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PLEASE HELP! Neighbours on holidays


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#1 Bart.

Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:59 PM

There is a dog two houses up that barks incessantly.  I filmed this tonight at 11:15pm:

http://youtu.be/E6oEdawHeCo

It can bark like this for ten-hours straight. cry1.gif

Problem is, the owners are on holidays for an unknown time and they have someone feed the dog once a day, so the animal is bored and lonely.

Unfortunately, I have a misophonia (a phobia for repetitive noises) and anxiety and this dog makes it intolerable to live here.

I don't know what to do.  I called the Rangers and they won't do anything until a diary is kept for two weeks, then they'll issue a warning; I'll go nuts by then. It's locked in a small enclosure in the yard so we'd have to trespass to reach the dog.  None of the neighbours have the owner's phone number and don't want to cause any trouble so they're just putting up with it (the ones I've spoken to are almost as peeved as I am).  

It escapes a lot but runs like the wind when you get near it.  As I type this, it sounds like its sitting in the front yard and is barking like the above but its so much louder (it's now midnight).  rant.gif

Could I have some advice, please, on what I can do?

ETA at 12:08am: I just grabbed a torch and walked up and sure enough, it was in the front yard, barking.  I growled at it to stop and it barked even worse and now it sounds like it's been stirred up even more! cry1.gif However, it has moved into the back yard again and with the windows closed, it's harder to hear it.

Edited by Bartholomew, 27 December 2012 - 11:10 PM.


#2 Lyn86

Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:04 PM

Any chance you could talk to the person feeding the dog? See if they could spend more time with it or if they have a contact number for the owners?

#3 RichardParker

Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:06 PM

Poor dog and poor you.

Maybe use earplugs or something to get through the night.  If you can tomorrow, maybe keep an eye out for the person who's coming to feed the dog, and tell them about the problem. Maybe they can contact the owner and let them know what is happening.

#4 MoonPie

Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:39 PM

Poor pooch sad.gif

Firstly, stop going round there in the dead of night - no wonder the poor dog is barking!

I second getting hold of whoever is feeding the dog and talking to them about it. Does it usually bark when its owners are around?

#5 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:11 AM

I'd leave a note on the door for the dog feeder saying the times the dog barked for, and asking them to do something or you will need to contact the ranger.

#6 starsg

Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:20 AM

If it's escaping can you call the ranger to take it to the pound? A $200 fine might encourage the owners to make sure it's better cared for when they go away next.

ETA did you say it's locked in a small enclosure all day, and that's what it's escaping from? If the neighbours intention was for it to be locked in a small pen all day I'd call the RSPCA and see what advice they have.

Edited by starsg, 28 December 2012 - 04:24 AM.


#7 Bart.

Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:34 AM

Thanks everyone. I'll leave a note and see what happens. Appreciate it.

QUOTE (Rebothy @ 28/12/2012, 12:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Poor pooch sad.gif

Firstly, stop going round there in the dead of night - no wonder the poor dog is barking!

I second getting hold of whoever is feeding the dog and talking to them about it. Does it usually bark when its owners are around?

This was the first time I'd been to the house. The dog was in the front yard and the barking was louder than ever. I went to see if getting close would shut it up. After another 20 minutes of it, the dog did settle down. It barks for hours straight without human intervention but not so much when the neighbours are there.

The dog gets out of its enclosure AND the front yard. The neighbours say it roams freely all the time but the owners don't stop it.

ETA I like the idea of the pound ( ph34r.gif ) but I should try other avenues first. Tounge1.gif

Edited by Bartholomew, 28 December 2012 - 06:37 AM.


#8 FERALfoxgirls

Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:42 AM

A PP said to call the RSPCA, surely your not allowed to leave a dog alone and just have it fed by someone?
I have heard they will not let you adopt a dog if you make them sleep outside, so surely leaving it alone for 2 weeks in the yard isn't cool?



#9 Carmen02

Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:43 AM

defiently have a chat to the person feeding it, that happened to us years ago our neighbours dog it would not stop!! Spoke to the person feeding it and they ended up taking the dog to their house! it was bliss!

