5 Things to Do When a Neighbor Complains About Dog Barking

Are neighbors complaining about dog barking? Do NOT get defensive! The following are ways you can peacefully diffuse this potentially hostile situation.

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The natural thing to do when a neighbor complains about dog barking is to get defensive. “My dog? Causing a problem? How dare you?!”

Don’t go there. Defensiveness exacerbates hostilities, escalates tension, and encourages your neighbor to make a mountain out of what you perceive to be a molehill. Remember, it’s all about perception, and your neighbor’s perception is his reality. Instead of being defensive, try these things:

1. Listen intently to your neighbor’s complaint.

Unless one of you plans to move, defusing the situation beats all-out war. Set defensiveness aside, and listen to what your neighbor says. Assume there’s some nugget of truth to his complaint. You need to find it, so you can figure out what to do with it. He says your dog barks all the time, underneath his bedroom window, and wakes him up. That may be an exaggeration, but chances are your dog is barking some of the time, especially if you leave her out in the yard, or if she has free backyard access through a doggie-door.

2. Empathize and apologize for your dog barking.

Without admitting guilt, empathize with your complainer. “It must be frustrating to have to listen to barking dogs when you’re trying to sleep.” Be sincere. Tell him you’re sorry he’s being disturbed by barking. Reassure him that you don’t want your dog to be a nuisance, and you want to help find a solution to his concerns. Ask him to bear with you while you work on the problem. Bake him chocolate chip cookies.

3. Investigate your dog’s nuisance behavior.

Ask questions that won’t make your neighbor defensive. “Is there a time when it’s most annoying?” “Are there other dogs that are barking too?” “Other than giving up my dog, what would make you happy?” Set up a video camera or voice-activated tape recorder to document your dog’s activities when you aren’t home. Alternatively, take a day off and watch your own house from a distance, to see what goes on that might make your dog bark. Check the neighborhood to see if there are other dogs whose barking might be blamed on your dog. Ask other neighbors if they hear your dog, and if so, when and how much.

4. Respect all community dog laws.

Make sure your dog is currently licensed, and obey all local animal control laws. Maybe your neighbor is complaining because your dog runs loose and he feels threatened (even though you know your dog is a pussycat), or because you don’t clean up when you take her for walks. Those are legitimate grounds for complaint (as is excessive nuisance barking) even if your dog is a pussycat. You don’t want animal control to find you in violation of anything. Obey leash laws and scoop laws, and respect your neighbor’s discomfort with your dog – don’t let her off-leash even if you’re just walking out to your car. If she runs over to happily greet him, you’ll fuel the fires.

5. Take action to modify your dog’s behavior, and your own behavior.

Make changes to accommodate your neighbor and protect your dog. If his complaint is early-morning noise and she’s barking when you let her out at 6:00 am while you shower, alter your routine. Get up earlier and go out with her. Let her eliminate, then play with her. Keep her quietly occupied rather than leaving her to find her own entertainment. If it’s random throughout-the-day backyard barking while you’re away, bring her in and close the dog door. She doesn’t have to be outside all day. If things get ugly, leaving her out unattended exposes her to great risk from an irate neighbor. If necessary, pay someone to let her out for a noon potty break. If the complaint is about barking even when you are home, behavior modification is in order. (See “Modifying Your Dog’s Barking Behavior“.) If it’s something other than barking, determine how you can modify the situation to mitigate the problem. Some examples:

-Your dog charges the fence. Your neighbor fears for his children’s safety. Make the fence solid, or put up an inner fence so there’s an “airlock” between dog and kids. See, “Solve Fence Aggression with a Better Designed Dog Fence,” for more info on fencing.

-Your dog came over and attacked his dog. You think your dog was just playing, but whatever. Vow that your dog is never off her leash in your neighborhood. Even just walking to your car.

Keep your neighbor informed of your efforts to address his concerns. Document your actions in a journal in case you do have to face animal control. Ask your neighbor to let you know if he sees improvement – and document that. Save receipts for anything you buy to modify your dog’s environment. If you see your neighbor deliberately antagonizing your dog, document that with a video camera. Keep your dog safe. Be considerate. Keep baking chocolate chip cookies.

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WDJ's Training Editor Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, grew up in a family that was blessed with lots of animal companions: dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, goats, and more, and has maintained that model ever since. She spent the first 20 years of her professional life working at the Marin Humane Society in Marin County, California, for most of that time as a humane officer and director of operations. She continually studied the art and science of dog training and behavior during that time, and in 1996, left MHS to start her own training and behavior business, Peaceable Paws. Pat has earned a number of titles from various training organizations, including Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She also founded Peaceable Paws Academies for teaching and credentialing dog training and behavior professionals, who can earn "Pat Miller Certified Trainer" certifications. She and her husband Paul and an ever-changing number of dogs, horses, and other animal companions live on their 80-acre farm in Fairplay, Maryland.

101 COMMENTS

  1. Help. My neighbor has started complaining about my 6 month old Cowboy Corgi.I have a 6 foot stockade fence. This woman has a pool…4 kids… and 3 pitbulls. Its usually full on party music too. My pup barks then runs away. My girl is learning. She doesnt quite understand the barking and the noise. She gets barked at she barks back. What can i do to make this woman understand…..kids scream dogs bark thats life. We are not outside very long. She is becoming very hateful.

    • I have 2 dogs and kids.
      My kids don’t scream and my dogs don’t bark.

      Shut ya dog up or get rid of it and let the kids enjoy their pool in peace next door.
      Just because they have a party now and then (probably once a month) is not the same as your dog barking EVERYDAY

  2. Neighbors are generally assholes…everything they do is OK and everything you do is not. So I say fuck them and ignore it. Dont apologize for your dog. Do what you can but forget about baking cookies, and let them reflect on their own assholeness towards you and the ones you love, including your pup.

    • You are proof of that! People like you are the reason that others act like they do. You think all neighbors are assholes or at least potential assholes so anything goes right? Hopefully someone moves in nextdoor to you and has 4 large outdoor dogs and a small yappy one that they don’t care anything about and leave them outside all day and most of the night and never interact with them. You willsee what a true asshole is.

