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21 September 2006 @ 01:33 pm
barking dog  
My neighbors have a barking dog, a dog that barks ALL day and ALL night. They leave it outside unattended all the time and don't seem to notice the 30 minute intervals of CONSTANT BARKING for no reason. I have dogs, 2 LARGE dogs at that, and they don't bark, but we also don't leave them outside unsupervised, ever. Now I understand why people have to keep dogs outside, but...ugh.

I've asked them to keep an eye on the barking (especially in the morning, and at night) because he's right by my bedroom window... but we've lived here for 3 months now, and the barking has gotten worse.

I've asked in person, and we've left them a note about it, I'm about to go out there and spray the dog with the hose and yell at the poor thing to shut up! Is there anything else I can do without being rude? Because frankly, I'm about to get rude. We've been very polite about it up until now, and I just cannot take it anymore!
l: choe bulldogfranny0glass on September 21st, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thalionar/Magpie/Irmgartthalionar on September 21st, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Cesar is awesome. The problem is, generally the problem behaviour stems from the owner, not the dog. :(
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Cherylgasslight on September 21st, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
My next door neighbor dogs used to bark AT me everytime I went in the yard. I got a bunch of dog biscuits and with the neigbors permission, began giving them to the dogs every time I saw them, telling them how good they are. Now they just sit down and watch me expectantly. :)

HOWEVER, a neighbor behind my house has a barky lab. This poor dog gets left out in all weather and barks at all of us. No amount of biscuits has helped. If anything is being done, I don't know what. I personally keep threatening to use a BB gun, as I think that, used regularly and consistantly would stop the problem.

Except I'm pretty sure they'll stop opening the door if I go over there and shoot them every time the dog barks. And I might have to do a little time...
Jen: pooh 'huh'?!jennifer0246 on September 21st, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
... you're going to shoot a dog with a bb gun consistently to stop a barking problem? jesus fucking christ.
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eat_your_hearteat_your_heart on September 21st, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
Animal control kills animals. How will that help?
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delovelyestdelovelyest on September 21st, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
you can report excessive barking to your local animal services department and they will send a letter to the residents of that property. they also sometimes come by to investigate. that may inspire your neighbors to try and keep their pet quiet.
Arrow In A Streamjabber on September 21st, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Phone a noise complaint in to the local police.
Nicmidnightsrain on September 21st, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
Ditto to the noise complaint to the local police.Ditto to the local noise complaint to the local police. Depending on where you live; city or rural area, there are usually noise ordinances. Contact your local police department about it. Usually if you call the NON EMERGENCY 911 number, usually listed in your local telephone government pages, they can tell you who to contact, if need be, and what else you may need to do. I know, I've done this before. Good luck.
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maudelynn: kitties mixed picklesmaudelynn on September 21st, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
sadly this is what comes of having to live so close to others. i have barky dogs but they stay in all the time and have a huge yard with only one close neighbour who is always out of the country.

it is a sad situation because the pet will end up being the one that pays for it's owners neglecting it and not teaching it how to behave.

good luck.
madeyou_lookastragali on September 21st, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
There aren't actually good reasons to keep dogs outside all day and all night. Call animal control and complain, and maybe the dog will be seized and adopted into a home where people actually care about its well-being.
Officer Kelli: Krysta face on blue chairbellelvsbeast on September 22nd, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
actually animal control doesn't deal with barking complaints. We deal with inhumane treatment, but the noise issues are taken up by the police. Of course, maybe the owner will relinquish the dog since they don't want to make the effort to train their dog to not bark so much. I have two dogs, my husky never speaks anyway, but my mexi-mutt likes to bark constantly. I did teach her to stop on command, and it works wonders...:)
And Cesar Milan did not help me, haha...
see me down to the edge of the wild: Mod Hatfaecat on September 21st, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Screening the shotgun-related commentary. For the love of god, people.
tappangatappanga on September 21st, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha. So I shouldn't post my comment about an anti-freeze pork chop over the fence, huh?

