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    I have just about had it. Every morning at 5:00 the dog in the next neighborhood starts barking...and barking...and barking. He doesn't quit and I'm sure I'm not the only person who is being rudely awakened every single morning at 5:00. Finally I get up after laying there hoping he'll drop dead or be brought back in the house. I believe I know which house it's coming from and I think the owner has no idea this is happening because they probably put the dog out before heading off to work.

    On weekends it's even worse. The barking goes on all day long if the owner isn't home.

    I have just about had a bellyfull and want to take action. So, nasty note or nice note? Start off with nice note and then progress to nasty note? What to say? ARRRGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
    Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert

  • #2
    I would do a civil face to face convo personally.

    I just moved apartments and the people above me have a dog that howls constantly when they aren't home. It howled for 6 hours straight the day before a big midterm so I finally went up a few days ago to speak to them when I thought they were home (dog wasn't howling). I was nice and polite but told them it not only upset my dogs but was preventing me from studying or relaxing in my home.

    They could have been rude and told me to get over it but luckily they were sensible and very nice. They didn't know he did it and bought a bark collar the next day and started leaving the radio on for him when they leave. He hasn't howled since! yay!!

    A note could just be miconstrued IMO and pissed off neighbors are less likely to try and problem solve with you IME.


    • #3
      depends on the people in a way. Problem is if they don't react nicely then the police end up having to be called they will suspect it was you even if you aren't the one who calls. My next door neighbor was doing the same thing, leaving a puppy outside but they were home (idiots) and just let him whine and bark and cry. They are rather shady looking characters (loads of strange people in out of house at all hours, etc) so I chose not to say anything luckily the pup outgrew it pretty quickly. However an anonymous note might work and then follow up with a call to police. The police will just go by and check it out, more than likely they won't get in trouble.

      Sorry I know face to face sounds more civil, but again I think it depends on who you are dealing with. My neighbors, no way I would have done a face to face.


      • #4
        Eh, call me gutless, but in this day and age I personally am not going to traipse over to someone's house that I don't know and tell them I have a problem with their dog, nicely put or not! I have property, horses, and other animals to think about and wouldn't want retaliation. This person could VERY WELL not know their dog is doing this, but that doesn't mean they're going to be all rainbows and puppies when you point it out. I'm leery and would leave a polite but anonymous note. That way if you have to escalate it you won't be the bad one. Sure they'll know it was one of their neighbors, but I personally think it's safer.


        • #5
          Check your local laws, some neighborhoods actually have laws directly related to dogs barking. The area my aunt and uncle live in has a law that if the dog is barking for 15 minutes straight you start getting fines. Every times there's an offense the fine goes up and so on. Maybe check the local laws first to see if there's something related to this first, I would then send an anonymous note so that way you're not starting trouble with them. Call authorities next if it doesn't quit. Make it a nice note, they might not know it's happening and may be more than willing to fix it if they aren't being attacked about it.
          The one good thing about repeating your mistakes is that you know when to cringe.


          • #6
            True. I did bring my boyfriend with me just in case but I can see your point. I've always been okay with face to face confrontation and since it's an apartment building it's a little different situation then owning a farm I suppose.


            • #7
              Ugh, I know how you feel. I lived next door to a lady for a YEAR with this same issue. She was a doctor, had just gotten divorced, and apparently got "stuck" with two dogs she clearly didn't want. Being a doctor at a hospital, she worked very long hours. Guess where the dogs stayed when she wasn't home? Outside in a tiny yard that was all concrete and pool... Oh, she also left them outside at night even when she was home.

              I felt so awful for these dogs, but I also secretly wanted them to drop dead, haha (not really, just when I was exhausted). She'd had neighbors go talk to her, neighbors had called the police, humane society, animal control, etc. She NEVER changed her habits. I just slept with earplugs and a fan for a year and kind of got used to it until I moved... Their favorite thing to do besides whining, howling, and barking, was dragging some sort big plastic thing all over the concrete all night - and yes, it was loud.

