Disobedient Dog Owners

Canada
May 1, 2008 11:38pm CST
I have, for the most part, been able to ignore the barking dog across the lane from me. Lately though, I have come to realize that I have never heard his owners come out to see if there was a problem or to tell him to stop barking. Since coming to this realization, the barking is really starting to annoy me. The dog is not outside all the time, but when he is, he barks -- almost nonstop. And he is out late at night, barking. I have had dogs all of my life and have never let my dogs get away with this. My dogs have been trained not to carry on in this manner. When my dog barks it is for a valid reason, whether it be a person walking by or he is having a conversation with another neighborhood dog. The poor dog across the lane is barking for attention and his owners are not giving it to him. I am somewhat tentative against approaching them on this subject. I need to find out a good non-confrontational way to let these people know that their dog is not the disobedient one, they are. Any suggestions?
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@OUT2WIN (669)
• United States
2 May 08
I had something similar happen to me from my neighbor. What I did was count the amount of barks per minute, then I averaged that for how many minutes per day it was out barking, and how many times it went out per day which came to a yearly amount of something like a half a million barks I wrote it out very professionally and included that I wasn't being unreasonable and had lived here for 3 years now so that was actually like close to 1.5 million barks total and I still haven't called the police or made any formal complaints, but not only could I, but I would be found in the right and that would just cause allot of drama. They started bringing in the dog instead of leaving it outside barking (and you know they heard it and just didn't do anything about it.) and are now out of that house next to me. Soon I'll have new neighbors and hopefully they won't be ignorant to their pet barking at all times of the day and night.
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• Canada
2 May 08
Good idea. One or two barks per minute wouldn't be too bad, but this guy barks three quick barks, takes a breath and three quick barks - for 15 to 30 minutes. It's a wonder he doesn't go hoarse from barking!
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• United States
2 May 08
I have dogs, and yes they bark. They bark at anyone that does not live in our house. If I am home, I reprimand them, and they come inside. If I am not home (which is not very often), I'm sure they keep barking. That being said, it does not sound like your neighbors are either home or they just don't care about the neighbors. If I were you, I would wait until the dogs go into a long term fit, make sure your neighbors aren't home, and then call the proper authorities. It is really all that you can do other than go and talk to the neighbor yourself.
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• Canada
2 May 08
Unfortunately, the neighbors are home. If they were not home, I could understand it a little more. Then I would be tempted to take matters into my own hands and try to comfort the poor lonely dog, along with try to train him myself.
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@98765m (1019)
• India
2 May 08
I do certainly think that the dog owner should have done something about it. I too have dogs.They bark if there is any other dog near by or when a stranger is near. Even then,if I tell him not to bark it would stop barking,though reluctantly,and change its barking to a moaning,although I have never caused any physical injury,even if it didn't obey. I think the best idea to make a dog obey is by love and not by hurting it in any way. I think,if you talk a bit kindly and tell them about it,I think they will certainly do something about it. Cheers! Have a great day Happy mylotting
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@SHAMRACK (8532)
• India
2 May 08
Dear friend, My dogs too bark, but when I say to stop they stop that. I hope dogs need to bit of training or the owners should try some thing that would avoid noisence to others. My dogs used to bark in the night when it is only necessary and not beyong if there is anything that crucial. I hope a loving pet may not make a noisence to the owners and obedient to owners too. The barking dogs may need more of bones to chew this might help to reduce the barking otherwise it would be mess of neibours to sleep.
@mychattime (1013)
2 May 08
I find that story quite sad really, we have a similar situation not far from us there are 2 dogs over the road and hey bark a lot but they don't get took for walks which is bad as they back onto the field that we all use for our dogs. I walk my dog twice a day and although she barks its like you say generally for a reason unless she is playing with my hubby! Anyway if she does bark a lot I generally tell her to be quiet. I'm not sure how you can go about telling them, what ever you decide good luck!
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
2 May 08
let the police handle it as barking dogs that bark all night are against the law in almost all towns and they will tell the people that they must keep their dog quiet at night. the neighbors will not know the complaint came from you and you will get some peace and quiet once again.