How to Deal with Neighbor's Barking Dog?

pradeep1

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I have a neighbor that leaves their little dog in the backyard all day long. That dog is probably about 3 years old and he barks continuously if I go out in my backyard to do anything. So if I am out there mowing the lawn, picking up leaves, or just sitting out there whittling, that dog goes crazy, jumps up at the fence (almost to the point of hurting himself, it seems), and goes at me through any cracks it can see at full tilt. I usually get sick of this and I go knock on the neighbor's door and tell them to tie up the dog because it has been barking so much.

What bothers me is that the neighbor will take no action with that dog barking until I knock on their door. I mean, they'll let that dog bark for an hour continuously without once coming out to check on him. Now if they are not there and I go in my yard to work, that dog is basically torturing itself by barking so much. I remember once, it barked at some kids playing in our backyard for almost 3-4 hours, only to stop to drink some water and catch its breath. I was afraid the dog would die with the amount of exertion that he was putting out in the hot weather.

So what to do? Obviously the neighbors are oblivious to their dog barking and are oblivious that it is bothering me. I've probably gone over to tell them about their dog at least 4-5 times in the past month. Once I tell them, they promptly tie up the dog, but you'd think that little dog would have gotten used to me by now.

I was thinking of actually one day going over to their house and spending time with that dog and befriending it so it would recognize me and not bark. But the neighbors are somewhat weird and I only see their eerily quiet kids playing in the yard sometimes.

Any thoughts?
 

Oil

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Go buy something for the dog to chew on (ex: pig ears) and give it to the dog
 

StartingLine

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I saw this one show called animal cops or something. Some guy threw a steak full of rat poison over the fence. The dog didnt eat it and the owners found it first so make sure you give the dog time to eat it. Otherwise bring it a bone or something to eat.
 

pradeep1

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I don't want to do anything illegal like opening their fence to let the dog out. If I let that dog out, I am sure it would bite me.

What happens if I call the police. Will they take away that dog and put him to death? I don't want that to happen, because he seems like a sweet dog and those kids love him. He just seems to get very angry when he sees me. I've never provoked him in any way.
 

Nik

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Make a formal written complaint to the dog owners, photo copy it, and mail it certified mail to them so you have a receipt that it was signed for by them proving that they received it. This gives you a written record of your request to do so. Make a 2nd complaint 2 weeks later in the same exact way, photo copied, etc. If that does not get results, go to your HOA if you have one. If you don't, check your city and county ordinance to see if you can find a law that would back up a harrassment charge, social disruption charge, or criminal animal neglect or abuse charge.

Or you can just ignore that.
 

Vonkhan

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Originally posted by: OSx86
Go buy something for the dog to chew on (ex: pig ears) and give it to the dog

:thumbsup:

the dog just wants attention, toss it a few snacks
 

Oceandevi

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A dog will love someone who feeds him. So give him some munchies and make him fat and happy. But any messing with of the pooch may bring the wizards spells against you.

You did say that magicians live there right?
 

jme5343

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Eat some bakers chocolate while looking over the fence. *Accidentally* drop a couple huge chunks over the fence while eating it ;)






















I kid, I kid!!
 

fLum0x

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feeding it will just encourage it to bark more IMO. It is like rewarding the dog for barking.
 

pradeep1

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Originally posted by: GuideBot
Make a formal written complaint to the dog owners, photo copy it, and mail it certified mail to them so you have a receipt that it was signed for by them proving that they received it. This gives you a written record of your request to do so. Make a 2nd complaint 2 weeks later in the same exact way, photo copied, etc. If that does not get results, go to your HOA if you have one. If you don't, check your city and county ordinance to see if you can find a law that would back up a harrassment charge, social disruption charge, or criminal animal neglect or abuse charge.

Or you can just ignore that.

What should I tell in the letter other than what I have told them already in person? They need to control their dog when I am in my backyard? They are abusing their dog and I'll inform the authorities?

I'd prefer to remain on amicable terms with my neighbors, but I am concerned about that dog hurting itself in trying to get at me.
 

paulney

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Ultrasound emitter. I had to borrow one when I was in a situation like yours: neighbors left the dog in the yard all the time, and since it was lonely and had nothing to do, it barked all day and night long. Since I had a newborn daughter trying to sleep, I wasn't going to put up with it.

