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    Hey there.. I hope someone has experience with complaints about barking..

    Yesterday we had a note in the letterbox, an example letter from the council letting us know that our dog is considered a nuisance and the info bit was filled out stating that he barks at 5.30 AM for no apparent reason. (at 5.30 we leave for work and the dogs get moved from their inside beds outside into the yard).

    We ve had some issues with our other dog lately breaking out and one neighbour has told me before that the other one barks sometimes in the morning, but she just mentioned it when we had a chat and I kept checking with her "have you heard him lately" stuff like that.. She would never complain to the coucil, she d just tell us. No one has ever approched us. And today we got an official complaint from the council. Arent they meant to approach us first?
    What I had gathered from our friendly neighbour Julie didnt sound like he was an excessive barker, and we moved tho dogs into another part of the yard and I dont know I haven't spoken to Julie since.
    I think I know which neighbours have complained, there is a lady across from us, she doesnt greet us anymore.. and one further down.
    Of course I dont want people to get woken up by my dog and we are certainly open for neighbours to approach us. We will try to stop him from barking. He never barks much when we are home or when we are out. But he is a big big boy so when he barks he is loud.
    How serious are those complaints? Annoying thing is I am not home right now, not back til Friday next week. My boyfriend just keeps me up to date. He is gonna talk to some neighbours today and find out what they say, but he is bloody stubborn, I asked him to approach the one across the street and tell her that we will try and to please give us feedback. But he says she s had plenty opportunity to talk to us (She s often outside when we come back from walking our dogs etc) but never did. And my stubborn boyfriend wont apporach her, well maybe its for the better. I ll talk to her when I am back. 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? And my boyfriend will go and get a voice recoder to find out how and when he barks. He normally barks a bit when he plays with the other dog and he whines and barks when he wants back inside when we re home. So I am thinking maybe he starts playing as soon as we re out.. the dogs move from the cozy bed in our bedroom out into the cold.. must be right awake then. Or maybe he sits in fron of the backdoor and wants back in. He is a Ridgey and they can be persistent.

    My boyfriend has alreday been giving them bones and chewy bits to occupy them when he leaves. They get walked as soon as he gets home and the neighbours know we look after them. Most of them like our dogs and will stop to pat them when we walk past.

    I am just so annoyed that nobody approached us. We re outside so much, its easy to come over even if they dont wanna enter the yard.

    Should I get one fo those barking collars? Should we call the council and tell them we take it serious and that we were never apporached but will do our best now that we know?

    We have heaps of dogs in our area but I fear that our elevated block and the run of the driveway might make his barking echo and carry further..

    P.S. I live in the chity of casey, Melbourne.

    I d really appreciate any advise. The dogs are registered, wear their tags, are microchipped, we have the dog sign on the gate.. we do everything by the book.
    Last edited by LizSpies; 09-07-2011 at 06:44 PM.

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    Are the dogs able to see out from the yard? Is there a gate or something that they can physically see out of. I don't really have any personal experiences sorry, but my other halfs brother has a german shepherd that they had a similar problem with.

    They have had notices from their council a few times before, saying someone has complained. The law's will probably be different in your state, but in their case, the council had to have reports from at least 3 different people and they were required to keep a diary over a period of time. There was only one person that was complaining so the matter couldn't be taken any further. As it happens, there dog would only park when people walked past the house. They covered up their gate and haven't had much issues since.

    Either way, getting a tape recorder sounds like a good idea. A tired dog is usually a happy dog. Might be worth while taking them for a walk before you both leave for work?

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    Theortically he can see out, as the gate to the back and the front fence is a iron fence.. We are in the process of replacing the fence and believe me that fence is gone, annoys me big time that everyone can see into out yard.
    At the moment with me being away the fourby is parked in front of the backgate and blocks their view. And I have asked the schoolkids walking past mornings and afternoon already and they say he doesnt bark at them even when he is in the front bit.. My Ridgey is a slight cross with Rottie in him and he is huge.. 83 kilo last time he was weighed and generally he is an attraction. One neighbour further down will bring his young son up to have a look at the big doggy. Or others will bring visitors over .. "bet ya you havent seen a dog like this before"..
    The thing is he is only 26 months, he is still a puppy.. he plays like a puppy still.

