Post # 31
I have a dog who is actually relatively quiet, but if one of those things…oh yes, CATS is leering down from the fence at him, he will loose his Sh*t. My city DOES have noise ordinances – if someone’s dog barks for more than 5 minutes straight, you can report them. I live in a densely populated area and am sensitive to keeping the community a good place to be. When I let him out, I always have an ear out for his bark. If it starts, he gets his little puppy butt hauled right back in the door. Didn’t take him long to learn that being noisy doesn’t get him outside time (which he loves). I would talk to your neighbors about some kind of behavior modification. It has probably become their norm, but it shouldn’t be. Just do it nicely, let them know you understand it will take time, but you need to see change.
Post # 32
That is seriously horrible. Are you filing a formal complaint with the city?
Post # 33
Well, you managed to get 3 of my dogs barking, the 4th is deaf. Lol! I wish you luck, but I do feel very sorry for the dog. I’d hate that he get taken away and euthanized because his owner won’t bring him inside in a timely manner.
Post # 34
We have this exact problem, except the dog is five houses down and so loud it sounds like it is in our house. The dog is out all hours of the day and night. It barks until it is hoarse. Our neighborhood association will not do anything. The police (non emergency) will not do anything, and Animal Control won’t either, even though our city has a nuisance dog ordinance that the dog clearly meets all the criteria for. Our only option at this point is to file a formal complaint with the city and take the owner to court and let a judge decide if the owner may keep the dog.
I have been recording the dog barking, the time and the duration all week. The owner told the head of our neighborhood association that if anyone has a problem with his dog they can call the cops. He has proven himself to be a colossal douchebag so many times (letting his kids ride quads through the neighborhood for hours, knife hand yelling at his kids in his driveway, slamming the door in a neighbor’s face who was trying to invite him to our neighborhood picnic), I am happy to take a day off of work to make a point in court. The dog is outside regardless of weather or conditions (and we live in Oklahoma. The dog spent the day outside a few weeks ago in 12 degrees with sleet), he doesn’t go out to spend time with it, and he only addresses the barking if I yell at the dog. Weird that he can hear me five houses away but not the German Shepard barking point blank at his house …
I feel your pain. It is turning my family in to horrible people. We don’t sleep through the night and when it barks during the day we all snap at each other after hours of the noise. I have talked to half a dozen people in positions in my city and they all say that they can’t force the man to make the dog stop barking. I am furious that I am forced to put up with it when NOTHING I do in or around my home can be heard by the neighbors.
Post # 35
I made that recording while lying in my bed. Today wasn’t even a “bad” day…it gets away worse!
I feel like I’ve mentioned it already, so they’ve had the opportunity to make attempts at behavior modification. If I heard them telling the dog to pipe down (even occasionally) I don’t think I would be as annoyed. The fact that they don’t even attempt to make the dog stop bugs me! My hope is that a formal complaint will make them take it seriously and try harder. I doubt that the dog would be taken away or euthanized. That would be TERRIBLE!!!
Post # 36
I’m so sorry to hear that 🙁
Post # 37
In our city any time the police or Animal Control get called they have to go out and speak with the neighbor. The first time I called Animal Control, they told me they had been out “many many” times, which means my neighbors are peeved too. They aren’t going to change their behavior. Ever.
If my dog barked enough for a law enforcement agency to stop by, I would die of emarassment and me and ol’ Hattie pup would have a serious talk.