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Sunday, November 28th, 2010
7:33 pm
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The Barking Dogs Livejournal Forum is now closed, effective November 28, 2010.

The forum in its current state will remain available as a testament to the human rights abuses and human interactions recorded here. However, no further posts or comments can be accepted for the foreseeable future, as the moderators rest, regroup, and prepare for the next phase of the struggle for the right to live in peace in our own homes. In lieu of the forum, please consider joining the Barking Dogs Yahoo email group or, if you are a Facebook user, the Barking Dogs Facebook community.

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
9:06 am
barking dog
I've been dealing with my neighbors dog for some times since the beging of this year, fellow neighbors have asked what there going to do with there barking dog they told them they was going to get rid of it soon, but they still have it,  I did call the cops on them they told us they couldn't do anything. so we left it alone for a while, each night and day the dog would bark, finally last month i got sick of it and emailed my local animal control, I told them that there house was a mess and didn't know what the dog looked like, so i think they came out and looked at there dogs, yes dogs they have one inside a little one and one big one outside. or someone  walked over to thee house and asked them to do something with there dogs. well for two weeks there dog didn't bark until two nights ago, at first  I was going to email the animal control but though it was a passing thing, i was wrong! last night there dog started barking ago, theses people get home pretty late in the night, so last night I emailed the animal control in hopes they will take the dog away or talk to the owners.
Thursday, July 1st, 2010
1:29 pm
Animal control & law enforcement won't do anything. my neighbor has a pit-bull that barks a lot. not just that, but the dog is always trying to jump the wall. In Oct.2009, I contacted animal control & showed them of a video of the pit-bull trying to jump the wall & snapping at my dog. they said they would call me to let me know what they were going to do about it, but I heard nothing.
In Feb.2010 the pit-bull jumped halfway over the wall & almost bit my dog, so I contacted animal control again. they came out & looked at the wall & the dog. the officer saw that I had extended some of the wall, but can't afford to do the whole wall. I told the officer that the dog owner should do the rest since it is their dog that's causing the problem. the officer said that they can't force the offending dog's owner to do it, but will talk to them. the officer said they can't do anything unless the dog was in my yard. again nothing happened & the next day, I get a visit from animal control with a report of me beating & abusing my dog. Isn't that odd? we know who it was trying to get back at me.
now it's mid June 2010 & at 2:00 in the morning, I hear the pit-bull barking. I went to check it out thinking that the dog was barking at a rat. My dog was locked up in the house for the night & I shined the flashlight out the sliding door window. well, the neighbor's pit-bull was in my yard, but thankfully was confined in an enclosed space I had built just in case this might happen. as I went to get a closer look, the dog began to growl & bark even more. I yelled at the neighbors to get their dog, but they didn't wake up. I then called the police & they told me to call animal control. I called animal control & they told me that they would come out later that morning. the owners finally got their dog over the wall. An officer came out at 10:00 that morning to inspect the area, but said there was nothing they could do since the dog was no longer in my yard & went to talk to to dog owner about the dog & the wall. the man said he would put some bricks on the wall. when he did put up the bricks, he only put a couple & left a large area of the wall with nothing & said to his friend that it wasn't his problem, yet he put two rows of bricks on the wall of his backyard neighbor.
two days later, I'm across the street talking to a buddy when the dog owner see's me & walks over to tell me that if he see's me in the street, he's going to beat the hell out of me. I could smell the booze on his breath.
three days after that, the police come knocking on my door because two houses down, there was a break-in & since I had a security camera, wanted to know if I had video. sorry to say, I did not. The funny thing about the house that got robbed, they have two dogs that were barking when it happened because I heard them, but like everyone else, didn't pay attention to the dogs because they bark all the time.
to get back to the police, I asked them about the neighbor who threatened me & if necessary, what can I do to defend myself. the officer said that I can only use as much force as the person assaulting me. that's stupid, the guy's much bigger. The police officer was going to talk to the guy, but of course nothing again.
I walk my dog in the evenings almost everyday & I've carried a large knife with me for the past year because I've been attacked & bitten by a pit-bull while walking down the street & have been charged by a pit-bull a couple of times while walking my dog. The police have driven by me a few times when I was walking my dog with the knife they never stopped me. well, last night my neighbor with the problem dog, saw me as I left for the walk with the dog & he knows about the knife. five minutes after I get home, the police are knocking at my door. they had a report of someone walking a dog with a machete in their hand. The police said that I can only carry pepper spray & maybe a stick, not even a bat to protect myself. I found out later that the neighbor with the problem dog was talking to the police right after they left my house. I've never had a problem with anyone seeing me carry the knife because I'm not waving it around. it's in it's sheath, in the same hand as the dog leash. I'm guessing, the guy figures that he can't run up & beat me up as long as I have something to protect myself with & he's also trying to get me in trouble to retaliate because of his dog.
Now, isn't it funny how animal control & the police won't do anything about an aggressive dog or the owner, let alone a barking dog, yet the victim is treated as the problem, criminal or just ignored.