      • My point was – jerk – that no matter what you do and how considerate you are, most all neighbors will find something to complain about, so an apology tour of the neighborhood is not required, especially in this lady’s situation. What she said in her comment is not reason enough for complaint from her obvious ass-holey neighbor with the loud kids. She should not apologize to her, why should she?
        Before you comment, read the entire thread.

        • Did you hear what you just said? So I happen to be that neighbor that is actually a very kool guy.. I have three kids that are now grown and all but my youngest are on own now.. we’ve lived in this home for 20 years and have never had issues with barking dogs that don’t stop! About four months ago a new person moved into the house next to us and have a dog that they have let out in backyard since day one.. the dog will bark continuously until they let it in. Sometimes for more than ann hour.. x four or five times they let it out, and that’s just about the whole day.. This has eliminated the enjoyment of outdoor activities for my family. We own two dogs of our own that go outside on a regular basis and do not bark. This is because I taught them not to.. my first move was to call the police and make a noise complaint. Only because I know all to well that me going over and talking to them about it is the wrong choice because years back I had done so. Only to be met with an asshole like yourself that got all defensive and started cussing me out.. So anyways I’ve called the police a dozen times with no effect. My local animal control does not deal with noise complaints, they are the ones who told me call the police. I don’t hate dogs.. I’ve had dogs my whole life. But I’m definitely not going to lay down and let this ignorant person keep me indoors. Anyone who thinks approaching an owner of an annoying dog next door… Don’t!! My next step will be to find the landlord of the “TEENAGERS” that are renting it . If that don’t work I will be having a small claims court case in the near future.. I should be allowed to enjoy my property without being annoyed by an animal that does nothing but bark…

          • How did you teach your dogs not to bark? Seriously. I have a neighbor who has singled out my dog from among many in the neighborhood as the sole cause of her unhappiness. We have a fenced yard and all the other neighbors just turn their dogs loose and they come up to our fence and bark at our German Shepherd and she barks back. I’ve consulted with trainers who had no solutions and I refuse to strap a shock collar on her or have her voice box cut out like some people do. I would love to know how you did it.

          • Exactly if my neighbors complained about my dog/s or kid/s. I would immediately address the issue no questions asked. Ppl who think that neighbors who complain are just complainers are truly ill mannered ppl. Excessive dogs barking for hours is so nerve racking like I never would have believed. I have a neighbor who moved in 2 years ago and their dogs bark for 3-4 hrs a day sometimes the whole day non stop. I would have never believed dogs could bark for that long at a time unless I experienced it. You can’t use the phone without it in the background, watch tv, eat a meal, talk with your family or friends ect. It is a 247 nuisance in your ear all day and really takes it toll. And on top of that they are the type that play loud music partying from 5 pm until 2 am with music as loud as a club thurs-Sun. Finally a notice went out to them from the owner and the extreme loud music stopped but the dogs haven’t. I can’t think of any other word for these ppl other than barbaric. The kind that when you approach them nicely about the complaint they want to fight. As I said if it were me being complained about my dog or kid. I would take immediate action because I am a f person with manners and respect for others peace period.

          • Jesus you are insane. No one is keeping you from enjoying your yard. You can still be in your yard, you just have to suck it up and deal with some annoying barking. You are being a selfish, pussy. You don’t own the neighborhood and if you aren’t threatened, then you shouldn’t be calling the cops. The court system has better things to do then dogs barking. You clearly have way too much free time and are insanely controlling.

          • You are anything but “that Kool guy” .There is always a reason for a Dog to bark. If you thought your dogs then politely ask your neighbor if you can do the same or teach her how to deal with her dog. I know people like you, selfish and crazy that think they are perfect and there is no flaw in their act. Wake up man, it is just a little dog no one died because a dog barked.

        • I am in similar situation, my German Shepherd is barking a lot and I am sick of my neighbors complaining about my dog. I don’t know what to do, I did all the training and yet my dog is barking a lot. My dog is amazing dog, looks damn aggressive and protective but he will not bite or attack anyone. Loves to play with kids. And understands the basic commands. But for god sake it’s a German Shepherd that is so strong and active. I will try to do what is possible, but I am still not so sure on what I could do, should I give up my dog? I have 1300 square meter garden that my dog is running around. Or should I really tell my neighbors to fk off? I don’t know what to do also.

          • So your neighbors are wrong because your dog can’t stop barking? You’re sick of your neighbors complaining? How about your neighbors must be sick of your dog. Look, just because you think your dog is an “amazing dog” and looks “damn aggressive” doesn’t mean your neighbors feel that way.
            Did you get your dog only for the looks? Do you spend proper time and give that dog breed the proper exercise and attention it needs so it’s not barking so much? That breed has a loud bark. Surely you knew that about the breed before You decided to own one. Be a responsible owner and care for it properly. So it doesn’t bark so much. The neighbors have a right to peace too.

          • When it barks, squirt it with the house. It will take time so don’t get lazy and keep on it.

            It is important that you try and do this every-time.
            I had a kelpie that was very vocal, as far as I know no neighbours were upset but she was pissing me off.
            Everytime she barked I squirted her with the house, it worked within a month. Years later on average she barks for 5 seconds a week.

          • HOSE… God why does it always come out as house..
            No don’t squirt it with a house, that would be bad, use the garden hose.

            🙂

          • I am in the same boat one of my neighbours has complained multiple times about our German Shepard barking. She claims he does it all day every day, we have security cameras and can confirm that it isn’t all day she even complained about him barking all day while I was working from home due to covid for 2 months which was a lie because I was home everyday except maybe an hour doing deliveries and he was inside with me, but there are times now that I am back at work that he does bark and it is for a few minutes at a time but it is only ever when the neighbours are in their back yard. He does not bark at the other neighbours on the other side ever as I have asked them and they said they never even hear him, the other neighbours in the complex have also said the only time they hear him is when a delivery van comes up the driveway of the complex. I don’t really know what to do because he only does it when we aren’t there. I am getting a barking collar to see if that will deter him and am going to introduce him to the neighbours to see if he will be relaxed enough knowing that it is them and he has met them before. He has lived with us for 2 years now and it has only been this year that he has started barking at them so I don’t what has changed besides them using their back yard more and that they have a wallaby in their yard.

