Post # 1
I posted this: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/neighbors-dog-barks-continuously#axzz2e9l5Dnwn almost 2 weeks ago.
We have been hearing this dog bark now for 3 weeks. Like I said in the last post, I understand that it might take longer to train a dog but I feel like there comes a point where it’s interfering enough with my life that something needs to be done.
This dog barks whenever our neighbors aren’t home. It has been barking quite a few nights during the week when we go to bed (I have started wearing ear plugs but DH hates ear plugs) and now it’s barking again. DH is out tonight and I was planning on a nice quite night in scrapbooking (I’m a bit of a homebody lol) but this dog has been barking for almost an hour now. I already checked to see if they are home (they’re not) and I’m ready to just go to a movie or something because I can’t stand hearing it bark (it’s very high pitched).
I have been telling them their dog barks everytime I see them which is probably annoying but then again, so is the dog. Last time most bees seemed against me inquiring about how they are training the dog but I really really think that crate training would help and that they should at least try this (I know they are not because it stands at the back window where I can see it if I go outside). At this point is it still rude for me to mention it to them? I should not have to leave my home because of a noise disturbance :/ so I guess at this point I’m willing to be a bit rude and interfering.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
@SadieBee: We’re friendly enough that we say hi to them but not much beyond that. Usually they just say sorry when I tell them their dog was barking again but I think the wording “can we talk about a solution” is a good way of starting the conversation.
@remijp: If I were on the other side I would take action immediately as well. Even if that meant taking the dog to doggy daycare or staying home more until the dog wasn’t barking. I know that not everyone is that considerate though :/
@Atalanta: I know the noise pollution ordinance laws here and I know that they can be fined. They can also be asked to leave or get rid of their dog if we talk to management. I am trying to use that as an extreme last resort because I would hate for them to have to send the dog back to the humane society. I guess at a certain point though that might have to happen because I can not keep living like this.
Post # 8
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
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
@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
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 # 12
@sara_tiara: I guess that’s why I was asking on here for solutions. It might be rude to bring it up but I’m not happy that I have to leave my apartment to escape the noise. Would you rather receive a fine or have someone inquire about the training? I’m not trying to be snarky with that question but that’s what it has come down too. I’ve avoided asking them about training because bees told me it would be rude but it’s either that or we file a noise pollution ordinance with the police department.
@shaka: I guess they might just not be taking us seriously :/ we get that a lot because of our age so I think you bees are right about the police being the next step. I just honestly want what’s best for the dog and I don’t want it to end up back at the humane society so it’s a difficult step.
@AnonymousCupcake: Another bee suggested that high pitched thing and I completely forgot until tonight! I’ll definitely be out looking for one tomorrow!
Thanks bees for your advice! They are home now so hopefully they are in for the night and I can have my quite night in 🙂
Post # 13
@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 # 14
@ames12708: Ah I should have mentioned this. We did buy it a couple of toys (someone suggested this to me a few weeks ago) 🙂 We are trying to be as friendly as possible through out the entire process because we do want to maintain a good relationship and we are trying to be understanding. I’m not sure if they use the kong we got or not. I suppose I could ask them how the dog likes it to see if they are using it. I do think the dog is bored or has a social anxiety issue. I feel a bit bad for it because it seems to be home alone a lot. If we were friends with them I would definitely offer to walk it when they are gone but they might think that’s a bit strange if I offered that lol.
Post # 15
My cousin just bought one of these: I want one! http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12281454&lmdn=Training+%26amp%3B+Behavior+Control&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo’ 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!
Post # 16
@melisandescott: I actually remember your post before we had this issue which is why I’ve been trying to be so understanding! DH wanted to leave a note but I told him that we should say something to them instead. They said they didn’t even realize their dog was doing this.
Is your dog okay home alone now?
I’m just not sure how to bring up the topic of what they are trying :/ I think I’m going to look more into the process. If they just send an official notice than I will contact animal control. I just don’t want them to feel pressured to give the dog up but rather just realize that we are serious about them training their dog.