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I got something in the mail today from animal control regarding a complaint of habitual animal noise from my property. My shepherd barks yes -- but I never let her bark for more than 3 or 4 minutes and bring her inside. Once in a while she will go outside at 5 am to go to the bathroom and hear something and bark -- and I jump up and go grab her and she is inside within a minute. I am assuming this is one of my neighbors -- not sure who. What would you guys do in this situation? Letter says failure to take care of this problem will result in mediation or criminal charges
 

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I would put a bark collar on her and put up cameras to monitor, and as evidence, that my dog was not barking.
 

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How does your dog get out of the house at 5 am?
Does she have her own access to outside or do you open the door for her?

Either way, if she needs to go out at 5 am, you could put her on a leash and take her out, that way you could keep her quiet by not allowing her to bark.

Could your dog be barking continually when you're not at home?
Could the complaint be for that?
 

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I let her out of the house at 5am. The leash idea I will try. It is possible that she is barking when I am not home but I doubt it. She is not home alone -- I have a basset hound also -- who is actually a very quiet hound dog. I am guessing it is the 5am thing -- waking someone up is pissing them off. I have lived here over a year and just now got a complaint.
 

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I do not own a dog door for this very reason -- I didnt want her out there barking when I was not home and have neighbors complaining
 

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The town I live in has a noise ordinance from 6pm to 6am, your town could have something like this too? Criminal charges sound extreme to me though!
 

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Barking for 3-4 minutes is actually a long time. I think our dog's barking is bad when Fed Ex comes, that lasts for about 15 sec. and I get worried because I live in a dense housing / town homes. So I'd stop the barking after about 15 secs. I agree with Findlay about walking your dog on a leash at 5am. Maybe go for an actual walk if you can.
 

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in my city animal control must recieve a complaint from 3 different households within a 300ft radius and in the same 90 day period.... multiple calls from the same household don't even get recorded, no matter how frequent. so it doesn't surprise me that it could take a year or more before contact is made. animal control will (typically) have details of when the barking is occurring - then you'll know where to focus as well as if she's barking inside that you aren't aware of.
 

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zzena. if you're thinkin it's the 5 am thing then try and leash her.

5 am is really early.
I'd assume most people are still sound asleep at that time,
and would find it an annoyance to be woken up by a barking dog.

I hope you can resolve the issue. Good luck.
 

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Many years ago this happened to me, only the animal control called me at work. It was a barking complaint about my husky who rarely barked. I was upset and a co-worker told me that I had a right to see the report. I did go down to the police station and though they won't give the name, they did tell me the time and circumstances. Turned out that it was at 8 pm and the officer received a call about a barking dog in the area. When he stopped and came up to the fence, well, my dog barked. He did admit to being surprised at the complaint as 8 pm is early. And also that it may have been another dog. My next door neighbor also told me that she had talked to the officer and said that my dog rarely barked. After I spoke with the officer, he told me not to be concerned unless there would be another complaint and then I should keep the dog inside at that time in the evening. There never was another complaint. So, it may help you to visit with the officer and find out more detail about the complaint. It is a possibility it may not be your dog after all.
 

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You can probably understand the "5am" part. I have a good sized lot compared to my neighbors and have been here much longer than them - but that doesn't mean Jack....

If you consider that you and your neighbors are all "one group" living in close proximity - then you would also need to accept maybe 5 or 6 kids out at 5 am or even after 8 screaming and yelling. It screws up your peace and tranquility big time.....

Its very important to manage your dog on barking when you have close neighbors. 3-4 minutes is a very long time to have dogs barking on a regular basis. If you or a family member are home - dogs barking at anything other than an unusual circumstance more than 30 seconds is unacceptable.... Period...

When you say 3-4 minutes - it's obvious you are not making any effort to control your dogs..... not acceptable... concessions must be made for your environment and code enforcement will hammer down on you every time.

I believe, I've got about 100 hours training into my pup trying to dampen her prey drive at 5am when I let her out in the am so she will not bark and really piss off the neighbors - THIS is my responsibility in being a good neighbor. She still loses it once in a while, but the neighbors can hear me also - right on her but to shut up and come back in the house once she's finished her business.

It's just simple respect for your neighbors.
 

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I've lived in the same house for 18 years, have a fenced back yard but my boys are house dogs. They are momma's boys and will not stay in the yard without me. They still bark while I'm out with them though I do stop them. They bark at vehicles they do not recognize.

I should have added that our neighborhood is a dead end, and of the 7 homes, 6 of the families have lived in the neighborhood more than 10 years, so we are all pretty friendly.

