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    My Inlaws got this barking Muzzle thing after they recieved a letter about their dogs (It was only one of them) She is a boxer and would bark at anything.. Birds, cats, aeroplanes, fast moving clouds etc

    They used to put it on her everytime she would start barking, she could still bark with it on but it was muffled and alot quieter.

    They would leave it on for 10-15 mins then take it off.. After only about a week neighbours started complimenting them about how quiet bella had been.

    Maybe you could put the dogs out as soon as you get up, or get up a little earlier every morning so that you have more time to monitor them.

    As soon as she starts barking, put on the muzzle. After 10 - 15 mins of quiet time take it off. they just got theirs from a pet warehouse place so Im sure they are readily available!


    Goodluck, barking dogs drive me bloody insane!!!
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    If you suspect this guy might be revving up your dogs, I would advise to install a camera too. Bonus is that you will get a better idea of what your dogs get up to while you're out too and maybe it will give you some idea of how you could give them more things to do to keep them busy and keep their minds of barking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LizSpies View Post
    Or I thought I could print a letter for every letterbox in the street and just state that we have been made aware that our dog barks and that we will try to change that and that we appreciate some feedback something like that? Do you guys think thats a good idea?
    Hey Liz.

    That's a great idea and can be seen as keenly doing something about the issue.

    Communication is the big thing. Once that stops (Lady over the road comes to mind) then it becomes more difficult for you and her.

    Main thing is to keep it civil and honest. Then hopefully others will respond in a similar way to help resolve things.

    Perhaps ask her to keep a diary and let you know when the dog is noisy (I'm sure she does anyways). but may help understand and change what you already know about his barking.

    Have you considered a citronella bark collar?
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    Had only read first post Liz.....Then replied.....Just starting reading more....
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    Thanks guys for the input and ideas..

    The issue is still doing my head in. I m not home til Friday next week, so I m searching the net for stuff like the bylaws, what to do.. and my boyfriend is trying his best for now to reduce the barking. Today he spoke to one of the neighbours, Julie, whom I have a chat whenever we see each other across the street, and she confirmed that some neighbours have been complaining and talking to each other but now according to her it is not my Ridgey, it is our lab girl who has been breaking out a lot. Seems like she gets out bright and early and then barks?!? The last couple of days she has been tied up, just because we dont know how else to keep her in. Some of the fence line is in bad shape and we tried an electric fence, we blocked her diggin holes, we replace chewed pailings.. We will replace the whole fence line asap, cuz I m really not happy about her bing tied up.. but we just dont know what to do right now. Might even try leave them both inside again.

    This is so annyoing.. this "friendly" guy who has been feeding our lab when she gets out and used to come over and give them treats without our permission, turns out he is the centre of this complaint. Why does he think her breaking out has been getting out of control? Wouldnt have anything to do with him feeding her and calling her as soon as he sees her. He even does that when I m there.. I come home from work, open the gate, they are all excited and if he s out the front of his place he will call them and my idiots run right over unless I get a hold of them.. My Ridgey will stop when I call him, my Lab Jazz, she ll just run off to him.

    Sorry guys, I am just rambling on now, but I need to vent.

    We have never had issues with the lab before, it only started since we moved there. We had her in two places before and no problems.

    I know its not easy to complain face to face, but our neighboor hood is well, I thought very friendly, we will stop and have a chat to one another, I am just always writing neighbour here, but I know all their names.

    And I dont know finding out they are talking to each other about it, I mean my boyfriend and me kept talking about how we can stop the Ridgey from barking, and turns out it might actually be the lab.

    Well, I m ordering a video surveillance camera now. That way I ll know what my dogs are doing, and if I ever see that guy come over and feeding my dogs again I'll tell him straight.

    Sorry again, but I m just over it. We are just normal people, we look after our dogs and we will take measures to quiet down whichever dog it is, it is just a shock to me that nobody could give us a proper heads up.. I mean, we are at work, how are we meant to know? We could have dealt with it earlier, had we known.

