BAD PET OWNERS
There’s nothing worse than a dog that barks all day, all night and never seems to need any vocal breaks. Then there are the owners who let their dogs pounce on neighbours and leave poop all over the community areas and sidewalks. If you are a pet owner, you are responsible for disciplining, training and picking up after your animals. It’s not your neighbour’s job to do it, it’s yours! Be wary of the rules in your community. If your building requires anon-leash policy, then put a leash on your dog until you get outside. If there’s a sign that clearly states “No dog’s allowed”, don’t strut through it with you pooch like you own the place. Be considerate of your neighbours and the people with whom you share this living space with.
Just as in the previous example, the number 1 thing people forget is their form of expression.You can be angry and upset, but don’t ever lash out.Have a calm mind and problems can eventually be solved. I have seen dog owners go at each other in the building because one person insulted the other’s pet and called him a bad parent. However annoyed you feel, do not insult people or criticize the way they act. Simply share your concerns, explain how it affects you and the neighbourhood’s community. When people feel wronged, they are more likely to act out even more. Whereas if they feel bad or guilty for how they behaved, it’s more likely that they will put the effort in to changing so as not to trouble the people around them and cause further inconvenience.
CONFLICTS, INCOSIDERATION AND CROSSING BOUNDARIES
Does your neighbour leave his trash outside in the hallway? Are there issues with harassment, violence, drugs, and theft? These problems are the more serious ones that nobody wants to have to deal with, and can impose very real danger into your own life. I once had a neighbour who was in a domestic dispute almost every day, which eventually led to heightening cases of domestic violence.Their noise levels and violent nature became a issue that needed to be addressed by everyone in the community because it their problems were not only unhealthy but slowly seeped in to our daily lives. This is probably not something that can be dealt with on a personal level, and in such cases, more drastic measures have to be taken. You want to feel safe in your home, not constantly be watching out for the unknown.
If there are issues like this, you must alert your community’s management to help take care of the problem. For issues such as domestic violence and criminal activities, it’s necessary to notify the authorities and leave yourself out of it.
It doesn’t take much to be a good neighbour. If everyone stopped thinking “me, me, me”,our whole society would be a better and happier place. Having good people around you, especially in your place of residence, can lift you up and drag you down. Be an example of good neighbourly conduct and others will surely follow suite.
What kind of neighbour problems have you dealt with? How did you handle it? We would love to hear your stories and experiences!?