Next doors barking dog

(14 Posts)
Lozislovely Wed 25-May-16 16:23:09

Our next door neighbours got a Shitzu in the autumn last year. Each time the dog is left alone it howls and barks. Without exaggeration this is continual and can last up to 2 hours at a time until the dog wears itself out, when it will start again until the owners return.

The dog will either jump up and down at the lounge window or sit on a chair at the window and bark at everything or absolutely nothing, people walking past, a noisy car, postman, thin air, the lot. The way the dog barks sounds more like separation anxiety when there is no distraction and 'warning' barks when he sees people.

Unfortunately our neighbours are completely unapproachable (which is another story but not appropriate for this thread).

I work from home most days and over the past few months have found myself becoming more distracted by the noise. Also to mention that I spend a lot of time on the phone in meetings, so have to keep myself on mute constantly so that the dog isn't heard. Sometimes on a direct call with someone, the barking has been mentioned.

After a morning of listening to the dog barking for 3 hours, I contacted our local environmental health department.

They sent me sheets to record the noise periods on, which I duly completed and sent back.

I received a voicemail from the Dog Wardens' assistant today to say that the Dog Warden feels that one instance of barking a day is not sufficient for them to take the matter any further.

To say I felt like crying is an understatement. How can a single instance lasting up to 5 hours at a time not be sufficient?

I am in no way trying to cause potential problems with my neighbours, despite being driven to distraction by the barking.

I am more concerned that this dog (and owning one myself) has clear separation anxiety and should not be left alone. I said this in my initial contact with the Council, thinking that the dog warden may advise the neighbours of steps they need to take to reduce the dogs anxiety.

I am not sure what to do next. They have said that I can have more record sheets but seeing as typically the dog is left alone for single periods each day, I am wondering whether it's worth it.

Any suggestions - other than moving that isn't an option right now!

cosmicglittergirl Wed 25-May-16 16:25:16

Ask for more and put more incidents on it so they'll come and investigate. Put each barking session at a passing person as a seperate incident. I'm really surprised they're not interested and I don't think a dog should be left that long.

Lozislovely Wed 25-May-16 16:37:17

Thank you Cosmic, I think that's what I'll do.

I honestly feel sorry for the dog. If I knew my dog was like that I'd be mortified - except he's a lazy bigger and doesn't respond to anything!

It's not 5 hours every, maybe 2 to 3 times a week, in between it can be an hour here or there, but I am surprised that the council don't think this is enough.

I have left a message for them to call me back. I'm going to ask how the letter to the neighbours was worded and whether they do suggest anything to the owner about doggy daycare, training etc.

ImBrian Wed 25-May-16 19:06:00

I'm just starting with environmental health. Six huskies kept in a pen at the back of my house that howl and bark and cry for hours. It's driving me mad. I can't use my garden because of it.

StillYummy Wed 25-May-16 19:20:03

This is an env health matter for the council. Not the responsibility of the dog warden. Hopefully you'll have more luck with them.

SloppyDailyMailJournalism Wed 25-May-16 23:24:38

This might be a stupid idea, but would it help if their dog came around to you with your dog so that it wasn't feeling anxious? (probably not a great solution if they are unapproachable).

Lozislovely Thu 26-May-16 03:46:52

Imbrian - that sounds horrendous but I'm sure you'll have better success with the council than me, good luck!!

Lozislovely Thu 26-May-16 03:48:16

Still - I went through env health but for our council it automatically gets passed onto the dog warden, who is part of env health, apparently!

Lozislovely Thu 26-May-16 03:51:47

Sloppy - great idea but not feasible unfortunately. Also the dog hasn't been socialised much as it 'goes' for other dogs when being taken for a walk (witnessed myself). That being said when it's in the garden and my dog is also outside it doesn't react so not sure if a protection towards its owners when outside of the home environment.

If the neighbours were approachable I would happily bring him into my house as my dog loves all dogs, just not going to happen sad

MsMims Thu 26-May-16 14:44:31

Have you told them he's barking? If they're not even aware, how can they sort it out confused

seeyounearertime Thu 26-May-16 14:51:35

If your neighbours are not approachable then maybe you could mail an anonymous letter to them?

I lived with a neighbours barking dog for months. I tried notes through the door, telling them, calling EH so on and so on. Eventually I left.

parmalilac Thu 26-May-16 15:22:55

Speaking from experience, many dog owners are just antagonised by anyone telling them their dog is a noise nuisance no matter how you say it. My nbs were both doctors, left their 2 dogs in a cage outside all day. They barked ALL DAY until the family came home at 6. Looked at me as if i was insane when i politely told them it was a problem as i work from home. Went round twice more, they denied that there was any problem. I did the EH record thing and wrote it as :barking at 9.02, 9.05, 9.08, and so on and so on for hours. Resented the time and effort it took! Finally got it sorted out. Some people are just twats.

Lozislovely Thu 26-May-16 18:00:48

I got a message from the dog warden today that they are sending out some more record sheets so at least that's something.

Yes the neighbours do know their dog barks, perhaps not to the extent that it is but I know my postman has mentioned it to them. If they were in any way approachable I would tell them.

Shriek Thu 26-May-16 21:17:08

i'd be very sad if that was my ddog so distressed all those hours sad i do hope you find a way through this, can't believe how very patient you have been trying to work with that in the background.

i would only suggest a briefest of note saying you weren't sure if they were aware of how much separation anxiety their ddog was suffering whilst they were out and note that 5 hour spell and a couple many others as examples?

i hope they find a way for this poor ddog to be happy!

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