Barking Mad

@p1kef1sh (45647)
November 19, 2012 7:38am CST
The people that have the house behind us have recently bought a dog. They are out at work all day long and the dog sounds like it is left outside where it barks and barks. This barking is driving all the neighbours Mad, Our neighbourhood is a quiet residential area and whilst a lot of people have dogs it is quite rare to hear them barking. The constant yapping of this dog is very intrusive. Today I saw the dog for the first time and was surprised to discover that it is not kept outdoors which is where I thought that it was; but is in fact indoors. However our neighbours have a catflap in the porch door and the dog has taken to sticking its head through the flat and barking. I do not know whether it is saying "let me out" or "help there is a problem in the house, I am on my own!" Whatever it is I do wish the blooming thing would get a sore throat and stop barking.
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• United States
19 Nov 12
It could also be a 'barker'. Our next door neighbor has a terrier-mix (she thinks is a pure-bred Westie mix, but he doesn't look like it) that barks to come out-and continually barks the entire time! In my opinion, some dogs just bark for the sake of barking. Has anyone considered pointing out the fact that they bark all day to the neighbors? They may be unaware of it.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
19 Nov 12
I think that someone is going to have to go around and see them because it only barks during the week. At weekends when they are there it is clearly suitably occupied with other things.
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• United States
19 Nov 12
If it's only when they're away, perhaps the poor thing has separation anxiety? That's terrible-they definitely need to be informed of this before the dog gets destructive and messes up their home (and gets sent to the pound).
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@Hatley (152121)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Nov 12
hi PIkey poor dog and poor neighbors too. Is there somet sort of city ordinance on noise where you are?Or maybe just phone the police and tell them the dog barking is so disturbing and there's not any one in t he house to shut him up. the poor things probably lonely or even thirsty if they did not leave it enough water.There has to be some ordinance on noise pollution there. Poor dog wish he would stop barking too.I hope you can find a good solutio to that dog barking problem
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
21 Nov 12
There are noise controls. However, since posting this discussion the dog seems to have quieten down. Maybe somebody has had a word with the owners.
@Asylum (45912)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov 12
It is absolutely essential that a pet should be cared for, so it is wrong to have a dog if they are out of the house for long periods. I always had dogs when I was younger, but my mother did not work so the dog had company. At weekends the house was often empty during the evenings for a few hours, but of course that was never a serious matter because it was something that a pet becomes accustomed to. You cannot expect it to accept this level of desertion until it has learned that people will come back. The only reason that I do not have a dog these days is that I work full time, so it is not practical. Leaving it alone all day is not only unfair to the neighbours but also unfair to the animal.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
21 Nov 12
I agree entirely. That is one reason why we don't have a dog. My daughter says that she wood look after it. Ha! I know precisely who would end up walking the animal. Especially on rainy days.
• Canada
19 Nov 12
I lived in a neighborhood where one of the neighbors had a dog like that. When they would go shopping, for example, they would leave the dog outside in their fenced-in back yard. It barked the whole time they were gone. If they left it indoors, it barked and howled constantly and neighbors could hear it through closed windows. Eventually, one of the neighbors from the street behind them, called the police and registered a complaint (and who knows who else may have done the same). They were ticketed and fined for the disturbance and were warned that the dog couldn't be left outside for hours, unattended, if it was creating such a ruckus. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury to stay home with their dog. Perhaps you (or someone else) should have a conversation with those people and let them know just how much noise their dog is making while they are away. It would be better that they are informed before someone makes a serious complaint against them. You could also suggest that they look into getting a dog walker who would go in during the day to give the dog food and water, attend to its needs and play with it awhile to tire it out. A tired dog is generally a very happy dog :) They might not want to consider the expense -- but the people I knew got an awfully stiff fine for their dog's barking so it's something to consider.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
19 Nov 12
Certainly somebody needs to have a word. I am not the closest neighbour but I am as bothered as everybody else so I may well take a wander round there in the next day or two just to see what is going on.
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@RitterSport (2452)
• Germany
19 Nov 12
sounds as if the poor dog wants to say, no idea where my people are, my food and water dish is empty and there is no one to play with in here plus I need potty...... So I assume they didnt take time to train the doggie gradually till they can leave it alone during the day....... what were they thinking when they got it....
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
19 Nov 12
It's not a young dog so as presume that it is a rescue dog. Perhaps the previous owners got rid of it because of the barking!
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@dragon54u (31185)
• United States
19 Nov 12
The dog is bored and anxious. They need to leave him something to keep him busy. Although I don't leave my dogs alone much, I am very busy all day and I give them things to chew on called Bully Sticks. They last a long time, their teeth are in excellent shape because of it and they are happy. If you get a chance to talk to the neighbors you should tell them the dog needs something to do. Studies are finding that yes, animals DO get bored! I sympathize. We have a dog here that is outside all the time, stuck in a little fenced area where he can barely move and he is a Rottweiler. Naturally, he barks all the time, howls and and breaks my heart. Animal control says no laws are being broken. I hope the dog's owners are put into a little 3x5 space for the rest of their lives and are paid attention to only when someone tells them to shut up.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
19 Nov 12
3x5 is far too small for any dog let alone a Rottie. Funnily enough, as soon as I posted this discussion the dog stopped barking. Maybe he's on myLot too!