#10 Natahs_mum

Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:46 AM

Gosh are you one of my neighbours????

We have a dog in our st, no idea where... tho as we live in a gully and you sound travels.. but this dog can bark and bark and its annoying for us but feel for the people who live closer to it..

Speak to the person who is feeding it.

I can understand about the repeative noise.. i hate them too..

Porr doggie tho

#11 miinii

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:02 AM

QUOTE (foxgirls @ 28/12/2012, 07:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A PP said to call the RSPCA, surely your not allowed to leave a dog alone and just have it fed by someone?
I have heard they will not let you adopt a dog if you make them sleep outside, so surely leaving it alone for 2 weeks in the yard isn't cool?


As long as the dog is fed and has water im pretty sure they arnt doing anything illegal.

I have neighbours with TWO dogs that bark like that from 11:30 in the morning (When the guy leaves for work) Until late late at night. I have called the council and also told to keep a diary however they did contact them before asking me to do that. They had sent a letter and the lady came to my door asking if it were me. I said it wasnt because of a run in with her DP a few months earlier where he was up on the fence throwing bottles and crap at my chihuahua because he had a rough day at work and when he went out the back my dog barked at his dogs who were scratching and sniffing around the fence where my dog was.
I caught him doing it and when i yelled for him to stop i got told "Shut your F***ing dog up then" My dog rarely barked. I was always home when he was outside and he was inside when i was out. He only ever barked when his dogs were jumping on the fence or scratching at it trying to get to him.
So anyway i kept the diary and sent it in and they got yet another letter and did nothing. So i put a letter in their letter box to explain that i was about to have a newborn and myself and 2 other children are losing sleep because of their dogs barking. My girls were unable to nap because the barking was so constant they either wouldnt be able to get to sleep or would be woken.
She came over and informed me that she was pregnant (12 weeks) And asked me to put up with it till she has her baby and is home on maternity leave and able to stop it.

So about another 20 weeks. I had my baby a couple of days later and te barking was like torture. I sent more letters and still they did nothing.

We got to the point where we were thinking about moving. At the time though with a new baby we just couldnt afford it. There were days where i would be in tears because i couldnt get the bay to sleep without him being woken from the horrid barking.

Like the dog your dealing with these ones would only bark worse when told to shut up.

I hope your neighbours are more understanding. I think your best bet would be to stick a note on the door for the person feeding the dog and explain the situation.

Good luck OP

#12 Holidayromp

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:29 AM


Continually barking dogs with NOTHING being done about it would do my head in.  We are very lucky here and there are no dogs near us.

However a continually barking dog means an unhappy dog so the RSPCA should have something to do with it.

I really feel for you OP.

#13 EBeditor

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:41 AM

I have removed an inappropriate post. Please keep your suggestions to the OP legal and humane.

#14 Duck-o-lah

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:49 AM

QUOTE (foxgirls @ 28/12/2012, 07:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A PP said to call the RSPCA, surely your not allowed to leave a dog alone and just have it fed by someone?
I have heard they will not let you adopt a dog if you make them sleep outside, so surely leaving it alone for 2 weeks in the yard isn't cool?

huh.gif  My dogs are perfectly happy sleeping outside. When we adopted them from the RSPCA they were extremely thorough and this was never mentioned.

If the dog is getting out I would call the local ranger, council etc, to come and secure it. I have friends who are looking after a dog while the owners are away. The dog got out, ran away and is nowhere to be found sad.gif At least if the dog is secure it will be safe.

#15 Smoo

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:13 AM

unfortunately for a friend of mine a neighbours dogs was driving a whole street nuts, until the partner of one of the other neighbours got out of prison apparently there were some very nasty words and the dogs never troubled anyone again  unsure.gif

It's really unfortunate that some owners can't be bothered; i'd be calling the pound every time it got out, dogs off the leash are dangerous

#16 Juki

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:29 AM

I used to have a dog that barked a lot, we went and saw Bark Busters who taught us how to train him better. It only took us a couple of weeks but we got him to stop the crazy barking.
http://www.barkbusters.com.au/
Maybe leave a print out in the mail box.




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