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    I have a neighbour, that leaves for work at 7am, returns about 7pm.
    He moved in about a year ago. His PBT is a female, gorgeous, escapee!
    into our garden so she can jump over my shed to freedom. A bit of a risk in this climate in Victoria!

    The dog barks all day long. Its bored and lonely. The neighbour has blocked the escape route. so no longer escapes.

    About a month ago, the neighbour brought a jack russell pup. We now have 2 dogs that bark all day long. Its awful. And now the 2 neighbours dogs are barking through the hedge at mine aggressively if my dogs go near there side of our garden.

    I have a GSD, who is very vocal. He doesnt bark but 'talks' and will howl occasionally. Im a dog lover and wouldnt normally complain, as you never know when it'll be your dogs causing a pain in the ass.

    Id like to ask if we could intro dogs on neutral territory. But his dogs have never had a walk in the year he's been there.

    Any suggestions?

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    Move... If that's not possible, block any areas where the dogs are able to see your dogs.

    If the dogs haven't been walked they probably aren't socialised, that could be dangerous for your dogs and your dogs socialisation.

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    Have you talked to your neighbour about the barking?

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    How do you know the dogs havent been walked in the last year? That's a big assumption...I am sure you don't see their activities 24/7.


    Just as an example, I am pretty sure my old neighbours though I didnt ever walk my dogs either, and while I can admit they dont get a walk every day or as often as they should, noone would even know because I usually walk them late at night

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    I must admit people might think we do not walk our dogs. i walk them at 5-5.30am and after dark. It is just a habit, because our dogs do not like walking for 5kms in the sun and in winter it is just the only times i have.

    When we go to the River Lake, our dogs are in the car, no-one can see them, because they lie flat.

    But if they are not socialised dogs, i would not make my dogs the first ones. I would just try to chat to the owner and maybe find some ways he can make his dogs happier. Or if that is impossible, how about making a no-go zone in your garden for your dogs. this would be where the dogs can see one-another. You fence off an area within your garden. When we lived in town, we made a veggie garden in our no-go zone, we did not wan the dogs there anyway and it kept them away from our neighbours noisy GSD. Or like was suggested before, make it solid. Though dogs still tend to sniff each other out through a solid fence. A no-go zone within your yard works better.
    It is tricky when you are neighbours.......
    Pets are forever

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    Bernie

    I also suggest you talk to your neighbour about the barking. If he doesn't know, he can't fix it and if he doesn't fix it, someone (else) will complain to council, probably a whole bunch of people and council will see the dog and confiscate it for looking like a pitbull. Taking the dogs for a long walk in the morning would help.

    RSPCA has a dim view on dogs that never get walked too - but it's difficult to prove if the dogs otherwise have enough food, water and shelter.

    On your side - like newfsie said - maybe put a second fence along that neighbour's side to give the dogs more separation.

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    I was sort of nominated to talk to our neighbour about his dogs constant barking while he was away.
    The dog is okayish if he is still in town but it still barks but only a little. When away is what gets to everyone.
    So I talked to him about it and he has sone things to stop it.
    Like since I talked to him the 2nd to last time he went away he took his dog to his daughters in Adelaide. And this time he has taken it with him to Melbourne.
    So the talk worked this time.
    I don't know your neighbours, so I couldn't really tell you to do the same as you might end up on the floor as some owner take offence to being told their dog is a problem.
    But if you do get on with them then try to talk. If not ring the council to deal with it.

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    As someone else has said he may not even realise his dog barks all day long. Some people don't realise that a bored dog is a destructive/noisy dog.

    I do all I can to keep my dogs bust but I was having some trouble with my girl barking more than she should. The neighbors didn't come to speak to me they just complained to council, I was pretty upset because I am a nice person, I have spoken to my neighbours and yet no one bothered to approach me. And this is in a neighbourhood where dogs are constantly barking (across the road, next to me, up the road all day long) and it is the suburb in Brisbane with the highest amount of barking dog complaints lol.

    So please try to approach him first, just a friendly, "Hey mate, how you going? Nice dog you got there. Not sure if you realise but your dog barks all day while you are gone, I am worried that some of the neighbours might complain and that concerns me due to the new laws that have come about in Victoria." SOmething along those lines

    If nothing happens or he doesn't seem friendly then leave it and I guess you could go to the council if you are comfortable doing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Bernie

    I also suggest you talk to your neighbour about the barking. If he doesn't know, he can't fix it and if he doesn't fix it, someone (else) will complain to council, probably a whole bunch of people and council will see the dog and confiscate it for looking like a pitbull. Taking the dogs for a long walk in the morning would help.

    RSPCA has a dim view on dogs that never get walked too - but it's difficult to prove if the dogs otherwise have enough food, water and shelter.

    On your side - like newfsie said - maybe put a second fence along that neighbour's side to give the dogs more separation.
    What do you means "it's difficult to prove"....not walking your dog isnt illegal, so while the SPCA might have a dim view of owners who don't walk their dogs, there is nothing to bother proving if the dog is otherwise healthy

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    I have called around to the house, but not found him in yet.
    I know the dogs are not walked as: he's away for 12 hrs of the day. Im up for 2 hrs before he leaves for work and he's not out walking dogs then. And i would know if he walked past my house to walk his dog (which he must) because i have a degree in curtain twitching, as do my 2 dogs.
    The PBT is as fat as a pig. Her toenails are very very long and curling under. To me, sure signs that its not walked anywhere near enough.
    She is friendly, to humans, will tolerate other dogs, as long as they dont approach. If they do, she barks that "im here, im strong" bark dogs use. My dog is larger than she is, so perhaps more tolerant with giant Bernie than other dogs, i dont know. But i pat and stroke her, feed her treats etc when she used to escape to coax her back into her garden. As I was worried she'd be PTS if caught out.
    Im going to go around on the w.e. to try and catch him in.
    Cant move just yet, but its on the cards if we can find a new home that is preferred to this one. But an excellent solution i agree.
    This dog is not mistreated, she's happy when her people are home. She's friendly, gentle with her new puppy play mate. She doesnt get walked sure, she's bored and lonely during the day. But that's standard dog ownership in australia i thought. Its the barking that does my head in. Whether he walks her, feeds her too much, doesnt clip her toenails is none of my business.
    The barking all day is my business.

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