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    Ok... so you may have seen me complain about my upstairs neighbours dogs before. (For those who don't know, I live in an apartment building and some people above us have - I think - 2 dogs and they haven't been here very long).

    These dogs bark and bark and bark and bark... you get my point. Luckily Charlie and Bella ignore them, but it's driving me nuts and I'm worried other residents will think it's ours making the noise and complain. I haven't complained to body corporate (yet) because we're the only other dog owners in the building and I don't want to potentially in some way shoot myself in the foot.

    Anyway, the problem is I'm becoming concerned about these dogs - I think they are just getting shoved out onto the balcony and left there. Last Thursday night they barked for 2 hours straight. Owners don't do a thing about it. I've never seen them go out for a walk (actually, I've never seen them at all) and you never hear the owners interacting with them. They're whining and crying right now (and barking - argh!).

    I want to say something to the owners.... but what? I don't want to get them off-side, as I've never met them, but this can't go on...

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    Aww the poor dogs

    Maybe catch them in the stairs and suggest a play date for your dogs because you have noticed they have been sounding a bit lonely lately...they may get the hint there that you can hear them.

    Difficult situation to be in :/

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    Yeah, it is. I'd love to suggest a play date - except I don't know what they look like!!

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    Maybe a discreet anonymous note in their letterbox stating you are concerned about the barking and that you wanted to let them know before someone complains to the body corporate?

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    Perhaps something like this as a first step?



    Dear Neighbor,

    You may not realize that your puppy/dog is barking all day while you're gone. {or barking all night while he's outside).

    He may be bored, scared and lonely. Perhaps you could try walking him more regularly or allowing him indoors rather than shutting him outdoors. All of us in the neighborhood would appreciate your attention to this.

    Another Dog Lover


    Or something to that effect - knowing me I've probably been far too direct!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Maybe a discreet anonymous note in their letterbox stating you are concerned about the barking and that you wanted to let them know before someone complains to the body corporate?
    I thought about that.... What stopped me though was I thought they'd realise it was me, since one day when their dogs were barking and Charlie barked once in response they overheard me say (admittedly in a very loud voice) "just because those other dogs bark all the time doesn't mean you have to"
    oops

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    But the fact that you've just said that to your dog doesn't mean you're going to write a letter Plus if you are approached don't admit to writing it.

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    A letter would be good. Or a suggestive play date letter, left in their letterbox? So they know it was you, and if you DO do the playdate you can give them some advice??

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    I would be very careful with the idea of a play date. Three reasons:

    1. You don't know if they are vaccinated or not
    2. You don't know how well socialised they have been or how likely they are to attack on sight
    3. There is no reassurance whatsoever that everything will go according to plan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    I would be very careful with the idea of a play date. Three reasons:

    1. You don't know if they are vaccinated or not
    2. You don't know how well socialised they have been or how likely they are to attack on sight
    3. There is no reassurance whatsoever that everything will go according to plan
    Oh, good points! Maybe an inquiry first?

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