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    Default What's your take on relentlessly barking dogs in the neighbourhood?

    I'd be interested in your views. There is a barking dog in the neighbourhood (haven't quite worked out yet where he is), who is barking pretty much non-stop. Today he started around lunchtime and now it's 6pm and he has only stopped to take a breath. So it's really going non-stop and he is doing this most days. Sometimes he barks til late, sometimes he starts early...

    Luckily my selective hearing is pretty well developed, so I'm not annoyed by his barking as such. However, I do feel sorry for him - he must be bored out of his mind.

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    Poor dog Sounds like he's very bored!!

    Barking doesn't bother me personally... Like you, I can very easily tune out sounds... I often spend all day at work with constant barking dogs anyway though, lol!

    So although the barking wouldn't bother me... It would bother my dogs, particularly Koda. He'd be on edge all the time and would probably bark back at it...

    If it was in my neighbourhood, I'd probably try to figure out which house its coming from, and give the owners some suggestions as to how they could keep their dog entertained during the day.

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    I think relentlessly barking dogs are totally inconsiderate by the owners. I feel sorry for the neighbours who have to put up with it. I know if my dog was carrying on like that I would want to know so I could do something about it. My dog can get barky on weekend nights when the neighbours have visitors. If I'm going out I will keep her in the house where she's happy to laze on the couch. I'm lucky she's reliable in the house on her own. We had a neighbour whose dog carried on like that day and night particularly when they were on holidays. When we told them about the behaviour they denied it and said it couldn't possibly be their dog. I would never get a dog until that particular one was gone. I was never so relieved than when the for sale sign went up on their house!

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    I can tune out to barking. (JRT next door 24/7) but my GSD cannot. He is distressed by it. Wants it to stop. Would probably love to rip the voice box out of the little shit. So it does bother me in this much.

    I feel for owners of habitual barkers. Ive lived that experience, and its stressful. Regardless of it being reinforced by what they do/dont do about it.

    I have offerred my time, to retrain their dog, using my 3 as stimulus. They declined. Fair enough.
    I generally try to spend 15 minutes, with my dogs, near the fence line, ensuring they are not reacting to it, and reinforcing not reacting to it. If i dont do this, bernie will occasionally, say once a year, charge at the fence line barking. Its a nuisance to me, that we have to keep doing this. He hates this fence barker barking at him.

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    I can tolerate it during the day, but once I had a neighbour who was often out till midnight and his dogs would bark non stop. I basically had to shut all the windows and doors to get some sleep. My other neighbours had a young autistic child and it got to the point where they had to move because it was upsetting this child so much. Another neighbour would occassionally go away for a couple of days and leave their dogs. The dogs would basically bark all night without stopping. Fortunately this didnt happen very often, but when it did I dont think anyone got much sleep.

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    I've "trained" a few neighbourhood dogs to bark less - at me anyway... by chucking kibble to them when they're quiet...

    They might give one - hey I'm here bark when they notice me coming now, but they don't bark their heads off any more.

    There's a few that I can't help. Sometimes I talk to the owners if I see them. I have left notes in letterboxes... with specific dates and times and how much barking. But I only like to do this if I can recommend someone to help train them not to. Not really enthusiastic about the professional dog training scene in Adelaide at the moment so no idea who to recommend currently. Have a few I'd definitely avoid.

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    Our dogs ignore his barking. I think he is too far away to set up our dogs, hence I don't really know to which house he belongs to. I do feel for his next door neighbours I have to say. I'm not sure if I could tune out a dog barking if he was right next door. But this has been going on for quite some time so they don't seem to mind.

    I agree that I'd like to know if that was a problem. We used to have a neighbour with two dalmatians who barked for hours every day. Everyone was bitching about this guy but nobody told him. So he was actually quite grateful when we did. It was easily fixed, they were just bored in their dogrun. As soon as they had access to the whole yard they were fine. I know our dogs bark at our neighbours (especially the one, whom they love to hate) So I just randomly check with them when I see them if they're fine with the dogs or if they're annoyed by their barking... and I just hope they would say something.

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    There's a few in my suburb that'll bark for quite a while, but occasionally the neighbours will go out for the weekend and leave their dog at home in the yard, which has woken me up at stupid hours of the night numerous times. But I can't get annoyed at the dog, since it's the fault of the stupid owners.

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    Someone near me has recently acquired a dog... It barks almost constantly every afternoon... I can't even tell which direction its coming from though because the sound echoes in the hills. So I have no idea where this dog is, but I do hear it barking every afternoon. Its not close enough to phase my dogs thank goodness.

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    If I left my newfy rescue Harry out all day by himself, he would bark ( And howl, he howls when left out too long after a pee break at night) I am sure of that. We control it by him being inside at night and also being with other dogs during the day......but if we crate him or tie him by himself when we are water training, he barks..........It was something he learned with his previous owners. he knows "quiet" is rewarded and will be quiet for periods when someone is around to chuck those "good quiet" treats.......We just deal with the problem and definitly would never leave him alone with us away all day. If we tie a dog beside him he is quiet and if we leav him in our van with the back gate open he is quiet. I feel for the dogs that bark due to fear or loneliness. But it also becomes self satifying and they enjoy it. We have to be very careful with harry as he can also be quite timid and fearful, hence we have just found methods to keep him quiet that suit him.
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