        • I have to agree. I have two dogs in a condo. My dogs can be quiet for hours on end during the day – generally they sleep alot. When I am home, they bark when they play together, you know a fun playful bark. Sometimes they bark at me when their water bowl is empty. A couple of months ago my neighbor started pounding on the wall because he heard my dog bark . What he didn’t know was that I burned something in the oven and the fire alarm went off, the dogs were scared. HIs pounding scare them more and they barked in a panic. After I got them I calme down I went to talk to the neighbor, he yelled at me told me that this was a quiet development and that it should be quiet 24 hours a day. I said uh no, first of all dogs bark sometimes, second my dogs only bark in a few instances, they hear a delivery at a door by me, they bark for about two seconds, they sometimes bark when they are playing together.. and sometimes they bark when their food bowl is empty,he interrupted me and told me he didn’t care. He told me that he had called the police and our home owners association and both of them told him there was nothing he could do. I just left, clearly he did not want to work at a solution. Two weeks pass. My dogs are at my feet, I am working from home due to Corona virus, virtual work. It is 10:30 in the morning they start playing and bark a couple of playful barks. He starts pounding on wall about 16 pounds , loud, vibrating the wall. I call the police. The officer tells me that he cant do anything but that the neighbors behavior is harasment and I can file a anti harasment order against him. I don’t want to be that kind of asshole, but I don’t want my dogs to get taken away either. It is bullshit. My dogs right this minute are quietly sitting with me on the couch. They have been quiet for hours. Being home has allowed me to see them all day and they have been great. They are dogs, Dogs bark. Our development allows dogs . There are children here…. wanting it to be quiet for 24 hours a day is not realistic. He is a bully and gets off on trying to make trouble.

      • God it’s so true ppl who think kids scream and dogs bark are the true assholes. If you live in an apt building and kids scream all day outside and dogs bark all day. That can really bring on stress even the kind that manifests into physical ones. Ppl who are responsible for their kids behavior and loudness other their dogs who bark hours on end. Are ppl who respect themselves, others and are courtesy neighbors. I have a small dog and I trained her not to bark excessively. Now she only barks if someone knocks on the door. New neighbors that moved in have 2 dogs that bark hours on end and I am not exaggerating. I’m talking about 3-4 hours at a time something must be mentally wrong with the dogs. I’ve never experienced this and can’t believe how long a dog can bark for. All the neighbors in the building are complaining it’s so nerve racking omg. The owner has sent them a letter but they refuse to muzzle them or a bark collar when they leave. I am a complete dog lover but this is too much it’s literally affecting my mental state. To make sure I wasn’t exaggerating for being a complainer. I knocked on 10 of my neighbors doors to ask if it was affecting them. Very last one of them said. “Omg I can’t take it it’s driving me crazy.” Again I’m not exaggerating when I say hours at a time. I know kids scream and dogs bark but there has to be a limit and respect for neighbors. I trained my dog not to bark and I trained my kid to keep a light tone when playing outside. I mean there are retired elders in apartments, disabled ppl ect. They are also the type of neighbors who blast music 3-4 days a week as loud as a club. Basically the kind of nightmare neighbors you hope never move in. For anyone who thinks like the above commenter. I hope a neighbors moves in with dogs who bark 3-4 hrs at a time. I mean a few mins here and there or even 30 mins is one thing, but f 3-4 hrs at a time sometimes it’s been all day. And then these kind of ill mannered ppl that live in apt buildings are the true assholessssssss. We all have a duty and obligation to teach our dogs not to bark excessively and to teach our kids not to scream for hours at a time.

          • Make sure no dogs are allowed before, moving in if it is so much of a bother to have barking dogs and noisy kids.. Or Yes, move else where…

          • Why should people move because of your barking dogs Danielle? Do you own the street? Do you bark at people, and they have to go through the stress and expense of moving home?

            Sociopathic barking dog owners. Scum of society.

          • You really aren’t very bright. In fact you are incredibly stupid. You far surpass mere ignorance, as you have a very twisted sense of logic. Actually, You have no logic, you are not logical in any way, which makes you completely Illogical.

    • I agree…neighbors suck. People for some reason have forgotten that the world doesn’t revovle around them. You are always going to have neighbors with dogs or kids that irritate you, and you kind of have to suck it up and deal with it. I hate to break it to the world of complainers, but the shit you do annoys other people too! If you want to be able to do what you like then you need to let others live the way they want too. There are worse things in life then barking dogs. People have way too much time on their hands.

      • How would you like it if I kept you and your kids awake all night? You wouldn’t.

        Barking dogs and feces on the street belong in third world countries. Perhaps you should move to one.

      • I meant my response to be for why are people so controlling and intolerant…. thank you , you are right on.

        Phil the fact is that there are all kinds of noises in communities, Kids playing ball , basket ball thump thump thump, young adults that play music and come home late creating noise in a small community, cars that make noise, delivery services, yard maintenance workers…. children crying. To pick on dogs is BS. People who live in small communities need to be tolerant. Maybe an approach to this could be a simple and understanding conversation instead of a rally of all the police and neighbors one can get to listen to their complaint. People who don’t try to talk it out show there true colors. They just want and thrive on conflict, they are bullies and their intent is to control poeple. F them.

      • The above comment was directed at Danielle, who feels entitled to make her neighbours life hell, with her neighbours by having an animal bark at them.

        How would you like it if someone bombarded you with 90db+ of noise, everytime you went in your garden Danielle? How would you like it if your kids couldn’t sleep before school, your baby couldn’t nap because some scum want to have a barking animal? You wouldn’t, would you.

        Always the same with sociopath dog owners, fuck the world, fuck people’s sleep, fuck the neighborhood.

        Then you complain when someone has had enough and takes matters in their own hands.

    • So don’t be an asshole. Because if you have an animal keeping people awake, destroying their right to peace and quiet IN THEIR OWN FUCKING HOME, you are the asshole.

  3. Pam, I just experienced the same thing today with my neighbor. I recently got a new best friend (9 month miniature poodle) she barely barks & I heard my neighbor (that has loud teenagers, two non-stop barking dogs) telling my dog “Shut the F*** **Dog”… Yikes
    I was ready to go kick ass… yet I relaxed & I sent her a text stating “I’m sorry, if my new puppy that’s in training & barking disturbed you but she is gated in our courtyard & has a 30 minute playtime. It was only 4pm Ca.

    Bottom line, we don’t owe anyone an apology. Live life Stress Free.

    My Puppy Is A legit, Legit, Service Dog!!!

