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.