              Anyway, I understand both points of view presented by previous posters: leave a note so you don't have to deal with unpleasant or sketchy neighbor wrath, or talk to them in person. If you live in a nice area and feel that they are probably nice safe people, go have a chat with them (maybe bring a boyfriend or a large guy friend, haha). If you worry they might be nasty or sketchy, leave a nice note to start. Is there any sort of neighborhood committee thing? Then if a note doesn't work, call the cops. Also, if you know some others in the area that are equally annoyed, you could try to get them to back you up if the owner gets indignant, and they also may help give you a little background on the offending neighbors.

              Sucks though. A lot of times there's not much you can do. Earplugs are a big help if you can get used to sleeping in them. I could always still hear just enough to wake up to an alarm but could more easily ignore things I was trying to not hear = )


              • #8
                Nuisance barking is a really touchy subject, I think. For some people the its like telling them their kid is ugly. When I was a kid we had neighbors abutting the rear of our property that bred some kind of husky mixes. Their kennel was RIGHT on the property line and the dogs barked all day and all night. My parents complained and it made things really uncomfortable in the neighborhood.

                I'm not a fan of the whole note thing, but I don't know what your neighborhood is like. A lot depends on the relationship you have with them and other people who live around you. Personally, I'd go with some kind of white noise machine (fan?) or earplugs. Just because I know how these situations tend cause tension.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by alacrity View Post
                  Nuisance barking is a really touchy subject, I think. For some people the its like telling them their kid is ugly.
                  Ahahaha! So true!


                  • #10
                    We used to have this problem. Hubby HATES dogs barking at night, and I hate being kept awake by an angry hubby.

                    The simple solution was an el-cheapo box fan from the local big-box store, stands in the corner and softly whirrs all night long. Hubby now sleeps soundly all night long.

                    I don't like to tell people that their dog is bothering me. If something happens to the dog, then you catch blame for it. For instance, they forget to close the gate one day, dog gets out and run over while they are at work, and they think YOU must have let the dog out so it got hit by a car.


                    • #11
                      I second the box fan -- have used one every night since the old college dorm days. I actually have slept through major windstorms like a baby. Point it towards you in warm weather and away during cold. Just turned it off this morning at 6:00 am. Works like a charm!


                      • #12
                        Yes, check your local noise ordinance. I hate to say it, but my family had one of those dogs that would just bark and bark for stretches of time. We did get a police visit, as one of the neighbors did call about it one afternoon. The officer told us about the boro noise ordinance which pretty much states no loud noise from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am., so it was okay as long as the dog was quiet after 10:00pm. He also said that the neighbor called because she was concerned about the dog . Anyhow, we made sure to bring him in before 10 and everything was fine.

                        It was helpful to know about the noise ordinance for other stuff, like when roofers could start working in the morning and when I can complain about my neighbors partying on weeknights, so I can sleep and get up at 5:30 every morning


                        • #13
                          How far away is it? Maybe you could get their neighbor to put one of these up:



                          • #14
                            I went through the exact same thing. The last straw was when the dog got out at 5:00 AM and barked continually. This dog bothered them so they used to keep it outside all the time. the dog was behind an electric fence. It stayed in the front yard barking nonstop so didn't hear her because they sat in the backroom and their bedrooms are on the back of their house. We are on a pipe stem, their front yard happens to be right beside the back of our house so it sounded like the dog was barking directly under our bedroom windows and the backroom where we would sit at night. Friends over would comment because we couldn't leave the patio door open or we couldn't hear the TV or ourselves talk. Would bark until 10:00 or so at night and start 5:00/6:00 every morning. I called her and talked to her but it still happened. She was apologetic, understood, said the dog bothered them too. I ended up calling my friend who worked with the county to ask what I should do. She advised me to call so and so and tell them what was happening. I did this. Next thing I know the police show up at their door about 7:00 AM asking about the dog. Neighbor is livid and wants to know who called the police. They say, your neighbor. Now, I explained to the person I talked to that I just wanted info, what were my rights, quiet time hours, etc. I didn't want police involved because I sure didn't want to make an enemy out of my neighbors. I guess I told them the address or gave them mine, don't remember. Police told them that if they came out again they would be ticketed. They confronted me and I denied. After all, I didn't call the police! They did heed the law though and the dog is no longer left out all the time. The electric fence was moved closer in so the dog had to stay out behind their house. It's taken 3 years and we are just now really speaking again. They have since moved the fence out again so the dog is barking out front but she no longer is let out early, left out all day or let out at night. My story is a little different because I had a friend or gave me a person's name who took the matter into their own hands. Normally, that doesn't work. I really didn't want the police out as I knew I would be blamed, I still was even though I denied it.
                            Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
                            -Eleanor Roosevelt-


                            • #15
                              Here, you can contact AC. I know this because my "usually " silent dog decided to start barking at cats, skunks people(and there were some) in the alley at 4am after I headed to work. My lovely neighbor Dorthy called AC, I was met with a note from AC and I invested in a bark collar. And left the dogs in when I went to work.
                              I don't want barking either, so I understand the frustration involved. Though at the time I was a teeny bit cranky about it, but when I took a step back I was far from unhappy with Dorthy.
                              They might be blissfully unaware that the dog barks when they aren't home... you might be doing them a favor


                              • #16
                                I suggest you get a rooster, he will start crowing at 4:30, which will wake you up and then you don't have to worry about 5:00am......

                                Sorry, I am always thinking, but not always right.........


                                • #17
                                  Call them when the dog is barking. Block your phone # from caller id.
                                  It will wake them up.
                                  They will hear the dog even if they don't answer the phone.
                                  Ask them nicely to bring the dog in because it is barking.

                                  rinse and repeat a necessary/



                                  • Original Poster

                                    Thank you for all the suggestions. This is a pretty nice neighborhood and really no neighbor problems. The dog people live about 1/4 a mile away across the main road and in another development. Nice place and I assume nice people. I think they don't know the dog is barking constantly because they are at work or away from the house. In interest of neighborhood peace, I may just go for earplugs but it bugs me that I have to make accommodations for their dog. My husband can sleep though an atomic bomb but I'm a light sleeper so when this dog starts barking, I'm awake.
                                    Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by lorilu View Post
                                      Call them when the dog is barking. Block your phone # from caller id.
                                      It will wake them up.
                                      They will hear the dog even if they don't answer the phone.
                                      Ask them nicely to bring the dog in because it is barking.

                                      rinse and repeat a necessary/

                                      Just make sure you've got the right number
                                      We too were kept awake at night by a neighbours noisy dog. That dog drove me crazy! The breaking point was the phone ringing at 2AM from a blocked ID. He left an extremely nasty message about "our" dog. Next time he called I was sure to answer and tell him NOT our dog, its the people who live behind us, please don't call me at 2AM. Guess he didnt believe me cause he called out the bylaw AND the SPCA, who came out. Too bad we didnt have a dog.


                                      • #20
                                        I hate my neighbor's dogs as well, nothing we can really do about it (small subdivision...this is our first house, now I know better).

                                        It's the typical "we have kids now so the dogs are second class citizens" family. The dogs are usually tossed outside where they BARK BARK BARK omg it is so annoying. Also they leave the dogs in during the day which is nice, however their windows are open so the dogs are just as loud. It's wonderful on those rare saturday mornings when I am able to sleep in...and am interrupted by the dogs barking.

                                        I don't even know why some people have dogs. If you never show them any attention and throw them outside all the time, what is the point?
                                        Originally posted by barka.lounger
                                        u get big old crop and bust that nags ass the next time it even slow down.

                                        we see u in gp ring in no time.