NEW Neighbors dog barks EVERY time a car comes down the street...ARGGG!!

United States
May 9, 2010 2:23am CST
I just had new neighbors move in a few days ago. Their back yard and side yard are alongside mine. They allow their dog to play in the side yard and every time a car comes down the street which is fairly often, it barks it's head off. I haven't met them yet and really need some advice. I don't want the first thing I say to them is that they need to train their dog. I thought at first the dog would settle down but that doesn't seem to be happening, it seems to be getting worse!!! And they leave him out all day while they are at work. I work from home so it's an issue. I know there is a law about leaving animals outside all day but really dont' want to even think about bringing that up unless I have too. Any advice on how to approach my new neighbors and find a way to work this out?? They do know it's an issue since I have heard them telling the dog to settle down and he does when he hears them at least until the next car comes. He's a small dog with a big bark and it's driving me crazy!! Any ideas??
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@alocure (372)
• United States
10 May 10
when i first got my dog it was the same and this was because we had just moved in. eventually the noise will stop. the dog is not use to its surrounding areas, so it will take some time. after a few weeks my god hushed up lol! so everything will be fine .. have a good day
• United States
11 May 10
I think you may be right. I also noticed today that he had no toys or anything at all to play with in the side yard so maybe I'll suggest that to them. He's likely somewhat bored and very lonely out there. It's a nice shady area so he should enjoy it in time. Working from home does have it's benefits and it's issues! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Take care!
• Philippines
10 May 10
If I were in your shoe I would go over the next door and introduce myself. I'd really discuss things out with them if it really bothers me as I do not want to be grumbling while they do not know what is ticking me off. I say do it gently and politely but firmly to get your message across them. Maybe you can say " Hi I'm so and so, I know we haven't met yet and I wish there was a perfect time metting each other and not like this however, I came over because your dog does bark so loud every time a car passes by and I work at home so every time he barks at a car I get distracted from my work. I hope you understand my situation as well. Perhaps you could do something about it, maybe place the dog inside your house or in it's playpen?" If it were me though this is what I'd say but do it your own way, the way you are most comfortable with.
• United States
11 May 10
I am thinking about doing that. I am sure I am not the only neighbor who is having an issue with this. The lady across the street from me is a stay at home foster mom so I bet it's bugging her too. I was thinking of introducing myself and suggesting that they put him in the back yard only since that way the car noise won't be so loud to him and he won't be able to see the car. I think they put him in the side yard since it's failry small and is like a dog run almost and is shaded so it's a safe place for him. I will take your suggestion and at least start by intro'g myself and welcoming them to the neighborhood. I also thought that maybe if they gave the dog some toys to play with that might help so suggesting that might ease things abit. he does have toys but only in the back yard from what I have seen. So he's likely lonely and bored so it's not really his fault. And he is acting as a guard dog of sorts for me since anyone that comes too close to my home will set him off...lol. Thanks for your great ideas!!
@p3ks626 (6548)
• Philippines
10 May 10
Our dog at home is also like that and I think the neighbors are annoyed about it too cause our dog is huge and its voice is also bigger compared to a normal dog. The dog is very important for us cause there are so many burglars in our neighborhood and they dont dare to come nearer cause the dog is surely gonna be upset. The dog is a great help for us.
• United States
11 May 10
I am getting used to is and it doesn't startle me as much any more. But one of my cats is having a real problem with it and is so jumpy and upset that I might need to take her to the vet. I got her from a shelter and she only has a stub of a tail so I think since ehs was feral that a dog might be to blame. She was terrified of even hearing a dog on tv at first. Slowly with lots of love we were able to get her to realize that the tv posed no threat. Sadly the neighbor's side yard is right next to ours and my little Delilah can't sun in her favorite spot indoors anymore cause she is so scared. I'm hoping he'll calm down soon as he settles in. My house was robbed back in October so maybe he'll benefit me as you say since one would never want to try and outrun an angry dog!! If it's not better in a few days, I'll take Delilah to the vet and get her some medicine for a short bit to help her as she is not sleeping or eating very well right now.
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
10 May 10
I know it must be crazy aggravating but keep in mind that the dog is new to the neighborhood too. He'll get used to the traffic and won't be as bad later. I think I would just talk to the neighbors and get to know them and then if the problem continues..talk to them later.
• United States
10 May 10
I am really hoping that you are right. Poor thing is going to lose his voice if he keeps it up. Not to mention that both my cats are on edge because of it. He's very loud for his size so maybe he's a good guard dog and I'll get a side benefit from it! They didn't seem to be around much this weekend as the dog was outside for very very long times. Maybe I will try catching them during the week. Take good care!! Hope all is well!