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Ok, so my next door neighbours are really great people, I like them a lot,. But... they have these dogs. These awful, awful dogs. I'm not a dog hater, I have two myself, and I'm not one to judge dog behaviour because mine can be really awful at times, too.<br><br>
BUt these dogs... They're yappy. Severely yappy. As in, they've woken up my child from sleeping (A child who is very difficult to get to sleep) 4 times in the last 24 hours. They are so loud that it often sounds like they're in my house. They put them out into the yard and they sit at the fence and yap at everything that moves or makes a sound. The wind even. Not kidding. Or they sit in the front window and yap. And we can hear them, loud and clear.<br><br>
But what can we do? Ask our neighbours to get rid of their dogs? Yeah right.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
They're aware that the dogs have a serious barking problem, but how do you train a 12 year old dog to shut the H up?<br><br>
WHat do you do in a situation like this?
 

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Seethe in anger. Not really kidding. My neighbors let their dogs run and roam and crap in my yard. We're talking 4 different dogs from 3 different houses.<br><br>
I'm mad on a regular basis and am thankful we're renting and not buying here or I'd seriously tweak.
 

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yeah, crappy for us, we own and so do they.<br><br>
What I'm wondering is how THEY deal with it- they have a baby 3 weeks older than ours.
 

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We just had a similar situation next door. My neighbor has a lab mix who suddenly started barking all night long a few months ago.<br><br>
We haven't really had much interaction with these neighbors other than how do you do's when we moved in in October. They seem nice enough.<br><br>
Finally, DH left a note on their door which said something to the effect of, "Sorry to bother you, but your dog has been barking all night. It's starting to cause a problem for us as we have a hard time sleeping with the noise. sincerely XYZ next door"<br><br>
That was about a week ago and it seems like they've begun taking him inside at night.<br><br>
I don't think there is any way to approach this that is not awkward. There's no guarantee that they will be receptive at all, but I think you should talk to them. If they are totally unwilling to do anything, I would probably start filing noise complaints, but I'm not nice when it comes to sleeping. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I would talk to your neighbours and explain your problem, especially the parts about understanding & liking dogs, and getting your child to sleep. Ask them if *they* have any suggestions. Are they home when the dogs are yapping? Do they know they make so much noise?<br><br>
I have a seven year old dog who barks when there is someone at the door. We recently moved to a townhouse with neighbours on both sides so I'm concerned that her barking is a problem (nobody's complained, but...) I actually AM having some success getting her to stop. I know it's completely instinctive and part of her "job" as a dog, so I'm not expecting overnight stopping of the bark, but I expect that over the next few months I can get it down to a low "woof". The upshot is, I think it IS possible to train dogs out of barking issues, but it takes time and persistence, and most importantly, actually being there when the dog barks. If the neighbours aren't willing to do that, then the only choices you have are to put up with it, install soundproofing or at the very least double or triple-glazed windows, or start calling your local bylaw enforcement on them for noise violations.
 

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a white noise machine in your DC's room and one of those super sonic barking things??
 

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Honestly I love all dogs, my dog barks sometimes, but not like what you described.<br><br>
I don't know about where you live, but here a dog cannot bark steady for longer then 10 minutes outside and 15 minutes inside if it can be heard on the street.<br><br>
You could make an anonymous complaint? Unfortunatly if the barking keeps up they will get a fine though.<br><br>
Some have gone the lengths of getting there dog debarked, but I think that is cruel.<br><br>
Sorry you have to deal with that.
 

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Well, our dogs are barky when outside on their own (they are inside dogs, so it isn't that often, but it is loud). We bought something that works like magic - wish I'd bought it years ago.<br><br>
I'm sorry that I don't remember the name of it, but it looks like a little birdhouse and is for sale in the pet section of stores like WalMart (and probably pet stores too... I got ours at Canadian Tire). It gives off a sound when loud noises happen near it (barking). The sound bothers dogs (and people can't hear it). They learn VERY QUICKLY that barking causes an unpleasant noise, and they then no longer do it.<br><br>
It doesn't work on all dogs (as I recall when reading Amazon reviews before we bought ours), but I think it is well worth a try. You can always just return it if the dogs are too deaf to hear it or something. The best $50-60 I spent at Christmastime, by far - ooh, I checked Amazon and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPetSafe-Outdoor-Ultrasonic-Bark-Deterrent%2Fdp%2FB000UZNLGA%2Fref%3Dpd_sbs_k_6" target="_blank">found it</a> and now on there it is $43!<br><br>
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If you are friendly with them, then talk to them about teaching their dogs not to bark. If you're not friendly with them, report them. Every time it happens.<br><br>
Seriously, we've had some major issues with our neighbor, which mostly stem from this same problem (and their refusal to do anything about it). When the cops finally got involved, things changed and fast. I wasn't the one that called the cops (they called the cops on me), but the cops told them I had the right of it, so I really regret that I didn't call them much earlier (years earlier).<br><br>
They have a new dog now, and they've been much better about not letting it bark.
 

