Post # 1
Oh, I am so frustrated!!! My neighbors have 4 or 5 dogs that spend the better part of each day outside. They bark, and bark, and bark. I have two dogs that try their best to ignore them, but my dogs bark every couple of minutes (inside) in response to their barking. I think my daschund thinks there’s surely something to alert about and my cattle dog is telling them to shut up! If I let my dogs out they fight at the fence. And their dogs are outside ALL. THE. TIME.
What I’ve tried: Talked to the neighbors, left a note, yelled at their dogs, called the police (multiple times), bought an ultrasonic barking device (curbed their barking, but made my dog neurotic), go outside with the dogs (my cattle dog will leave them alone, but the little one still fights the fence)
Help: What else would you try? Any idea how to teach my dogs to stay away from the fence, so we’re not contributing to the problem? Want to just commiserate? UGH.
Post # 3
What did the police say when you called them about it? Considering you’ve tried talking to the neighbors and they don’t give a damn, I think I would just keep calling the police about the noise nusiance until someone takes it seriously.
Post # 4
@cowoman: Agreed. If you have already talked to the neighbors and nothing’s been done, keep calling the police. Maybe try animal control?
Post # 5
Well it was animal control, through the police. It takes an average of 3+ hours for them to arrive and the dogs haven’t been outside and/or have not been barking during the 30 seconds they stop by. They keep saying my calls are unfounded.
Post # 6
@cowoman: i wonder if it would be illegal to discreetly video tape them/audio record the disturbance? aside from them being irritating, the dogs probably shouldnt be left alone in the elements for such long periods of time. do the dogs look like they are being taken care of properly? if not, then animal control can investigate due to neglect.
Post # 7
You could try this in the yard for your daschund although with them being at home in their space it might be difficult:
Let your dog look at something (another dog, person, etc.) and you call them back before they have time to react and give them a really good treat. This helps build attention to handler and prevents the dog from becoming too excited or reactive. If a dog reacts over and over again, either excitably or aggressively, they will keep doing so and start to react stronger and quicker over time.
Hopefully it helps!
Post # 8
The dogs do not seem to be neglected, other than being outside and bored out of their little brains. They are typically not outside during extreme weather, but I’ll watch for that and might able to call it in to the AC if I notice it.
@andysgirl22 Thank you for the training suggestion. I’ll give that a try!
Post # 9
@cowoman: As far as the fence goes, you could get a steak and a cable and tie the two out so they can’t reach the edge of the fence. That way they will still roam about outside without being able to fight at the fence. Idk, personally that is what I would do.
As far as the barking, it is SO HARD to get animal control to do anything about barking dogs. Growing up we had neighbors that had outside dogs and bred them. They barked all hours of the day. Animal control did nothing. So if you can prove it, do it! Write down how long they barked for, how many times a day, what hours, etc. I suppose you could get a tape recorder and record them as well!
As far as barking goes inside the house, maybe get a water bottle and spray each time your dogs start up?
When something really upsets my dog (garbage truck, mail truck, she just hates loud trucks) and she goes into a barking fit, I firmly tell her no. Then I have her sit and lay down and rub her belly until she calms down. I keep assuring her that the noise is okay. When she doesn’t bark during the noise I’ll give her a little treat. So far it’s working, but man she really hates trucks.
Post # 10
@cowoman: go to your county’s wesbite and look for a contact on noise control. if they are barking after hours they face hefty fines.
Post # 11
@cowoman: A friend of my parents swears by having some rocks in a tin and shaking it every time the neighbour’s dogs bark. Try that!
I was dog sitting over the weekend, and we have a lot of barking dogs in the neighbourhood. The little dog I was looking after started to growl, and I just told him ‘NO’, and he calmed down. He did bark at the neighbour in her yard and I told him off. I guess his owners have done something to curb his barking, just not sure what, but he responded well to being told no, and lots of pats for not reacting to the other dogs. He seemed to want to react but I would just call him back to sit by me.
I totally understand how much of a nuisance barking dogs can be, especially if they’re setting off your dogs. You could always take it to your local council, where I live you can get fined for incessant barking dogs, they send someone out to listen at random times – so it’s hard to know when they would be there, but the downside would be that if your dogs are barking too, you may cop a fine also 🙁
I hope you can find a solution. When I lived at home and had to deal with the white fluffy dog next door barking non-stop while the owners were sitting inside, I would scream ‘SHUT UP!’ at the top of my lungs. Of course the dog didn’t understand that, but the owners sure did, and would take the dog inside.