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    I added in the ones along the back fence and the ones across the road...

    Turns out the one over my back fence was in the same year as me at school. Sometimes my home town is very very small.

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    That was probably a good idea. Problem is I don't actually know which house number behind us has the barking dog. I'll need to go for a walk back there and have a spy :P.
    Although I will admit I've been a lot more observant lately of barking dogs since our complaint. The two dogs directly across from us (I thought it was just one, but its actually two at different houses) both bark all day. One of those two houses is actually the one that we suggested to the council - who then denied their dog barks and reported a heap of other people haha.

    And it's amazing what a small world it is! I live in Perth and it's surprising to find out how many people know each other :/!

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    Problem is I don't actually know which house number behind us has the barking dog.
    Doesn't matter which house - tho you'd find out if you go door knocking. The purpose of the door knock (with or without dog) - is to let your neighbours know that you'd prefer they came to you before they when to council if they have a problem and that you're willing to hear them out without arguing or telling them they're wrong or getting angry or defensive.

    The door knock is not for you to find out which house has the barking dog but if you do it - I'm sure you would find out.

    With people I know get angry or defensive or don't know they won't - I tend to go directly to council - which is what the other person did, and then council sent letters to all the registered dog owners.

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    I wouldn't need to to be honest (in terms of finding out who behind us has the barking dog). It barks all day, I could just walk passed and find out :P.

    But yeah we've already door knocked on our immediate neighbours as well as the ones across the road and let them know the situation, still haven't had any issues. Haven't spoken to the people behind us as of yet though.

    What actually happened in our situation was that we received a bark complaint. I called the council and suggested it was possibly the dog across the road at the next number up from ours because it barks all day, and maybe the people who had made the complaint put the wrong number down.

    When I did this the council sent a bark complaint to that house (which I didn't actually mean to happen - it doesn't bother me that their dog barks all day, they're across the road so it's not loud enough to annoy me). I actually feel bad because I was trying to get us out of the toilet, and instead got them in! But I've spoken to them about it and we had a laugh anyway.

    But when they initially got the bark complaint, the reported a bunch of other houses for barking dogs! Funnily enough they didn't report ours (big surprise considering the whole issue in the first place was the fact that our dog doesn't bark).

    And when that happened, the council sent out more bark complaint letters and decided to close the case until another complaint was made. Which didn't happen.


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    I suspect that's why nobody in my area complains about barking dogs. Council would never figure out which dog to pin it on.

    The dogs in our neighbourhood - I swear they bark to pass messages to each other.

    The first - barks cos someone is walking down the street - so all the other dogs bark - "I heard ya"... and then you get more (and a slightly different bark) as the person walks past each house...

    And there are the dogs that just bark cos they're sad. Those are the worst. Like the family leaves them enough food and water to last the weekend and then just leaves them. So sad. The dog knows they're not coming back any time soon. It saw them packing the sleeping bags.

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    Haha I swear that's exactly the same as my area! There was an ambulance siren the other day, and then I heard one dog howl, and then another, and then my dog howled! It's the first time I've ever heard her howl (or any of the dogs around here actually), was the most bizarre thing. It wasn't like these dogs all went crazy howling or anything either, they just all did one short howl - like you see wolves do in the movies when they're howling at the moon. Although we don't generally get a lot of sirens in my area, was still a little amusing.

    And yes - I hate that kind of barking also . It's so sad. Not to be overly critical - but if you don't have time for a dog, don't have a dog. I really do wish you needed a license to own a dog - for so many different reasons.

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