How to Address a Neighbor Who Is Complaining About Barking Dogs?

by Tammy Dray
    Barks turning into a nuisance?

    Barks turning into a nuisance?

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    A neighbor not very happy about your bouncy and not-so-quiet dog? You might have grown immune to Fido's barks, but there's no reason why your neighbor should try to do the same. If your furry one is keeping the neighborhood awake, it's time to take action. You don't want to wait until the neighbor files an official report and you're forced to deal with the county or pay a fine.

    Step 1

    Figure just how serious the complaint is. Is this just an annoyed neighbor who otherwise gets along with everybody, including you? A friendly knock on the door and a chat could be all that's needed to fix the problem. Is this a neighbor you don't even talk to? Maybe sending a letter or leaving a note in his mailbox -- include your phone number and an offer to talk -- might be a better approach.

    Step 2

    Find out exactly what the complaint is. Is it about your own furry one barking while you're at work? Maybe dogs are barking at night and he's not sure if it's yours or not? If you're not home when the barking happens, can you ask the neighbor to take a look so he can tell you what causes the barking? Is it a certain noise, or is somebody ringing the doorbell -- or does it happen for no apparent reason? Your unhappy neighbor might be more willing to work with you if he feels he can be a part of the solution.

    Step 3

    Try to come up with an arrangement. Would it be enough if you keep your windows closed? Maybe that muffles the sound enough to make it bearable. What about making sure your dogs are not out in the yard after a certain time? If the complaining neighbor works at night and sleeps in the morning, can you keep Fido quiet during those hours? What about offering to take your pooch to obedience class?


    • Is the complaint about somebody else's dog? Try to investigate the situation together. If you suspect abuse -- for example, the dog is chained outside without access to water or shelter all day -- you can report the problem to the authorities.


    • You don't want things to get to the point where legal action is required. It's expensive, annoying and it might cause you to get into an all-out war with the neighbor in question. Be open and willing to talk to avoid things getting heated.

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    About the Author

    Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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