How to Stop Your Neighbors' Dog from Barking
How to Stop a Neighbor's Dog from Barking
Is your neighbor's dog keeping you up all night? It's time to take action. The fastest and best way to end the noise is usually to speak to your neighbor face to face to work out a good solution. If that isn't effective, get law enforcement involved to solve the problem for you. In the meantime, try using a dog whistle or another method to help the dog stay quiet.
Confronting Your Neighbor
Talk to your neighbor.Many people jump straight to drastic measures instead of simply talking to the neighbor about their concerns. Unless you're on bad terms with your neighbor, the best way to solve this problem is usually to just talk to him or her about it. You could casually approach your neighbor next time you see him or her outside, or write a note asking to set up a time to talk.
- Your tone at this point should be friendly and be respectful, yet firm. Don't make legal threats; you may have to do that later, but for now, try to keep things civil.
- Assume your neighbor is unaware of the problem. Say something like, "I knew you'd want to know that Sadie's barking is audible to us at night, especially since our bedroom faces your yard."
- Explain that the barking is having a negative effect on your sleep, concentration, and so on, and that you would like to work out a good solution.
- Thank your neighbor for hearing you out and making a change. Most considerate neighbors will do their best to accommodate you right away.
Make helpful suggestions.It's possible your neighbor is well aware of the issue, but isn't sure how to get the dog to stop barking. If you're pretty sure you know what the problem is, there's nothing wrong with making suggestions. This is especially effective if you're a dog owner, too. You can commiserate over how tough it can be to get a dog to stop barking. Here are a few common problems you might consider bringing up:
- Dogs kept outside commonly bark from boredom; this is especially true for energetic breeds like German Shepherds, terriers (including Pit Bulls), and guard dogs like Dobermans and Rottweilers. Suggest that the dog needs more exercise.
- Some dogs are very excitable and nervous, and they bark at everything that passes. Obedience training can be very helpful. You might want to provide the names of a few well-rated training schools in the area.
- Dogs also bark when they're either too cold or too hot. Many people have the misconception that dogs' fur keeps them warm in subzero weather; it's not the case, unless the dog is a husky. If you've seen the dog shivering or looking miserable in the heat of the day, tell your neighbor the dog could be barking because its uncomfortable.
Try to agree on a concrete solution.Rather than expecting your neighbor to put a stop to all barking, it might be more feasible to agree on a practical solution that works for both of you. Here are a few solutions that might apply; you can adapt them to your situation as necessary:
- See if your neighbor will agree to take the dog inside during certain hours, such as between 10 pm and 7 am.
- If barking during the day is a problem because the dog is left outside, see if the neighbor will agree to install a dog house where the dog can take shelter during the day. Discuss a certain date by which the dog house will be installed.
- If the dog has a behavioral problem and the neighbor agrees it needs to be addressed, see if he or she will set a certain date by which the dog will start attending obedience classes.
Get backup from other neighbors.If your neighbor ignores your requests or doesn't make a change after you've asked politely, it can help to get neighbors involved. Talk to other people who live nearby to see if they're also being kept awake by the dog. You can then talk to your neighbor again as a group. This time your requests are likely to be taken seriously.
- If you don't want to gang up on your neighbor, ask the other neighbors to contact the dog owner individually. That way he or she won't feel bullied.
- Best case scenario, the neighbors will be able to put their heads together to come up with a good solution that doesn't leave anyone feeling ostracized. However, if the dog owner is unreceptive and the barking continues unchecked, you may have to change tacks and get authorities involved.
Contacting Law Enforcement
Research your town or city's anti-barking laws.Look online at your town or city's codes, by-laws or dog legislation. There may be a code against unruly pets or incessant barking at night; many places have legislation or regulations in place that deal specifically with dogs and/or noise. There might also be a code covering ignoring requests from neighbors.
Call the relevant authority to report a noise complaint.Find out what town hall/council/municipal office or other relevant authority to call so you can file a report on your neighbors for a noise complaint.The authorities will talk to the dog owner and assess the situation. They will usually inform you of the outcome. If nothing changes, call again a few days later.
- You might want to ask if anonymity is an option when you file the report. In some cases, this may not be an issue for you, especially if it's plain-as-day that you're the one pointing the finger thanks to previous attempts. However, if you have various upset neighbors, maintaining anonymity may be useful to prevent retaliation of any sort.
- Some jurisdictions will act on anonymous complaints, while others require your name and address but won't reveal this to the neighbor complained about. Check the public or private status of making a complaint before making it.
Call animal control to report abuse.If you believe the barking is a result of neglect or another form of abuse, you have the right to call animal control. If the dog is being severely abused it will be confiscated from the owner, but in most cases animal control won't take the dog away. Instead, they'll come to assess the situation and try to educate the owners as to how to properly care for the dog.
- If the dog is left outside during extreme heat or cold, this would be considered a good reason to call animal control.
- If the dog looks underfed or dehydrated, you can call animal control.
Get other neighbors to file the same complaint.If the authorities get multiple calls about the same dog owner, they'll be more likely to take action quickly. There's definitely strength in numbers in this situation, so rally as many people as you can to remedy the situation.
Sue the dog owner in small claims court.Even after getting the authorities involved, some stubborn dog owners won't comply with requests to quiet the dog. If nothing else works, you can sue for nuisance in small claims court. The goal will be to make a case that the dog's barking is preventing you from enjoying your own home.If you win, the dog owner will have to pay a small sum of money. Prepare to sue by doing the following:
- Try to negotiate with your neighbor, so you can show the judge that you made an effort.
- Decide how much you want to sue for. An attorney can help you figure out a dollar amount.
