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It's 1am and my neighbor's dog won't stop barking

sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
That freaking dog has been barking for hours. It's past 1am and it just won't stop. I can't sleep. It's a German shepherd so it's very loud. And by neighbor I mean across the hall from me in a building with paper thin walls. What the hell can I do?! I banged on their door and left them a not so friendly note attached to it since they are obviously not home or are dead. ARGHHHH!!!
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    I know it won't help tonight but speak to your land lords or property managers tomorrow.

    You can also look at your local noise ordinance and see if it contains any clauses about dogs. You need to make sure you look at the correct ordinance. They are often spilt or vary between county or city/town jurisdiction. We no longer cover dogs in ours. Officers really can't do much. It's not as if the dog listens to them either, but your area might or animal control might be over that issue. Find out the specifics and go from there. You can file a complaint with the proper agency, if allowed.
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    PS- I applaud you for knocking on their door and leaving a note. That might do the trick, sadly not tonight, but in the future... Most people refuse to do that anymore, and it would be my first step before I told someone else.
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  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    Thank you fifi. I'm hoping it'll make them aware of it for the future. This is not the first time it's happened. If it happens again I will complain to my landlord. Just last night someone was smoking in the hallway and stunk up the building (we only have 8 apartments here) and my landlord texted everyone this morning warning us not to do it. So hopefully he would do something about this too. But, he's not exactly a responsible landlord. I have a hole in my ceiling since November 5th from sewer water pouring in my bedroom that he has yet to fix after 4 emails and text messages that I've sent him. He's ignored all of them
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    ^ That is not good at all!

    Not a problem! I hope the issue will resolve itself after your letter. If not, don't be afraid to go over the landlords head if need be. I absolutely would if the leak does not get fixed. It's a health and safety hazard.

    Wish you had some ear plugs :-/
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  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users
    I'm dealing with a similar situation. It's very frustrating and I couldn't take it anymore. I called the non emergency line to the police station and they were happy to send an officer by to warn them. If the people aren't home, they are happy to leave a warning on their door. Depending on the number of complaints, they will start getting fines if it continues. No one has to put up with that.
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  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    Thanks Sheila. If it continues I will
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  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users
    Don't get me wrong, I love love LOVE dogs. I just don't like certain dog owners who don't care about the people who live around them.
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  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,220Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I understand.

    I had a friend who would tie out her puppy and let it bark in anxiety all day. The poor thing was frantic. So glad she moved.
  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    He only seems to do it when they are not home I think. I went to bed at 2am and he was still barking
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    They may not be aware. My dog had separation anxiety and used to bark a lot and occasionally become destructive, shredding pillows and trying to chew throught doors and walls when I left. I knew he was destructive but I didn't know why at first. And I had no idea that he barked. It was only after one night thatI left him outside on my fenced-in patio while I took a 30 min trip to the store and I got reported to the complex manager for letting my dog bark nonstop, that realized he had that tendency. I just left him outside bc the weather was so nice and I thought he would enjoy it. I had no idea he would bark or disturb the neighbors...bc he was never noisy w/ me.

    I would have appreciated the neighbor just telling me about it rather than reporting me and being all mad. It had been only a one-time thing. Sometimes ppl don't know...but once they do they can take steps to improve the situation.

    (But as an aside...is the apt they live in just a small one-level unit? Keeping a GSD in a small apt like that just seems cruel to me...unless they take him/her out A LOT.)

  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    Yes it's a one bedroom apt and I left them a note. Also spider, my previous landlord never came after me for my breaking the lease. In fact, he has ripped off other tenants before as well I just found out. So I am taking him to court. He never sent me a letter or anything about my security deposit despite my requesting it, and it has been over 2 months now. Legally he has to give it back or tell me why he isn't within a reasonable amount of time. 2+ months is not
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  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 8,660Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Could it be this dog?

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    Seriously, I don't blame the dog. I blame the owners. Pets need attention, much like children. Jim and I would love to get a Yorkie or 2, but we realize that we are not home enough for a pet. We have 3 humming birds and a betta fish. They are not much on cuddling, but they are happy. I would definitley talk to the owner/s of the dog and if they aren't willing to do anything then talk to the landlord. I lived in a house where my next door neighbor had two big dogs left outside at night and barked into the wee hours. I finally had to report them to the HO and they warned them and the problem was taken care of.
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  • PerriPPerriP Posts: 6,613Registered Users
    Unless someone told me, I would have no idea if Finlay barked when I was gone (I assume he doesn't). But, recently we were chatting with a new dog (some sort of standard poodle mix) and I said to her dad "oh Quincy always says Hi when we walk by the door" - "she barks???" - "yes, just one or two to let us know she's there" - he was very worried but I reassured him he wasn't an issue. (when they first moved in, she barked more, but now she's used to the noises, I assume).
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Yes it's a one bedroom apt and I left them a note. Also spider, my previous landlord never came after me for my breaking the lease. In fact, he has ripped off other tenants before as well I just found out. So I am taking him to court. He never sent me a letter or anything about my security deposit despite my requesting it, and it has been over 2 months now. Legally he has to give it back or tell me why he isn't within a reasonable amount of time. 2+ months is not

    Sorry to hear that. Yes, 30 days is the rule here. Maybe he is keeping it bc you broke the lease? Or maybe he never received your fwd'ing address in writing? Or maybe once he gets the summons, he will hand it over. Hard to say.

