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How can I tactfully stop my neighbour from bringing his much loved Doberman round my house, as it upsets both me and my cat?

Hi everyone,

I need some advice on how to handle a situation with my neighbor and their Doberman. I am not comfortable having the dog around me or my cat, as it tends to get too excited and rambunctious when it comes inside my home.

My neighbor is very attached to their dog and likes to bring it around to visit, but I am starting to feel uneasy about it. I have tried dropping hints but they don't seem to be getting the message.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to approach this situation tactfully? I don't want to offend my neighbor or cause any unnecessary tension, but I also want to set boundaries for my own comfort and the safety of my cat.

Thanks in advance.

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Hi there,

I understand how you feel about not wanting your neighbor's Doberman visiting your home. I think the best approach would be to communicate your concerns with your neighbor. Your neighbor might not even realize that their dog is causing distress to you and your cat.

I suggest inviting your neighbor over to your home for a cup of coffee or a chat. During this conversation, you can express your concerns about the dog's behavior and how you and your cat feel uneasy about its visits. Lead with an approachable tone and explain that while you understand their love for their dog, it's not a good fit for your home.

Hopefully, your neighbor will be receptive to your concerns and will understand your need to establish boundaries. If not, you may want to look into other methods to discourage their dog from visiting, such as placing a sign on your yard stating that dogs are not welcome.

In conclusion, communication is key. By approaching the situation with calm and respect, you will be more likely to get your neighbor to understand your point of view and respect your wishes. Good luck!



I totally understand how you feel about your neighbor's Doberman visiting your home. It can be a challenging situation to navigate without offending your neighbor.

In my experience, sometimes, people don't realize that their pets could be causing discomfort to others. The problem can arise when they are too attached to their pets and may have a hard time understanding why someone would ask them not to bring their dog over anymore.

My suggestion would be to bring up your concerns gently and respectfully when your neighbor is around with their Doberman. For instance, you could ask for some privacy with your cat, hinting if your neighbor would mind if their dog could go home. You could also tell your neighbor in a friendly way that you are not very comfortable with having their dog over as it stresses you and your cat out.

If that doesn't work, you could try talking to your neighbor when their dog is not around. You could meet up with them at a neutral location and calmly express your concerns. It's important to be clear but not accusatory. Remind them that you love animals and care for their pet's well-being, but it's becoming hard for you to enjoy your time at home.

Overall, you want to be tactful and respectful, ensuring you don't create any unnecessary tension between you and your neighbor. I hope this helps you come up with a plan that makes you feel more comfortable.



I understand how uncomfortable this situation can be for you, as I have also been in a similar situation. I would suggest being direct and tactful when addressing your concerns with your neighbor.

It would be best to invite your neighbor over to your home while their Doberman is around, so they can see first-hand the effect it has on you and your cat. Approach them calmly and express that you are worried about the safety of your cat, and the Doberman's visits seem to be causing distress for everyone involved.

You should also present some reasonable alternatives that would allow you to connect and spend time together, without the Doberman being present. Perhaps suggest taking walks without the dog or meeting at a nearby park.

It’s a delicate topic, but it’s essential to set boundaries so everyone feels comfortable. Remember that you want to avoid offending your neighbor or damaging your relationship, but you also need to look out for your own and your cat's wellbeing.

I hope this helps you find the best way to handle the situation for you and your neighbor's peace of mind.


Hi there,

I can totally relate to your situation. I had a similar experience with a neighbor who used to bring their over-excited Labradoodle over to my house, and it caused a lot of stress and anxiety for both me and my cat.

What worked for me was having an honest conversation with my neighbor and explaining my concerns. I told them that while I appreciated their love for their dog, it was causing a lot of discomfort for me and my cat, and I would appreciate it if they could refrain from bringing the dog to my house in the future.

I made sure to approach the conversation in a calm and courteous manner, and my neighbor was very understanding and empathetic. They apologized for the inconvenience and assured me that they would make sure to keep their dog away from my home.

So my advice would be to have an open and honest conversation with your neighbor, and try to come to a mutual understanding. Communication is key, and approaching the situation with empathy and understanding can go a long way in finding a solution that works for both parties.

Hope this helps!



I understand how tough it can be to confront a neighbor about a sensitive topic such as this one. However, it's essential to have an open conversation about your concerns to avoid any further distress.

My suggestion would be to approach the situation gently and indirectly. Perhaps, you may want to mention to your neighbor that your cat's behavior has changed and it prefers the home to be quiet without much loud noise or other animals around. This may help your neighbor realize that the visits with the Doberman is making your cat's time in the house unpleasant.

In addition, you could suggest other inviting activities other than inviting their Doberman to your premises like going on walks together with your pets. This would divert their attention from bringing the Dobberman over to your home and also foster a passion for pet-friendly activities.

Of course, if you do not feel comfortable with that approach, you could kindly suggest that their dog is just too much for you and your cat to handle and that you would prefer if they didn't bring him over to your home.

I hope my suggestions help you to find a solution that works for you and your neighbor.

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