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    Could you shut them in the bathroom or laundry at night? Just put in some old towels and such and being on tiles it wont be too hard to clean up mess.
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    Mum and dad had several of their Danes crated inside at night. Pet shops sell giant breed crates, or you can order them from the internet.

    Keep the cat locked in the laundry and the dogs in crates in the living room... easy.

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    I have lived in a place where there was a small white fluffy dog that would bark all night at possums. I went and talked to the neighbours about this - it's not ok to have dog barking at possums all night next to my bedroom window and it barked when ever I moved in there or went in my back yard as well.

    Neighbour said he couldn't keep it inside cos it peed. But to me - that was a better option than being kept awake all night. Eventually that dog disappeared - NFI what happenned to it. Suspect the GF whose dog it was moved out.

    Your dogs can be trained to accept your kids (and the cat) as part of your pack. That doesn't mean they can't bite other people's kids. But I'd be wondering how they got the chance - if they're locked in the back yard - how did the kids get where they could get bitten.

    If the neighbours are throwing stuff in the back yard, you can't be sure the next thing to come over the fence at your night time barkers - won't be rat sack and that's one good reason to keep your dogs safely inside (in crates if necessary). It may also be important to report the current behaviour to police - now, get them to make a record of it just in case things get worse - they have a history. And you need to keep a log of your dogs barking and your neighbours bad behaviour.

    Actually training your dogs to bark on command - may increase the value of the bark - ie you only reward it when they do it on command - this shuts up my dog as first she tries to remember what to do with that command and then she only makes just enough noise (almost nothing) to get the cookie since I tell her "yes" as soon as she starts the pre-bark growl. So the bark doesn't come unless I give a second command for "louder".

    You can get a sonic gun which you mount where the dogs cannot reach and it is sound activated. Not ideal. You really want to limit their access to things that make them bark - like naughty neighbors and stray animals.

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    On the sonic antibark devices... they only work with some dogs and may annoy you and your dogs. The anti-bark collars are never meant to be left on the dog all the time.
    Using ultrasonic & audible sound to quiet your neighbor's barking dog

    PS I would not follow this website's advice for training your own dog not to bark - yelling at your dog for barking - sounds like you're joining in as another member of the pack - they all bark together - so if you bark too - your dogs will bark more. I find the water squirty can be good but you only need to spray it near the dog not on the dog - by way of distraction. And then give your dogs something else to do. And with my dog after doing heaps of grab collar and treat - I will go up to barking dog, grab collar and hold until she does a sit. I don't say anything or do anything but hold the collar so she can't run after whatever it is she's barking at, and I don't look straight at her. I just wait for the sit and then I tell her what a good dog she is and let her go. If she starts barking again, I grab her again and act boring until she shows some self control (eg the sit). Same for fence runninig. Barking and fence running are both fun for dogs and if you don't stop them (eg collar grab and put lead on), they will do it more and more.

    Note I have several devices that are supposed to be inaudible to humans that I can hear quite well, including an ultra sonic mozzie zapper - which does not bother the mozzies - but I know it's on.
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    It's a good point about the poison baiting too, if they are real ass hats I wouldn't put it past them if they wanted to get nasty. Just something else to be mindful of!

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    i cant have the dogs inside even in crates my partner does not want to do that and we know they will just whimper in the crates as well, the bathroom is a no cause we had the first pup in there when we first got her and yes i put up with the cleaning the bathroom all the time each morning but it was starting to smell our bathroom and our house even when i cleaned it spotless so now shes outside with the other dog im not going through that again they are outside dogs we do not want to bring them inside and to be honest they arent that bad at night some nights yes but with the suburb we live in we have heaps of noisy people sometimes, yes our neighbours are hard to live with to be honest when they fight its worse then our dogs going off and not to be mean to anyone but with the colour and race they are the cops arent called that much, i really need ideas for things to fix for them outside we are not going to bring them inside not with the house we live in the laundry doesnt have a door on it, it leads out to the back yard and even when i get a kids gate on the laundry doorway it gets knocked over and the fence around the house only goes up so far so people can still come right up to the fence and be face to face with the dogs they have not gotten out before and do not jump the small fence we have the only way we know they let them out is because we over heard them say "we should open the gate again and let the dogs out" but we are lucky our other neighbour let us know our dogs were out before anything could happen to them, so if anyone has any suggestions on things we can try that are for outside that would be great, because there are plenty of dogs that stay outside at night and yes some still bark but others dont so there has to be a solution for them outside.

