Help with neighbor's dog

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

A letter. I would appeal to the fact that it’s keeping your child awake, more than it being a nuisance in general–I feel like that would get the point across more smoothly.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I’m very worried about my dog barking and disturbing my neighbors.  I never ever let them stay outside if they’re barking.  They come right back in.  It’s a shame that your neighbor doesn’t share the same concern for those surrounding her. 

I would prefer a letter.  I would also prefer it not to be signed ‘anonymous’ or ‘your neighbor,’ I would want to have a name/address on it.  Personally, I would be so embarrassed that I would want to come apologize.  No idea how your neighbor would react though.  Perhaps putting your name/address might not be wise.  :/

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’d really much rather be told face-to-face than via a letter; it’s so easy to mis-interpret the tone of a letter, no matter how well-written. I’d rather be able to read your body language and hear your tone of voice. Any chance you can just go talk to your neighbor?  Bonus points if you can come up with a solution for your chat before you go. Something like “It could just be that your dog is bored that’s making her bark so much; my co-worker uses this dog walking service and she says her dog is so much happier! Maybe they would give a discount for daily service. I’ve got their brochure if that helps.”

If you show that you’re willing to help find a solution then you are more likely to get the neighbor to cooperate.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Jess1483:  i think that is fantastic.  but you dont need a question mark after often.  send it along and then take it from there.  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

@Jess1483:  I would remove the part about not knowing much about dogs.  IMO, your letter should come across stern and confident (but polite – you nailed it), but mentioning your lack of knowledge about dogs takes that feeling away for me.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Jess1483:  I think face-to-face in-person is a lot more neighborly and less likely to be taken the wrong way than a letter. You can always send a letter later on if you don’t get the response you hope for.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Jess1483:  In my area a dog cannot be left outside without access to shelter/water. If the dog doesn’t have those vital things, you have a clear reason to contact animal control immediately. Otherwise, a face-to-face chat might be taken more seriously than a letter. Unless you have reason to fear the dog owner will freak out on you, face-to-face is probably best for the first mention of this problem.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@Jess1483:  I would appreciate a letter or a polite conversation with a neighbor instead of animal control knocking on my door about my dog, definitely. When we first moved into our house, my dog was really unsettled and would bark at people on the road and things like that from the inside, it took some work to get him comfortable — he was stressed.

 

I imagine the dog just doesn’t want to be ouside, or has seperation anxiety?? They might have no idea the dog’s barking — I would like to think my dog isn’t barking all day while I’m gone but I’m not there, so I’d have no idea! I’d appreciate being told — kindly.

 

Again, I think your letter is considerate — or, as other PPs said, a friendly in-person conversation.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Jess1483: That’s definitely a good start, but I think maybe you can get it to be a little less… accusatory? Sorry, I’m not finding the right word. I always find that, in situations like these, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. May I suggest something like:

Dear Neighbor-

Hi! I hope you’re staying safe and warm during this storm.

I wanted to write to express my concern about your dog’s barking during the day. I’m not sure you’re aware of it but over the past few months, I’ve noticed that your dog barks consistently for at least 2-3 hours a day. I have a young baby whose window faces your yard, and often the noise keeps him awake during his 11:30am-2:00pm nap time. I would appreciate anything you could do to help resolve this situation.

I’d be happy to discuss my concerns with you, and thank you so much for your help in this matter!

 

If this doesn’t work, then you can step it up with another letter, indicating that if something it’s resolved you’ll be forced to make a formal complaint to animal services.

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