Current Mood: aggravated
Friday, June 4th, 2010
10:49 pm
I think we're going to sue our neighbors

I have gathered alot of evidence of my next door neighbor's incessantly barking dog.   I have taken alot of time out of my life trying to enforce them to take care of the situation and their dog.   I have ALOT of evidence.   So, now these neighbors still let their dog out to bark for over an hour in the middle of the night recently.  Although they improved taking care of the dog, they always go back to letting it back out again at times even though they know the dog will bark at anything and everything it sees or hears.  We are finally going to see a lawyer because it has cost us alot with what we have had to do.  We tried to do things ourselves to solve the problem and not "start a war" with these neighbors.  But anyone who allows their dog to bark incessantly day and night or at you may be a neighbor but they are not your friend.  So, we are not friends and never will be, so we are just finally going to sue them.  We have also been harassed in a variety of ways because we complained.  We should get no less than reimbursement for our expenses, but will probably get pain and suffering also.  I hope to get reimbursed for my time and trouble in having to enforce them to take care of their dog.  I have worked in law firms and have alot of knowledge so I think because of all of my evidence we should get a pretty good settlement.   I really hate having to do this, because we hate confrontation and have never sued before, and we try to live a peaceful existence.  Everyone has enough problems as it is.  These people are just the opposite however.  I will keep updating on this topic.

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, April 8th, 2010
9:05 pm
A Letter to the Editor
This posting was emailed to forum@barkingdogs.net:

The FCC 31/3/10 page 6 states Chris Foley asked Queensland Parliament what would be done to help “well behaved” neighbours who suffered abuse from less well-behaved neighbours.  
I twice approached Mr. Foley several years ago about this problem, but he refused to raise it in Parliament.

The proposed Bill emanates from a survey (Sunday Mail 18/6/06) which revealed that one in five Queenslanders is forced to move house to escape rotten neighbours.
The  then Attorney General decided to look at Livability Courts such as operate in the U.S.A., (Charleston, South Carolina) which deal with neighbourhood disputes (Sunday Mail 25/6/06).
To date all that has been done is to ask the public for submissions re dividing fences.  The next subject will be trees.
The majority of neighbourhood “disputes” are about noise.  Over 50% of noise complaints are about barking dogs.
The administering authority for animal noise is Council; the Police deal with most other noise.   Councils blatantly refuse to do anything about barking dogs.  The Police don’t have to, so don’t.
The result is that sociopathic types knowingly and deliberately leave their dogs unattended in tiny back yards all day, every day, barking their heads off.  If you speak to the owners, they will run screaming to the Police who will be on your doorstep in a flash directing you not to ”harass” your poor neighbour.  
Such neighbours laugh behind their hands at the incredible power they have to torment you non-stop forever, without penalty, aided and abetted by the authorities.  They are treated like Royalty while their hapless victims are treated like dirt.+++

I spoke to Premier Anna Bligh and the Attorney General at the Community Cabinet Meeting at Hervey Bay in 2008, and was told barking dogs would not be addressed in this so-called Neighbourly Relations Bill.
This means that neighbourhood “disputes” will continue unabated.
Please note that being noise-abused is neither a “nuisance” nor a “dispute”; it is a major health hazard.  It is high time the Government addressed it promptly without further ado.

P.A. Robb, Naryborough


+++ See Australian Press Council Adjudication #1230 in early 2004, which ruled against the Chronicle.  The reporter, Ernie Paussa, retired soon afterwards.
Read Terry Sweetman’s take on this matter hereunder:


By  Terry Sweetman           sweetwords@ozemail.com.au
Bullies who are beyond reason
I have never been forced to draw stumps and move house because of problems with neighbours.
However, some have made the decision to move a damned sight easier.
One poor soul was clearly nuts, the result of a tough time behind barbed wire during World War 11.
Another had a team of dogs that were pooches of perfection until she went to work.
Another just had more kids than were comfortable at our time of life.
Apart from the crazy lady, who was given to throwing rocks, hurling abuse and making insane accusations, most were reasonable people in other regards.
Some were marvels, people whose friendship we still treasure.  I’ve been lucky but I’ve had enough bad experiences to know there is no more helpless feeling than to be confronted on a daily basis by people who are immune to common sense and reasonable behaviour.
And, it is obvious from feedback from readers and from a recent Sunday Mail survey that neighbourliness is not a happy state of affairs for many people.
One in five said he or she had been run out of house and home by neighbours whose behaviour has ranged from the truly bizarre to the criminal.  Clearly, some of those who claim such martyrdom are as loopy as they come, unduly touchy, obsessive or even paranoid.
But, as they say, just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean somebody’s not out to get you.
So, what is it with some people that they just can’t live within the reasonable confines of a civilized community?  Why do some people just have to make life miserable for their neighbours?  Is it some kind of downward envy thing, or is it territorial roaring and fencepost piddling?
Apart from some poor, isolated, alienated stay-at-home nutters, drunks and crazies, I don’t think it has much to do with neighbours or neighbourhoods.
I think it is just a symptom of the same sort of social inadequacy that afflicts some people wherever they are.
The people who throw rocks on neighbouring roofs, heave dog turds into swimming pools, vandalise property and possessions, scream out insults and obscenities and terrorise women and children are the very same people who go ape in traffic, run amok in car parks, pick fights in hotels, belt their kids around and ears in supermarkets and have stand-up brawls with their spouses in public places.
They were standing behind the door when the reasonable genes were being handed out and they go through life in a mist of barely concealed envy, anger and grief.  If they’re not tormenting the people over the fence, they’ve out picking fights and belting people in parks.
At school, they were probably the kids who were banished to weed the garden during lessons, ruined other students’ efforts and were first out the school gate the day the day they turned 15.
In their youth, they were probably the ones who couldn’t go to the cricket without jumping the fence, couldn’t watch the State of Origin without ending up in the police cells and couldn’t even catch a train without subjecting everyone to obscenities and boorish behaviour.
Usually their oafishness ends in fears and tears.  Sometimes it ends in death or injury when an idiocy-fuelled punch goes wrong.
And these are the sort of people we expect to respond to mediation in neighbourhood disputes!  
Come off the grass.
Mediation presumes some kind of reasonableness and an ability to compromise, qualities sadly one-sided in most over-the-fence rows.
So no we might turn to neighbourhood courts.
Good luck, but for them to succeed we would have to get a lot more serious with neighbourhood bullying.
And that’s what it is.
Disputation suggests two sides to a problem, bullying is one-sided thuggery.
It is the standing over of someone smaller and weaker or (in a neighbourhood context) someone who is handicapped by good manners and regard for the law and the rules of civilized behaviour.
Neighbourhood bullies care nothing for the trappings of a civil society and are undaunted by authority, the law, good manners or public embarrassment.
They steal neighbours’ privacy, their contentment, their security, their happiness and futures as surely as muggers snatch wallets and mobile phones.
Their activities are not curbed by legal letters, stern lectures from cops, or mealy-mouthed cautions from councils.  They won’t be reined in by feel-good tribunals and bonding sessions.
The only things that will stop them are police surveillance, serious charges, and hefty penalties.
That sort of police work doesn’t come cheap and is about the last thing a duty sergeant needs on his roster, but it is that serious.
To my mind, a person who makes another’s home untenable, uninhabitable and possibly, unsellable, is no better than a bank robber with a mask and a gun.   
Let’s have neighbourhood courts, but give them real power to stand up for those who are helpless in the face of arrogant bullies who ruin their lives and steal their happiness.

This posting is part of the Forum section of barkingdogs.net
Monday, March 22nd, 2010
11:20 am
For years
For years I've been affected by at lease one neighbor with barking dogs.  My situation about six months ago was this: I had two dogs next to me that would bark in the day as well as from 11pm to 1am.  I also had dogs directly behind me that would bark ALL hours of the day, all the time.  And to fill in any spots in between, I have a neighbor adjacent to me who's beagle barks from 7am in the morning to about 6pm in the evening.  Recently my neighbors directly behind me moved, as well as the ones next to me.  So I've only had to content with daytime barking from the beagle (as horribly annoying as it is).  Before they did, though, I've complained to all of them which only yielded minor improvements.  The real problem-dogs behind me though did not improve at all since they were just going to move in a couple of weeks. 