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Our neighbor who just moved in last summer has two dogs, she would leave them outside in her yard and go party all night. They bark <b>all</b> night- same as your neighbor's dogs, at the wind at the air, at everything. Drove us nuts. My husband asked them to please put their dogs in while they left and they did for like a week. The next few times it happened my husband called the police.<br><br>
Once one of the dogs got out of the fence and the other dog couldn't. They yelped back and forth for three hours while the one dog roamed the neighborhood- that time we called the police. She got a warning or something- she wasn't home when the cops got here.<br><br>
Winter was fine mostly, but then she did it again and we had family in town and the dog barked for three hours straight (midnight to 3am)- loud barking- like dogs do when they are mad- cops were called again and she got a fine.<br><br>
_ if you are friendly with the neighbors could you ask them to take them inside? If not, just report them.
 

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You might try getting one of those sonic dog trainers that is bark activated and putting it close to the fence so that they will learn not to bark out there. My dog has been barking more since we moved to a smaller apartment with no yard and I had to get him a bark collar. It doesn't always work but it seems to reduce the barking a fair amount (he's a bigger dog).
 

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I hate it when people leave their dogs out to bark all day. I have multiple dogs (all barky breeds), but as soon as I hear them start to bark I bring them in. It's not like it's Rocket Science.<br><br>
We had issues with our neighbors' daughter. She and her lab moved in with her parents' after a divorce. Someone would let the lab out for hours at stupid times (5am to 10pm). The poor thing would get anxious and nonstop bark so loudly, it echoed.<br><br>
Luckily, the daughter (and her dog) moved away, but I bought this CD in case we ever have issues like that again: <a href="http://barkstopcd.com" target="_blank">http://barkstopcd.com</a><br><br>
I haven't tried it yet, but maybe it can help you?
 

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Thanks for the suggestions!<br><br>
Just to clarify, they bark inside the house as well. We can still hear them clearly. I am going to go buy one of those bird house things.
 

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I don't think the birdhouse will work through walls, though. But maybe if they get freaked enough it will stop them anyway.<br><br>
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They make anti-barking collars, we looked into one before we figured out that blocking the see-through fence stopped most of the barking for our dogs. They are sound-activated and spray a little squirt of citronella into the dogs mouth, which tastes yucky.
 

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My husband actually considered buying bark collars and putting them in their mailbox, LOL.
 

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You just reminded me of when my BFF tried one of those on in a drunken stuper. She never put one on her yapper again.
 

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You might try calling your city. Our "says" that you can call about noise so I assume that means dogs. Our city sucks when it comes to enforcing ANYTHING about dogs but I know that other cities crack down more. I would try calling the city first. That way, you don't look like you are at fault directly even though you really are not at fault!<br><br>
Believe me, I am SO sick of people NOT controlling their dogs. I am not a dog hater but I do hate those who take no responsibility for them.
 

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I've been on both sides of the fence, so to speak.<br>
My old dog started barking when she was 12, after many long years of quiet complacence. I had NO idea that she was barking when we weren't home, until I got a passive aggressive note from the neighbour.<br>
I was livid.<br>
I didn't even know that she was barking!<br>
I marched over there and reamed him out for such a nasty note (that was 'anonymous', but I knew it was him). When we both calmed down, he apologized, and I assured him that I would do my best to solve the problem.<br>
I solved it by putting up a solid barrier cover in the window whenever we went out, so Sailor couldn't see the passers-by. I realized that this was the difference. We'd lived rurally until then, and she hadn't had to 'protect' her property before, and now we lived on a dead-end road that was a major thoroughfare for foot traffic, bikes, horse-back riders, snowmobiles, ATVs, you name it.<br><br>
Problem solved.<br><br>
Now we live in a condo in the city, and Sailor has since passed away. We have a lovely, quiet puppy. And upstairs is the barker from hell.<br>
I've sworn not to write a note, but that's a far as I've gotten so far.<br>
I've decided that when it bothers me enough, I am going to take a deep breath, take a shot of Rescue Remedy, and go up there with a plate of cookies and some homemade dog biscuits and gently let them know that their dog is unhappy when they're not home.<br><br>
It's delicate territory, for sure. I fully expect that they might get defensive and start to berate me about hearing the baby crying, or my partner's Harley revving in the garage every morning. That's why I haven't summoned the courage to deal with it yet.<br><br>
I feel for you, OP. Hard situation.
 

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Yeah, I don't want to leave a note because I hate hate hate passive aggression and I don't want to be that guy.<br><br>
We also close our blinds when we are not home as passerby is what prompts our dogs to bark.
 
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