    My neighbor doesn’t understand my medical issues & she is stressing me out more then she will ever know.

    God Bless

    • Legit Service Dog? Does not mean you can let it annoy your neighbors. Train it, keep it quiet it is your responsibility to do so not theirs.

      • CGR seems like a fking as hol, dog owners are doing their best to be patient with as hol neighbors. It is our land and house. We are doing our best to train our dogs. Dogs are living thing, people like us are protecting the animals and providing care. Isolated cunts like you, are the ones destroy the lives of animals. Try to care for other living things before trolling.

        • You ever f wondered why pet muzzles and bark collars were f invented. It’s for dogs who are such excessive barkers it disturbs the peace. If it were my dog being complained about I would slap a muzzle or bark collar on them quick. Neighbors with excessive dog barkers make excuses about their lazy training. Let a dog who barks excessively move in next to you and watch you sing a different tune. What is it about ppl who think like you and don’t train their dogs or kids. Instead of get mad at neighbors who’s peace is being disturbed address it.

      • EXACTLY why don’t these ppl get it. I have a Maltipoo big dog lover and I trained her not to bark and trained my kid not to scream. These ppl that think like this are ill mannered and don’t get ppl are entitled to peace. There is such a thing as disturbing the peace. Why do these ppl get offended by something they should know should be done. These are the types that let the f dog bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark and never ever say quite. Moment my dog barks I shhhh her and she knows. Just like with kids you train them ASAP when young. Well moment you get a f dog you start training them ASAP. Or as time goes on they get adjusted to never being told no by the owner or if it’s a kid by the parent wtf ppl.

    • Thanks for sharing. I am sorry you have to deal with that. It is rediculous. Some people just aren’t happy unless they are making other people unhappy.

  4. How about keeping your dogs quiet? What a concept! Would you put up with your neighbor playing loud music at intervals all day and night? And to the one person that says all neighbors are assholes? Nothing tops Asshole like a lazy dog owner that thinks everyone should have to put up with their barking dogs. People have a right to peace and quiet in their own home. Put the barking flea bags inside so they can annoy you and not your neighbors, have some damn respect for others.

    • My dogs don’t sit outside barking, you damn troll. They are trained German Shepherds. Obviously you are a dog HATER. Dogs BARK. Kids scream. If you can’t take it (living in a community with kids and dogs), move to a desolate atoll in the Pacific, and stick a pencil eraser in your ears.

      • You are an asshole.. People like you with no common sense are the ones who shouldn’t be allowed to own animals.. I have two dogs of my own.. But I will be god damned if I’m going to try and enjoy my backyard with a dog barking non stop . Fuck your thinking tough guy.. I’m assuming you don’t have a neighbor with a dog that does not shut up… until you do….. kindly mind your own business.. If you had a dog next door that wouldn’t shut up? You’d know it is most annoying…. Fu very much

        • Excessive barking is one thing but if a neighbor bitches from less then 10 minutes barking and not incessantly never later than 10 pm your neighbor is an asshole! I have a 7 month old pup who is in the process of being trained and always attended to but my neighbor sees it fit to yell at my puppy when I’m not there. I’ll be on my way out to get him but by then my cowardly neighbor will never say anything while I’m around. If he was a man he would call me. Stop your whining ppl.

          • Yea but then ya have it bark 10 minutes in the morning then 10 minutes before lunch, then 10 minutes after that then bla bla…. Ends up adding up, and it turns into barking on and off throughout the day, your 10 minutes easily adds up to hours.
            Beside the point, shouldn’t be barking for anywhere near 10 minutes! I know when my flea bag barks for more then a few seconds I go see what the problem is, she will get growled at if it was barking at a neighbour and if she does it again she gets the hose. Reason why I don’t let it go on is because its extremely loud and people enjoying the peace don’t need to hear 10 minutes of that god awful noise

      • TR
        That’s really responsible. Just because people can’t stand barking annoying dogs doesn’t mean they are dog haters. It’s your responsibility of a dog owner to care for them properly. Don’t allow them to bark and annoy everyone. Not everyone thinks it’s cute!

        • That is an ignorant statement. Dogs bark that is what they do. Now lets be rationale and understand we all know that barking for Hours , literally ( if that is true) is probably a problem, maybe the dog is scared? maybe someone is provoking it, maybe it is getting used to being home alone. Most , healthy, well cared for dogs don’t bark for hours. That is a fact.

          Dogs have normal happy barks that are reasonable — sometimes when dogs play – they bark, sometimes they bark if they are thirsty or hungry and their owner forgot to fill the bowls. Sometimes they bark because they hear people approaching their door , and in an apt or condo complex this could be multiple times a day.

          As long as the barking is not on going for more than 10-15 minutes at a time, or at night for long periods at night, I would say tolerance and just normal human kindness is in order.

          People have to be reasonable, just like children dogs do make noise from time to time. No one is promised 24 hours a day of quiet ,that is insane and unreasonable. If that is what you want you need to move somewhere with lots of property.

          • Dogs barking is way way louder then children playing.
            For example a dog barking 10 houses away we can hear inside our house with all our doors and windows shut. When family members bring their children to our house and they play on our front we can barely hear them and thats with our windows open.
            Thing is, if my children playing are being to loud I would be a responsible human and control them.

            I also think its crap when dog people use the excuse about children playing compared to dogs barking. Dogs are just ANIMALS! They are not as important as a real human child and if you really do see your dog as your children and yet you still let it howl and bark says a lot about your parenting skills.

      • People COMPLAIN when dogs bark. That’s what people do. Human society, not dog society.

        If you want to live in a kennel, go and live in one.

      • Why not just get rid of ya flea bags! Problem solved, their just stupid animals anyway. All they do is run around and make noise… Hay, why not get a gold fish.

    • yes!! Thank you! These dog owners who let their dogs just bark incessantly and then wonder why people get annoyed with them. Be a responsible damn dog owner or don’t own one.