Now, new neighbors have moved in directly behind me who own about three dogs who also bark.  Just last week two of their dogs were barking, non-stop, from 3am to 4am.  It was finals week for me so I was extremely upset.  And in usual fashion, the beagle would tag team me and start its barking at 7am.  Right now I'm going to complain for the second time to the beagle owner, and I already called the sheriff on the dogs behind me for their 3am barking.  If the beagle situation does not improve I will most likely call animal control on them.  I am also thinking about sending letters to my non-dog-owning neighbors (actually one of them owns a wonderful dog that rarely--if ever--barks) to encourage them to complain as well.  This has got to stop.  I feel like I'm held hostage in my own house and that my schedule is being determined by something as stupid as a barking dog.  My ears are sore from trying to use earplugs, and I'm just all-around stressed out.  It's ridiculous too when there are moments of peace and I am able to get a full night of sleep.  I feel so relieved for being able to do so, but when you think about it, shouldn't it be like that ANYWAYS??
Thursday, December 17th, 2009
9:50 pm
The least we can do.
I am surrounded by neighbors that could care less if their dogs bark non-stop albeit 2 in the afternoon or 2 in the morning. What I hear more often than not when I complain is "you're the first to complain". It seems that when few complain that dog owners (of which I am a proud owner of 2 myself) conveniently assume that their neighbors are OK being awakened at 2AM. I think few people complain because they're smarter than I am and know what to expect in advance so why bother. The dog's owner can hear the dog just as well as I can and he/she must know that it has the potential to bother the neighbors but by not doing anything about it they send a clear message that they could care less and so why talk to them about it? Here's the thing - I thought that the bare minimum standard in being a good neighbor is to ask ourselves before undertaking any activity "is what I am about to do going to bother my neighbor?". It doesn't mean that we can't do what we want it just means we have to modify it a tad. I can still suntan on my deck while listening to my music - but if I turn it down low none of my neighbors should know that I am doing it. It's perfectly OK to mow my lawn but maybe Saturday morning at 6AM isn't the best time. It's OK to own dogs but no one should know you do unless they are trespassing on your property or during the times you're outside playing catch. 

You have the right to have guard dogs and if the only time they bark is when there is a real rather than a perceived threat - that would be great. However, if they are barking at the guy across the street walking his dog - that's not being a guard dog, that's being a nuisance. If the dog is barking at cars going by - that is not being a guard dog but a nuisance. If the dog is barking in response to another dog barking - that's not a guard dog but a nuisance. If the dog is barking at the neighbor quietly going about their business doing yard work - that is not a guard dog but a nuisance. If the dog is barking at the kids across the street playing hopscotch that is not a guard dog but a nuisance. Besides unless your dog is a free roaming dog - he/she is not going to thwart a burglary if they are tied to a fixed location on your property. If they are in the back that still leaves the front accessible. Or if they are tied in the front that leaves the back accessible. I speak from experience on this one because 20 years ago I was a crook and encountered many dogs - didn't stop me once - even when they were free roaming. And if the neighbors are used to the dog barking when the wind blows - they no longer look outside to see what the problem might be. Be a decent neighbor and a better friend to your dog - get an electric security system that makes all kinds of noise if there's an attempted break-in and keep your dog inside. It's better for the dog, it's better for the neighbors and it'll even be better for you - win win!  

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
9:49 pm
where is everyone?
so did all dogs drop off the face of the earth?  one could only hope!  just wondering why no posts here in over two months!
Thursday, September 10th, 2009
7:54 pm
The "Stars" of Lake Tahoe
This posting was emailed to forum@barkingdogs.net:

I live at Lake Tahoe, I have been here for many years. (40) California then Nevada side. Nice area of the lake actually. Marla Bay, Nv. You have no idea how many dog owners that come up to their inherited homes for the summer. These are snooty 60-somethings mainly. I live here year round through snow storms, horrible driving conditions, power outages etc. and live for the couple of months outdoors in summer.

So here they come. Drag their barking dogs up here to sit outside all day while they are gone for hours on a boat or on the beach (away from their homes where the barking dogs are barking for 5-10-12 hours.)

My thoughts are that... these owners are the same Americans that are loud and obnoxious travelers the world deplores. And are growing in numbers. They are think they are all important... "stars".

No common decency!

And...If they have a few dollars? They think everyone will just have to put up with their horrible dogs behavior. Too bad for them!

There are only about three blocks to this neighborhood, and I would guess there are dogs in 95% of the summer homes and about 50% in year round residences.

I just came back from two months in Europe and stayed in residential homes with friends. Mostly England (and lots of dogs there) And not once, did I ever hear dogs barking! Never. And I walked everywhere. Hmmmm.

We are hyper, and very selfish Americans.

End of story.

Jane in Lake Tahoe

This posting is part of the Forum section of barkingdogs.net
Saturday, August 15th, 2009
8:29 am
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
7:54 pm
Barking Mad in Australia!
This posting was emailed to forum@barkingdogs.net from "Barking Mad":

I live in a southern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. Although this is in the recent past, it has been like 'pulling teeth', to get to this stage and given my neighbour's refusal to admit fault, I wonder if / when it will recommence.

