Hi there! I don't normally post on this board as my LO is 11 months old. However I have a question regarding older children and was hoping you ladies could help. I live in an awesome neighborhood with tons of young families and kids. The kids run all over (we don't have a fenced in yard and they always run through our yard which I'm totally fine with). Well the one kid next door is a royal PITA...mom never disciplines him, he doesn't listen to any adults and is generally just annoying. He is about 4. I have a dog who is really a friendly animal but this kid and the one on the other side of me (also 4) torment the shi* out of her. They pull on her leash, throw things at her, run at her then run away which makes her try to chase them, and stand at the end of the yard yelling for her to come over knowing full well her leash won't get her to them. Recently they have also started knocking on my back door (I Have a patio so it's right at ground level) so that the dog will bark to let us know there are people which consequently wakes up or scares the crap out of my DD. I told them that unless they need something they are not to knock at the door and explained that my dog's barking woke up or scared my daughter. The one little guy turned bright red and apologized, the other one (pain in the butt) flat out lied and said 'well we did need something.' ok smart a**. So they have stopped knocking but now will stand on the patio right outside the door until the dog spots them and barks then they laugh and run away.
Yesterday when I went outside the PITA kid said 'put your dog away, she is evil...yesterday when I was out here she tripped me.' I said 'no she didn't Nahla is a very nice dog.'
I hate to yell and/or direct other people's children. My thought is that their parents should be keeping some sort of eye on them and making sure they are playing nicely(Although this one's mom will NEVER tell her son he is doing something wrong). How do you think I should handle this? I hate to make a big deal of it and go to their parents especially since the one boy's parents would feel so bad and I really don't think he is the issue, it's the other one leading the charge. But at the same time, with how they act around the dog, I feel as though I have to constantly watch her when she is outside so they leave her alone which is really freakin' irritating since it's my yard! I should be able to let my dog outside without worrying about her being harrassed! And I absolutely don't watn to get into the situation where she gets to a point that she bites one of them. She is a super tolerant dog but she is still an animal and I'm sure has a breaking point. At this point I would truly have a tough time punishing her if she did bite one of them just from what I've seen. My DH wants to get a fence but I have a hard time justifying spending thousands of dollars on a fence because of my neighbor's kid!
How would you handle it??