I'm kidding
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cynthiagould.comcyn on September 21st, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
- call animal control and ask for advice. tell them you think the dog is in distress. perhaps a visit from officials will make them realize it's serious.

- check your city by-laws. if the animal is making loud noise past a certain hour, you might be able to file a noise complaint. if you can get other neighbours to file as well, repeatedly, they'll get fined.
surprisingwomansurprisingwoman on September 21st, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)

I must say some of the (bb) comments made me laugh. I am a big believer that there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. I loved that response. I also don't see any reason to get a dog, a pack animal, and leave them all alone outside. Hello~~~~

I think you may have to call the animal control. You can have an att'y draw up a cease and decist letter, but I would start with offical (cheap) sources first.

Good luck. It breaks my heart when I hear babies begging to be let in with the rest of the family and no one is listening to them.

Samanthatechnotaco on September 21st, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
it started out breaking my heart, and now it's just annoying. and they talk shit about how other people in the neighborhood treat their dogs... ugh.

sure the neighbor on the other side leaves their dog out day and night and he's an "outside dog" but he's also well behaved, is well fed and they play with him ALL the time and bathe him and and..he's a good dog. these people are 'holier then thou' about animal ownership, but i think their dog is treated much more poorly...
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...and they lived happily ever after.: Grrrgoaskyourmother on September 21st, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
Ugh! You are bringing back terrible memories of our neighbour and her dog. We moved to our house when I was ready to give birth. The dog would start barking just after I managed to get the baby to sleep.

I live in the UK so this may be totally irrelevant. I rang the council who came round to record the noise level of the dog but typically the dog behaved that day. Me and another neighbour rang the RSPCA because the owner left the dog out in the garden on Bonfire Night TWO YEARS RUNNING!!! She recieved a good telling off. Then this year it has just stopped!! Don't why, but after three years we have peace.

We now have a new neighbour with a noisy dog who barks whenever I open my curtains or look out of the window :(
Sturm und Dranghaddassah on September 21st, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
I agree with everyone who has said to call animal control. They will come out and if they determine that there may be animal neglect that is causing the barking they will deal with your neighbors.
I really feel for you, I hope this gets resolved soon.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on September 21st, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Call the SPCA. It's barking all the time because it's being ignored.
eat_your_hearteat_your_heart on September 21st, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
I second this.
sucia01sucia01 on September 21st, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Dude are we neighbors?? The my neighbors dog is a beagle and his owner takes off at night and leaves him on the patio and he howls his little heart away for hours. Always during my Must See TV time.

Why they can't leave him in the house is beyond me.
Samanthatechnotaco on September 21st, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
no, this is a BEAUTIFUL chocolate lab purebred beauty! i wish we could take him in, because he could be a great dog...they just don't have the time or energy to teach it manners!

but beagles can be crazy!!
(no subject) - little_liesel on September 22nd, 2006 09:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
Rydw i'n hoffi coffimactavish on September 21st, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
That sounds like cause for a noise complaint. You could call your local SPCA, animal control, or humane society anonymously and say something like, "I can't stand it anymore, but I don't want to get the dogs in trouble. What do I do?" They'll know the local laws, which vary.
squid_inksquid_ink on September 21st, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
^ absolutely. I think the group that actually takes care of this stuff (police, ACO) would vary town to town. And constant barking is a nasty thing to hear all the time.

I hope things work out.
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Jennkiss_my_kitty on September 21st, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
What about noise ordinance laws? I'd file a complaint.
LindseYlindseythefork on September 21st, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Call the cops, call animal control.. I work as a sheriff's office dispatcher, so I get these all the time. If you live in a city, there's a noise ordinance. Find out what time it kicks in- usually ten o'clock. Don't call until then, because they're not going to be able to do anything.