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    if something like poisoning happened my partner would not stand for it he would do something about it

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    If they've already let the dogs out to play in traffic, and they've been chucking rocks at your dogs, you can be sure rat poison is next.

    It may also be worth a door knock of the area to find out what other neighbours are bothered by barking late at night / way too early in the morning. And maybe also a face to face discussion with your nasty neighbours. I think listening to their concerns and maybe handing them over a a mobile phone number they can ring every time the dogs barking annoys them would help them feel better. And give you a better idea of how bad the problem is. It's amazing how angry people can calm down if you acknowledge their gripe and let them know you're trying to sort it and what your plans are to do so. Telling them you can't or won't fix it or that it's not really happening can make things worse.

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    we know they will just whimper in the crates as well
    Not if you train them to love being in their crates. If you can't do that, how do you think you will be able to train them to be quiet at night time?

    Is "my partner doesn't want to do that" really a good reason to put your dogs' lives at risk?

    And your partner wouldn't stand for poison - how will he know for sure who put it there? And how come he stands for the other stuff over the fence. I don't think threats from your partner will make any difference and it will be all too late if he goes *after* the poison shows up.

    not to be mean to anyone but with the colour and race they are the cops arent called that much,
    And I don't see what colour and race have to do with it. You really don't want to put stuff like that in this forum, you don't know what colour or race we are - and now we know how you think. Bad neighbours come in every race, colour, creed and wealth level from stinking rich to dirt poor. And cops never want to sort out neighbour disputes. Unless someone is being murdered - they don't want to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bigsooks View Post
    i cant have the dogs inside even in crates my partner does not want to do that and we know they will just whimper in the crates as well, the bathroom is a no cause we had the first pup in there when we first got her and yes i put up with the cleaning the bathroom all the time each morning but it was starting to smell our bathroom and our house even when i cleaned it spotless so now shes outside with the other dog im not going through that again they are outside dogs we do not want to bring them inside and to be honest they arent that bad at night some nights yes but with the suburb we live in we have heaps of noisy people sometimes, yes our neighbours are hard to live with to be honest when they fight its worse then our dogs going off and not to be mean to anyone but with the colour and race they are the cops arent called that much, i really need ideas for things to fix for them outside we are not going to bring them inside not with the house we live in the laundry doesnt have a door on it, it leads out to the back yard and even when i get a kids gate on the laundry doorway it gets knocked over and the fence around the house only goes up so far so people can still come right up to the fence and be face to face with the dogs they have not gotten out before and do not jump the small fence we have the only way we know they let them out is because we over heard them say "we should open the gate again and let the dogs out" but we are lucky our other neighbour let us know our dogs were out before anything could happen to them, so if anyone has any suggestions on things we can try that are for outside that would be great, because there are plenty of dogs that stay outside at night and yes some still bark but others dont so there has to be a solution for them outside.
    I honestly can't think of any other solution. If the collars don't work and you have people deliberately taunting your dogs what other options are there?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2bigsooks View Post
    if something like poisoning happened my partner would not stand for it he would do something about it
    Also I would say that by the time you notice something is wrong with your dogs it will be to late.

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    Give your dogs away... they seem too much of a hassle and you can't find a solution.
    Last edited by puggerup; 01-02-2012 at 11:27 PM.

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