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    Our neighbour has gone away to bid his brother good bye as his brother is dieing.
    And he has left his dog which he inherited from his ex.
    When it first arrived it was always barking as we went out to our backyard. But over time he realised that we wern't the same people and he calmed down.
    And on the odd occassion he would go away and we would look afte the dog like just feed and water him.
    But most times he would take him back to his Ex.
    But this time he left the dog home.
    And now it is up to me to tell him the next time he has to go away his dog will have to be Kenneled or taken to his Ex.
    I don't see why we should have to listen to the barking for no reason.
    Yes, sorry it is for no reason no one else's dog is barking why this one does.
    Our neighbour is a sort of arrogant man. He think it is okay for him to do this or that but as soon as it is something he doesn't like he is the very forst to comlpain.
    This is the total truth. So I don't know how this is going to go down, but it has to be aired as he has no idea it is going on.

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    I wouldn't be too thrilled about a dog barking every day at 5:30am. It's way too early for me. But I wouldn't be thrilled about the car leaving the driveway either.

    Our council recommends letting them do the approaching so the first approach can be the letter from council. Although I don't think an "example letter" is exactly a council complaint, its more like some private citizen downloading something off the council website. It really would be worth phoning your council and talking to them about it - whether they do have a complaint or not. And I think you can ask for them to check. The ranger might come out and have a listen for himself, or the council might ask other neighbours to keep log books of dog barking.

    There can also be a problem with complaints being aimed at you when it's some other dog barking - so it helps if you keep track of when your dogs are home and when they're outside etc. This got one friend off the hook as the complaint included days when she was on holidays and her dog was at the boarding kennel in the hills - far away.

    Our council doesn't think the barking is serious unless there is 6 continuous minutes of barking in every hour. However I wouldn't be happy with 2 minutes of barking at 5:30am. Not sure what your council would do here - you need to talk to them.

    The guy that works for council could be an ally for you if he likes dogs. Our council gardeners - do not report anything council related to council. Ie they don't report dogs misbehaving or grafitti or litter or broken fences or anything. Seriously care factor is zero.

    When I first got my dog, I took her round all the houses on my street and around the back of where I live - and introduced her to anyone who was home and had a chat and asked them to let me know if they had any problems with barking. This way all my neighbours know I'm not going to bite their heads off if they come to me with a problem about my dog (or anything else). It can be easier to just phone the council if you don't know the neighbour or how they're going to react about you complaining about their precious baby / dog.

    The other bonus about taking your dog around is you can find out which neighbours really like dogs and which ones don't. I've got one neighbour who has suggested that chucking rat bait in with a dog that barks too much is a perfectly understandable thing to do. He even wrote a letter to the local paper to this effect. Which is pretty scary for me. But he has met my dog a few times and he knows he can hassle me directly and some of the dogs that were driving him nuts have moved to another suburb. Phew.

    Meanwhile - when I'm out, my dog stays locked inside the house. When she was in her destructive phase, she was inside a crate, which I had trained her to enjoy and view as her personal den. She still goes in there sometimes when I'm out. I'm not real keen to risk the rat bait when I'm not home to do something about it.

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    One of mine barks just about all night as she and the others are in the dog yard due to Jodi's confinement after surgery.

    There is no way in hell she would be tolerated by neighbours.

    I thank my lucky stars that I am on a farm and the only one she bothers is us.
    I just use my earplugs and hubby doesn't notice.

    I am not gloating, just very thankful.

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    I told my neighbour about his dog and it went donw like a ton og bricks.
    He is hating the idea of putting him into a kennel when he goes away again which just happens to be Saturday.
    But it had to be said and I was the one that sort of the neighbourhoon has come to complain to about it.
    So I think he is going to put him at his Ex's place this next time.

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    LoL at DiDee's post.

    I had one friend, the discussion with her rural neighbour was - "I'll stop the dog from barking when you stop your geese from honking". Cause was wandering wombats for both...

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