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    Has anybody had a neighbour complain about the antics of your dogs? We had a neighbour (since moved) that complained to council because HIS dog was barking every time someone drove up our driveway. We run Canine Fitness Centre from a shed near the house so this happened fairly constantly.
    Nev Allen
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    Some people have enormous cheek and take no responsibility! At least they left!

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    We've been lucky and have had pretty good neighbours throughout our dog owning lives! thank god. Can't imagine what it would be like to have horrible ones, I would be constantly worried they would do something bad!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Our house is quite high set and on a hill, so we look into the yard of the person behind us and one house down, if that makes sense. One day we took the dogs to the park and were out the front hosing them off afterwards and a man came storming up our drive-way, no introduction what-so-ever and went straight into agressively saying "I'm here to ask you to have some respect for your neighbours" and then went on to say how HIS dog can see our dogs on our balcony so HIS dog (SWF) spends all night barking at them.

    He was very strange seeming and just gave off that 'creepy' vibe. Problem is, I put our dogs to bed in the garage about 7:30pm when I go to bed, let them out to the toilet at 2:30am when I get up for work (I never hear another dog barking) and then put them back in the garage and they don't get let out again until my partner leaves for work about 7am. But because of the weird vibe he was giving off, we didn't say anything about where our dogs sleep.. I didn't want him knowing what our 'come and go' hours were. He even finished on the comment "I didn't realise this house was a rental".. what a nice feeling it was being able to tell him we own it!!! Just because we're young apparently we can't own a house..

    A week or so later when I went to leave for work (3am), I opened our front door and there was a light on in his house and the blinds were moving (like somebody was looking out), then the second I stepped outside, the light turned off.. CREEPY!!!

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    Most of my neighbours are great, despite the dreaded "Chopper" next door (Council Declared Dangerous Dog) but over the road was a pretty random family that seemed to go through dogs more than hot dinners. A couple of years ago, soon after I got my beautiful blonde and white Border Collie pup Saffie, they must have decided "oh, cute, BC, lets try one of those." So they turned up with a beautiful blue and white BC pup, Storm, who was suitably gorgeous. But you could almost set you watch at the 8 month old mark. Poor Storm NEVER left their yard, ended up barking constantly day and night. Of course someone eventually complained. The law here is that after a complaint Council give a warning and try mediation then, if nothing changes (after the complainer submitting a log of nuisance barking) the owner would be advised to fix it or the dog will be removed. Sadly Storm then disappeared, gotten rid of at about 8 months old, they never tried anything to fix the barking from what I could see.

    The neighbour then had the cheek to come to me to supposedly warn me about the "complainer" in the neighbourhood, but in reality it was to accuse my dogs of setting Storm off on his barking spree and being the cause of them having to get rid of him! It wasn't until after the poor dog had gone that I realised just how long I and my dogs and my neighbours had been living with constant day and night barking, the peace in the street was amazing. But I still feel sorry for Storm, hope he ended up in a much better home.

    Luckily those neighbours have now gone. My dogs rarely bark and have never had a complaint.

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    The previous street I lived in was a bit of a loony bin. So I was the 'complainer'. Most not dog-related (child abuse, domestic violence and drunken aggression - really, charming neighbours I had!). Once I called the RSPCA after I saw the drunken, violent, racist arsehole across the road hit his dog repeatedly with his fist because the poor tortured animal had run out when he opened the gate and was unfortunately obedient enough to go back when he yelled at it. Unfortunately the RSPCA couldn't do anything unless I was sure the dog was injured, which I wasn't as the gate shut and I never saw or heard the dog again.

    My current street is great. All nice people, we all greet and chat to eachother regularly. I am also lucky that most of the dog owners here seem to be pretty responsible. Definitely less dogs kept in backyards without stimulation than in my old neighbourhood.

    I had a friend who had to deal with a social psychopath in her street. He used to taunt her old, fat, harmless dog by walking his dog back and forth along her front fence to stir her up. Then complained numerous times to the council about her dog's aggressive behaviour. They eventually learnt that he had complained about various other neighbours as well. But he picked the wrong people to bully because my friend's husband is a high-ranking prosecutor! So they initiated legal action against him and he eventually backed off. The sweetest part of the story is that this neighbour went on holidays for a couple of weeks in the middle of all this and some burglars squatted in his house for over a week, completely emptied his place of anything of any value - including his expensive sports car! - and thoroughly thrashed the place. If he wouldn't have been such a prick to his neighbours, maybe someone would've kept an eye on his house. Ah, poetic justice!

