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    I think you'll do best as others suggested (and yourself) by talking to the neighbours - specifically the one who has been leaving you the notes about the barking. They will see that you are a responsible owner who is more than happy to communicate with them to help fix the problem.

    Gotta admit, a dog barking on and off all day would drive most people absolutely phsycho, but...by talking to this guy (and others) you might be able to better judge whether his complaint/comments are fair or if he's just whining. Has been known to happen.

    Good luck with it.

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    Vellela

    You will need to keep a log book of when you're home and how much the dogs bark, so you have "evidence" to counteract the exaggerations of your neighbour.

    However I have lived with a yappy dog over my back fence that would bark for ages at possums in another neighbour's lily pily tree. It's not ok for dogs to bark at local wildlife at night time. Or even during the day time. So you will need to teach your dogs not to bark at possums. It might be helpful to advise your upset neighbour of this.

    Are the dogs out the back or inside when they're barking? If you are out, it might be a good idea to put them inside in a room with a wall not shared with the upset neighbour. If they're outside - maybe you can teach your neighbour a few clicker training techniques to help them to shut up - maybe you can go around to your neighbour's yard (with permission) and do it yourself. A behaviourist will probably help here.

    Technique I've used - water jet when barking and good dog/click+treat when shut up. Also click+treat when quiet. But must be careful with timing so not to get a dog who barks for treats. If I don't know what my dog is barking at, I go check it out - because sometimes it is something you want to know about, like a visitor or stranger or a graffiti vandal. And if it's kiddies going home from school, or your neighbours gardening, you need to teach your dog that they're all ok (yawns, lip licking, turning away, boredom signals from you)

    Technique I've not used but works for some dogs - citronella collar - some councils hire these out - put on dog - dog gets a squirt when it barks. For queensland dog owners, you can get an electric version of this if the citronella doesn't work.

    One thing that is guaranteed to make the barking worse - is if you or your upset neighbour yell at the dogs when they're barking.

    This just tells the dogs - hey- you're barking too - whatever it is, must be worth barking at. Just notice the way that barking spreads around the neighbourhood, this dog barks so the neighbouring dog barks and passes the "message" along. So if you yell at the dog to shut up - it just sounds like you joining in to pass on the message. Might want to explain this to upset neighbour too, when you're explaining about using a water pistol (if this is ok with you). Don't bother with loaning your upset neighbour a water pistol if they have teenage or almost teenage kids because those kids will just misuse it and tease your dog and confusion not training will result.
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    Thanks Haycinth....We don't let the dogs out at night after a certain time unsupervised because of the possums. I guess I will probably have to make sure they stay in doors when we go out at night. We stopped leaving them in the house when they dug up the carpet. Things have settled down a lot since then and I am teaching them slowly not to bark at the normal neighbourly noises. The citronella collar sounds interesting....
    Vellela

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    My dog is an absolute horror with barking. Where we used to live, he could see right outside the backyard, onto a semi-busy road, where kids/cars/bikes and even horses go by. He used to bark all day and night if he wasn't inside. The only thing that really helped (we tried everything but a citronella collar) was bringing him inside or putting him onto a lead tied to a pole for ten minutes. Theory was lead (this specific lead) = time out.

    Now, after we've moved, we have a very large yard. Directly backing onto our yard are four different neighbours, three of which have dogs and one who likes to clean their yard every day at around 5pm. At this house, my dog cannot see the street, and doesn't bark much at the other dogs (and when he does, he's easily called or distracted). In fact, its become so manageable that I can call him from my window (upstairs), make him sit underneath it, and he'll be distracted enough to not bark again.


    Perhaps it's an idea to ask for the neighbour to obtain proof, if you can (assuming you know who it is), or even make a recording of it during the day. That way you will be able to tell if they are simply whinging.

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    Oh my god I am absolutely horrified....I have spoken to another neighbour and she has said that Ollie barks and barks and barks when I go out at night. I am really upset about this - I don't like to have to lock him in the laundry...it just doesnt sound fair but I know I cant let this continue. Might give the citronella a try.

    I am pretty sure they are ok during the day. I think its just the possums that he goes ballistic at...bloody possums
    Vellela

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    Well I guess you could invest in a "cat trap" ie a cat sized wire cage, with a door that is tripped when an animal eats a bait on a wire inside. And bait the cage with bits of apple.

    And when you get the possum, relocate at least 7 *miles* from your place. This is probably very unhealthy for the possum (might get attacked by other possums in the area) but might get a reprieve from the barking. A close inspection of the ground where you want to release possum, by your dogs, will reveal whether there is possum poo and therefore possums, or not.

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    Have spoken to my dog trainer and we are going to try Citronella Collar - can't hurt. I don't want to have to lock my dogs up when I go out for a few hours in the summer. My house can get really really hot and its not fair on the pups, will do everything I can to see that he can be part of his outdoor environment also....
    Vellela

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    Hi Vellela

    Do talk to your upset neighbour, give him/her your phone number and let them know when you're planning to be out next, especially when you try the citronella collar (definitely try this first on a night when you plan to be home with the possums...)
    and give your neighbour your mobile number so they can call you if there is too much barking.

    Any effort by you to let them know you care about their problem even if you don't fix it instantly will help.

    You may also want to invest in one of those portable evap coolers if you live somewhere not too humid. They do make a difference to comfort and might blot out any noises that would trigger barking.

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    Thanks Hyacinth....have spoken to all the neighbours and apologised to them. I find it amazing that they have been prepared to put up with the barking for a few weeks and not say anything. The one neighbour who was keeping an ear out hasnt heard anything...might shout her a free hearing test... Shouldnt be surprised as am starting to realise she doesnt hear her own dogs!!

    I have spoken with my dog trainer and he is going to help me set everything up. Our plan is to start to use it for a couple of nights when I am home. We don't want Ollie to associate the citronella with Penny (who we don't think is the barker....she is too busy sooking...she has a mousy sook but you cant hear it much...well at least I hope not) so I shall take her out for a walk and let him get used to it on his own...we only want him to use it when he is home alone and at night, as I do like the fact that if someone comes onto the property he does bark and alert me.

    Fingers crossed....

    Have explained to the neighbours its might take a week or two for things to settle and that in the meantime I will keep him in doors at night. I have also asked them to let me know if he starts up the barking....now we wait and see...

    Am a bit over the possums tho', last night he passed up and down the hallway because he could hear them but couldnt get out....might take him a few nights to just accept the new house rules....
    Vellela

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    Hi Vellela

    Looks like you have a great dog trainer...

    I was worried that leaving Ollie on his own with the collar for the first time - nobody is around to deal with if he happens to freak out because of it. Not that I've heard of dogs having that problem - usually it's more like woof woof, surprise, what was that, ah well, woof woof, surprise - it happened again...

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