It has been 10 weeks now with no barking between the hours of 9 pm and 9 am (those are the times when I especially want peace and quiet).

I rent a Government subsidised house, - due to my anxiety condition. I've lived here for more than 6 years in this quiet neighbourhood.

My next door neighbour ( I will refer to as R ) moved in with his Kelpie (Australian sheep-dog) a fortnight before Xmas 2007. This 50 year old guy was / is a Government employee concerning Drug and Alcohol Abuse. R allowed his dog to stay in the yard at night and bark at various times of the night and early morning. The dog was quiet during the day

It barks 10 metres from my sleeping head, the noise reverberating against the 2 metre high sheet-iron dividing fence and the open carport where it sleeps.

I've spoken to R about this 4 times or so. The first time, his reply included saying to the dog 'come on, you're not allowed to protect me anymore'.

The last encounter had R screaming at me that his dog does'nt bark (said on other occassions too) and false counter accusations.

I've tried complaining to the Government Housing Authority, who in turn directs me to the Council. A Council 'Ranger', apparently visited one afternoon, sat in their car for 10 minutes and heard no barking. They told R why they were there.

R put 2 and 2 together and yelled at me in the street.

This guy is a bit of a nut-case, has shown his selfishness in other ways too and seems to know how to 'play the system'.

If any one has some feedback / would like details, I'll be glad to talk.

This posting is part of the Forum section of barkingdogs.net
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
12:41 pm
Ready to Move
I live in the northern most part of Chicago and have been very happy here for the past two years until this March when apparently two of my neighbors decided to get dogs. Let me state clearly that I love dogs, I don't mind the usual day to day barks and occasional misplaced dog poo. I figure that those things are just a part of life, but these owners, these dogs have nearly pushed me over the edge of sanity with the incessant barking. I can't understand how these people can just ignore the noise of their pets for hours at a time. Both households have children and the dogs bark until 11pm at night, how can they not notice the loud (and man oh man the big bulldog is soooo loud) barking? So, the story goes that at first I ignored it believing that these dogs would soon be trained or have bark collars, also it was the end of winter so they were outside for shorter periods of time. Now, that it has been warmer the last two months have been HELL.  The big dog is put out  into a fenced in backyard and left to bark at will all day, and he does bark a deep resonating bark for literally 20-30 minutes straight before maybe a five minute break and then yet another round. The little dog comes on the scene at about 5 pm until 12 midnight and a nice back and forth ensues between the two. When I finally couldn't take it anymore I called non-emergency to report a violation of the noise ordinance of Cook County, actually called a "barking nuisance" and was told that they'd send someone out. They never did. I called again after a three day stint of literally a combined total of 12 hours of sleep and they said there were several reports called in already and that it was considered low priority. I was then directed to Animal Control and was told to report neglect since the animal was left outside unattended for so long. I called and Animal Control HUNG UP ON ME. I called back and the lady (I use the term loosely) said I already transfered you to 311. I told her that I had been directed to report to her and before I could finish she hung up on me again saying, "It's a police matter". I then called back to 311, who then directed me to another police source (I'm not sure whom) and this person told me that there was nothing I could do other than go to the neighbors house myself and try to ask them to stop letting their dog bark. I don't feel safe going to confront people I don't know. Perhaps I'll write a letter but I doubt it is going to help. I'm so tired of this city and the noise and lack of any civic feeling toward other people. I've already had to make one trip out of the city to get sleep and rest after this past incident. Now I am thinking of moving permanently. Between the fights over chair "saved" spots in the snow filled streets, to robberies on our trains, the highest taxes in the nation, potholes that will crack your car in half and a complete lack of concern for  the public welfare by t he city council  I am at the cracking point. Not even the beauty of Lake Michigan and the fabulous downtown events and music and food can make it worth all of the headaches. If anyone has any wisdom/advice helpful hints I welcome them. I am tearing up as I write this because I wish so badly that people could just be a little considerate of one another... it would make living in a big city so much better.  

Current Mood: aggravated
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
10:18 am
Stop the Barking!!!
Hello All,

I see several posts on here in regards to barking dogs. We recently wrote a blog post on the subject and asked people to respond as to what kind of dog barking problem they had. We had over 500 responses and we took the most prevalent problems and created a free video on how to stop dog barking and tried to address the biggest problems. Not sure if anyone is interested but I thought I would share as it seems to be an issue here for some.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
6:20 pm
barking in Portland

