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    Hi everyone. We have experienced our first complaint from the neighbours about our beagles barking. They never bark when we are at home but when we go to work apparently they bark quite a bit. The neighbour that complained said that he was not the only one and that he would be informing the council on Monday. What can we do? We have to go to work. I have a feeling one our babies is experiencing separation anxiety.

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    Oh no!! I would be so anxious! I feel for you as we have to leave our baby home during the day too. We have never had any complaints about barking though.
    Maybe try lots of interactive toys like Kongs, digging sandpit, treats frozen in blocks, bones and a BIG walk in the morning.
    People on here will have had experience with this so I am sure you will get lots of help. Maybe even a anti-bark collar?
    Good luck!!!!!!

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    Good luck and hopefully you can sort it out. I can't be of help really as I have never had a barker. We do have dogs in this area that bark consistently day and night and I will say that it is so bloody annoying!!! Most of the dogs around here don't ever seem to get off the property for walks so I imagine they bark due to boredom. Regardless of the reason it is still annoying.

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    Have you tried or considered crating them?
    Sometimes being confined can help as they aren't wandering around the house hearing 'phantom noises'

    Or as Iscot suggested using a bark collar... however I would train them with the bark collar when you are home, and just leave the collar on them when you go out, but turn it off. Call me paranoid but I don' trust the collars to work all the time and would worry about something silly happening while I was gone.

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    I second the idea about more toys and exercise. throw in more training when you are home as well. Maybe consult a behaviourist to see if they can help as well.

    Hamish had bad separation anxiety, but he displayed his in a destructive manner rather than barking. The best thing for him was getting Yuna, but it sounds like you already have more than one dog?

    There are lots of articles online about separation anxiety with suggestions. I think one of the problems is the dog thinking he is the pack leader in which case you may need to undertake training to establish yourself as highest in the pack.

    If all else fails then like Iscot136 said, there are a variety of collars you can try. I think some Councils even provide them.

    Seems a bit poor form of your neighbours to not let you know there was a problem and give you time to fix it before threatening to go to the Council.
    Last edited by Cat; 05-30-2010 at 10:56 AM.

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    Thanks for your input everyone. We are going to speak to the neighbours again about giving us more time to try to fix the problem before they take it to the Council. We'll try some new toys and bones this week to see if that works.

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    My neighbour told me about Kirri barking when we are not home. So I said, "Give us a couple of weeks and I'll see if I can stop it happening"

    I can understand where he's coming from as he works nightshift as I do every so often and his bedroom is next to the dogs area.

    So I used a bark collar on Kirri for training when we were home.. She soon learnt not to bark with the collar on..

    Now, we just put on the collar on her when we leave but don't turn it on as Kirri now knows not to bark when it is on her... Worked well !!

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    Some councils hire out no-bark collars, you could ask yours.

    And definitely talk to your neighbours, try to get details about when and for how long. My council defines nuisance barking as 6 continous minutes or more - every hour. Your council might be different, but if the neighbours find it annoying - and beagles can be particularily piercing, you have to deal with them and find out what would make them happy.

    My dog is usually inside when I'm out. I used to crate her when she was little but she hasn't been destructive at all when I'm out so I let her be out. So if my neighbours hear her barking - they know I'm home - they can whinge to me directly.

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    To make an official complaint to the council, you need to be able to record everytime the dog barks during the day and for how long, it takes a lot of effort.
    When I was living at home we wanted to complain about the SWF's that would stand in the yard and bark for at least half and hour non-stop. I know they were never exercised.
    Anyway, considering we weren't home all day, we couldn't keep an accurate record so couldn't be bothered complaining.
    My point is, the council have made it time consuming for a reason, because they don't really care about barking dogs, its just to keep whining members of the community quiet. I don't think you have anything to worry about, but you should probably talk to your neighbours.
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    Yes, I don't think you have too much to worry about council. They might send a letter but it's highly unlikely they will *do* anything.

    But your neighbours, if they get frustrated, might *do* something that wouldn't be good for you or your dog's health. So they're the ones you need to keep happy as best you can or secure your dogs so the neighbours can't harm them.

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