    • Exactlyyyyyyyyy what is it with these kinds of ppl that don’t understand disturbing the peace and that ppl are entitled to it. The humane society told me they would send an application for me to fill out. My neighbors who dogs bark no exaggeration 3-4 hrs at a time sometimes all f day. After the 2 letters are sent to the neighbors if problem not addressed. They send a 3rd letter and if problem still isn’t addressed. Then they come with the police and remove the dogs from the residence. I don’t know what world most of these ill mannered ppl live in. But disturbing the peace can be addressed by law. If they would start training the dogs moment they get them. Then the issue wouldn’t get out of hand I’m sure they wait until after months or even years having them. Actually they don’t bother to think of f training them until they get that complaint idiots. And this is coming from a dog lover and dog owner. 🙄

  5. I moved into a upper middle class culdsac & had a neighbor who kept their small yappy dog outside 24/7 & alls it ever did was bark bark bark.. ! most likey for stress & attension it never got, i feel dog owners if your going to have a dog you should treat it like it was your child not a piece of disposible property to keep locked up outside… there is a place in HELL for dumb ass pet owner who neglect taking care of things in life there pets their children their property.. etc etc… i nicely asked these people at least 4 times to please keep their dog quiet but they ignored my request i had to move away after owning house for only 2.5 months lucky i was able to sell my home emediatly.. it was a very nice home… i bought a 2nd home out in the country no stinking loser trailer trash neigbors to deal with now… I don’t even care for people any longer anymores… i believe in KARMA & people deserve what they get the bad ones deserve nothing….

  6. I have to English bulldog’s that are very sweet in nature. They are inside dogs and the only time they’re allowed outside is to relieve themselves. On the other side of the fence happens to be 3 dogs who stay outside 24/7 and unfortunately when my dogs are out and their dogs are out they all charge the fence. 3rd party neighbor complains and now I have the citation. Feedback?

    • Talk to your HOA or whomever cited you, and have the citation dismissed. It is baseless if dogs are allowed in the neighborhood and especially if you have your dog behind a fence. The person who leaves dogs outside 24/7 should be cited for animal neglect. Call the ASPCA or your local animal control authority.

  7. Wait for an opportunity for the dog to be out and shoot it dead. Your neighbor cares nothing for your peace of mind and is killing you in increments too minor to be considered a crime. You indeed MAY shoot a loose dog. Or just move away like KCW had to. The poor home owner who had to give up a home for peace of mind from low-life’s and endless barking. As for TR, you are beneath contempt and likely on parole. Hopefully, they get you back soon.

    • What a stupid comment to make! Does that mean if your my neighbor and you talk too much I would be with in my right to shoot you? Of course not. Bad Human

      • Well Steve, humans generally don’t stand in their garden screaming at 90db at 3am. If they did, the police would have a word.

        So if little barking poodle pumpkins is a human in your eyes, perhaps you should make sure he isn’t a menace to society.

      • Talking and barking are same thing, just like a hair dryer is the same as a jet engine.

        LOL dog people are so weird

    • if you really are a police officer then keeping the peace should be your primary concern ,, advice like just ignore the problem hardly seems like something a peace officer would offer

      • Exactly… and we keep the peace by ignoring inane comments and taking a step back and diffusing situations whenever possible, not by suggesting one shoots other people’s dogs.

    • TR the police officer, people are sick of being kept awake at night and the law not doing anything about it. Spoke to someone recently who’s newly born baby couldn’t sleep, because of a barking dog.

      Authorities didn’t care, the owner continued. A barking dog more important than a sleeping, human baby. When people get driven mad and the law won’t help, they start to do crazy things.

      How’d you react, if someone kept your baby awake?

  8. Be aware of the federal cruelty to animals law that went into effect 2019. Fine and/or up to 7 years in prison.

    Don’t shoot or hurt any animal.

  9. I am with Just Sayin,,, ,,, kids yelling and dogs barking just deal with it ??? really ??? that does not make for a good neighborhood. I too had a dog for years and worked very hard to control her barking,, i paid attention to her barks and learned her language,, why she was barking and at what. I just earned the right to retire,, and all i have wanted to do for 40+ years of working is sleep in,, no alarm clocks,, no having to go to bed at a set time to get to work ,, enter the new neighbors with 2 kids (which are quiet but play out front at times) and the endless barking dog from hell,,, REALLY ?? I JUST RETIRED AND WANT TO SLEEP IN ,,,, i called the police who told me to call the humane society who told me they would send a letter if this was the first complaint ,, they would send a real person if there were mutliple complaints,,,,, what a waste i thought ,, they would probably just throw the letter away thinking it junk mail like most people do… anyway ,, i figured ok,, im going out of town for a week we’ll see what its like when i get back. (mind you i patiently waited 6 months for them to do something about this dog),, anyway i came back home and guess what,, NOTHING,, they did absolutely nothing about it,, so a couple times (maybe i had a little wine) i screamed at their dog to shut up ,, (hopefully they think im just a crazy lady)… still nothing,,, here is what i have done 1st i spent 45$ on a battery anti barking device that looks like a bird house i put in my tree,, it senses the dogs bark and emits a high frequency people cant hear but annoys the dog,,, hmmm well,,, worked pretty darn good,, i would say it cut the barking down by about 50% still not enough for me though ,, so upgrade to 200$ model,,, i just put it in the tree.. If your defending the dog owner dont,, thats totally unfair to all the other nieghbors,,, i litterally had been sleeping with ear plugs in my ears and in the morning that didnt even help i had to put noise cancelling headphones over myh ears that already had ear plugs in them to be able to sleep through its high pitched crazy making barking…. be persistant,,, file a law suit if you have to video tape the behavior whatever it takes dog owners MUST BE RESPONSIBLE,,, I WAS

  10. So, I am curious, as a dog owner, I do have a barky dog. My neighbor hates me with a passion. I get it, I would hate me too. They bark when were not home it seems. We have lots of company, they bark. Yet not at night ever. And no 6am barking either. We’ve had training, bark collars, shock collars, double fence, treats when she stops barking, keep them in in evenings. She is a catahoula. It’s frustrating. My neighbor wanted to have my dog’s voice box removed. She never barks more then 20 min in a row. people are always walking dogs and that gets her going. I don’t know what to do to not get sued. Yet my neighbor says I have done absolutely nothing and plans to sue me over it. They don’t work, don’t have air conditioning..perfect storm. please, not looking to be bashed. really asking for some alternatives I might not have done.

    • Why can’t your dog be inside? If people don’t want to keep their pets inside with them, then why do they get them? Not meaning to be rude to you, just a serious question.

