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    Default How much barking is too much barking in the town?

    Most of you would know that i live rural. My neighbours are quite far away so dogs barking has never been a problem. We are tossing up moving from the farm into the town. Exercise won't be a problem for the dogs and mental stimulation also shouldn't be a problem for them either. The thing is, Dodge is quite vocal. She will often bark at nothing, or bark during play with Koda. I'm sure with training we could stop her barking most of the time (especially from my dad, she always listens to him) but i'm wondering, how much barking is too much in the town? The last thing i'd want is neighbours complaining about my dogs... Koda isn't too vocal, his main problem is territorialness, but i'm pretty sure that shouldn't be much of a problem if we have high solid fencing. And of course i'm working on training him with that too.
    Thanks in advance for any opinions

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    That's a bit of a hard one as some people have a lower tolerance than others for noise.
    Dogs barking at night waking people up will always annoy as well as barking for extended periods during the day.

    Sometimes just the pitch of the bark can effect you more. Zeus barks a deep bark that is loud and would get annoying after a while but Kodi has started doing this high pitched girly noise that sounds more like a yelp and it goes right through you. I can't put up with that for too long.

    Maybe if you can just listen to them for a while and try to hear the noise as a neighbour that's living close to you would you might get a bit of an idea if it would bother you.

    If it's going on for more than say 5 minutes continously than it would probably annoy neighbours.

    I'm in the same boat as you living rurally so don't have this problem.

    Maybe there are others on here that have had problems with neighbourhood dogs barking that can help more than me.

    P.S. Happy Birthday Koda!
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    Our council defines it as 6 continuous minutes of barking every hour...

    There's probably a few excessive barking candidates around here. There's one that barks every 10 seconds when his people are out. And as best I can tell - they put him in a tin shed - which amplifies the noise. It does sound really sad but if I shut the windows on that side and my bedroom is on the other side of the house - I can't hear it.

    What I did - was introduce my dog to all my neighbours and let them know if they have any problems with my dog - to let me know. And of course - it's my neighbour on the south side - they blame all dog barking on his dog. He barks at his dog when his dog barks so it does escalate a bit and my dog doing "Patrol" will set his dog off - except my dog is quiet when I ask her to be and his just keeps going. So my neighbours on the other sides - think all the barking is his dog.

    Nobody has complained to council tho. Both dogs are quiet at night so people are happy if they can sleep and they aren't as bothered by dogs barking in the day unless they have babies that don't sleep through it or they're shift workers and can't sleep through it.

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    The law regarding barking dogs down in your neck of the woods is vague – but basically depends on your neighbours as to what they will put up with.

    Dogs and the law

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    The best suggestion I can make is get to know your new neighbours and get them on your side and not against you. If they understand your situation – moving from a large property to in town – and if they can see you are trying to do something about the barking – then you will generally find that you will be given a lot of leeway.

    I did this when I first moved into my place and was astounded with the help and support I got from them all.
    WoW ! That is going to be a big change for you all – moving into town ! I did it the other way around !

    Good Luck !

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    Thanks everyone for your responses, they were really helpful
    We are still not 100% sure if we will move this year or not, its a huge decision to make, we've lived at our farm for 18 years now! I think my parents are just finding that maintaining the farm is becoming increasingly difficult for them, mostly my Dad, as he has arthritis among other diseases setting in
    I'm 50/50 about moving... I know i'd be happy with either decision, the thought of moving into town is very exciting to me, but I do love our farm, and i can imagine i would miss that lifestyle a lot!

    I think i'll definitely be getting to know the neighbours, sounds like a really good idea! Especially if they have dogs, i'd like to let them know of Koda's issues so that they understand i'm working on training him to stay calm. Although Dodge would bark, I don't think she would bark too much. The past couple of days i've been testing to see how easy it is for me to get her to stop barking. It is usually pretty easy, so i think she should be okay. Moving into town is definitely going to have a lot of positives for Koda! I'll be able to walk him whenever i want without relying on my parents. At the moment i have to get one of my parents to drive me into town for me to take Koda for a walk (I don't have my licence yet, and the road we live on is very dangerous to walk on). So he will get socialised heaps more
    And the house we're looking at, is actually on a street near one of my friends and we often walk from her house to the main street of town so i actually know that route and which houses have dogs So thats an advantage!

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    Any regular barking is too much IMO. Not sure what the law is round here but everyone's dogs seem to be inside mostly so I rarely hear any barking.

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    I would love to live where the neighbours are far far away...no loud music...no parties...no cars roaring up and down the streets at night with the music blaring out...neighbours little dogs barking at everyone who walks past or at nothing at all.

    Walk my dog down the street and get attacked by dogs owned by people who don't give a stuff and cats who wee and poo in your yard...then my dogs roll in it and not to mention the traffic and all the red light cameras that are on every set of traffic lights now...speed cameras that seem to be on every street corner these days...neighbours who dob you into the council because you trimmed a few branches off your own tree...yes I'd love to be far away from all of this...but I can't afford too.
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    Yes, its definitely a completely different lifestyle living on land. Much less restrictions out there, which is lovely. I had a huge 18th party with all my friends at my place, and we had the music absolutely blasting to the point you couldn't hear yourself over the music. The neighbours would have only heard the base of the music :P We also played 'real life slender man'... which is basically where i converted 'Slender Man' (which is a horror video game where you're wandering through a forest collecting pages, with slender man (a faceless monster) following you) into a real life game. In town that would have been pretty hard to play i reckon, but out where we were, if the neighbours heard anything it would have been very faint video game sound effects and screams from frightened teenagers

    Anyway, moving is definitely a huge decision for us that has lots of pros and cons. We still might not move for a few years, but we'll see i guess...

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    Neighbours far far away...

    Hmm, I can hear the local footy club training - that's about 500m away behind several blocks of houses and a school. I can hear when the school lets the kids out for play breaks.

    One of my friends who lived rural near Gunning - her neighbours asked her to stop the dogs barking... she said she'd do that when they stop their geese honking first thing on Sunday mornings. Fair enough.

    Her neighbours on her new place have set up a 4WD type obstacle course - and they like shooting things. They are not nearly far enough away. Sigh.

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    Barking during the day is relative. I don't mind if it's just the occasional barking at passers by or play barking. But there's a dog in a yard I pass on our morning walk. He's been debarked and "barks" non stop. I can hear him from quite a distance away, but it sounds more like whining than barking. I would try to move if that was my neighbours...

    Barking at night I find is not on at all. If that's an issue, you may want to convince your parents to start letting the dogs sleep inside because that may land you in trouble.

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