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    they said not only did they not report us, they hardly ever hear our dog bark
    Is that the same neighbours that howl at your dog? Hmm...

    Maybe they'd care to put that in writing in support of you for the council?

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    Yeah it is. And if another complaint is made I'll definitely ask for it in writing, although according to the Rangers the security camera is sufficient. Our neighbours on the other side would also happily put it in writing.


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    So has anyone new moved into the neighbourhood in the last month or so?

    Cos sometimes if nobody has complained for ages (ie since you got the dogs) and suddenly there is a complaint that seems completely over the top... it could be someone new in the neighbourhood with low tolerance for dog noise.

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    Yeah I'd thought about that. But nope. No one new in the houses around mine - not in my street anyway. Could be the houses behind us? But as I said, she's inside with me all day and probably barks at max for 40 seconds total in an entire week, and that's only if our neighbours happen to be outside during toileting. When I spoke to them they actually said the only time she barks isn't even when they're outside, it's when they're directly next to the fence and our dogs also outside, which is rare, and also commented that it would only be for a few seconds. And we got reported for her barking 'all day long' :/. It's just untrue - I guess as shown by our neighbours who live directly next to where our dog resides. I am planning on going and talking to the neighbours at the back of our house too though.


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    Is there another dog in the area that barks a lot?

    And yes it would be any house within earshot. So with my friend - who got the complaint about her beagle barking (when it wasn't actually there at that house let alone in it), the new people were across the road and a couple of houses over - that way if you know what I mean.

    So it could be any in the street behind you and across the road from those or behind the ones across the road from you. Would explain how they got it so wrong - because after you get a few walls between you - sound starts to bounce around and the problem noise can be from the opposite direction to what it sounds like.

    I'd try talking to the council again and finding out how far away the complaint came from ie not the exact house but how many houses away ish and if it was a mistake.

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    I would have put in a complaint about the neighbours howling lol... What's good for the goose kinda thing isn't it? Your girl can't make a noise but your moronic neighbour can howl...??? Hopefully you get the idiot howling on video, YouTube that shite I recon, name and shame the pathetic excuse for a human being. We just moved away from a neighbour who used to complain about my 2 kids laughing and playing in the back yard.... I found out yesterday a family with 5 kids under 10 just moved in lol karma always gets them in the end.

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    Hey guys sorry for the late reply!

    Still haven't heard anything else about the complaint. We ended up calling the council (weeks ago now) and suggesting maybe someone had mistaken our house for another one, (we live in number 3, but there's a dog that barks all day across the road at number 4 so we suggested maybe they put the wrong number down). I got a call back from the ranger a few days later saying that they'd issued a barking complaint to number 4 who had called them and reported a bunch of other houses it could have been. So they ended up sending out a whole heap of barking complaints now and told me they've decided to shut the case down unless they get another barking complaint lol. What a mess!

    But anyway if we do get another one we have cameras with audio set up now to prove otherwise.

    Hyacinth as far as I know there's been no one new for at least a year now. And there's a lot of dogs that bark in our neighbourhood. I think there's a lot of new families with young kids who impulse got dogs and aren't aware how to train them properly (we live in a new estate so everyone here is fairly young).

    Lol MadMaxMum on that note - last night our girl barked at something out the front (around 9pm), we went to see what it was and there was a whole heap of young kids running around barking with their parents just watching! All the dogs in the neighbourhood were being set off.


    I feel like I live in an estate full of crazy people :/ haha!


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    Sounds like the council's nuts too...just like our council.
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    I think the council is quite smart to shut down the case.

    Some of them get a bit slap happy with the fines.

    Just keep a log of when the dog is in, or out, or away or when other kids are barking etc... or not. But it will be helpful to know/prove when your dog was not barking or not home - because that makes it quite much easier to discredit this kind of complaint. At least you know that the original complaint was a scatter bomb by the council and not specifically about your dog.

    It may also help if you just door knock your neighbours (I did it with my dog) and let them know you'd be willing to hear them if they have a problem with your dog barking. Ie sometimes we don't know how a neighbour will react so we just set the council onto them instead.

    Ie I love when neighbours let me know they're going to have a big outdoor noisy party... and to let them know directly if it gets too much. So much easier to tolerate when you know they have a plan and they're willing to listen. And I can plan to be elsewhere.

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    I 100% agree Hyacinth, it's nice to know neighbours care enough to let you know when things are happening. We asked our neighbours on either side of us to let us know if our dog was barking at all (especially when we aren't home), and so far they've both said she doesn't so that's nice .

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