Help me with a barking dog problem...

  1. I work nights and try to sleep when I can. My problem is my neighbors on 3 sides have dogs...which bark at each other and together form a choir through which I cannot sleep. Unfortunately complaints to the owners have gone unheeded and I have not yet complained to city code enforcement due to diffferent cities (I live right on city lines) ....anybody know if there are any methods that REALLY WORK/ I have heard of ultrasonic noise controls...do they really work or just hype?? any suggestions welcome. We would like to put a swimming pool in our backyard too...but the small lots and noisy dogs are a major deterrent....
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  3. by   shodobe
    I have had dogs for so many years and have barkers and some quiet ones. The problem lies in the fact the code enforcement isn't doing their job. Just because you are on the city lines doesn't relieve someone of responsiblities. If for some reason there is an ordinance that only has dogs quiet between certain hours you may have a problem. Usually it is between 10pm and 6am, so if you sleep between 6am and 10pm you are out of luck. The only recourse is the neighbors and I have found out that this is the biggest problem. They probably aren't home during the day and could care less if their dogs bark. Someone in the code offices has to have an answer for you and you will just have to keep in their face untill they are sick of you and will give you the correct answer. This is why I moved out of a urban area to a very rural area. My dogs can bark until they are hoarse and no one will care. Mike
    PS, I have found the ultrasonic devices do not work, only bark collars and I doubt your neighbors will allow you to put one on their dog.
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    Toss some meatballs with a bunch of cayenne pepper in the middle over the fence.
    It'll quiet them for a day or two.
    -R
  5. by   prmenrs
    I had all my upstairs windows and one of the sliders replaced w/double windows. I did it for the energy savings, but I can no longer hear the neighbors dog!! Except, of course, when I go out to work in MY patio, which the dang dog doesn't like. I used to throw her dog biscuits, but the neighbor said it was making her sick. I suppose I could just keep throwing them over there.....
  6. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Quote from Rustyhammer
    Toss some meatballs with a bunch of cayenne pepper in the middle over the fence.
    It'll quiet them for a day or two.
    -R
    What does the cayenne pepper do to the dogs?
  7. by   Palpitations
    You sound like my husband. He has threatened to poor cold water on our neighbor's dog. Our neighbor's dog barks at us whenever we're on the deck or out in our backyard. My husband is very frustrated. He feels that since she can't make the dog shut up that he should be allowed to teach it how to.

    Melinda

    Quote from Rustyhammer
    Toss some meatballs with a bunch of cayenne pepper in the middle over the fence.
    It'll quiet them for a day or two.
    -R
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    i like rusty's idea. I, too am plagued with tiny little yipyaps that bark all day long while neighbors work. It's enuf to drive me nuts. I can't even move in MY BEDROOM w/o the stupid things yapping at me. UGH! I wonder tho if cayenne would hurt them, perhaps even kill them? Dont' want to do that.
  9. by   Sheri257
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    i like rusty's idea. I, too am plagued with tiny little yipyaps that bark all day long while neighbors work. It's enuf to drive me nuts. I can't even move in MY BEDROOM w/o the stupid things yapping at me. UGH! I wonder tho if cayenne would hurt them, perhaps even kill them? Dont' want to do that.
    Funny, I don't know how it happens, but for the last three times I have moved, there have been little yip yap dogs next door. Every single time. I guess I'm cursed.

    I just sick my dogs on them, which scares them to death. They start yapping so loud that even the owner gets annoyed and brings them inside.

    The ultrasonic bark inhibitor collars do work really well. It doesn't hurt the dogs per se, just annoys their ears when they bark. We had a problem one time and bought them. Worked like a charm.

    Maybe you could suggest that to the neighbors.

  10. by   Sheri257
    Quote from shodobe
    This is why I moved out of a urban area to a very rural area. My dogs can bark until they are hoarse and no one will care.
    Well, I moved to a semi-rural area where everybody, and I mean everybody has dogs. Lots of them. At least two dogs per household in most cases, often three or four.

    Doesn't necessarily solve the noise problem. Although it's not too bad actually. But when there's a stranger in the neighborhood, believe me, you know. Once one dog starts barking, the entire neigborhood is in an uproar.

    I guess that's can be a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. But you do always know when the door knockers are coming, so I put my dogs in the front yard and that scares them off.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 10, '04
  11. by   mattsmom81
    Quote from Rustyhammer
    Toss some meatballs with a bunch of cayenne pepper in the middle over the fence.
    It'll quiet them for a day or two.
    -R
    I love it..also loved the BB gun suggestion from another thread Rusty. I am an animal lover until they aggravate me as in this case.

    I have to admit I AM TEMPTED. :chuckle
  12. by   mattsmom81
    My hubby found an ultrasonic machine called Super Bark Free which activates to barks and discourages it. However I notice its not guaranteed and from one response it doesn't work anyhow.

    Short of wearing earplugs all the time guess I"M SOL. My solution is to move farther out in the country or to a neighborhood with bigger lots...as I have the same problem as Deb...I drop my hairbrush in my sink and 6 dogs go wild.Day and night...whenever they are outdoors.

    Guess I'll work on my hubby to move...as I don't want to get into a pizzing contest with all 3 of my neighbors. And one of them is a city cop too...
  13. by   RN-PA
    I REALLY feel for you. I'm in a small town and in my neighborhood, there's only one home that doesn't have a dog. We have noise ordinances, fortunately, and also, amazingly, the ones closest to me aren't bad barkers, or their owners are fairly sensitive to annoying their neighbors, so I feel fortunate. (It hasn't always been that way-- I called the police for a next-door neighbor's German Shepherd barking years ago.)

    However, once we open our windows for the warmer weather, I may be singing a different tune. In the meantime, so you can get your sleep, get a box fan and turn it on high or get one or two of these "Sleep Sounds" from Hammmacher Schlemmer which emit white noise and have helped me to sleep in spite of the sometimes noisy street we live on. They're also great to take when you travel for noisy hotels and the like.The ordering page is here:

    http://www.hammacher.com/publish/60586.asp?promo=search
    Last edit by RN-PA on Apr 10, '04
  14. by   frann
    Having big lots doesn't help either. Neighbors got one of those Jack russel terriers many years ago. our lot is 2 1/4 acre. These people are such idiots!!!!
    Everyone around us has moved but them. Dog barks all day. Its very aggravating to go outside. Dog can bark for hours. We've called them up in the past, about it. The hubby gets real upset. and I quote "the dogs got to have a life" give me a break! I don't open my windows in spring anymore. I absolutely draw the line at night. About a month ago for a couple of nights they started barking. Waited 10 or 15 minutes called them. They said they could not catch the dog. Well have you tried a gun? Its impossible to catch dog if you are inside also. We were watching there back porch. We were this close to calling cops. What really gets us is none of the other neighbors can hear this. Our county requires 2 neighbors to file a complaint befoer they go see them.
    Its very frustrating when you live beside such inconsiderate people. :angryfire

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