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November 30th, 2003, 1:23pm
I'm hoping ya'll can give me some advice with regards to our neighbor's dog. Here's the situation: Our neighbors to the back (we share a backyard fence, about 4 feet high) have a dog that barks constantly at as and our dog if we are out back. These neighbors moved in about 6 months ago, and at first we thought the dog was just getting used to it's new environment and new people (us), but it hasn't stopped. If we let our dog out in the back, and their dog is in the backyard, it growls & barks constantly. Same thing if we are in the backyard. DH has mentioned to our neighbors that their dog does this (although they already knew as they are outside sometimes when the dog does this), and their reply was "She just doesn't listen to "no"". WTF? That's an owner problem, not a dog problem in our opinion. DH is ready to go knock on their door and tell them to control their dog, but I told him to wait until I asked you all :laugh: . We may have to live next to these people for a long time, and I don't want to get off on the wrong foot by telling them they have no control and are terrible dog owners! But this has to stop, so I need a tactful way to let them know we can't tolerate not being able to play with our dog in our backyard without their dog growling and barking and generally going crazy.
November 30th, 2003, 2:56pm
Got exactly the same thing going on here. The neighbors' dogs bark whenever we are outside. Our precious pups don't. Part of the problem here, I think, is that our yards are separated by a block wall. Their dogs can't see us so they feel threatened-- they don't know what's going on beyond the fence and for a dog that is totally unacceptable. I think it's also a matter of temprament-- our dogs are a lab and a half-lab-- fairly mellow creatures. Solutions? Talk to your neighbor again, preferably while the dogs are watching. Maybe they won't see you as such a threat. It sounds like the dogs are smarter than their owner. When their dog is barking it is saying one of two things-- "come here, I need attention" or "get the hell out of here, I feel threatened"- figuring out what he's telling you is half the battle.
November 30th, 2003, 3:47pm
I was going to suggest a wooden privacy fence. That would be expensive and would not stop the barking, only you would not see the mean dog trying to get at you. You might complain to the city if you can't get the owners of the dog to calm him down. Also talk to the other neighbors and together you might have more of an impact on the new family. Good Luck!
November 30th, 2003, 5:13pm
Is there some sort of electronic device you can install that sends out a harsh sound (not heard by human ears) when the dog barks? Or, am I imagining that I read that somewhere?
I am very sorry you have to be subjected to that awful racket. I live close to a few dogs, but the owners keep them under control. Only the children in our neighborhood are out of control!
November 30th, 2003, 6:31pm
If you live in the city limits-- call animal control.. They will issue a citation.. After the 3rd call about the problem animal the owners will be issued a ticket. When is costs them $$ , they then teach the dog better manners. I have always had large dogs and barking is not acceptable unless they are protecting me .
We had a neighbor in Colorado that would leave the dog outside 24/7. It barked all day & all night.. The poor dog was lonesome .
When it was a puppy they all played with it -- as it got larger thay banished the "family pet" to the back yard. IDIOTS !!!
If talking to the owner does no good- then try Animal Control. It worked for us.
Good Luck with this problem ..
December 2nd, 2003, 3:43pm
We have a small dog that has a sharp sounding bark and lets us know about every thing that happens in the world with barking we love her dearly. I called the radio station when Katie K-9 was on and she had said how much she dislikes bark collars and said in our case we had a VERY chatty dog by nature and to get the one that has a gradual shock 18 levels. Pet gaurd. IT WORKS! I now only put it on when she starts the none stop alert barking and that will take care of it for a few days. Maybe the neighbor could get one. They sell them at Petsmart and Petco. Best money ever spent. Alison
December 2nd, 2003, 3:49pm
udalum is right. There is a device that i have seen in catalogs that mounts on a fence or outside wall that emits a sound that stops them from barking. If i find it i will post a link to it.
here it is:
different style that the one i saw before but same idea.
December 3rd, 2003, 1:02am
Glad they aren't my nieghber. Not sure what you should do. We had a puppy that barked all the time at me. When no one was home he would bark and bark at me all day long. We finally got him to stop by spraying him in the face with a mixture of vinager and water.