      • My parents have a similar situation. Their dog is only about 2 yo and is still very cute 🙂 she is also a mixed dog that needs to run a lot. She is still young enough to get into mischief though so thats why she has to stay outside when someone isn’t there with her. Both my parents work full time jobs so playtime is usually afterwards. She doesnt really bark in the house and she sleeps inside at night so she’s only usually out sometime between 7-8 am till evening. My parents have tried training and treats, the vibrating collars, and the emitters for when she barks. She still barks though it depends on the day for how long. Sometimes its a few 2 min back and forth barking in the neighborhood and sometimes she barks for 15 min. But its usually when no one is home. My parents have tried so much but now they might be getting a fine because one neighbor keeps calling. I’m sorry that she needs to do this but I just don’t know what else I should suggest to my parents. I do know that someone suggested that they remove the dogs voice box but my dog does alert us to potential dangers there was one point that she reacted a mountain lion that had come into our neighborhood and let us know through her reactions (alerting and protecting) while she was in the house. To my parents she is part of the family and it feels cruel to take away her voice.

  11. Remove sections of the fence if you own it. It forces the neighbor to spend the $ for their own fence and should their barking animal come on to your side…..

  12. I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much, but he barks A LOT… So, leaving home is always a challenge for us. My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!

    • Getting sued is also expensive Robert. Have some consideration for your neighbors, stop being anti social and shut the dog up.

  13. My nieghbor across the street has an annoying loud agressive mut that barks at everything all day including me if it sees me doing anything. I have an Australian shepherd that only barks at something that is a threat like strangers coming onto the property. When she barks I go take a look. But what good is a dog that barks all the time. The nieghbor said it’s my fault because I once went to his house and told him he had a prowler on his property so thats why he got the dog. No logic there blaming me. If you ask me it’s not the dog disturbing the peace; it’s the human nieghbor doing it. He figures since he has lived in his house twenty years before I came along across the street well then he has rights and can do no wrong. I just say: Need my help sometime pal, you won’t get it.

  14. After reading all of the comments about people who have dogs and think it’s “ok” for them to bark all the time is ridiculous. Dogs are wonderful creatures however please understand that nobody wants to listen to your dog bark for hours on end the same way nobody wants to listen to a crazy person scream on a bus or train the whole 3-hour ride. At least you can get off and take a quiet cab the rest of the way. At home, it’s not that easy.

    You’re responsible for your dog and the noise it makes.

    If it’s you with the barking dog then try to keep it quiet and don’t use the excuse “that’s what dogs do”. Would you blow an air horn in Church or Class and say “well, airhorns are loud” when people get annoyed.

    Dogs don’t help with break-ins at all. Look on youtube at what dogs really do when an intruder comes in. They run scared or don’t do anything at all.

    I agree that shock collars and muzzles are not nice. There are vibrating bark collars that really work and don’t hurt the dog. If it’s you with the barking dog the least you can do is call them inside where only you will be disturbed with the incessant barking. Pets need supervision and training.

  15. I appreciate this post. All the fighting everyone else is doing kept me from going over to my neighbors house at 5am and knocking on her door. I have anxiety and do not like controversy but this morning I was ready to put it aside because I couldn’t take it anymore.

    Probably 3-4 days out of the week I am woke up by their dog. I have lived here almost 2 years and it’s been building up since.

    I got a puppy a year ago, she doesn’t bark, except when she hears other dogs barking, so mornings at 5am are a fun time for me after I’ve been worked a 12 hour shift at the hospital.

    I’m not an asshole. Not all of the people who are frustrated by barking are assholes. Some of them may be. But some of them might just have had enough.

    • Amen. We are not an agrarian society who gets woken up at the crack of dawn by a crowing rooster – or a barking dog.

      I live in a very densely populated apartment complex and the neighbors think nothing of bringing their dogs out to bark and play at 5:30 am. They wake up the entire neighborhood.

      There is also currently a coronavirus epidemic in NYC where I live. There is a hospital nearby and many Drs, nurses and other hospital employees live here. Lots of people work swing shifts around here too.

      The sound of your barking dog is not music to anybody’s ear at this time.

      There are quiet lots and non residential areas a few blocks away where your dog can bark without disturbing others.

      Too lazy to walk there? Then don’t be surprised if the neighbor gets angry.

      3 days in a row same neighbor tosses a ball under my window at 6 am. I politely asked the security guard to have a word with him and the man walked away.

      However he learned nothing and continued to bring his barking dog there.

      So this morning I went out and gave him a piece of my mind. He said that it was not him, that’s the first he heard of it, etc.

      Believe me, if your neighbor comes out in their pajamas and tells you to keep your dog quiet, you are disturbing them, whatever the hour.

      Take your dog away from the building. People who play catch with their barking pets in the predawn hours under their neighbors’ windows are lazy and inconsiderate.

      Take your dog elsewhere to bark. We have a wide riverfront park about a quarter of a mile away. Your dog can use the exercise and so can you.

      Especially during coronavirus people are cooped up, they may be working from home, educating their kids at home, recovering from illness at home.

      What kind of person wears a mask to protect themselves from coronavirus but disturbs all the neighbors with their barking dog?Not one who really has any idea what is actually going on around them.

  16. Barking dogs belong in third world countries, along with feces on the street.

    If you don’t have the basic empathy and consideration, to not keep your neighbors awake with an animal, best you move to a third world country.

    Otherwise, people will complain and eventually take you to court. This is a human society, not a kennel.

  17. When we moved into our home the 3 neighbors had dogs who barked at each other, people and those who walked by. Our dogs weren’t the barking type, we did have a dog who would bark every once in a while but she didn’t like to be outside. One particular neighbor her dogs were involved in a fence fight and they blamed the other neighbor’s dog. That dog was put down. Now we have a dog who likes to be outdoors. The dog has started barking and engaging with the other dogs. I put a stop to it when home. I did leave my dogs out recently not realizing it would be an issue, while gone during the day. Same neighbor with fence fighting dogs has come to our home and complained that she has been yelling and screaming commands at our dog and it won’t listen. She put bark collars on her dogs to put one on ours and she is in fear of being in her yard as is another neighbor because of our dog. Our fence doesn’t meet hers, her dogs still bark and now I am managing my dogs yard time. I am fine with controling my dog. Training a dog takes time and effort. I am upset that she is antagonizing our dog and that having 3 barking dogs in her yard is fine. She has also complained in the past about doing our yard work on the same day as everyone else because it bothers her. I don’t know how to please her.

