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AshlynM's avatar

What do you do about a neighbor's noisy dog?

Asked by AshlynM (9457points) August 14th, 2012

This is a scenario in close living quarters, like apartments where you can hear everything through the walls.

Do you confront them?

Do you call the police? Animal control?

Say the dog has been barking incessantly for the past several months and refuses to be silenced. What’s one to do in order to keep their sanity?

I’m just asking in general, not about a specific situation.

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gailcalled's avatar

This is a question that needs specific details. One always starts with the dog’s owners and then sees what happens.

A dog that barks incessantly (you mean non-stop?) is a dog in serious distress.

AshlynM's avatar

@gailcalled I’m just curious what other people would do if they were faced with this situation. I’m not having problems with this, just want to know. If the dog was barking every other day, maybe not incessantly, but often during the day and night. Say you talked to the owner and they refuse to do anything about their dog’s barking. Then what?

gailcalled's avatar

Then you call animal control. The issue becomes not that you are being disturbed but that the dog might be suffering.

Luckypie's avatar

I’d also talk to your landlord, if you have one. Some leases have clauses about how much noise an animal can make.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, first talk to the owners, second, the landlords and third file a complaint with Animal Control. I would tell the owners upfront that this is what I will be doing if they cannot silence the dog.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Scooby snacks dosed with acepromazine?

syz's avatar

I am a fan of contacting animal control.

Shippy's avatar

I would chat to them first. In a friendly manner pointing out that sound does travel and could they somehow control it. Failing that I would call the cops.

YARNLADY's avatar

We have barking dogs all over our neighborhood, but I live in a residential housing tract. When my dog barks too much, especially late at night, I bring him inside. They really get started when the skunks or turkeys are walking around.

In an apartment, there isn’t much that can be done. When you live in apartments that are not properly sound-proofed, you sort of have to take what you get. I once lived in a two story apartment building where we could hear every flush in every apartment that touched ours, which was a total of five other units.

WestRiverrat's avatar

A spoonful of peanut butter on the roof of the dog’s mouth will do wonders without hurting the dog.

Kayak8's avatar

@fremen_warrior When a dog is so busy enthusiastically licking the peanut butter on the roof of his mouth, he won’t be barking . . .

downtide's avatar

I agree with calling your local equivalent of the RSPCA. Constant barking is a sign that something is wrong with the dog. Is it left alone for long periods of time?

fremen_warrior's avatar

@Kayak8 cool, thought peanut butter did something else besides being tasty :D Why not give the barking bastard some marmite instead? :P Kidding I wouldn’t give marmite to my worst enemy!

WestRiverrat's avatar

@fremen_warrior it wouldn’t be good if the dog was allergic to peanuts, but it is not toxic to dogs and dogs don’t like things clinging to the roof of their mouths.

fremen_warrior's avatar

@WestRiverrat hell I don’t like having anything stuck to the roof of my mouth. I’d worry whether the dog might choke on it actually

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@fremen_warrior I have yet to hear of a dog choking on peanut butter. It just looks and sounds like this.

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