Neighbor's dog barking again…

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I only think you have to mind your own business when it isn’t directly impacting you.  This is.  I think it would be totally appropriate for to talk to them and tell them this cannot go on – you can’t enjoy the peace of your own home, and they absolutely need to do something.

I’m not sure how I would approach it, or what kind of relationship you have with them, but something like “I know I’ve mentioned your dog barking before, but nothing has changed.  It’s getting to the point where I’m being driven from my home to avoid the barking.  Can we please talk about some possible solution?”

Post # 4
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@SadieBee:  +1

If this doesn’t work, it would show that they aren’t taking it seriously and to me, they don’t care enough about the dog to try to prevent it from freaking out when they are away. You need to look up the noise ordinances in your city. They could be fined for allowing their dog to bark.

I have been on the other side of this. When neighbors complained my dog was barking, I was totally horrified I took immediate action to make sure my dog was happy and calm when I was away from home.

Post # 5
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

check in with the police about noise polution ordinances. 

Hopefully there are some and they can tell you wnat to do about it.  I wouldn’t inquire how they are training their dog, I’d lay down the law.

Post # 6
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I agree on checking on noise ordinances – I just figure it’s best to go to them directly first.  I always say that with neighbor situations, it’s best to do what you can to maintain positive relations (I mean, you do have to continue living next to them).  If they blow you off, though, I think they’re the ones souring the relationship first, so by all means go through more official channels.

Post # 8
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you want to say something, then go ahead, but I wouldn’t go around suggesting how someone should train their dog unless you are a trained professional. For example, my dog is a puppy mill rescue and has severe crate phobia. If we tried to crate train him, he would lose his mind. 

Telling someone how to train their dog is like telling them how to raise their kids.

Post # 9
724 posts
Busy bee

At three weeks, filing a noise complaint with animal control or the police isn’t out of line. It doesn’t sound like anything is changing if this dog is still left to bark for hours on end, especially in the evenings when people are trying to sleep.

Whether they get a fine or a warning, it’s going to be a stronger message that the consequences of inaction will be more than cranky neighbors.

Post # 10
943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsBeck:  You could try buying one of those noisy things that emit a high pitched sound to supposedly deter the dog from barking (not sure of the name, but you can probably find them online).

Or you could print out a few different bark collars that you find online, and leave them at the neighbors with a sweet note saying you “thought they might find this useful!”.

Or call animal control.

Post # 11
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you really want to try to be friendly make them a new doggy gift pack you can find lots of cheap dog Stuff to put in it but include a Kong toy and Kong filling put a little card in it saying you hope the pup enjoys his toys fib and say a friends dog loves his Kong toy when he’s home alone. 

It sounds like the dog is very bored when alone and Kong toys and other types of enrichment toys can really help with this. 

Now it might not work but it could be worth a try? 

Post # 13
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MrsBeck:  I think its reasonable.  We got an anonymous note from a random neighbor with the city’s noise ordinance highlighted, uncluding the # for animal control, and she had only been barking for maybe 2 days (I know, since that’s how long we’d had her…).  No idea who left it.  We had no idea and started trying to figure out ways to make sure our little one was happy and occupied while we weren’t home.

I would really have appreciated a face to face conversation.  Since you’ve done that, find out what the progress has been?  Who knows? Maybe they’re trying things?  I definitely don’t think its unreasonable to talk to them again, but I think a call to animal control might be worth it.

We looked into the process when got our note (I really imagined some neighbor calling after the one note – they did highlight the phone number), and animal control will send them an official notice in the mail.  If your comments are being noticed, surely that would be?

Post # 15
1190 posts
Bumble bee

My cousin just bought one of these: I want one!’ defer=’defer

I’m going to get one and see if it works on my neighbor’s dogs. I’m having the same issue with ridiculous barking at all hours. except our neighbor… is our landlord :/ We’ve tried calling animal control, which is who the police sends out. No tickets issued, ugh. I’m here with you in solidarity sister!

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