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    The pound where waiting for my old neighbour to come home to discuss his new pup wandering everywhere. We all lived on unfenced acerages so i strolled over and had a chat with these 2 obese wannabe tough guys. I explained that the dog was no issue and the owner was working on a solution...

    Anyway i go back home and start working away when another neighbour comes running over yelling that the pound had grabbed MY DOG !!!

    So i'm back in a flash !!! Never been so angry and ready to fight. Told these Fwits that they had 2 seconds to let go of my dog or it was gunna get nasty...real nasty !!!

    "Oh' your dog just wandered up to us "..."i had no choice but detain him".

    After i drilled it into both of them that the reason i had a dog was to protect our property from suss F'ers like you 2......he saw where i was coming from and actually let me off with a written warning. Which was surprising because i was failing the 'attitude' test in the worse possible way.
    In hindsight Scooby and i both got off a bit easy but i never saw the puppy police again which was lucky for my neighbour.

    So yeah, me and my dog both ended up in a hell of situation that didnt even involve us to begin with !!!! LOL

    I never did find out who rang the pound .......


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    I once lived in a granny flat and the owner in the main house had an older female JRT. I used to take her for walks with my dog daily. Then one day the JRT turned out to be on heat. Big surprise, didn't even know she wasn't desexed. I had no idea about any of this stuff, so continued walking her. So a little crossbreed male starts following us regularly. I shoo him away, but he's persistent. I finally find out where he lives, a couple of streets down from our place. So I bring him back, once, twice, 3 times. The 4th or 5th time I tell the owners - an aboriginal family with a few young kids - that they really ought to contain this dog or he might end up at the pound. No sooner am I back in the park with my two or there he is again, stalking us, following us home. Eventually someone left the gate open when we weren't there and the JRT got pregnant.

    Fastforward a few months and I'm out in the park with my dog, the JRT and her 5 month old pup. We meet this aboriginal boy, must be about 5 or 6. He figures out that his dog is the father of this pup. He gets all teary when he says he feels so sad that this pup will grow up without knowing her dad. I hear later that the boy's father has been in prison for a few years. I've no idea if the boy's dog was still around then.

    Fastforward another few months. The pup has found a new home. And I walk past this little boy - whom I don't even recognise anymore - and I hear him mutter "murderer" under his breath. I think I must've imagined it and keep walking. This happened regularly over a couple of years! Every time I pass this boy he mutters "murderer". Until I am finally sure it's not my brain and walk up to him to confront him. Turns out someone did call the pound eventually and their dog got taken away, presumably put down and he is convinced it was me. I don't think he believed when I said it hadn't been me. And of course it was his mother's fault for not fixing their fence and keeping the dog in. But I did feel very sorry for him. His dog wasn't really annoying anyone. Just taking himself for walks in the park. And a young boy lost his beloved dog that in his mind he somehow linked to his absent dad.

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    Quite a while back, in another life, on another continent, we had a neighbour complain to council about our dogs that kept her children awake at night because they barked constantly outside the bedroom window.
    The council warden was puzzled when we told him it was not our dogs because they all slept in our bedroom and obviously the complaint was rejected.

    A night or two later I heard a dog barking and went to look. It was a male dog come visiting the neighbours bitch which was in heat and was hoping the bitch wanted to come play. I can't remember for sure but don't think I got an apology or a thank you for solving his problem - spay the bitch.
    Nev Allen
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    Your posts make me realise how lucky we are! When we moved into our old place we pretty soon found out that we had a neighbour with two constantly barking dalmations. The two dogs were in a dogrun behind the house when the owner wasn't home and when in there they'd get bored and bark at literally everything.... 5 hours was nothing. We started chatting with other neighbour over the fence about it and learned that this was a nuisance that had been going on for years already.

    One day OH was frustrated enough to find out this neighbours number and called him. As it turned out the whole neighbourhood had been bitching about him and his dogs behind his back. But nobody actually ever told him! Apparently everyone thought someone else had spoken with him but this guy had no idea his dogs were barking their heads off all day. Once we told him he was very keen to solve the problem. He got rid of his dogrun and as soon as his dogs had access to the whole yard the barking stopped.

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