decides to visit next door's dogs whose gate and fence is adjacent to ours. He throws a deafie to my calls until, after a few minutes, when he's ready to return of his own accord (and he's not easy to catch!)

I appreciate that he wants and needs to socialise with other dogs and I'd be quite happy for him to do so except for the fact that next door's dogs are full of fleas and our little darling invariably brings a few home with him. Yes, he's treated with Frontline Combo and I assume that the fleas will die after biting him (so far we have stayed flea/bite-free).

Part of me knows our puppy should be encouraged to socialise with other dogs but at the same time he is getting away with disobeying me (it's difficult to chastise him in front of the neighbour) and I obviously don't want the flea problem to increase.

Any advice on what course is best? Do I put my foot down each time he goes near next door or do I give in and take him for "allowed visits", followed by a close search for fleas?

Incidentally, both our French neighbours (one of whom is a vet) seem to regard fleas as inevitable in the summer months and are very blasé about them - NOT ME!

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Put your foot down now while he's young.  Your dog should ALWAYS come to you when you call .... especially when he doesn't want to. 

If he doesn't come to you, go over to him (to the same aread where he's ignored you ... if he's moved from there, take him back there ... he needs to associate why he's being reprimanded).  Then hold him on his back ... this is forcing him into a submissive position ... you are exerting your authority over him. 

Don't do any of this in anger ... don't shout at him .... just be forceful.  Once he's submitted, and is calm, you can then tell him what a good boy he is and give him some loving!

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Ask your neighbours to front line there dogs ... if they dont do it you do ... thats what I have to do with my neighbours cats[:@]                                   rstht
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[quote user="Pads"]Ask your neighbours to front line there dogs ... if they dont do it you do ... thats what I have to do with my neighbours cats[:@]                                   rstht[/quote]

Nice idea Pads but I know what the answer would be - "c'est normal". As I said, he regards fleas as inevitable and, as he has six dogs, there's no way I'm going to foot the bill.

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