Don't call 911, call the regular number. Don't call 911 to figure out the regular number (yes, it happens).
lucylou95816lucylou95816 on September 22nd, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
My old neighbors at my old house, complained about my dogs barking all of the time, when it was the dogs behind my house, I was just an easy target. They called the city and the city issued me a letter that a complaint has been registered. When I called the city to find out what could happen, they said that all that can happen is that this jerk could complain two times and then could take me to court IF he could find two other neighbors in the neighborhood, that don't live with him to go along with his story, at which point, I can be fined. I went to all of my surrounding neighbors and they were not on his side. I eventually moved, not because of him, and have a barking dog like that behind me. The way I see it is that when you live in a neighborhood, its part of the package, just like cars, planes, trains. Yes, its mean to the dog. What I do here, is learned the names of the dogs behind me and when I am outside and they bark, I tell them sternly to be quiet and use their names, that helps a little. Sharper Image has an ultra sonic, non barking thing that plugs in and when the dog barks, it sends out a sound to the dog that humans can't hear that makes them stop. I had one for when my dogs were alledgedly barking all the time (the sleep inside everynight) and it may have helped a little. I would offer one word of caution, having a dispute with neighbors is not fun..this thing with my former neighbor was very tense and I was fearful that he'd harm my dogs since one night he admitted to tresspassing on my property and threw a can of cat food that had rolled out of my car in the front yard and threw it over the fence and hit my dog, of which she ate it (can part and all) which resulted in a very expensive vet bill for me. I am not making assumptions here, but make sure that you are the perfect neighbor yourself before you do any kind of action on these people, because when you point out people's faults to authorities, they don't like that too much. Good luck.
Samanthatechnotaco on September 22nd, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
like i said, i know for a fact it is their dog because it barks OUTSIDE MY BEDROOM WINDOW.

secondly, i never said i was a perfect neighbor, but my fiance and i are pretty quiet people, we keep our yard tidy and we don't let our dogs outside without supervision. we're polite, i bake people cookies and pies...

i really don't think it's asking too much to not let the dog bark INSANELY for long periods of time throughout the day and night! i know the dogs name, i pet him, he's a sweet dog.... he just barks all the time. for no reason. just ALL the time.

i don't want to report them to the authorities, but i've asked them face to face and in written form... i just don't know what else to do, my sleep has seriously suffered because of this...
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Mandamanda1126 on September 22nd, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
me nieghbor is actually going through this ordeal right now...to the point he went to the city and filed a complaint, they came and addressed the problem with the people, they have failed to attempt to fix the problem, so last week he went and filed again. this time they will be given a final notice, make it stop, or the dog has to go away, or they need to find somewhere else to be.

Barking Dog law or something...either way, he does not like waking up at 5 am on an off day b/c of a dog.

call animal control, contact police dept, contact mayors office...anyone and everyone.
Obnoxious, Funny, True, and Mean: Critters: Hattieihvpave on September 22nd, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
To be fair, some breeds just... bark. I have a rescued hound (seriously, she is a coon hound), and believe me when I tell you she gets lots of attention. She stays indoors when we are not home because we are aware of her barking, but it is still audible, even down the street (I know, I have walked down the street to check). She has severe seperation anxiety; our vet specualtes that her previous owners had very little contact with her, left her outside and relied on "invisible" fencing to restrain her - when she came to us, she didn't know her name or the most basic commands. When she hears the key in the lock and then no movement after about 30 seconds, she kicks it up.

When we are home, no problem. She doesn't bark at night, but... she "talks" her head off, in spite of all efforts to the contraty. She is just... barky. And, frankly, I'm not going to farm her out to the shelter to be put down because she is doing what she is bred to do.

No to say it's not a problem, because it is. But it's not always neglectful owners.
shannonsimplepleasure on September 22nd, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
Please don't spray the dog with a hose or yell at it. For one, it won't work, and two, it's not the dogs fault. It's a dog. They bark.

We'd all complain if we lived outside day and night with no attention or comfortable living space! Sounds to me like the owners should get the hose. ;)

rarah on September 22nd, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
Call the cops. Thats what we did. Worked wonders.