Here is my story in Portland, Oregon ...
A year ago, some renters moved in next to me.  They got a large dog that they left in the yard from 4:30am to late at night. It barked almost all the time. They left it out there in rain, snow, heat, and never played with it in the yard or ever took it for walks (to my knowledge).  This was the loudest dog I ever heard. When I talked to the owner, he said "I'ts a dog and its going to bark".  When I asked him to either keep it inside or have someone home to monitor the barking and quiet it down when it barks, he said something about when his kids go to school. Like another neighbor told me, "He basically told you to F off".
I used tape recordings and neighbors signed my complaints and I turned them in to Animal Control. (getting signatures was not easy and I only got them on a few forms).  The tapes did work.
They did write citations for noise and lack of pet license, but the owner ignored them (I assumed they never paid any of them).
While animal control was investigating about 10 notices I wrote up for 1 month, the garbage family got evicted.  That would have been notice #3 and an order to abate the barking would follow.
But during the eviction, another renting neighbor with outside dogs and a yard that looks like a trash dump, took the dog into his yard.
A week or so later, the dog and his dogs killed another dog that got inside his yard.
I went down to Animal Control to give them a piece of my mind.  All of a sudden, they finally acted like they gave a crap.
I told them that the one that used to live next to me was the main agressor and the killer.  Animal Control removed the dog that day.
I still have some barking problems with those other 2 dogs 2 houses down from me. I will mail out info to almost all in the area ask to form a meeting so we can support each other.
I learned what you all know -- LIFE IS HELL WHEN YOU CAN NEVER RELAX.
More... those houses look like trash dumps.  The one next to me did not even have trash service and piled it all up in the house and yard.
I am hoping my yet to be formed group will come together and be effective to the point of making the problem stop.
I know the cops and politicians suck and don't care, never will.    
We have a mayor who cares more about raping little boys than protecting our peace.
Thanks for hearing my story.  I feel so alone in all of this TORTURE.
And to the little dog (pet) which I watched get murdered by barking dogs (junkyard dogs):  Your sacrifice to get the worst one off my street is appreciated. I honor you. I am glad your death was fast, even as it was violent. God Bless You.   

Recent update: 

I talked to the owner of the house next to me yesterday as he was cleaning it.  The renters had left a large garbage can full of used diapers out in the rain. That is what kind of people have barking dogs.
He did leave me his phone # and told me to call if renters in future cause problems.

I talked to a Multnomah County (Portland) Animal Control employee. I told her that the people next to me had a dog that barked all day and no  one was home to manage it.  This is her EXACT reply:  "That's fine. There is nothing wrong with that. I have dogs at home and I want them to bark."

She called me a liar when I told her that the dogs 2 doors down bark at me whenever I am in my yard.

I told her that the authorities should take anonymous calls for barking so other people who are not liars can call it in.  She said "If they don't leave their name, they will be calling from a gas station far away and lying."

I emailed a lawyer about barking, but did not get a reply.

Monday, March 30th, 2009
8:38 pm
Unhappy memories
This posting was emailed to forum@barkingdogs.net:

Today, I discovered your web site about barking dogs and their owners. What a revelation it has been for me to read it! I have sometimes felt very alone in my dislike of noise (be it barking dogs, music from stereos, etc.), especially when it comes into my family's house without
our permission. It seems as though many people in our society embrace noise and enjoy inflicting it on others. Anyway, it's a relief to know that there are others out there who think and feel like I do. The PDF poster, which lists the effects of continued noise, is especially worrisome, because I've experienced some of the lesser symptoms myself. For instance, I don't look forward to spring and good weather, because I know my more difficult neighbors, and their dogs, will be spending more time outside.

Your articles about the nature of deranged dog owners brought back some very unhappy memories for me. To make two long stories short, about twelve years ago, I had two neighbors who allowed their dogs to bark incessantly (disturbing my sleep), and who were indignant that anyone
would challenge their right to allow their dogs to disturb others. It was very difficult dealing with both of these individuals, and I must confess that I did not always conduct myself wisely or patiently. I was eventually evicted from the garage apartment I was renting, when one of these individuals lied to the police and said I'd threatened to kill her dog (not that the thought didn't cross my mind.) That was too much for my pet-owning landlords to bear, and thus I had find a new home.

Looking back, however, I clearly can see that it was high time for me to find a new place to live. I wasn't proud of the kind of thoughts there were going through my head while I was suffering at the hands of my neighbors and their dogs: I felt like I was the helpless victim of some kind of sleep deprivation torture experiment. I even felt like I was going crazy.

I could write at length about this subject, but I'll spare you. Thanks for listening, and thanks for all the work you've put into your great web site. It was a real eye-opener for me. Thanks again!


Austin, Texas

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
7:59 pm
"WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!" Quiet Pima County
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Hello folks.