  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    He got the address in the letter that was sent to him via certified mail. Yes I left early, but I would not have done so if he had not stolen from me. He is the one who broke the lease.
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    Lotsawaves wrote: »
    Could it be this dog?

    Tucker piano Dec 7'2010.wmv - YouTube

    Seriously, I don't blame the dog. I blame the owners. Pets need attention, much like children. Jim and I would love to get a Yorkie or 2, but we realize that we are not home enough for a pet. We have 3 humming birds and a betta fish. They are not much on cuddling, but they are happy. I would definitley talk to the owner/s of the dog and if they aren't willing to do anything then talk to the landlord. I lived in a house where my next door neighbor had two big dogs left outside at night and barked into the wee hours. I finally had to report them to the HO and they warned them and the problem was taken care of.

    Most people don't blame the dog. That is why the dog clause in my local noise ordinance was cut out. Officers were like, "what do you expect me to do? arrest it!?!?" If animal control has anything to do with it, which they do in some places, they along with officers issue warnings to the owners. They don't just snatch up the dog and take it. Which some expect them to.


    Again, hope your letter to the owners works. If not, you know your options. It is crappy that they leave a dog of that size and breed in a one bedroom apartment. I know it can't be helped sometime, but they are better suited for larger areas. I feel for the dog but I also feel for people who can not get any sleep. Sometimes that happens, night after night, with the owners doing nothing. Doggie doesn't have to get up and go to work. Lol
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  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    They left a note on their door apologizing for the dog! They said they won't leave him alone for as long as they did and thanked the "anonymous" person for letting them know. :D yay!
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  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users
    Good to know some dog owners actually care about their pets.

    I have a neighbour whose dog has separation anxiety so they got a kitten. However if the now cat goes out while the owners are also out the dog barks occassionally until the cat comes back in. (Cats in the UK are allowed to come and go as they please if possible.)

    This is so much better than before when she would continously whine like someone was hurting her. It was extremely distressing to hear.
  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users
    They apologized, that's amazing! Good for you for writing that letter!
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  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    sheilacurl wrote: »
    They apologized, that's amazing! Good for you for writing that letter!

    I know! I was def expecting something a lot different when I saw that they responded!
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  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    It's happening all over again. Guess who has a final exam in 6 hours whose entire semester grade is based on? I'm so f***ing pissed
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  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    For future reference wax or silicone ear plugs are pretty effective.
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  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    Thanks
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  • CurlyInTheFogCurlyInTheFog Posts: 876Registered Users
    I'm really sorry, and totally sympathize. Our next door neighbor is a real ass who thinks the universe should revolve around him. A few years ago, he moved his stepdaughter and her sons into an (illegal) guest house less than 10 feet from our property line (we're rural, so that is VERY close). She brought three yappy dogs with her, and they set the dogs up in a tiny outside kennel maybe 20 feet from our master bedroom window. They never walk the dogs, and hardly ever let them out. So, they bark, bark, bark and it's really high-pitched and annoying as hell.

    We are totally SOL on this. We know it's useless to ask the neighbors to do anything about the barking (and they know about it, because the dogs bark while they're home!), because we already asked him to keep his other dog from coming on our property and digging and pooping. His reply? "I moved out here so I wouldn't have to deal with that kind of thing." In other words, I wanna do what I wanna do and screw you. He did suggest that we build a fence in the front to keep HIS dog out (oh, and they do let the little dogs out so they can also poop in our yard), which would be almost impossible anyway because of the way our front is laid out. Note that we have already spent over $4,000 fencing our back so that OUR dog is contained.

    We do have a noise ordinance here, one that specifically applies to dogs. But everything I've heard indicates that Animal Control is useless and won't do anything anyway other than notify the owner that the dogs are barking, and they already know they bark. If we complain anonymously, he'll know it was us because the only other neighbor is his pal. He is just the type to be vindictive, too. So we're pretty much stuck. I've resorted to screaming and chasing the dogs out of our yard as much as possible, and picking up their poop and throwing it back in his yard (lol).