  18. I have a neighbor. She has two dogs. Starting in November they started to bark. Not during the day, but as soon as the sun goes down. It doesn’t stop until the sun rises. So one day I text her and asked “hey. Is everything ok over there, your dogs are going nuts.” Her reply was “yes. I hate them. They keep us awake at night. You may hear me yelling at them. If you know of someone who wants them they can have them.” I thought maybe she would do something then. It continues. In December I again have reached a tipping point and text her. I told her I have a vibrating collar she is welcome to try. I’m not trying to get her to get rid of her dogs. I want to help her keep them since she has kids who may be attached. She said No thanks. She hasn’t heard them much and she thinks they got better. I told her No. it’s actually the same. They are moving closer to my home. Then she joked that the mailman pulled up in her yard and knocked on her door. The dogs never even made a sound so it scared her to hear someone knock. I’m like !!! Sure enough when the sun goes down it starts. So she knows it. She said she did. She knows it’s an issue. Here it is April and I’m still Not sleeping. I’d love to sell my home and move but I should’t have to. Can’t afford to either. I could cry thinking this is my life. I contacted the sheriff who says there is no law against it but they can talk to her. They can check the decibel level but says in his experience no dogs reach 85dcb from a neighbors house. Grrrr There is literally nothing I can do. I love dogs. We have a lab. I trained her not to bark at everything. If she does she quickly runs inside and I look to see what it is. If someone told me my dog barked all night I would fix the that problem. My dog will not be one disturbing the peace. It’s rude!! Control your dogs. It’s not that hard. I’ve started hating my house. Intense when it starts getting dark. I hate it every single night. I haven’t been sleeping and it’s affecting my health. I’m out of options.

    • Here’s an idea – Find our when your neighbor’s “quiet time” is (obviously not at night). Make a recording of a barking dog on your iPhone or some other device and PLAY IT LOUD until she comes over to knock on your door. Do this every single day until she muzzles her dogs.

      I live in an apartment building with thin walls. I had a neighbor who had a loud home phone that rang all day while she was out. I work nights and she worked days. So I politely explained the situation to her and asked her to turn the ringer off during the day.
      She did not do it.
      So after that I just put my phone up to the adjacent wall and rang it as loud as I could, night after night until I could here her and her husband wake up.

      She finally got the picture and the ringing stopped.

      Actions speak louder than words. Disturb her world big time for a week or two and you will not hear those dogs anymore.

  19. I have 2 jack Russell both are yapping at someone who excercises there dog on the car park Opposite me he the chap sits on the wall which my dogs don’t like he does it everyday Twice since the lock down there is also 2 Others that excercise there dogs by throwing a ball my jacks bark when they see them. My jacks bark at unusual noises and when the post man comes There is flats at the back of me and the young chap came round about them barking and should keep them in. He also said that they bark at 4 in the morning but only if they here a noise other than that they go to bed with me and get up around 9am. He said he was going to get the RSPCA and will be sorry when they get taken away they are my life as I am 73 he also said that I will be sorry he has been filming all this

  20. I have a new neighbor who has 3 dogs and no fenced yard… I have to walk about 300 ft to get to my mailbox past their house and also take my trash cans out and now I’m afraid as everytime they are outside they rush to our gate and start barking at us aggressively… the neighbors are being total jerks and don’t even apologize for their dogs behavior. Should I call animal control and just let them deal with it?

  21. I have a neighbor who will bark and yell at my Heinz 57 mix dog. I calmly approached her the first time I caught her doing it when about a year after we moved in. I asked her what I could do for her and asked what was wrong. We talked and she said I can’t stand her barking all hours of the day. My dog is outside between the hours of 10 or 11am to 8pm I apologized and told her that we recently moved from a rural area. I told her she is a really sweet dog and is protective. I told her I would do what I can to keep her from barking. Again I kept catching her antagonizing my dog with yelling and barking at her. I again approached her and tried to calm my neighbor down and she started yelling and repeating something has to change…..I did try to explain that her acting aggressive towards my dog wasn’t helping the situation and that she is making it worse. When I’m outside my dog won’t bark at her she stays at my side and just lays there. But if noone is outside and the lady comes out she barks at her. Now the lady has called AC 4 times and each time the officer always says that I’m doing all I can. He says I’m not in violation. While he is here my dog won’t bark at him either. I dont know what else I can do.

    • I’ll tell you what to do ok… SHUT YA DOG UP, simple.
      If you can’t shut it up or train it, get rid of it, Why should it be a burden or a nuisance to your neighbours?
      I don’t get your thinking, whats the big problem? Its an animal not a human.

    • Yes you are in violation! Your dog is not allowed to bark at your immediate neighbour, you are supposed to have it trained. maybe keep it inside or get rid of it.

  22. This has been fascinating reading, particularly the passions on both sides. But in this case as in all others, if one person’s liberty infringes upon the liberty of others, that person is in the wrong. I live next door to an elderly gentleman who got a Great Pyrenees five months ago. She’s barely a year old. She isn’t housebroken so she doesn’t go into the house with the owner. She’s huge and he’s frail, so her daily walk is three minutes from the bottom of a cul-de-sac where we both live to the top and back. The owner can barely restrain her. The rest of the time, she spends locked up in the garage, which faces my house. The owner keeps the garage door up a few inches for air circulation. Because this poor dog, who really is very sweet, is extremely lonely and bored out of her skull, she barks incessantly, any time of the day or night. She has a big rib case and her bark is deep and loud. I’d call what she does baying. She’s not in pain, she’s not hearing intruders, she calling out endlessly for someone to see her, to play with her, to talk to her. She gets practically zero exercise, as well. Please note that the retired owner is home the entire time this is going on. On the one hand, the dog breaks my heart. This is a form of animal abuse. On the other, the constant noise is affecting my mental health and shattering my concentration. I, too, have a dog; she never barks, but the barking from next door makes her anxious. I’ve spoken to the neighbor several times and also called him. He’s not interested in changing anything. (“There’s nothing I can do about it.”) So, there it is. I’ve recorded the dog many times and can demonstrate just how loud she is. I’ve kept a scrupulous log for six weeks of all the times she’s barked. Soon, I’ll send a certified letter that the owner has to sign for, just so he can’t say he wasn’t aware. I’ve canvassed the neighborhood and have the names of other neighbors who are also bothered. What I’m doing is building a case. When this virus is more under control and the courts open again, I’m suing him. Even if I win, the judge can’t force him to get rid of the dog. But the owner will have to pay to defend himself, and he might have to pay damages. If he refused to show up, he would get fined and I would win the case. If the barking is still not addressed, there is, apparently, no limit on the number of times I can take him to court. To be clear, I have no objection to the occasional joyful bark while playing, or yapping when seeing familiar faces, or when intruders are present. But this is something of an entirely different order. She won’t stop until she gets some company or stimulation, and the owner seems utterly uninterested in training her, either to be housebroken or to bark less. I’m baffled as to why he has a dog at all; he spend very little time with her. Some may think I’m being obsessive. Sometimes I’m in tears because I can’t get away from the noise. A dog of that breed can live another 11 years. I decline to simply accept that I have suffer 11 years of an incessantly baying dog because the owner is too selfish and inconsiderate (to me) and cruel (to her) to change the situation.

