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I Need Your Help . . . Barking Dog in Neighbor's Backyard!

I Need Your Help . . . Barking Dog in Neighbor's Backyard!

Now we've tackled barking issues on the site in the past, but my new pal, TrèsSugar came to me with one noisy dilemma. Turns out a neighbor has two dogs kept in the backyard at night. However, the two pups don't seem to care for this set-up as they bark or, as she says, one barks and the Pug sounds more like coughing or choking as it tries to chime in. Even though the woman occasionally sticks her head out the window to yell at them, the problem's keeping Très up at night.

I understand we live in the (fairly) temperate San Francisco, yet I'd never dream of leaving a dog outside, especially a smooshy! It's another case of who to call or what to do – I've got a couple ideas in mind but I'm curious how you would handle this sad, sleepless situation so let's hear it in the comments below!


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Allytta Allytta 8 years
i don't get people like that, obviously our world is full of awful people and someone will poison your dog. my best friend dog when she was 12 got poisoned, and a fox terrier was shot for trespassing when she was 16 :( the best dogs i have ever met.
RachLA RachLA 8 years
I love dogs but people who can't (or won't) control their animals are the worst! I've had a similar situation but it was in an apartment where the owners could be evicted once I complained enough. I would recommend playing nice first; go explain how the dogs keep you up. Maybe the owners are dumb and don't know. If they don't cooperate after that, it's game on -- neighborhood petition, cops, whatever. Good luck!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
We had a similar situation with our neighbors across the street. My husband talked to them about it. Their daughter had been nagging them for a puppy, and when they finally got her one, she stayed interested in it for about two weeks. After that, the poor dog was left outside all the time. And it barked all the time. So we talked to them, we got them info on bark collars, we talked to the HOA, we talked to the Sheriff's substation, and we collected signatures from other neighbors (we needed three altogether) to file a complaint with our County's Animal Services Dept. The neighbors simply didn't answer the door for Animal Services or for us anymore. Eventually they moved (foreclosure).
mrsld mrsld 8 years
Go with a nice note, if no response the bark controller someone above mentioned does work. It is kind of expensive to buy for someone else's dog, but sleep is worth it. Good Luck!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
car = care
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
Really good wax earplugs at night or, if you can afford it, double paned windows. Our new windows have blocked out almost all the annoying noise in my neighborhood (including motorcycles and ATVs). As long as the dogs have adequate shelter and some water, there is nothing legally wrong unless the dogs are breaking a noise ordinance. Although some sort of toy to keep them occupied might help. If people don't car that their dogs bark, they usually don't care if their neighbors complain. Good Luck.
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
This is difficult. I feel for you. There are a number of steps you can take, such as a gentle, anonymous note explaining the situation and asking for neighbor's control. If that doesn't work then contact your community assn. to see if there are bylaws that would enforce this (or landlord). Then, contact the neighbor again with a copy of the ordinance and a repeated request -- all the while remaining anonymous. If *this* doesn't work, then try that barking device before getting the law involved (small claims, law enforcement, lawyer, etc.) -- all the while keeping a log. A variation of this worked for someone I know and this was years ago. She could not sleep and eventually moved. If none of these work, then move but have this on record. Much of this depends on the neighbor; don't be confrontational. Good luck.
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