    Oh, and don't get me started on the garbage that ends up in our yard because they are too stupid to make sure their cans are secured from dogs and raccoons.
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  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    Oh god what horrible neighbors! I don't know how you put up with that. I would leave the poop on their front step
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    I'm really sorry, and totally sympathize. Our next door neighbor is a real ass who thinks the universe should revolve around him. A few years ago, he moved his stepdaughter and her sons into an (illegal) guest house less than 10 feet from our property line (we're rural, so that is VERY close). She brought three yappy dogs with her, and they set the dogs up in a tiny outside kennel maybe 20 feet from our master bedroom window. They never walk the dogs, and hardly ever let them out. So, they bark, bark, bark and it's really high-pitched and annoying as hell.

    We are totally SOL on this. We know it's useless to ask the neighbors to do anything about the barking (and they know about it, because the dogs bark while they're home!), because we already asked him to keep his other dog from coming on our property and digging and pooping. His reply? "I moved out here so I wouldn't have to deal with that kind of thing." In other words, I wanna do what I wanna do and screw you. He did suggest that we build a fence in the front to keep HIS dog out (oh, and they do let the little dogs out so they can also poop in our yard), which would be almost impossible anyway because of the way our front is laid out. Note that we have already spent over $4,000 fencing our back so that OUR dog is contained.

    We do have a noise ordinance here, one that specifically applies to dogs. But everything I've heard indicates that Animal Control is useless and won't do anything anyway other than notify the owner that the dogs are barking, and they already know they bark. If we complain anonymously, he'll know it was us because the only other neighbor is his pal. He is just the type to be vindictive, too. So we're pretty much stuck. I've resorted to screaming and chasing the dogs out of our yard as much as possible, and picking up their poop and throwing it back in his yard (lol).

    Oh, and don't get me started on the garbage that ends up in our yard because they are too stupid to make sure their cans are secured from dogs and raccoons.


    Isn't it lovely? Animal Control in my area is absolutely useless. I have called to complain on them more times than I can count, and the head of their department (which is actually the heath department) completely ignores it.

    I have paged the on call worker for an animal bite (which is all we can call them for after hours), had them call back and say, "WTF do they effing want me to do about it?" How about your job... And please keep in mind you are on a recorded line, always.

    This is what happens when you hire people on probation. Lol. I know some of them. They are good people, but they get some rough ones.
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    ^ Really, it's a very common thing for a local animal shelter to be one of the biggest sources of court ordered community service workers. I wish it worked as well for all as t does for some. A guy I went to school with robbed a bank, served his time, got out and did probation/ community service and kept a job there for years. He was the only person who would do anything, 90% of the time. Excellent, hard, fair and diligent employee. His supervisor was hired under the same circumstances, and he won't even leave the house. He just wants the hospital to take and fax bite reports. They will not uphold noise ordinances. They do not come out for injured animals, and it is like pulling teeth to get the majority to check on neglect reports.

    People who live in areas with fantastic animal control should feel very lucky. I get cussed quite often, but it's not my department. I have LEO, Fire, Rescue and EMS to deal with and officers have enough on their hands with people as well.

    Frustrating!!

    I'd still report your neighbors. Live in silent suffering, or tick them off. I'll go with tick them off every time.
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  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    Lol I couldn't agree more fifi. I'll come up with something. This is the same couple who fight every other day. And by fight I mean the gf screams at the guy and then gets drunk, or vice versa. Who knows. She also attempts to sing.. Which is why I call her the dying cat now. And when she tries to cook I know it because the smell of burnt food permeates the hallway and my apartment
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  • CurlyInTheFogCurlyInTheFog Posts: 876Registered Users
    This isn't a cheap area by any means, either. We pay a lot of property tax. I'm constantly debating whether to report the barking. I just don't see the point if nothing gets done. I will say that it has gotten somewhat better. In the beginning, they would bark for an hour, stop for a few minutes, and start up again. It was so bad I was ready to cry. I think they put the worst offender in the guest house because sometimes I can hear a dog barking inside, but that's not nearly as bad. It's not as constant as it used to be, but now my brain is keyed into them so even a little barking sets my nerves on edge. The annoying thing is that my husband can't stand sounds like that, so every damn time they bark if he's home he has a fit and whines and complains. I feel like saying, "Look, you have no idea. I'm home way more than you and this is nothing. Listen to that for an hour until you want to stick skewers in your ears, you big baby." Sometimes I'm not sure which is worse, the dogs or hubby, lol.

    My dog was a very barky puppy, but since I don't like listening to dogs bark, I trained her to stop immediately on command. Unfortunately I did such a good job I now can't train her to bark on command. Too bad, because I could send her over to the fence to bark in the middle of the night, haha.
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