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AIBU to think you don’t take your barking dog for a walk at 3am?

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Bellasblankexpression · 21/12/2019 04:01

Been woke up for the second night at 3am by a barking dog on the street - when I looked out, the dog is merrily roaming up and down barking, apparently waiting for their owner who took a while leaving the house, then eventually caught up with them and walked off down the street with them.
In the meantime, the dog was barking excitedly and skipping off into the road and back while he was waiting.

AIBU to think that one, it’s a bit odd to be taking your dog for a walk in the early hours and two, if you’re going to do that at least don’t leave them barking outside until you’re ready to go?!
It makes me think said owner is up to no good, but I do have an overactive imagination!

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Am I being unreasonable?


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dottiedodah · 21/12/2019 07:31

Well he can walk his dog whenever he wants ,but its unfair to the neighbours for him to bark and wake them all up!

DingDongSchadenfreudeOnHigh · 21/12/2019 07:33

I often walk my dogs in the Dead of Night (insomnia) - but they are on lead and don't make a noise. If it's off-leash at this time of year how is he even going to see to pick up after it?

sueelleker · 21/12/2019 07:59

Perhaps the dog's barking because it needs to go out? Shouldn't let it outside until you're ready to leave though.

Glentherednosedbattleostrich · 21/12/2019 08:04

I have regular bouts of insomnia and often walk my dog in the early hours of the morning! On a work day the latest we are out is 5:45 on an insomnia day it's more like 4am. The police have actually stopped me once or twice to check up on me as I dress in my dark running clothes and probably look a bit Dodgy!!!

I do however make sure that my dog is on her lead and she has been trained not to shout in built up areas

Chocolatemouse84 · 21/12/2019 09:17

Walking the dog isn't unreasonable, allowing it to be so noisy is.

TWD89 · 21/12/2019 09:39

I have twatty neighbours who do this at 5am every single fucking day.

Only they don’t actually walk the dogs (because they can’t be arsed) they just let them walk on the grass underneath my bedroom window for ten minutes yapping and growling.

Inconsiderate arseholes.

Pollywollydolly · 21/12/2019 10:05

In a very similar situation I have been known to open the window and yell

"Shut the fuck up!"

Possibly not my finest hour.

lifeisgoodagain · 21/12/2019 10:07

The time might be due to working patterns, but the barking is inexcusable. My does bark sometimes so I'm careful to minimise the time it takes from my front door to the street (when he stops)

lifeisgoodagain · 21/12/2019 10:10

Ps remember some of us have chronic insomnia!

Elieza · 21/12/2019 10:12

Defo ask your neighbour who they are and wtf.

I’d be on at the polis or the noise team on the local council if somebody’s dog was repeatedly barking at night to see if they could treat it as noise pollution or something.

If I was the dog walker the minute it barked it would have been yanked on its lead and told to shut up. If it didn’t I would have to stop walking it at that time it muzzle it or something to try and keep it quiet while everyone is sleeping.

Bogrod · 21/12/2019 10:16

Not U to walk the dog at that time. He might work shifts or be an insomniac. Or he might have a reactive dog and can’t risk bumping into other dogs.

He is however being massively U to let the dog bark in the street at that time.

PlanDeRaccordement · 21/12/2019 10:51

How do you stop a dog from barking?
I have never been able to.

Bellasblankexpression · 21/12/2019 11:22

I am a bit bonkers at 3am/4am Grin which is probably why I decided there was shiftiness afoot.

I understand shift workers or insomniacs taking their dogs out at all hours, I just don’t understand letting him trot about the road and street unsupervised - there were still cars on the road, he was barking and growling, just didn’t seem like a sensible thing to do!

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TSSDNCOP · 21/12/2019 11:25

Nothing pisses me off more than a barky dog.

DancingPyjamas · 21/12/2019 13:01

I stop mine barking with a combination of an electric collar and a dog whistle.
Within a few days of use the barking stopped.

Bogrod · 21/12/2019 13:33

DancingPyjamas - then you shouldn’t have a dog. Electric collars are cruel.

Glentherednosedbattleostrich · 21/12/2019 13:56

Bribery, bribery and more bribery! She walks beside me waiting for her treats or carries her favourite toy. Cant bark with a bloody stuffed mouse in your gob!!

I would never use any of the collars, they are very cruel and working with a dog and their natural behaviour is the way to go.

DancingPyjamas · 21/12/2019 13:56

They're not the prong type @Bogrod
They're the ones that beep and vibrate. Totally harmless but effective.

WhoisitnowRalph · 21/12/2019 14:07

I used to walk my dog at 5am because she was super aggressive, so it was better not to meet too many dogs or people if at all possible. Unfortunately she was also very vocal, especially when exploding out of the door to go out.

To avoid pissing off the immediate neighbours I had a practiced routine of making her wait at the open door for me to shove a treat in her gob, which took a bit of the manic velocity out of leaving the house and stopped the hysterical barking.

She was a little gobshite but the neighbours often said they "never heard her". Grin Said gobshite has sadly left us now, she is terrorising everyone at the bridge. 🌈

In answer to your post though OP, the guy with the dog is being a total knobhead for letting his dog roam around barking at 4am whilst he sorts himself out. Irresponsible and lacking in any basic courtesy or consideration.

Fraggling · 21/12/2019 14:08

'I know quite a few people who rise early to walk their dogs.'

3am is really quite early indeed...

DingDongSchadenfreudeOnHigh · 21/12/2019 16:10

I stop mine barking with a combination of an electric collar

You utter bastard!

Really - you complete and utter bastard,

Those things are beyond cruel.

ISmellBabies · 21/12/2019 16:24

The walking at 3am could be anything, shift work, insomnia, dog having a habit of shitting on the kitchen floor at 3:30!
But the barking because they've let the dog wander out the house off lead and the owner is still pissing about inside for 5 minutes is a really shitty inconsiderate thing to do, so in that respect yanbu.

Bogrod · 21/12/2019 16:44

@DancingPyjamas - so the dog enjoys the vibration? Hmm?

If you’re going to use aversives/punishment on your dog at least educate yourself and be honest about why they work.

DancingPyjamas · 22/12/2019 09:27

I have no idea if she enjoys the vibrations or not, I've not asked her.
However, what I do know is, is that it doesn't hurt her as it doesn't hurt me. ( Yes, tried it on myself before using it on her)
If putting something on my dog that doesn't harm or hurt her makes me an utter bastard, then so be it.

OrangeTwirl · 22/12/2019 09:42

How do you stop a dog from barking?
I have never been able to

Teach it the "Speak" command and then "Quiet".

Do not use aversive methods like electric collars. People who haven't a clue use them because they think the shock to the dog is a quick fix. People who use shock collars are lazy, clueless and cruel.

It is much kinder to your dog for you to train it properly and, therefore, build a natural, trusting relationship with you.

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