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Barking dog problem makes life hell

I have a problem with a barking dog next door and it's making life hell.  Why is it that some people just don't care about others and in particular they don't give a second thought to how their pets may affect their neighbours?  Some of us just want a bit of peace and quiet and I don't think that it's too much to ask for.

I live in a fairly small town, on the edges of it really. In the winter, it is pretty much bliss for me.  Quiet, peaceful, and very little noise.  It is exactly what I want and the reason I moved here in the first place.

Barking dog problem, how do you deal with it?

Three of the neighbours immediately surrounding us have large dogs. One family has two of them.  The guy with the two dogs has well trained animals and obviously cares that they don't annoy other people.  If they are out in the garden, with a word, he can have them stop barking.  The other two folk, as soon as the better weather comes around their dogs get shut outside in the garden.  One of the guys has his dog shut outside all day while he is at work.

Got a barking dog problem? This dog just barks constantly, and I do mean CONSTANTLY!  As he sometimes heads off to work at weekends, that means the barking can start as early as 6.45am.  No long lie in on a Saturday morning for me then...  No quiet Sunday afternoons either.  If you're ill or have a headache, too bad; the barking just goes on and on and there's no let up.

He knows his dog barks all day because he has been told about it.  He's too selfish to do anything about it though and that dog is just left out there to make my life a misery.  I am actually getting quite depressed that I cannot have a lazy Sunday morning or sit outside and enjoy my garden.  I have been denied these simple pleasures I'm almost longing for winter again, just so that I can have some peace and quiet!

I would say to any dog owners out there, for goodness sake if yours starts barking it's head off, please think about other people and DO something.  Don't just leave your pet out there.

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I could not forget dear Collar for he is my brethren. My brother. My twin brother in fact - co-joined twins.
to simplify matters however, we will merge our names and post under the new name of 'Doorbell grout'.

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collar - 8-Oct-14 10:59

Looks like collar has forgotten who he or she is, I wonder how many more names he or she uses?

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Anon - 7-Oct-14 10:32

Collar still only has one post per day - perhaps you are favored because most of your posts are sense. Admin Listens to those still helping your talking sense.

Now to the barking dog If the neighbour wont shift it or bring it in, the council will ORDER him to do so. If he STILL refuses, they apply to his better nature, who knows where that will leave us- as for him, tell him to look after the animals properly for it is a privilege to own such lovely creatures.

As I said I have had to go through it all with just one post - not easy for old Collar, with my ass of a neighbor who leaves her little doggy all day.

It finally COST her a fortune in bills for torn furniture and cleaning products.

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marmalade - 7-Oct-14 08:16

C. I believe the camel also took the hump over the bad acting, but the giraffe had the neck to remain aloof. I blame the Haggis for its abysmal direction.

That is my second post C. I will try for a third later. I am still unsure what my precise limit is.

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boblet - 6-Oct-14 12:53

who remembers T.V. safari show Daktari ?
The mainly unknown human cast was outstanding, badly let down by the animals who were, quite frankly a disgrace.
On and off-screen bickering between primate Judy and short-sighted lion Clarance was never far from the scandal pages at the time.
Demands from the bestial Prima-Donnas became more and more outrageous, and culminated in a highly publicized vice and drugs bust, which resulted in two elephants and a giraffe receiving prison sentences ranging from 5 to 15 years.

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collar - 6-Oct-14 04:53

Again its down to the owners. Why anyone would want to lock their dogs out all day while they are at work is beyond me. Thinking about my own dogs...if my dogs are out and they want tto come in then they bark at the back door or scratch to come in. So thats prob why his dogs are barking...cos they want to be let in but obviousley they cant be cos the owners not there. if i dont let my dogs out before i go to bed they will bark to alert me in the middle of the night that they need to take a leak. i get up to let them out and hey presto, barking stops! Any owner who cannot hear a dog barking in the night is either tone deaf or on drugs! If im in the house in the summer my dogs are free to come and go as they please into the garden as my door is left open. If they start barking they are told to stop. If these dogs are barking continuously then obviousley they are trying tovtell the owner something but if the owner is not there how can they listen to their dogs? They dont purposely set out to annoy us. again its down to irresponsible owners. its not the animals faault! My elderly neighbours start hammering at 10oclock at night. They are in their sixties. if they dont care about the noise THEY are making, why should they care about their dog yapping at midnight in the garden when my kids are in bed?

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kandl - 23-Mar-13 16:42

Ban all dogs. Why anyone would want a pet that makes a noise beats me.