  23. I just read through the comments and I will say, you dog people are insane! You guys really have something going on with the front of your brain. You love your dogs, we get it. You need to understand that they are not human! They are animals! They are extremely loud and the sound travels. Just because you love your dog and think its barking is fine, is totally insane to expect others to like it as well.

    One thing I have noticed with irresponsible pet owners that let their dogs nuisance bark is they can not stand it when someone rides a motorbike, 5 minutes of kids riding a motorbike in their backyard drives these dog nuts insane, yet they just don’t get it about their dogs 🙂 leaving their dog howl and bark on and off all day or night is fine.
    I will also say a dogs bark is louder and travels further then a cheap crappy 2 stroke motorbike YES ITS TRUE

    Don’t you hate it when that old pensioner that owns all them yappy dogs, doesn’t have to work, is at home all day, can get off their bum to go to a fast food restaurant but can’t get off their fat bums to see why their dog is barking or maybe train it… These bludgers should not be allowed to have dogs!

    Imagine if people went out in their front or back yards and screamed as much as dogs bark…

    I have found a way to drive my neighbours crazy lol. When their dogs bark I discipline it by yelling at them or squirting them with the hose. When they come out having a fit about me disciplining their dog I inform them that I did not buy the dog so why should I have to put up with it? If you are too lazy to do something about your dog I will… They usually keep it inside because they don’t want me doing things to it.

    Grow up dog people! Shut your dogs up. Who do you think you are? You don’t own the street! Yea your dogs might be barking on your property but what you don’t understand is you are doing it on my property as well… Get it? Probably not.

  24. I have a neighbor who has become obnoxious about my dog barking. In order to address her complaint I only let my dog who barks out in the yard 3 times/ day for 15 minutes each time. I had been simply letting her run around the yard. I’m thinking I’ll make it a more controlled thing, and put her on leash. In addition, I also prepaid thousands of $$ for 1/ doggie day care and 2/ for our 2 dogs to go to a doggie play group once/ week. Yesterday my 2 dogs were outside and the woman yelled at me to make my dog stop barking. She had been outside less than 5 minutes. I took my dogs inside, but also yelled at her pretty aggressively.

    I’m not trying to skirt the law here, but it seems to me that letting my dog run around in her yard 3 times/ day isn’t excessive. In addition, my husband has an office nearby, and on tuesdays the dogs are at his office all day because our cleaning people are here on Tuesdays.

    I probably should not have lost my cool. But when she yelled across the canyon for me to shut my dog up/ I was furious. So the one time my dog went outside yesterday, this woman lost her mind?

    I never ever allow my dogs to bark prior to 10 am. And most days I try to arrange for them to be out of the house to avoid confrontations. But really, there are occasions when the dogs are here, and I think it’s ridiculous that I can’t let them be outside for 15 minutes, 3 times/day.

  25. I have a neighbor who has become obnoxious about my dog barking. In order to address her complaint I only let my dog who barks out in the yard 3 times/ day for 15 minutes each time. I had been simply letting her run around the yard. I’m thinking I’ll make it a more controlled thing, and put her on leash. In addition, I also prepaid thousands of $$ for 1/ doggie day care and 2/ for our 2 dogs to go to a doggie play group once/ week. Yesterday my 2 dogs were outside and the woman yelled at me to make my dog stop barking. She had been outside less than 5 minutes. I took my dogs inside, but also yelled at her pretty aggressively.

    I’m not trying to skirt the law here, but it seems to me that letting my dog run around in her yard 3 times/ day isn’t excessive. In addition, my husband has an office nearby, and on tuesdays the dogs are at his office all day because our cleaning people are here on Tuesdays.

    I probably should not have lost my cool. But when she yelled across the canyon for me to shut my dog up/ I was furious. So the one time my dog went outside yesterday, this woman lost her mind?

    I never ever allow my dogs to bark prior to 10 am. And most days I try to arrange for them to be out of the house to avoid confrontations. But really, there are occasions when the dogs are here, and I think it’s ridiculous that I can’t let them be outside on such a limited basis. Am I being unreasonable?

    We also never allow our dogs outdoors after 5 pm. So our barker may be out at 10 am/ 1 pm 4 pm ? It seems to me that allowing a dog out this frequently for a 15 minute break should not be against the law. We live in a private house, and neither neighbor either side of us has ever complained about our dogs. We have another neighbor who does leave her dog outside from 9 am – 5 pm, and I never hear the rude woman screaming at her. I have, however, been told by various other neighbors that they resent her leaving her dog outside all day every day. But it never bothered me.

  26. I’d rather listen to a dog bark for a few minutes, then hear R.A.P. music and kids screaming. It makes me sick the way dogs are always targets for creeps. So what if a dog barks sometimes. That’s a normal part of life. Their damn kids scream and run around any time they feel like it. The laws are very wrong and very unfair. I’m sure a lot of wonderful dogs have lost their homes and been killed because of these complaining, selfish creeps. If you have a dog or dogs, you’re a target for all these selfish, complaining scum. They awful people know that dogs don’t have any legal rights, so they go after them. I damn them all to hell. I hope them and their stupids kids drop dead.

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