- Gather witnesses and other proof, like photos or recordings.
Trying Dog Whistles and Other Solutions
Use a silent dog whistle.There are mixed reviews on whether these devices work, but many have found success with them. Silent whistles make a sound that dogs can hear, but humans can't, so your neighbors won't even know you're using it. Whenever the dog barks, blow the whistle. it may take a number of attempts, but eventually the dog will associate barking with the piercing noise of the whistle, and stop barking.
Try a sonic training system.This uses more advanced technology to silence a dog's barking, but it's the same idea as the whistle. Again, the results are mixed; these seem to work better for some dogs than others. If you're at the end of your rope, it might be worth the expensive price tag to give it a try.
Block the dog's view.If the dog barks every time it sees movement, blocking its view of your movements might help. Increase the height of your fence or close off areas where the dog sees movement. If the dog is being set off by your cats or other pets moving in the yard at night, this might be enough to quieten the dog.
- Try to look at things from the dog's perspective when the dog is outside. See if there is anything outside in particular he is barking at, such as rabbits, squirrel, another dog, something else you think the dog might be barking at. Then think about whether there is a way to reduce this trigger.
QuestionHow close do I have to be for a whistle to be effective?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on the whistle. Generally, you would need to be within 15-20 feet of the dog for the whistle to be effective.Thanks!
QuestionIf my dogs bark at night when I let them out, but it lasts less than ten minutes, does my neighbor have a valid complaint of offensive dog barking?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAbsolutely. Imagine having someone yell "WAKE UP!!" at you for ten minutes in the middle of the night, every night. While the dog barking may not bother you, some people are light sleepers and sensitive to sound. I know my wife suffers physical chest pain when our neighbor's dog barks at 5 a.m (probably due to the stress and the jolt of being forced awake).Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do for a dog who is owned by a police officer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA police officer is just another citizen. Any abuse of authority should be reported to the department or agency they are employed with.Thanks!
QuestionMy neighbor has trained her dog at attack me at the fence. The dog lunges, barking every time I go into my yard. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThis can constitute abuse or harassment, since you are in your yard and clearly not trying to get into hers. I would record evidence of this with your phone and take it to the police and explain the situation. It's one thing to have a guard dog, but quite another if she is teaching her dog to try to attack you.Thanks!
QuestionIs it legal to toss dog biscuits onto a neighbor's property to silence barking dogs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPossibly it is legal but it is most certainly not advised. Think about it -- how long does it take to eat the biscuits? Because as soon as they're gone, the barking starts again. And you've just reinforced the behavior you're wanting to extinguish. Also, food is only useful as a training tool in the hands of someone who understands proper timing of rewards and is actually actively training the dog. A dog that nuisance barks is trying to communicate -- boredom, anxiety, discomfort, loneliness, etc. The cause of the barking needs to be assessed and addressed by a trainer -- who could be the owner or just someone who cares about dogs. Talk to the neighbor first.Thanks!
QuestionMy neighbor walked up to our gate, waited for my dogs to come up and sprayed pepper spray at them repeatedly. I assume this was illegal, but how do I deal with this?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerCall the police immediately. That's animal cruelty and is illegal.Thanks!
QuestionI have a health problem that is being aggravated by my neighbor's barking dog. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTalk to your neighbors and explain to them about your condition and see if they can come up with a solution first. If this doesn't help, you may have to call law enforcement. If it is affecting your quality of life, this should be taken seriously.Thanks!
QuestionMy neighbor puts his three poodle type dogs out on a closed deck for hours on end, and they bark incessantly while scratching at the back door in a vain attempt to get back inside. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerInform the neighbor about the problem, and explain that the noise is a problem. If it doesn't stop, file noise complaints until it does.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do with an inconsiderate, ignorant neighbor who puts their dog outside for hours and lets it bark?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWe took the steps of talking to our neighbor. They got some kind of a squirt collar for the dog when he's left alone outside, and when he barks, it seems to have helped. A lot depends on how ignorant and inconsiderate your neighbor is. I'd start with trying to make contact and starting a discussion, explaining why it's a problem. Try to enlist their help before indicating further steps might be necessary. You might be surprised. The ignorance may be that the owner had no idea the dog was doing that. If all fails, then you would be justified in involving the authorities.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do about my neighbor's dog, who starts nipping at my dog every time I let him out?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerConsider building a fence around your yard to keep your dog safe--or letting your dog out in your backyard instead. You can also approach your neighbor to discuss the two dogs' behavior and relationship. Your neighbor might be willing to come up with a solution with you, as this also considers his dog's safety.Thanks!
Will a dog whistle keep a dog, allowed to run free, away from me? It's a small, untrained dog.
How effective have the sonic bark "silencers" been shown to be? I know they won't go through fences but if there are spaced small trees will a higher-powered model work?
What happens to my dog if I get a sonic blaster for two neighbor dogs?
Is it legal to use dog whistles or sonic trainers on your neighbor's dog?
How do I stop a neighbor's dog from growling and barking at my dog?
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To stop a neighbor’s dog from barking, start by letting your neighbor know that you can hear their dog, and it’s disrupting your day-to-day life. You can even offer your neighbor some helpful suggestions, like giving the dog more exercise or taking it to obedience training. If your neighbor isn’t open to helping with the situation, try some creative solutions, like blowing a silent dog whistle whenever the dog barks or, if the dog barks when it sees movement, increasing the height of your fence or foliage.
- Don't blame the animal, blame the owner for not training the dogs. It makes it hard on everyone involved, including the dog.
- If your neighbor is a renter, call the landlord.
- Under no circumstances should you shoot or otherwise hurt the animal. Harming animals is against the law.
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