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john - 23-Feb-13 19:46

I didnt think a dog barking wud get to me as much but had it now nextdoors dog barks none stop driving me mad my teenage girl hates stopping at home cause of :-(

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emma - 10-Nov-12 02:42

I have a terminal heart condition, next door have bought a dog and they leave it alone shut in the house; it has a bionary bark i.e Woof woof ... woof woof
Iit has gone on almost continuously for the last weeks since they got it, is there an RSPCA leaflet that I can put through their door telling them what they should do to train this dog.
I know that they both can read as they claim to be chartered civil engineers.
Otherwise I shall do something deserate if it doesn't stop; I am also an animal, a sapient animal and my welfare is important, more so than a dog. How about a bit of perspective?

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Gary Peach - 21-May-12 10:02

Just had another sleepless night. The neighbour has got a dog that sleeps in the room on the other side of my bedroom wall. It barked for 3 hours last night - well, more like howling, really. The walls are thin so it sounds like it's actually in the same room as me!

So didn't get a lot of sleep. When it finally stopped, I was so annoyed that I just couldn't get back to sleep and had to go in to work after just 2 hours rest.

I rent a flat, the dog's owner does the same. The landlord doesn't seem to care. Any suggestions?

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fedupinwales - 7-Jun-11 16:16

there is a man living on my block who walks his dog at 1 & 2 o`clock in the morning, & the creature barks & barks& barks, & he never cleans up aftr it either!

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hairyfairy - 11-May-11 17:36

Yes thats fine but your not being woken up at 5am every morning by somebody elses dog.I hear what your saying though!

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a8dyc - 24-Jan-11 23:32

"Do what they do to annoy ordinary folk" !! I think alot of you need to read what you are writing before you send your comments. Yes animal behaviours can be frustrating and inappropriate but we are bringing them into our society so we need to train them accordingly. You can at no point pin blame on the animals as it is purely down to owners to train their pets to their and the social standards within our society. If you have a pet which annoys you it is down to your own poor ownership or training, and the same can be said for other pets that are causing a nuisance towards you. Its always the animals welfare that should be considered so stop complaining about yourself and think about it from the animals perspective.

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Have a little initiative. - 24-Jan-11 14:29

My father is from Donegal, Ireland. He kept dogs there .They have space there and can run free for miles and kill as would be natural. He came over here to work and much as he loves them he doesn't think a city is a dog's place. He says it's a selfish act to keep a dog in a city. In no way is it for the dog's need. He says the arrangement is for the owner and not the beast. They will say that they think they'vet saved them from the likes of Battersea-for another box and conditions,Show me a place where they they keep them more free in the city, He would say you have a great argument. Like he says, keep them limited and where they'tr free and happy. They aren't middle or working class toys.Being the hrighest order in the kingdom we have a responsibility. One of them is not to justify ourselves by thinking they benefit from our presence and living in a built up area.

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Johna - 23-Jan-11 03:52

I did not explain myself very well NIKKI, I simply meant why do these noisey pets not annoy their owners or their owners family?

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boblet - 4-Jan-11 22:00

That is anthropomorphising dogs boblet. Dogs do not bark to annoy humans, cats do not scratch the furniture to annoy humans. Dogs bark for different reasons. The woof, woof, woof-woof-woof-woof-woof rapid, staccato-like rapid fire barking is that of the sentinel - alerting his humans, his "pack", that there are "intruders". The woof woof woof, woof woof woof, woof woof woof repetitive pattern of barking is the dog who is separated from his human "pack". He wants to sleep with his humans, he doesn't understand why he can't, it goes against the rules of the wolf pack. My dogs sleep with me in my bedroom, on the floor, on their beds. Peace reigns for us and our neighbours. Were they to be confined to a kennel outside, or to a room downstairs, they would howl, bark and scratch the doors all night long. Some dogs will tolerate sleeping outside, or separate from their humans, but some will not, and they could be the ones who are barking continuously hour after hour for no apparent reason.

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Nikki - 4-Jan-11 21:24

I do not have any pets at the moment but over the years I have had cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, without any complaints, so I have had some experiance of keeping animals. I would like to ask a question of pet owners, Can you please publish in the Weekly Gripe why you think your pets do what they do to annoy ordinary folk?

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boblet - 4-Jan-11 20:08

A little known and seldom mentioned fact is: when a dog owner allows their dog to bark continually, hours and days on end, that is classified as animal abuse. Report them immediately for neglect of the animal.

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Judith - 4-Jan-11 19:15

a8dyc, did not understand a word you said. Can you explain?

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xxxx - 19-Dec-10 00:08

We have an issue with the next doors dog,barking and howling from 5.30am when the owners of the Post office we live next door to get up to do the papers.Got up and rang them this morning as couldnt put up with it any more.It stopped but waiting to see what happens tomoz morning!!

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a8dyc - 18-Dec-10 15:56

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