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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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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

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 15:31

"pissed off and hates dogs" - I sympathise with you. You will need to find out who the culprits are. And yes, that means getting up at whatever time to locate the sound of the barking dogs.
Talk to people in your neighbourhood. Talk to the shopkeepers. They might know of the owners of these dogs. They too, might be disturbed by these barking dogs. The more support you get, the easier it will be to get action done about these dogs. It is the owner of these dogs you will need to target.

It does not sound right that these dogs are barking continuously and so late. It could be an illegal dog fighting going on. No dogs should be barking like this.
Hoping you get to the bottom of this soon.

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xxxx - 15-Dec-10 08:02

As I am writing this it is 3:30am and the dogs have been barking since 10pm constantly all three of them. My bedroom faces the window and the dogs belong to some idiot across the road so I don't even know what number door it is because trees are blocking the view.

I have tried to call the police who told me it is not their problem and gave me an emergency council number. I called them and they said they don't deal with that as an emergency and to call RSPCA, I have called RSPCA and they said they can't come out because I need the full address of this person, which of course I don’t have unless I go into the next street and ring all the door bells for the three houses I suspect.
They have woken me up early this morning when I had a late shift at work so I didn't get any sleep there and now that I have to wake up in 3 hours I haven’t slept a wink. I cannot believe I live in a country that thinks this is not a serious problem and when you call authorities they just tend to ignore it and tell you to write to them, so they can take their sweet time to deal with the problem. If an owner cannot keep his/her dog quite even for one night it should be taken away from them. This is the only way to deal with this kind of problem; because only one kind of people would ignore their dogs and let them to bark away constantly through the day and at night, they are careless, thoughtless, mindless idiots. I am so stressed out at the moment I work in a hospital and if I don't get enough sleep there is a good chance of making mistakes, which is not something me or the patients I see can’t afford. But of course in this country the law only works for the people who break it not the ones who follow it. If I was a thoughtless mindless careless idiot as well who knew I could get away with something like that I would do it as well.

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pissed off and hates dogs - 15-Dec-10 03:48

having nightmare with our neighbours dog,we only moved in 7 months ago and it is constantly barking and howling throughout the day and night and as early as 5..00am.
spoke to neighbour and daughter,went quiet for about a week then started up again
have spoke to enviormental health,who sent him a letter and put a card through his door which he has yet to respond to.
the police have been out and said that the noise was unacceptable and they would come back and issue a formal complaint.
the dog sound like a wolf howling it is causing a strain on our every day life,but I dont think the owner seems to care,before we bought the house the property was lying empt for two years
i truly think we spoiled it for him by moving in,we are like walking on eggshells.
my partner has the chance of a new permanent job out of town with accomadation for all of us
we are tempted to move and let out the house, but I like the house and area so why should we
i dont want to be driven from our home,its up to owners to be more responsible and understand the adverse affects that their animal can cause

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fed up mum - 13-Dec-10 16:30

If you live in Scotland you can take Court action under Section 49 of The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

We did this after enduring 18 months of aggressive behaviour & unbearable noise from 4 dogs next door to us. I have to say the procedure is a bit daunting but you don't need to use a solicitor (indeed use of a solicitor is discouraged), it doesn't cost you anything and you cannot be held liable for the defendant's costs. After a preliminary hearing I put forward some proposals which were (more-or-less) agreed by the dogs' owner and at that point I dropped the action so it never went to a full hearing. We had 25 video & sound recordings (just taken with a mobile phone) and written statements from other neighbours supporting our complaint. I think it was the prospect of having these aired in Court which made our neighbour agree to control the dogs.

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Metal Mickey - 30-Nov-10 15:04

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