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Dog barking!

Nearby there's a family who leaves their mutt in the back garden. I've had this exact same scenario in an old house. The dog is bored, so it barks. This household could leave it out for hours until they bring it in for a bit, then repeat it throughout the day. If that back door of theirs is open, I can't fully relax, knowing at any moment it could start barking. When it does, it could be a few seconds, of half a minute. You just don't know...

I don't see any point, or wish to go round and have a word. At first I've shouted to request they quiet their dog, but now its out of frustration. After five years of this, knocking on their door seems pointless!

Has anyone else had this same issue? Highly considering reporting this to council. I believe their house is brought, so would council be able to help?


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,627
    Toss it a squeaky toy?

    RSPCA may be able to help as I suspect leaving it alone outside all day amounts to mis-treatment.  I believe you can maintain anonymity when you make a call.
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  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,893
    The women who used to live over the road had a little yappy dog that had really bad separation anxiety. They'd go out for a few hours a day on weekend and leave the dog barking non-stop the whole time. It was small enough to fit through a cat flap and bark outside when it felt like it. In the end we reported it to the council as a noise nuisence. The result? She bought an even noisier dog to keep it company while she was out...  :|
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 85,997
    Do other neighbours find it just as irritating?  There's strength in numbers ... if you all individually made the local authority or the RSPCA aware ..........?

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  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,454
    Report it to the local council and/or RSPCA.  To the council it's a potential noise nuisance and to the RSPCA potential cruelty.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,536
    Barking dogs is single complaint of "noise nuisance" to Councils. 
    It's a case of " I want a dog so you lot have to deal with it" .Totally selfish, just like cat owners who let them out all day to kills and shit wherever they want to.
    I could happily strangle them with my bare hands.
    I don't care if they're " bored ". I find the noise unbearable.
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,073
    I’ve decided to move after putting up with barking dogs, shouting people and screaming kids from one neighbour for years. Really messy area too, caravans and cars (I have a garden, but he has ‘a yard’). The rest of the people here are lovely. 
    I did go to the council, although several people advised me not to. They looked at the dog noise only, and after doing their reports etc said it was the worst dog noise problem they had ever come across in this council area. 
    The neighbour knows I went to the council, bringing a whole load of nastiness into the situation. The council then just sat on it for a year. They never wrote, phoned, or visited the neighbour. They have been busy, apparently. 
    After a year I told them to forget it. The stress of when they would come, and what the retaliation would be was awful. 
    Hence the move. Im now trying to convince new buyers they want to live with it! 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,536
    I regularly deliver to a cusotmer in a very narrow, Coronation St, type of road, no front gardens or even pavements. The dog opposite goes completely crazy when anyone walks up the road . Our customer is terrified it might get out . She tells me the dog next door barks all the time the owners are out. 

    Total selfishiness of owners to allow it to happen.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,893
    I can kind of understand that you wouldn't know your dog is barking while you're out unless someone told you and a friendly heads up might be better than complaining, depending on the temperament of the neighbour of course. Our neighbour knew and didn't care though. She treated the dog like a baby and thought it was a blessing on all who had to put up with it.
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  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,963
    Not sure how close you are to the home, but a friend just bought one of those anti-dog-barking things online, that emit a high frequency noise each time her next door neighbors dogs bark.. she has it on her house aimed directly towards their back yard.. and she said it's amazing.  She has had two weeks of quiet bliss for the first time in years.  

    I feel for you, I have neighbors a few houses down with dogs like that.  Not so noticeable indoors, but I find myself clamping down my jaw while gardening with them yapping nonstop.. and it ruins my entire outdoor experience.  Thankfully as the dog has aged it's a bit less frequent, and they have young kids now so spend a bit more time at home.  
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  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 3,381
    Depends on your local council - some will take noise pollution seriously and will offer to install recording devices in your house to monitor the noise level and then take action if they feel it neccessary.
    There is always the problem that constantly barking dogs have a more detrimental effect on non dog owners :/
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