STOP YOUR NEIGHBOR'S DOGS FROM BARKING.
Every night, when you’re about to drift off to sleep, it starts. Bark. Bark. Bark. Bark. Bark… The barking from the next-door-neighbor’s dog often goes on for hours. While you love dogs and have a furry family member yourself, no one likes to lose sleep or be disturbed by them.
So how does a courteous dog owner attempt to stop dog barking?
TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS ABOUT THEIR BARKING DOGS.
Let them Know: First, talk to your neighbor about their barking dog. But do so calmly and reasonably since some people treat their dogs as if they are a part of the family.
Most dog owners are unaware of the dog barking because barking typically occurs when they are out. While they are out of the house, they don’t know that the dog spent two hours howling or barking, but the neighbors so. Barking is typically a symptom of boredom. This can be corrected with a little exercise and some attention.
Start out assuming they’d want to know about the problem and see if that works. You can tell them that the barking dog seems really unhappy and is barking and howling when you’re gone.
Some people will be horrified that their dog was barking and will apologize. As a result, will take steps to do something about it. But if the initial conversation doesn’t seem to have made an impact, you may have to go back to tell them it’s not working and that their dog is still barking.
WHAT IF THE BARKING DOGS CONTINUES TO BARK?
If the barking is still occurring despite a second attempt, then you might consider enlisting other neighbors to complain to them as well about their barking dogs. It might help the dog owner better realize the problem barking.
Check Local Laws: Go online or down to your city hall to find the laws about barking dogs to help bolster your argument. Dog barking is a nuisance law in most places but what is in those laws varies from place to place. For instance, some communities might have laws that say if a dog barks more than 10 minutes, it’s considered a nuisance and against the law.
Once you know the laws, figure out who might be able to help you with those laws. For example, some cities have specific programs to deal with barking complaints and issue a standard letter to offenders.
SOME NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS WILL HELP.
Many communities have a neighborhood mediation department specifically designed to work out disputes like barking dogs or parking issues. Do some research to see if your community has one, and if it does, use it. The way it works is you and the offending neighbor meet with the mediator to find common ground. For example, the mediator might suggest something like, “What if you the owner, kept the dog inside after 10pm, would that work for both of you?”
Contact Animal Control or the Police Department: If talking with the neighbor doesn’t produce results, you may want to contact animal control to get involved to stop the barking dog. If animal control doesn’t help the way you’d like and the dog barking persists, then contact the police department. Having an intimidating police officer come to the door saying the barking dog is disturbing the neighbors may be the most efficient way to get the owner to take action.
SHOULD I TAKE THEM TO COURT?
Small claims court is a last ditch effort in stopping barking dogs. The last person you want to sue is someone that you see every day but this might be the only way to control their barking dogs. Be sure and gather enough evidence to make your case. A good audio or video of continuous dog barking should be enough.