I have told all my neighbors to let me know if my dogs bother them and several of them replied that they were glad to have them barking, made them feel more secure. But I don't let them out to bark before daylight, I wouldn't want to be woken up like that.

Maybe talk to your neighbors if you feel comfortable with them? But like someone advised in an earlier post, I would go and see a copy of the complaint.
 

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I agree with communicating with the neighbors. I did this before I moved in to my house. I also let my dogs meet my closest neighbors, including the kids that play ball and ride their bikes. It worked out well because my dogs don't bark at anything. Kids are banging the ball against the fence, neighbors having parties,or just walking by without issue. I always tell them if they have any issues to come to me. They are thrilled to have GSDs in the neighborhood. My one neighbor takes my dogs for a run and has me bring them over to run on his property that is 3 acres. He always asks me if my dogs have vocal chords because he never hears them bark. Yes I do believe communicating with the neighbors is key.
 

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If your dog is barking for 3 to 4 minutes and you're there?? If that is correct?? Than you have a problem or rather your neighbor does.

I had three dogs in my backyard and if they barked for more that 10 seconds if that?? Someone had best be coming over the fence! If they barked it meant something was different in the environment?? The neighbors in there backyard and the dogs who constantly barked on one side, were non issues, to my dogs for me not so much! :mad:

Your dog is bored, you need to engage with him more (training) but those things take time. Right now as has already been stated you need a "Bark Collar" and not one of those "Citronella" collars, those are crap.

You need this to stop now then work on training. "Blitzkrieg1" already named "real" Bark collars. IF your dog is making someone nuts?? Yo never know what people will do?? People have to knock on my dog or come onto my property to know I have dogs. Works fine for me. :)
 

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If your dog is causing problems for your neighboors, then yes, please take actions to stop the barking. Doesn't matter if the barking goes on for 30 minutes or 30 seconds - you want to be a good neighboor, you want your dog to not even be noticed and not cause any issues.


Bark collars work great! (get a good quality one, like Dogtra). I've never used one but I have friends who have used them, and it fixed the barking problem. Some people worry about the dog building frustration and stress if not allowed to bark, but my friends' experience was exactly the opposite: it actually CALMED the dogs, and they leaned to not react a every little thing.
 

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We employ the "if it's dark, you can't bark" rule. If it is either early or late, the dogs are only let outside with an escort. The second that any one of them barks, all dogs must come back inside immediately.

This gets tricky with some of the new fosters because they might take a while to catch onto the "Hush!" command. But, they usually learn from my permanent dogs fairly quickly.
 

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Personally, I think it is crap.

The neighbor's infant can be crying at 5am. No one is going to send in a complaint. The neighbor's kid can be screeching or learning to play the trumpet and making a ton of noise, no one is calling to police about that. People are way too uptight about dogs. Because they can.

And, so, the neighbors are being real jerks about this -- a few minutes, here or there. It is time to suddenly work on cutting firewood for next winter's heating, and 5AM with a chain saw sounds like the appropriate time to do so. For a week at least.

The next time they bitch about your dog, get your chain saw out again, for two weeks. Or buy yourself a motorcycle, and invite all your biker buddies over to the house for a morning ride, starting at 5 AM.

I have dogs that bark, and my neighbors are saints, and if you were letting your multiple dogs bark for stretches every day, I would probably be suggesting what the others are. But a few minutes here or there? It sounds pretty unreasonable.

Is it a noise ordinance in general or just barking dogs? Because suddenly my lawn would need to be mowed, every day, at what time? Yep 5am. No other time to do it. But I like the chain saw better.

Everyone SHOULD try to be a good neighbor. But good neighbors ask you FIRST, before running to the law about you.

Oh and no way would I put an e-collar on my dog to zap them if they bark. Sorry, but no way. I won't use the nasty things in training, and I don't leave collars on my dogs period. A dog can get hung up on an e-collar like any other collar. So nope, that won't work. Yes, at 5AM go out with your dog. Then bring your dog in, and go get your chain saw. Time to start you chores.
 

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I think it's childish and petty to retaliate in such ways. Someone needs to be a responsible adult, a good neighbour, and set an example of responsible dog ownership through their actions and attitudes.

I've been in a situation where the neighbors complained about my dog barking at 7 am: they were shiftworkers, and only on certain days were they able to sleep in, but could not due to being woken up by my dog. No problem, sorry to be nuisance, I'll fix it asap.

Training and a change in routine took care of it. Acutally, owning up to my responsibilities of being a good dog owner, which includes making sure that my dogs don't disturb others, took care of it.
 
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