Post # 1
We have a neighbor, and I’m not going to get into it, but we don’t get along! They have a black lab, that is kinda young, and runs wild. They fenced their yard, but the dog dug under it (they know this and do nothing about it), and will jump on my son and run into our house if the door is open. Anyways, they will let their dog out at about 1 in the morning and it barks for 1+ hours, waking me and FI. We have called the Sheriff and all they did was stick a note on their door to keep their dog quiet, but that didn’t help at all. I know its not the dogs fault that it has crappy owners, but I am at wits end with the thing! What should we do?!
Post # 3
Its tricky cause you don’t want your neighbors to hate you but they NEED to control their dog. I would let your neighbors know that if the dog enters your house again you will be contacting animal control. How old is your son? If he’s little, than I’d be super worried about the dog jumping up, if he’s older I still wouldn’t be happy.
Its hard with the barking because all you can really do is call the cops each time this happens. If it happens so many times, the neighbors can get fined for it. You can ask to remain anonymous with the cops so they won’t tell the neighbors it was you… it could be any of the other neighbors calling in so I’m not sure they’d know it was you.
Post # 4
My son is 2, so I do get upset! And FI gets so mad! We thought about catching it and taking it the pound! I should just ask the cops to remain anonymous, that is a really good idea.
Post # 5
Ohh a little guy, yea I’d be upset & protective. Their dog knocking over my kid in my yard is something I wouldn’t stand for (I don’t have kids, but I work with them & I wouldn’t be happy). I mean, if they were apologetic & you could see they were at least TRYING to restrain their dog, that’d be different. Next time it happens, I’d call animal control & then the police & file a report. I don’t think you can be anonymous in a report of the dog knocking your kid over. I mean, most kids fall & they’re fine but having a dog roaming loose & the owners don’t really do anything about it isn’t good for the dog or anyone else.
Usually the first time there’s a disturbance the cops will do a warning (like that note you saw) but over time its more seriously addressed.
Post # 6
that sucks! my neighbors dog drives me crazy too but its mostly because they dont take care of there dogs!
In this case, I would definitely call the cops until this problem gets nipped in the butt!
Post # 7
I really don’t have great advice because we deal with the same nonsense. Except my neighbors have 3 barking dogs. THREE!!! lol So it goes without saying I’m ready to wrip my hair out. Basically I personally asked them about it ONCE. I told them hey; we get up @ 6:30 for work. I don’t mind them barking during the day (which is a lie but hey; pick your battles) I said but @ night it’s too hard to sleep. Please if you can keep them in @ night; or @ least bring them in when they bark. She said okay she would bring them in and that’s the last time I talked to them personally about it. After that I called the sherriff (we live in a subdivision) I’ve called probably 3 times. I try not to get too picky because my dog is coming to live with us soon so I give them a little break because I do know how hard it is to control the barking. But I usually only call if they bark for long periods of time when i’m sleeping. They’ll get sick of having the sherriff @ their door @ 3 in the morning eventually; so I’d probably keep calling if I were you. As far as their dog being in your yard. THat is a diff story. I would address that with them right away. I’d actually go over and talk to them about it. I would tell them that if it keeps happening you will call the pound. You don’t care about what they do on their yard but you dont’ want him in your yard because he hurts your child. That is definatly a reason to call the police & make a report.
Post # 8
@Rosie Girl Do you rent? If so do the neighbors with the Lab live in the same complex? I’m not sure where you live or how it works but here in LA the landlord could also be held responsible if something happened to your son so I’d be giving the landlord a call. If not I think I’d probably leave the sherrif out but keep calling animal control because after a certain number of visists to the house they remove the animal until the owner can get the issues sorted out (i.e. fixing the gate and making sure the dog gets training witht he barking things like that)
Post # 9
I would consider printing up the leash laws and dog laws in your state and giving them to your neighbors, explaining that it is unfair to you that their dog causes so much stress to you and your family, and they are legally responsible for him!
Also, consider giving them some information on local dog training and behaviorists, and dog walkers. It sounds like that dog, typical to the breed, is super hyper, and needs TONS of excersize to tire him out, so he dosn’t have the energy to wreak havvok on you, the poor neighbors!
Problem is, if they’re ignorant dog owners (which it sounds like they ARE), they might not listen to reason. Also, you should definatly tell them that the next time he ends up in your yard they’ll be paying the fine to get him out of doggie jail, so he better be up to date on his shots!
You can also try some sprays around the boarder of your yard that are supposed to act like deterrants, might help?
Sorry, and good luck!
Post # 10
I told FI last night that next time, I’m taking the dog to the pound! After they got the note on their door, we were outside working in our lawn and they let their dogs out and we could hear them (like, they said it loud enough so we could) and they were like “don’t bark, hahahahhaha” Its like they think its funny! We want to get dogs in like a year or so, and I know that barking happens, but we would never let our dog sit outside in the middle of the night and bark for hours! And if they dug under the fence, we would fix it and watch them to make sure they didn’t get out. It is so rude to everyone else in our area too!
Post # 11
Dogs do bark and can be uncontrollable at times, but the owners need to be at least TRYING to control things!
If you think it would do any good, I would go visit them and tell them that the dog getting out of the yard is a problem. I would try to be sympathic ie-“poor guy sounds so lonely outside in the middle of the night” and “I realize he must be bored to dig under the fence, but I am worried that he will get hit by a car” and then mention that he is teaching your son to be scared of dogs and that he wanders into your house. I *might* even bring up the analogy of letting your 2 year old run wild in their house.
If that gets you nowhere, tell the same stuff to the local Animal Control officer and call whenever you see him outside the yard. Usually they will pick him up and the owner will get a fine. If it happens again, the fine goes up and so forth.
Post # 12
Print out a stack for complaint notices from animal control and everytime you see or hear the dog being a nuisance fill out a complaint and send it off to animal control. Usually it takes repeat complaints for animal control to do anything which is why you need to have a paper trail of problems. Also, if you can, document (take pictures) everytime the dog is off his leash or in your yard. Animal control is obligated at that point to take action. Don’t worry about what the neighbors think, it is their responsibility to keep their animal under control.