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@BarBaraPrz (16290)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
19 Nov 12
It's probably saying "Get back here! I'm lonely! Why'd you bring me here if you're not going to stay?"
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
19 Nov 12
He probably is. I have fatten sobered why people have animals and then leave them alone most of the time.
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@BarBaraPrz (16290)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
19 Nov 12
"fatten sobered"? What are you drinking, and can I have some, too, please?
@Hatley (152121)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Nov 12
hi BarBaraPrz fatten sobered wow he has fatten sobered uh yeah could be something delicious to drink and come on pikey share a little with us here I get thirsty by this time of day too. i need some fatten sobered too.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
19 Nov 12
Perhaps a quiet word with your neighbours may encourage them to block up the cat flap if it's not in use for a cat? It's quite possible they've no idea how annoying their dog is. They may think it just barks to welcome them home.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
19 Nov 12
I don't know if they have a cat as well. We are cat city here. They come into the garden because they sense how much dislike them. Might be worth a try though.
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@BarBaraPrz (16290)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
19 Nov 12
But... but... but... You like me, don't you? =^..^=
• India
19 Nov 12
Hi friend, good to hear about your neighbor's dog, as you mentioned it is barking non stop, surely this is an annoying activity and it is hard to live with this kind of noisy surrounding. Hope it will get throat problem soon due to the non stop activity
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
19 Nov 12
Me too. Thank you.
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@Hatley (152121)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Nov 12
H JUST a thought could the dog be stuck in that d amned c at door as that would sure make a dog bark, Help get me out of this door? just a thought might not hurt to wander over t here if the dog is still in the cat door he may be stuck lol
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
19 Nov 12
Excuse me. I can't understand the language of dogs nor their psychology. Perhaps the dog wants freedom. Other dogs have no courage to raise their voice.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
19 Nov 12
I am pretty certain that this one wants his freedom!
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@Anne18 (11036)
18 Dec 12
I know what it feels like ot have dogs barking. One of our neighbours kept going ot work and leaving her dogs outside all day and boy did those three dogs bark, we had to knock on the door and tell her many times until she decided not ot leave them outside all day. Hope the dogs aren't barking round yours any more.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Dec 12
Nope. All is quiet now. I wonder where the dog has gone.
@anil8837 (17)
• India
29 Nov 12
the basic reason is anxity the dog is new and gets all the attention when the owner is there but when it is gone it feels like the group is missing and starts barking
@p1kef1sh (45647)
29 Nov 12
I am sure that is the case. The dog is quiet now.
@MsTickle (24752)
• Australia
27 Nov 12
The poor doggy. He is obviously bored or suffering separation anxiety or both. Speak to your neighbours and let them know the dog's barking is a problem. Suggest that they might leave the radio on or better still, the TV. It will be company for him. Dogs get bored and lonely too. Hopefully they won't lock him in a room or crate him or otherwise mistreat him. Please keep watch and report to the RSPCA if necessary.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
27 Nov 12
They seem to have curbed his barking now. I have not heard him for a number of days. Perhaps, I hope, that they realise that leaving him alone all day Is not at all fair on the dog - or us!
@mzz663 (2776)
• United States
20 Nov 12
My neighbors leave their dog out all day while they're at work and it barks all day. Maybe our neighbors dogs think they're abandoned. I'm not sure but I turn musc on in the house or just go about my business outside. I guess I kind of got used to it. I took my dogs out late the other night and the dog started barking, neighbors weren't home but at 11pm the dog was still out. My boys feel sorry for her & take her water or go pet her once in awhile but I don't. She gets loose, wecatch her & tie her back up, we live on a 4 lane, busy road. Sometimes the other neighbor tries to catch her & if we can't , the other neighbor calls them at work to comeget her. I guess the dog has just become commonplace and we got used to it.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
21 Nov 12
I suppose the point is that you should not have to get used to it. Pet owners should take more care to look after the animals properly. I think that if they leave the dog out all the time, and it has no fresh water or food, then maybe the local dog patrol Should hear about it.
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@pumpkinjam (5557)
• United Kingdom
20 Nov 12
I think that it is rather cruel to leave a dog home alone (I don't even like dogs). If you are out at work all the time then you are unable to care for a dog and therefore should not have one in the first place. It is not fair on the dog - or the neighbours apparently! My neighbours have dogs. They don't make a lot of noise but they are very annoying when they do. I don't know if the neighbours work and leave the dogs but they are obviously happy. Goodness knows how, these houses are poky and don't have proper gardens. Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yes. I'm sure those dog owners would soon complain if someone went around and muzzled the dog to shut it up. As I said, I do not think it is very nice to have a dog and then keep it cooped up and uncared for all day.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
21 Nov 12
I agree with you completely Becky. I think that it is very unfair to the dog to be cooped up in the house all day long no wonder it gets bored.
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• Canada
20 Nov 12
I know the feeling. The dipsticks that live next door to me, and we all live in an apartment building, have a dog that barks and howls all day long. Stupid thing is driving us all up the damn walls. The owner is always at work. I'm thinking of getting a dog wistle, and blowing it at 3 AM one night, just so that dog will wake up and make its noise for the owners, so they can see what we have to put up with all the time!
@p1kef1sh (45647)
21 Nov 12
Oh yes. Do that and then let us know what happens!