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Old 05-30-2018, 05:44 PM
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Aggressive Neighbor

Hi, I apologize if I'm posting in the wrong section but I'm not sure where this fits.

I have a neighbor who confronted me angrily last weekend with expletives, telling me that my dogs bark too much and that I should make them stop. I'd never met him before and this was quite an introduction. I've never had any other complaints from any of my neighbors in 5 years.

I don't deny that my dogs bark when I'm away and I'm looking into strategies to reign in the excessive barking, but I need advice on dealing with the aggressive neighbor. He doesn't seem like a reasonable person that I could have a conversation with. Other info that might be pertinent is that I'm away Monday through Friday from 11-9 and I live in an HOA in Gilbert, AZ. Thanks.
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Old 05-30-2018, 06:46 PM
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As someone who has lived next to noisy dogs (and continues to) I can totally understand your neighbors frustration. If they bring your dogs volume to your attention again let them know that you’re making an effort to work on this.

It might be a good idea to invest in some Kong toys to keep your dogs occupied for a while. Granted they probably won’t make it through the whole day but it’ll definitely cut down some of the time that your dogs are barking. I’ve seen some ‘puzzle’ toys that might be worth looking in to. (Link to the Top 10 Puzzle Toys below) You could always try leaving the TV on - I have friends who used to do this and their dog loved it!

Also, if possible, see if any friends or family members could come by during the day to tire your dogs out (go for a walk, play outside, etc.)

https://barkpost.com/brain-teasing-toys/
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My dog had very bad separation anxiety and barked and howled non-stop at first. Doggy daycare and medication did wonders for him. Now he can be alone up to ten hours three days a week and the other two a week at doggy daycare no problem.
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Hi! That is not the way to handle this type of situation on the other persons part! Im sure they must be frustrated with the barking dogs but they shouldnt have come over screaming at you. I agree with everyone else, and I know my dog is also a barker if left alone too long. Something that I dont think has been suggested yet is to leave music playing while you are gone. It may help drown out outside noise and make it seem like someone is home! I would just tell the neighbour you are working on a solution and that it wont last forever!
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First off make sure your dogs are safe and secure while you are gone during the day, crazy neighbors are at risk for doing horrible stuff if the opportunity presents itself. Next learn your local laws and ordinances regarding noise pollution/nuisance dogs. You also need to find out if your dog is truly causing a problem, there's lots of free doggy monitor apps that you can download and use to listen to your dogs during the day and confirm how much noise they are making. Don't forget to make sure your dogs are registered just in case the neighbor reports you.

A couple years ago we had a psycho neighbor leaving threatening notes on our gate about our dogs. All of our direct neighbors said they never had a problem with our dogs or noise and didn't leave the note. We set up a sound system to confirm our suspicions that our dogs only barked for a few moments when kids were playing outside, the longest duration was 40 seconds of barking. Eventually we had to put a padlock on our gate after this unknown neighbor had an incident where she was see screaming and banging on our door yelling about our dogs, apparently she had woken all the neighbors and ran off after she saw everyone was watching. She's never comeback since and I suspect that she moved away. After the first note we contacted the animal control office and they said that most of the time these sorts of things are just neighbors trying to puff out their chests and resolve without issue.
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