My name is Catherine Sienko and I am the founder of "Quiet Pima County. http://www.quietpimacounty.org (Pima County is in Arizona and Tucson is the city.) We also have a yahoo.group with the same name.

Quiet Pima County is a new anti-barking activist/support group for all victims of incessant barking. Our main objective is to change the laws and change the way nuisance complaints are handled by Pima Animal Care Center and law enforcement. Any resident that resides in Pima County and is presently a victim of incessant barking or has been a victim or knows anyonewho is sick and tired of the unwanted, forced fed, barking, dog nuisance noise are urged to join. Nuisance dog barking is not a neighborhood dispute. It is a violation of our right to quiet, peaceful enjoyment of our homes and property.

After years of being forced fed the sound of my neighbors 3 barking dogs and filing complaints, going to mediation, filling out barking logs, going to court and WINNING, being harassed, libeled and so on.... I had to do something about it. These dogs are still barking. Other neighbors have filed complaints. They are getting the run-a-round much like me.

Our group started out quite small. I made a real pain in the patootie with a local newspaper and they wrote a story. We recieved many (over 100) positive comments. Our membership grew and continues to grow. We are posting notices in local markets and gathering places. We are 'branching' out into 'chapters' within Pima County. Neighborhoods getting together, Districts getting together, City Wards getting together. ALL FOR A COMMON GOAL. This 'county' is a bit bigger than the State of New Jersey.

We have written and called EVERY Board of District Supervisors and Tucson City Ward representatives. I have written to the Governor of Arizona. Our requests for better enforcement of the 'animal noise ordinance' have pretty much fallen on deaf ears. Very few responses from out elected officials. Mis-directed information to member who have called and complained. Again a run around. YOU KNOW if these government constituants had barking dogs next door to them, it wouldn't be for long.

I personally have drafted new legislation to be considered. It's tough. It protects the complainant. WE remain anonymous. Offenders recieve larger fines. Mandated Dog Behavior training for the offender would replace mandated mediation for the victim. No set time frames. Inside or outside barking will not be tolerated. Injunction and abatement. Impoundment of animals and offender for repeat violations.

Our most recent accomplishment was getting an interview with the local NBC affliate TV News station, KVOA. I was VERY nervous. They also interviewed my neighbor with the barking dogs. They will be using footage from the videos I shot. It will be shown tomorrow, Monday Feb. 9, 2009 begining with the 5am broadcast and continuing through out the day on each and every time period for news. Hopefully this will make our elected officials realize "WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!" (Here is a link to the news story and video
http://www.kvoa.com/global/story.asp?s=9822960 )

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you live in Pima County.

Catherine Sienko
Quiet Pima County

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7:54 pm
His bite is even worse than his bark...
This posting was emailed to forum@barkingdogs.net by Gina in Galena, Kansas:

I found your webstite very informative, but I have found myself in a slightly different predicament. My neighbour's dog, a boxer, seems to be quite aggressive. Anytime I, or anyone else, is in my backyard this dog becomes biligerent. He doesn't just bark, he growls, lunges, charges, bites, and tries to jump the fence. It is very alarming and has gone on for a year now. There are actually 3 boxers living there, and they have dug under and torn our fence to the point that in March our Chihuahua got under and was attcked, costing us almost $500 in vet bills. Then, in December our Pomeranian got under and he killed her.

I'm convinced this dog is going to seriously hurt someone, though the owners say they have never seen any aggressive behavior and that he would never hurt anyone. I have contacted animal control and was told that they aren't able to do anything. As long as the dog is in their yard, they haven't committed a crime, regardless of his behavior. And even though they tore the fence up, my dogs were in the wrong by being in their yard. I was told, however, if the was barking at all hours of the night then they could intervene. It seems to me if they are able to stop nuisance barking they would also be able to stop threatening behavior. The Animal Control officer told me if he cited them with nuisance behavior, he would have to cite me for having dogs at large.

I've considered taking them to court but don't know where to begin. Do you have any advice for me?

Thank you,


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Saturday, February 7th, 2009
11:32 pm
Has anyone ever used more than one bark free device at once?
I'm at the end of my rope.  I ordered the Petsafe Ultrasonic bark free device through amazon.com and it arrived the other day. It doesn't seem to be working.  The german shephard in the yard behind ours continues to bark loud.  At first, the dog seemed to stop *mid-bark* when I first hung this device from a tree branch aimed right into their yard.  But now three days have gone by and the dog seems to bark more aggresively. As soon as they let this dog out of their house it is barking.  I swear it barks just to hear itself bark.  I think its getting pissed off that there is some other *noise* trying to compete with its own barking.   So my question is, what if I order two or three more of these things and continue to aim them right into the neighbor's yard....has anyone ever had to use more than one device to stop the barking?



p.s  is there any kind of military-style  HIGH dB ultrasonic bark free device on the market?   I think I need mega mega mega strength
10:44 am
The other side of the fence...
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I'd like to let you hear from 'the other side of the fence'..so to speak. I am the recipient of one of your ideas to 'quiet your neighbor's dog'.

