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Can anything be done for a lonely dog that barks non-stop?

Asked by YARNLADY (39524 points ) September 20th, 2011

There were two dogs next door, and now there is only one. The remaining dog barks non-stop. What can I do to help the poor thing?

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SpatzieLover's avatar

Aww…That’s kinda sad @YARNLADY.

What age/type of dog is this? Does he have a hearing or sight problem at all?

I ask because we had what we thought was an “annoying” barking neighbor dog. Once we found out he was completely deaf, we were much more understanding. He hated the vacuum, so his family would put him out when they cleaned their home. He then spend the time barking at the back door ;)

Blueroses's avatar

Poor pup. Most dogs are very social pack animals. If you have time that your neighbors don’t, maybe offer to take him for a walk or to a dog park so he can play?

RareDenver's avatar

Get them a new dog?

dreamwolf's avatar

Tell your neighbors to close the door.

YARNLADY's avatar

She’s very old, and probably will pass on soon, as well. The adults that lived there are now in a care home, and their grown children come by once or twice a day, but no one actually lives there as far as I can tell.

I threw a bowl over the fence and I pour water in it every day. I do the same for the cats that live on the other side of me, as well.

I’m thinking of making a hole in the fence (which I repaired dozens of times when the big dog was there) so the little one can come over here if she wants.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@YARNLADY Oh yes, if you can give her attention and some time, do so. She’s obviously asking for it. Poor girl :(

Blueroses's avatar

That’s a sad situation @YARNLADY and you have a very kind-hearted solution. I’ll bet the old girl would just love some company.

tinyfaery's avatar

Call animal services. There are dog barking laws in CA. The dog is abandoned if no one lives there.

YARNLADY's avatar

@tinyfaery I was thinking about doing that. She woke me up this morning, and I’m not a morning person. They would just euthanize her.

tinyfaery's avatar

Then talk to the people when they do come over. Explain the situation to them. Tell them they must do something about the dog or you will.

LeavesNoTrace's avatar

@YARNLADY Do you know the neighbor’s children at all? Maybe you can approach them in a friendly way and ask if there’s anything you can do to help. I know some people can get defensive about this kind of stuff but if you present it the right (i.e. genuine and non-accusatory) way they might really welcome a helping hand. Good luck! :)

Jude's avatar

Call animal control. The dog shouldn’t be left alone. How sad is that?

Ten years ago, we left our dog at home and had our Aunt (who lived two doors down) come and feed her, let her out and give her water. We were gone for two weeks. The dog missed her people and would sit in the front yard and let out this mournful howl. =( My Aunt said that it sounded as though someone was dying.

I don’t care if the dog is being fed, given water and let out. She needs people/attention.

tko7800's avatar

@YARNLADY There is some clear neglect going on if you have to actually give the dog water. In fact I’d say it was abuse and would report them to your SPCA. I understand the fear about the dog being taken away and euthanized though – older dogs in shelters are not easily adopted out. It’s a tough situation to be put in, but I’m glad you care enough to act on it unlike most people in this world.

downtide's avatar

If no-one is living there, that is clear neglect. No wonder the poor thing barks all the time.

LeavesNoTrace's avatar

@YARNLADY If your neighbors aren’t receptive to you trying to help, you may have to call it in as neglect… I understand being nervous about euthanasia though. Would it be possible for you or someone you know to adopt the dog or at least foster her until you find her a forever home?

Jude's avatar

I’m sorry that you have to go through this with the neighbor’s dog. It’s a sad situation to be in. =(

FutureMemory's avatar

How sad. I can just picture each bark as “Hey! I’m still here! W-T-F?”

RareDenver's avatar

Can you just ask if you could adopt the dog next time you see someone at the house? Sounds like it needs a good home, not an empty one.

YARNLADY's avatar

@RareDenver I think that’s exactly what the neighbor on the other side is going to do. We talked about it earlier today. She’s the one who found the dead dog (old age we’re pretty sure) in it’s yard last week.

dreamwolf's avatar

@YARNLADY You don’t have to build a hole in the fence. That’s kind of creeper status. Knock on the door, and offer to help and suggest your ideas of what you’d like to do? Simple. And if she says no, assume responsibility if for some strange reason the pet dies from contaminated water, diahrrea and what not should you decide the creeper path.

Kardamom's avatar

Since it sounds like no one is caring for this poor dog, and you don’t want it to be put down, are you in a position to simply take the dog into your care (with or without the elderly folks kids giving permission)? If you are, then you could ask the children if they would mind if you adopted the dog.

Thank you for being so compassionate towards this poor doggy : )

Bellatrix's avatar

@YARNLADY, your suggestion about your neighbour adopting the poor old dog sounds like the perfect solution. I hope it works out. How lucky for this dog that it lives near to such caring people. It is probably grieving for its lost canine and human friend.

YARNLADY's avatar

Thank for all your advice. We ended up taking the dog out of the yard and into our house. No one was home all day and night. We gave her a bath, and will take her to the vet tomorrow to get a flea dip.

My new roomer had her dog die just last month, so she will be the primary care for the dog.

tinyfaery's avatar

Great outcome all around.

Blueroses's avatar

Fantastic!

Bellatrix's avatar

That’s wonderful @Yarnlady. Lucky puppy to have such good neighbours.

Kardamom's avatar

I LOVE YOU @YARNLADY ! There is a special place in heaven for you : )

What’s the doggy’s name?

YARNLADY's avatar

@Kardamom Her name is Lulu. I’ll put up a picture in the “Fluther flickr album“http://www.flickr.com/groups/fluther/pool/
A whole bunch of my photos got added, but I don’t know how it happened or how to delete them.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Lulu is adorable :) Thank you for sharing @YARNLADY!

Blueroses's avatar

What a sweet little face she has. I’m so glad you rescued her.

Bellatrix's avatar

She is a sweetie @YARNLADY.

Kardamom's avatar

@YARNLADY I just saw Lulu’s sweet face. Now I’m weeping with joy. Thank you again for doing the right thing and helping out this little doggy. You won’t regret it. : )

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