What can I do please - dogs barking?

(8 Posts)
Celeriacacaca Fri 06-Jun-14 09:31:06

Our neighbours, in end of terraced house, have two large dogs in what are modest sized houses with fairly small gardens. Since they've lived here we have been disturbed at all hours of the day and night with the dogs barking. The dogs don't get walked properly for dogs of their size, apart from a lap of the block twice a day, but rather are left out in the garden.

This morning was the limit for me - 6.02am they were outside barking and barking, waking both DCs and us. Last night they were left in the garden until close to 11pm, again barking. This is what happens most nights. Every time we go into our garden they bark at us. When anyone knocks at our door they bark and rush to their front door. At weekends they are left in the house when the neighbours go out and after an hour or so they start howling and barking as I think the older one (now about 8) is desperate for a wee.

I have spoken to our neighbours, I have written a note to them but, despite being well-educated people, they just don't seem to understand the impact it is having on us. After this morning, I am beyond fed up. Apart from the disturbance to us, I think it is cruel, particularly when the dogs are howling inside, but I don't know what else I can do.

Can anyone advise please?

mrsdiddlydoo Fri 06-Jun-14 10:01:03

Have you tried contacting your local Council for advice? Councils have powers to investigate noise complaints including complaints about barking dogs. They might be able to either give you some tips on ways to deal with it or depending how you feel, maybe you should make a complaint about them even though it sounds harsh. Would be someone in Environmental Health or a dog warden you would need to speak to. Should be info on your local council's website.
General info can be found here https://www.gov.uk/how-to-resolve-neighbour-disputes/overview

Seeline Fri 06-Jun-14 10:13:40

If you think the dogs are really in distress, you should contact the RSPCA. Council's Environmental Health Department should be able to help with the noise issues.

Pinkje Fri 06-Jun-14 10:45:41

Why not post this in the 'doghouse' section too, experienced dog owners might have a different take on things.

Rideronthestorm Fri 06-Jun-14 10:48:17

It's a noise nuisance and environmental health at the council should be able to advise you.

Celeriacacaca Fri 06-Jun-14 11:27:00

Thanks everyone. Wasn't aware of doghouse section so will try that too and will start with Council. Thanks again.

Binkybix Fri 06-Jun-14 21:09:15

Be aware that you'd probably need to disclose at sale if you do anything with the council about it.

JennyZ1 Fri 06-Jun-14 23:55:47

See what your city has to say about it or how they would like it handled?

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