My situation started like this: In 2006 I moved into a new neighborhood. The neighbor behind me and I share a fence (backyard to backyard). My house is higher in elevation by approximately 20 feet, so basically I look down into my neighbor's back yard. My neighbor has 2 dogs that are housed in a run in his back yard all day and into the evening. My husband works nights and the dogs barked all day. I did not report them, I did not antagonize them, my husband put earplugs in his ears and then was able to sleep. They also bark at me when I go into my back yard to mow, or pick up ,etc. They did not/do not bark every day, however it is still annoying.

The neighbor who lives next door to me is constantly being reported by the neighbor behind me. He is reported for his 2 dogs 'excessively barking', however the neighbor who reports him (the neighbor behind me) is the one whose dogs bark the most! He/his wife files reports stating the other neighbors' dogs are 'in danger', 'have no shelter', 'have no food or water', and on and on. ALL the reports have been completely UNFOUNDED. I cannot have a conversation in my own back yard without being screamed at to 'shut up' (by the wife) because these neighbors like to have their windows open. This also happens to the other neighbors around their home.

In April of 2008 our family got a puppy. Our only dog. He sleeps inside at night, and barking was not an issue. We were reported by this same neighbor behind us for our dog 'excessively barking' on 9/11/08. Our dog was not even outside on that day (and we have witnesses), however we received a notice from animal control that stated our dog barked for 5 straight hours!! As the weeks passed, our dog did start to bark, however he only seems to bark at the one neighbor behind us. We consistently address the issue with our dog the minute it happens, however it just seemed like something was wrong, right around Christmas. The dog would be sound asleep and then jump up and bark like he heard something we didn't. I even mentioned to others that I thought someone had a dog whistle or something because the dog was acting odd. We pretty much now only let him out for potty breaks. Well, approximately 2 weeks ago, our next door neighbor caught the neighbor behind us in the act of antagonizing our dog (we had gone to the store). He was holding one of those lovely 'remote anti-barking boxes' over our fence and holding the button down and pointing it directly at our dog. It was driving our dog nuts! Now, I have looked at the instructions for these boxes, and I'm quite sure you are not supposed to antagonize the dog with the box when he isn't even barking! This has now CAUSED our dog to bark. This man waits until the second we let our dog out the back door to take a stroll around his back yard. He comes to the shared fence, stands there, and peeks thru, and then our dog will bark at him. I keep the dog in the house constantly now, but the poor dog can't catch a break! We had to go to the extreme of putting a camera in our back window so that we could even leave our house!! And then the Crazy neighbor's wife reported us to the police for 'trying to videotape them in the bedroom'.

Now I do agree that there are irresponsible owners out there...I AM NOT one of them! Every time my dog even clears his throat I am dragging him in the house.

I think the most important thing to remind people is how to be a good neighbor. This family has not ever so much as introduced themselves to us or our dog. The first and only words they have directed to us are 'shut up' and that was when we were having an ordinary conversation in our own back yard! Oh, and here's another little tidbit, some of those anti-bark boxes come with a remote control which is the type I believe this particular neighbor has. It also emits dual tones- One audible to humans, the other ultrasonic. I let my dog out back last week and (now I stand out there with him the entire time he is out) the box was emitting the audible tone over and over and over...and there were NO DOGS BARKING AT ALL. I even videotaped the incidents at least 5 times. So my question is this...how do we train our neighbor?? Do they make a deterrent for people like him?

Do you know that there are NO laws in place which prosecute people who file false reports with the Dept of Animal Control?? I fully believe that if you file a report of a neighbor's dog barking for 5 hours straight you should have to have some sort of proof, especially if you have filed previous reports which have been completely unfounded.

The facts are this...all dogs bark. They should not be allowed to bark for a long period of time, but if the dog says 'woof, woof' then stops, people also should not overreact. If we all just try to be good neighbors we can work together to solve our problems in a friendly way.

This posting is part of the Forum section of barkingdogs.net
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
10:29 am
Hello all - I'm a reporter for USA Today looking for stories from people who have tried mediation programs set up in their communities for just this problem - those set up local governments outside of the police department, or possibly by community members themselves - to solve the problem of barking dogs. Maybe you have had success with mediation; maybe not. If you have a story you would like to share, please contact me at afitzgeral@usatoday.com and I'll look at it.
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