Post # 1
So my FI and I are in a sticky situation. My neighbor’s have this dog, who I like to call Trouble. I’m pretty sure Trouble has emotional problems because EVERY morning (while it’s STILL DARK), Trouble is released into my neighbor’s back yard and starts BARKING UP A STORM. These aren’t normal dog barks, these are crazy, irratic, LOUD, incessant barks at absolutely nothing! Unfortunately for us, sigh, is that our bedroom window happens to be on the side of the house that is directly next to their back yard/porch area. So every morning, we get startled awake by this crazy dog, running out of my neighbor’s home barking like a bat out of hell. I’ve actually had dreams about barking dogs because this noise is the back-drop for my sleep…if I manage to stay asleep. I wish it was just a once a day occurance, but LITERALLY any time my FI touches our bed to lie down or take a nap, I swear the dog can sense it and comes out barking. It’s kind of become a joke amongst us that the dog always knows!! Yea, it’s only funny for a second though….
We have mentioned the dog’s rdidiculousness to our neighbors before in a “I’m joking, but serious…” manner before and obviously nothing has happened. This has been going on for YEARS! I honestly thought I would get used to it, or become able to drown it out, but NOPE. If I heard attempts at trying to get the dog to shut up, I think I wouldn’t be as annoyed by it, but that isn’t the case.
So here are my questions Bees: How can I politely let them know that their dog is ruining my life and ask for them to improve the situation without making it ackward? Is it unfair that I have to suffer because they refuse to control their dog…or am I being uneasonable? Has anyone else dealt with a similar problem? If nothing changes after I bring it to their attention (again), what should I do then?
I really don’t think it’s fair that I have to suffer in my own home at the expense of a neighbor, but I definitely don’t want to make things tense. Please help!! Thanks in advance for your insight 🙂
Post # 2
I would call your local Animal Control, explain your situation and ask if you have any recourse. Some cities and towns have noise ordinances. You could make an anonymous report and they could be warned and/or fined. Maybe, if you’re lucky. That would drive me nuts, really.
Post # 2
LadyAprill: We currently have the same issue. The people who live behind us let there dog outside at all hours of the night and morning and it barks uncontrollably! It is right by our bedroom window and now that its winter we dont open the window but I would like to in the summer so this has got to stop! We are planning to write a polite letter first and puttting it in there mailbox and if nothing changes we are going to file a complaint with the city.
Post # 4
LadyAprill: My MIL just purchased a “dog silencer”. I think it is either solar powered or battery operated. Anyway, she hung it in her tree and the little yappy dog next door FINALLY quit barking. If you are interested just google “dog barking deterrent” and several of them pop up.
I personally wouldn’t be opposed to talking with them about this either. Although, if you can hear it, so can they. In that case, they probably don’t care. Hope this helps!
Post # 5
LadyAprill: Well, I am that dog owner. Sort of. My sitch is I have FOUR dogs. Yup, can’t help myself. And one or 2 will bark. The others are quiet. Not incessantly cray cray like you are talking about, but if a neighbor is out it can get a bit nuts. That is why I am ALWAYS out with them or watching them through the window. ALWAYS. Then if things get out of hand, you know, more than a couple barks, in they go! Cuz let’s face it, a dog will bark sometimes. I hope my neighbors aren’t too bothered. Anyway…
So, if it were me I think I’d hope you would come to me as nicely as you can and say, “Hey, I know your dog has to go out to do his biz, but is there something you can do for the early a.m. barking? He wakes us up EVERY day.” Something like that. Hopefully they will be nice and try to at least bring him in quickly when he’s done. Unfortunately I don’t know what they could do or are willing to do. Bark collars (that shock) would never be an option. That’s bringing an animal pain and fear. They do have ones that spray citronella when they bark because apparently they don’t like the smell. Or behavior modification, but that would require work on the owner’s part. Oy. It’s definitely a tricky spot for you. Sorry.
If that fails, it’s actually code enforcement you would call, I believe. My dad did that to the neighbor how had a chicken that turned out to be a rooster (in the city). How’s that for a wake up call every day??
Post # 6
Personally I hate confronting people so I’d probably call the non-emergency police # and ask them to speak to the owners. In my experience people that have no consideration for others probably aren’t going to change their ways unless they’re forced to.
We have a little yippy frenchy behind us so I feel your pain. Thankfully she’s not deafening, but EVERY time I let my dogs out (in our fenced yard) I have to listen to her bark.
Post # 7
I like to avoid confrontation with people, so I would probably make any anonymous tip. Not sure how it works where you live, that might be to the non-emergecy policy number, animal control, or a home owners association.
Post # 8
Sunfire: sweetchiquita12: TheOkieWifey: Westwood: RedHeadKel: Thanks for the great advice ladies!!! I was considering writing a letter first, but then if nothing improves, it’ll be quite obvious that it was us that filed the complaint! I’m so non-confrontational, and I don’t want to start a war with people I have to live next to lol.
I’m leaning towards filing a complaint, but I dread the possibility of them asking around to see who has the issue, and why they didn’t say anything to them personally first. Luckily, they have neighbors on all sides, but I think it’ll be obvious that it was me hahaha!! How would you all handle that?
Thanks again for your input! I know this may seem silly, but I’m one of those non-confrontational to a fault people!!!
Post # 9
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LadyAprill: Call the police regarding the noise violation and invest in a sound machine (it’s weird at first, but you get used to it)!
You tried bringing it up to them and it didn’t work, so time to go the other route!
Post # 10
LadyAprill: Since you have spoken to them before about it, perhaps you can approach them again, and tell them the noise is bothering you, mention what times, and ask them if they can possibly go outside WITH the dog, or purchase a bark collar and use that in the morning. The dog is most likely barking because it is afraid, so I hope they would consider going out with it. I think proposing possible solutions directly to the neighbor might be your best bet.
Post # 11
RedHeadKel: I meant to tag you in the above comment 🙂
TheOkieWifey: I love the battery operated thingy idea!!! That’s totally worth a try!!!
Post # 12
I can tell you right now that, unless US law is really very different indeed, the police and the dog warden can do sweet FA about this, because it’s not a crime.
However, in the UK you can contact your local council, who will ask you to document the noise and may place recorders in your home to determine if there is a nuisance next door. If next door are being too loud, the council can then take action against them.
In the meantime, I recommend anti-barking devices and earplugs!
Post # 13
mchitt329: I didn’t know you could get a sound machine lol!! I was actually going to record it this morning so I could share it here. It’s worse than I can describe! I think you are right about taking a different aproach :-/
Astra: This dog isn’t afraid, I think it’s just NUTS lol. It’s a big dog too, so the bark is alarming!!! lol
Post # 14
Westwood: Kit_Kath: I dread any confrontation too :-/
Post # 15
LadyAprill: NO (shock) bark collar, please. Those noise things you sleep with are cool. I sleep with one every night. It’s actually an app on my phone so I take it everywhere. And my ‘hood is quiet, usually. Though the neighbor’s dog was out last night at 12:30 am barking. Which starts my dogs (inside) barking. Lol!