I borrowed an ultrasound emitter from a colleague. It had a microphone as well: as soon as the dog started barking, the emitter went off.
It only took two times for the dog to shut up, and two more days to learn not to bark.
 

Nik

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Originally posted by: pradeep1
Originally posted by: GuideBot
Make a formal written complaint to the dog owners, photo copy it, and mail it certified mail to them so you have a receipt that it was signed for by them proving that they received it. This gives you a written record of your request to do so. Make a 2nd complaint 2 weeks later in the same exact way, photo copied, etc. If that does not get results, go to your HOA if you have one. If you don't, check your city and county ordinance to see if you can find a law that would back up a harrassment charge, social disruption charge, or criminal animal neglect or abuse charge.

Or you can just ignore that.

What should I tell in the letter other than what I have told them already in person? They need to control their dog when I am in my backyard? They are abusing their dog and I'll inform the authorities?

I'd prefer to remain on amicable terms with my neighbors, but I am concerned about that dog hurting itself in trying to get at me.

Who cares that you told them in person. Your goal is a written record of repeated requests for them to control their animals. It's much easier to get authorities involved with proof of proper, civilized requests to them instead of "I want you to shoot my neighbor because his dog barked and I've already told him personally that I'm gonna kill him if he don't shut up."
 

pradeep1

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Originally posted by: fLum0x
feeding it will just encourage it to bark more IMO. It is like rewarding the dog for barking.

I think what I'll do is go over there this weekend and see if they'll bring that dog out to my yard to play. I'll have chewies and maybe a toy or two. Maybe if he spends time with me and my family, he won't go batsh*t when he sees us. That would be a way to solve my problem and also keep my neighbors as friends.

I don't own any dogs, and fLum0x said that feeding him might encourage him to bark more. What do you guys suggest I do with that dog to make him get used to me?

 

pradeep1

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Originally posted by: GuideBot
Originally posted by: pradeep1
Originally posted by: GuideBot
Make a formal written complaint to the dog owners, photo copy it, and mail it certified mail to them so you have a receipt that it was signed for by them proving that they received it. This gives you a written record of your request to do so. Make a 2nd complaint 2 weeks later in the same exact way, photo copied, etc. If that does not get results, go to your HOA if you have one. If you don't, check your city and county ordinance to see if you can find a law that would back up a harrassment charge, social disruption charge, or criminal animal neglect or abuse charge.

Or you can just ignore that.

What should I tell in the letter other than what I have told them already in person? They need to control their dog when I am in my backyard? They are abusing their dog and I'll inform the authorities?

I'd prefer to remain on amicable terms with my neighbors, but I am concerned about that dog hurting itself in trying to get at me.

Who cares that you told them in person. Your goal is a written record of repeated requests for them to control their animals. It's much easier to get authorities involved with proof of proper, civilized requests to them instead of "I want you to shoot my neighbor because his dog barked and I've already told him personally that I'm gonna kill him if he don't shut up."

Yes, I see what are saying.
 

Golgatha

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Originally posted by: paulney
Ultrasound emitter. I had to borrow one when I was in a situation like yours: neighbors left the dog in the yard all the time, and since it was lonely and had nothing to do, it barked all day and night long. Since I had a newborn daughter trying to sleep, I wasn't going to put up with it.

I borrowed an ultrasound emitter from a colleague. It had a microphone as well: as soon as the dog started barking, the emitter went off.
It only took two times for the dog to shut up, and two more days to learn not to bark.

I need one of these!
 

jpeyton

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Drop a Hershey bar in his yard.

Or take him to Vick's kennel club.
 

PottedMeat

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Go out before the owners come home and let it bark until it passes out. Owners come back and find it out cold and maybe they make it an inside dog permanently.

Or just do the ultrasonic thing. Maybe pick up a cheap 'ultrasonic pest repeller' (they really dont work against insects) from Harbor Freight and leave it on in the back of your yard.

 

Riverhound777

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I have a similar situation. There is a crow that sits on my neighbor's chimney and wakes me up every damn morning at 5am. I am very tempted to get a pellet gun and take him out. I don't think it is a pet or anything, just a damn annoying bird. Think that would cause problems?