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Littlepleasures Sat 04-Nov-17 15:12:06

Neighbour’s guide dog seems to hate being left in alone. Never hear a peep out of him (the dog) usually, but if neighbour goes out without him, he seems to bark on and off at anything that moves outside (and as we live on a main road, that’s pretty frequently) till he comes back. Happens most days for up to 3hours at a time, ( family come to take him out shopping etc) Didn’t bother me at first but Im finding its starting to get to me. Afternoon to myself, settled down with a good book, the dog has been barking on and off since midday. Don’t want to stress my neighbour out by complaining as he’s blind and has come a long way in being able to cope independently. Do I just suck it up and put in ear plugs if I need quiet as it’s only a few hours a day and never at night. Or could an anti barking device help? Has anyone ever used one successfully, and if they do work, does it cause the dog any pain or distress?

spanieleyes Sat 04-Nov-17 15:13:23

Never found one that works, despite all the claims!

Littlepleasures Sat 04-Nov-17 15:15:24

That’s what I thought spaniel eyes. The reviews on Amazon are terrible.

Pretenditsaplan Sat 04-Nov-17 15:15:37

Please dont. It vauses the dogs undue stress and can cause excruciating migraines to other neighbours. I know from experience. They should be banned

Wolfiefan Sat 04-Nov-17 15:16:31

Sounds like the dog has separation anxiety. Leaving it to bark is cruel. Have you told your neighbour it is barking?

Littlepleasures Sat 04-Nov-17 15:19:09

Yes I can empathise with feeling of stress, pretend. My stress levels are pretty high right now.

Maudlinmaud Sat 04-Nov-17 15:19:29

I don't like the idea of these devices.I have a yappy dog who howls when we go out, luckily we are a detached property so it doesn't bother anyone but the dog. Found some chew toys which we produce only when we leave and don't confine him to one room has actually prevented him doing this. Maybe that could be an idea.

Justbookedasummmerholiday Sat 04-Nov-17 15:23:08

Imo your neighbour should know. If the ddog is stressed it may not do its 'job' properly which is obviously dangerous.
Maybe he could use doggy day care instead of home alone?

Littlepleasures Sat 04-Nov-17 15:25:04

Wolfe fan. Half of me thinks I should mention it, if the animal is distressed but I don’t want to upset my neighbour as he is quite vulnerable. The dog could just be in guarding mode and not distressed at all.

PetalStretch Sat 04-Nov-17 15:28:51

Tell your neighbours OP! Its unnacceptable noise.

Say it nice and reasonably.

They may not be aware.

Then see what happens.

I had the same problem (though reported it to Housing Association). The noise stopped once they were informed.

PetalStretch Sat 04-Nov-17 15:29:27

I mean they were informed by the housing association it was unnacceptable noise.

WhatALoadOfOldBollocks Sat 04-Nov-17 15:39:49

Tell your neighbour. The dog is a guide dog with a support network behind it to deal with training issues. I doubt your neighbour would have to deal with this on his own.

Wolfiefan Sat 04-Nov-17 15:50:35

There's no such thing as guarding mode! A dog continually barking isn't happy. Your neighbour must be told.

Littlepleasures Sat 04-Nov-17 16:11:40

Wolfe fan. Useful to know. Not very knowledgeable about dogs myself.
What a/Just booked. Good points there. I think I’ll mention it to one of his relatives when they’re here as they might be able to access further training for the dog from the support agency.

Wolfiefan Sat 04-Nov-17 16:14:32

If the dog has separation anxiety this isn't a training issue. It's a don't leave the dog alone issue. You can counter separation anxiety but not by just going out and leaving it. They need to seek help with this.

PetalStretch Sat 04-Nov-17 16:16:50

don't leave the dog alone issue

owners have a responsibility here.

PetalStretch Sat 04-Nov-17 16:17:31

agree with Wolfie is what I'm trying to communicate! don't be fobbed off.

shouldknowbynow Sat 04-Nov-17 16:28:24

Please DO NOT get an anti bark device they are incredibly cruel and cause great stress and damage to the dog and could potentially even harm his ability to perform his role as a guide dog. As others have said a barking dog is an unhappy dog, can you gently raise the subject and find out how the owner is preparing the dog when she leaves him? Dog should be warm and comfy, radio or TV on low in the background and a treat or frozen Kong to keep him distracted. No big fuss when she goes or returns. Please do try to be easy on her, ultimately she is reliant on the dog but I'm sure she would feel bad if she knew it was interrupting your day so try to avoid a full blown confrontation if you can.

Ameliablue Sat 04-Nov-17 16:44:30

I would also speak to the neighbour as they may not know the dog is distressed and add it is a guide dog, it isn't restricted in where it can go as a normal pet so they might be more inclined to take the dog with them if they know there is a problem when it is left.

granny24 Sat 04-Nov-17 17:05:12

When a new ndn moved in with 5 Yorkshire terriers we nearly went mad. They loved their ickle doggies so much they regularly left them alone all day. I bought a Hoont from Amazon and it worked a treat. Stray dogs no longer bark when they go past. Give it s go OP

ChelleDawg2020 Sat 04-Nov-17 17:10:18

The anti-dog noise emitters sound very good in theory but I've never heard of one that actually works. I don't have much of a problem with dogs round here but would definitely install one as a precautionary measure.

Rescuepuppydaft2 Sat 04-Nov-17 17:18:11

That poor dog! They are trained to be a constant companion, really the dog should be going everywhere the neighbour goes. I cant imagine this helps with retaining training either. So confusing for them!

I would speak to your neighbour, it may be that they don't realise how distressed the dog is.

specialsubject Sat 04-Nov-17 17:23:24

Tell the neighbour to sort it.

Sorry, that is completely unacceptable. Three hours of nuisance a day?

Nikephorus Sat 04-Nov-17 17:32:24

Tell the neighbour - he can't sort what he doesn't know about & would probably be mortified to learn that his dog was distressed.

Crashbangwhatausername Sat 04-Nov-17 21:03:36

The dog is already stressed. You getting a device to stress it further won’t be helpful to you, your neighbour or the dog. Speak to the neighbour, the dog needs help/to be sent my way to another dog with separation anxiety but less training than a guide dog

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