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    Default Neighbours Have Complained

    Oh my gosh the lady that lives behind us has just come over and told us that from the time we leave in the morning until about 1pm banjo does not stop barking and going crazy.
    As he is quiet when we leave in the morning I never knew.
    What can I do????
    he has his kennell, he has toys, he is walked at night...
    Should I walk him every morning instead? will this help? toys wise he isnt interested in kong but has chew toys...
    should i stop feeding him normally and put it all in kongs so he has to like them?
    ah i am so shocked and crying i dont know what to do
    help!

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    What about bones? We give Poppy a bone 2 or 3 times a week and that keeps her busy for hours!

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    First you go round and talk to all your neighbours, and ask them to let you know if they hear Banjo cos you don't want an upset dog.

    Yes walking in the morning could help - cos then he might be tired and sleep better.

    As would leaving slightly early, and then sneaking back to check what he's doing eg if you drive, drive around the corner and walk back. See if you can find if he's barking at anything specific. Eg the sleepy lizard next door (happened to a friend).

    And maybe stuffing some or all of his food into kongs and giving it to him when you leave or stashing them around the back yard would help. Frosty - wouldn't touch food until I came home, so didn't help her but then she didn't bark much when I was out either.

    Otherwise, you may have to consider a crate inside where he can be secure but not make a mess of the house.

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    There are anti bark collars too. Some councils rent them out I have read.
    If I was in town and had a barker I would be trying the suggestions given then if all else fails, my dog would be relegated to the laundry which would have all he needs.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I know where you're coming from Jazz, my neighbour across the road has complained about my dogs a few times. First they were barking at the front gate so I shut them up the back. Then Marnie was jumping out of the back yard and barking at the front again, so I put up chicken wire all round the fence. Then Suki the step-dog came to stay for a week and neighbour reported me to the council.

    Funny thing was I asked all the surrounding neighbours and none of them had a problem!

    Your situation is a bit different but all I can suggest is maybe keeping him in the house...and see if you can find out if it's a constant bark (boredom) or if he's barking at something like passers-by, neighbouring dogs and then see if you can limit his exposure to those things by moving him to another part of the yard or blocking his view of the street.

    Even if it does come to a council visit, they will work with you before taking any action. In my case Suki had gone home by the time the council lady visited, and she found two dogs sitting quietly in the yard!

    Good luck, and don't worry too much

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    You might just have a real A-hole of a neighbour..
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    thanks for your replies guys. Just got really overwhelmed last night.
    The lady was actually really nice and said she was more concerned about the dog and reassured me that she knows its not my fault and I might not have known and suggested i put an old jumper or something of mine outside so he could smell.
    I am suprised that my neighbours right next door havent said anything though. Tonight I am going to go over and ask if they can give me updates while I try to work things out.
    This morning I hid his food all over the yard, chucked out some frozen chicken necks, put an old sheet out on top of his 'inside' bed(which is now outside) in an effort to stop it.
    On friday when I get paid I am going to buy a bunch of ball kongs where the majority of his food will go to keep him occupied. Also going to hunt down a place to get nice big juicy bones. going to go to vinnies and stock up on toys from there. And buy a little radio to put outside for him.
    On the weekends we are going to put him outside for short bursts to monitor him and sneak back without him knowing.
    Will keep walking him at night and if no improvment will change it to the mornings.
    Putting him inside or in a crate is not really an option as we are gone for an average of 10 hours a day (i know )
    Anti bark collar will definitely be my last resort....
    I figure he is just bored and lonely through the day so am really going to work on making sure he has TONS to keep him occupied.

    Another thing- do you think if I made him stop sleeping on our bed it will help him during the day? (Cause maybe he cant sleep as well without us?)

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    I would be making sure that it was YOUR dog.

    My over the back neighbour complained because my dogs were barking to the council, she also complained that I never fed my dogs, so the RSPCA came out and had a look. Once they realized I had whippets, they were really friendly, so I asked them if they knew what type of bark it as that the person was complaining about.

    They said that this dog yapped all night long, so I replied that first and foremost my dogs barked not yapped, they were inside at night and they very rarely barked during the day or night.

    She was actually hearing my next door neighbours dog that she had never laid eyes on as she cannot see over their fence so just assumed it was mine.

    It literally was a case of mistaken identity.

    If it is your dog I would also suggest that you drive away one morning and then sneak back and listen or set up a video camera or tape recorder to tape during the day and see what you come back to.

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    Sounds like you're completely on top of it! And very lucky in your neighbours

    I don't think it should be necessary to stop him sleeping on the bed - everyone correct me if I'm wrong!

    My rotten neighbour just came in to work! Sending her evil thoughts from behind the counter....

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    Cate I had a situation very similar to yours some years back.

    Because I always walked my dogs they were visible to the neighbours etc etc so everyone assumed the barking was my dogs.

    I even had to have the Dogs NSW rep come out to help me. It got to the monitoring stage where a noise pollution and video camera where left and low and behold it was a neighbour two doors down whose dog never left the premises and was bore stiff.

    Anyway keeping good relations with the neighbour is a start, hiding food is a good one, PET plastic bottles with holes drilled in them and treats inside, large bones and sneaking in and out as suggested previously on the weekend is a must so that you know for how long he barks and how often. What other things are going on at the time.

    I think even a 10 minute walk in the morning might be enough to settle him for the day and also recommend you get down on your knees to the dogs level so you can see his world as he sees it, can he see into some ones yard or work shed, or the total opposite is he surrounded by tall timber fences without much stimulation.

    Good luck with it all.

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