    If you need several complaints in other states I hope it is similar in Victoria, but then they just went crazy here with the whole pitbull issue.

    I will try walking them before work, just to see if it makes a difference. If getting up at 4.30 means happy dogs and a happy neighbourhood I will just have to bite the bullet. They are pretty fit dogs, getting them tired that only happens when we visit family on acerage and they run around with their dogs all day long. But maybe a quick run in the morning is enough for them to settle back on their beds.

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    While it would have been nicer for you had you been told rather than a complain to council do take steps to stop your dog barking if it is him and it is too much, first record what is going on when you are not there to be sure it is too much, some old cranky boots will whinge about bugger all, but if it is pretty constant they have every right to and only a recorder is going to tell you the truth, your nice neighbour might not like to say just how bad he is.

    If you find you do have a problem the only bark collars woth using are the electric ones if your dog is strong willed.

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    The absolute last resort would be debarking. I mean after everything has been tried and there is danger of dog being impounded or put to sleep.

    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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    Guys this is crazy, my boyfriend just called me after he spoke to some of the neighbours further down. Turns our we re not the only ones that have been getting a letter.. The guy two houses down caught his neighbour three down from us on tape revving up his dog over the fence, feeding it, getting it to break out.. He had set up a camera after he got several complaints from the council.
    He then got threatening letters.. he s now given his dog to his dad.
    The "friendly" neighbour across the street that has been giving us a headache, cuz he feeds our dogs when we re away and when our lab breaks out he calls her over, gives her treats and made the whole issue worse (she is temporarly tied up til we replace the fence).. well guess who this neighbour works for? The council.

    This is crazy right? What do you do? I just want peace and quiet. We'll record my dog as planned and act accordingly and that front fence is getting done asap, I'll just whack it on the credit card, as long as we replace that see-thru fence.

    This is like from a bad movie. Our "friendly" neighbour across and the guy caught on tape run our neighbourhood watch.. !?!
    Last edited by LizSpies; 09-07-2011 at 06:39 PM. Reason: additional info

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    TBH- its hard to go and complain face to face.
    As I sit here the people accross the streets 2 pekanise (?SP) are barking non stop- they bark all day and all night until they are locked in the garage at 11pm. Every neighbour in the street bitches about them- they go all day and evening every day of the week.
    Its VERY disturbing.
    No one complains because no one wants to be the pain in the butt complaining neighbour- and we all like the owners- but HATE the dogs.
    I think its a very high expectation to expect people to come and complain face to face- they may not know you, or be intimidated...

    I reckon if 1 person has made a formal complaint there are prob others who are too shy to complain but are disturbed by the barking.

    sorry I dont have any "stop the barking" words of wisdom.

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    Hope you work it all out.

    The neighbour over the back of our place has a GR and the stupid thing barks all day and night. It sits or lies out on their back deck (I can see it just by looking out the window as they are lower than us) and just barks. He hasnt been so bad the last few days but its annoying.

    I dont tell them. They must know, they are sometimes home when he does it and they come out and give him attention for 5 mins before going back inside.

    However, I dont complain to the council either but thats for 2 reasons, 1. we only been here for 5 minutes and 2. their dog makes our dogs look excellent. What is really funny is, both my dogs will go ballistic when seeing another dog, or when there is another dog on the other side of the fence btu this one they dont. They sit in their view place and just watch him. Een when he barks they dont do anything.

    Anyway, I really cant stand barking dogs. The odd bark is fine, or barking for a reason but completely unnecessary barking makes me thinking about shooting the dog LOL

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    OH yea, it must be the season for bark complaints. Two of my ood friends in NZ have both received 2 complaints each about their dogs barking in the last month

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    You need to read the council bylaws to see where you stand
    Last edited by clubsprint; 09-08-2011 at 11:05 AM.

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