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09 September 2010 @ 11:48 pm
Beware of Dog Signs?  
Although Charlie is not vicious at all (we joke about him being "23 lbs of sheer terror"), I'm considering putting up a "Beware of Dogs" or "Dogs in Yard" sign on our gate to our backyard. Anyone have experience using these? Does it increase my liability if something were to happen, because I've supposedly declared my dog to be dangerous? I'm considering dog signs instead of "No Trespassing" signs because I think they may be more of a deterrent. On the other hand, I'm also wondering if I should NOT advertise that I have dogs in the yard....in case someone might come steal him. We already had our other Boston "stolen" when he got out under the fence. (Our neighbor saw a guy on a motorcyle chase him down, catch him and take him.)

Back story: About a month ago I caught the Xcel guy trying to get into our backyard to read the meter. He was banging and tugging on the gate to get it open. Hearing it from inside the house, I went to investigate and found him doing this. I told him that he was trespassing and that if he needed in my backyard to read the meter, then he needed to knock on my front door and ask to be let into the yard. Wed. morning my neighbor knocked on my door because Charlie had gotten out. (We keep the patio door open when we're home to help cool the house.) My husband had been working in the yard the night before and is very diligent about making sure the gate is closed and latched. Plus it was closed when he left for work that morning. So I suspect that it was the Xcel guy again going into our backyard.

I'm just thankful that it was Charlie that wondered out through the opened gate and not my son.
awkwardancerawkwardancer on September 10th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
I think you are less liable is you post 'beware of dog' and a tresspasser gets hurt. A sign is fair warning.

Also, I highly recommend a combo lock if the meter man isn't going to honor your request to ring the bell first. Sadely, two of my dogs have escaped and been hit by cars because of the meter man failing to latch the gate properly.
Alanalook_its_alana on September 10th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
I agree to both! And if you don't get a combo lock, the sign alone may deter the guy from going in your yard period. They should be taught what to do in those type situations and typically it's their safety first so if they feel your dog is a threat they will avoid it all together.