One of the most annoying sounds in the world is a barking dog. Not just any barking dog, but a non-stop barking dog, day in and day out. It’s enough to drive you crazy, especially when it certainly isn’t your dog making all this noise. If your neighbor’s dog is barking enough to where it’s affecting you and your family, here are the best ways to take action.
I have a neighbor who has 4 small dogs in a kennel right behind his house. These dogs whine at all hours of the day, which is fine, but their yapping at night keeps me and my guy awake. Their kennel is right behind our bedroom window, so enough is enough when it comes to all this noise. Since 3 of the dogs are new (their original dog is quiet), we’re waiting for the new animals to calm down. If they don’t within the next week or so, we’re going to confront our neighbors (politely) and let them know they are bothering other people. Until then, we’re going to give them a benefit of a doubt.
Which is my first point. Don’t go pounding on your neighbor’s door the first time you hear his dog bark. You need to let it go on for about a week or so before you can justify being confrontational about it. This way, you can approach your neighbor and say you’ve been noticing their dog barking at night more lately, and figured it must be a new dog, so you let it go for a little bit, but it isn’t stopping. Your neighbor will be more likely to end the barking situation if they know you were willing to wait it out at first rather than by pounding on their door after the first woof. There is always the chance that the barking situation will end on its own, so give it a little time and try to be reasonable about it.
Let your neighbor know exactly when their dog is barking. A dog that barks at odd hours of the night or way early in the morning is a troublesome dog, and if your neighbor knows their barking before 7AM and after 8PM (most states’ noise laws regarding loud music and barking dogs), they know they may have a legal issue on their hands and have to take proper action.
Don’t threaten or yell at your neighbor or his dog, no matter how much you want to. You may be annoyed and kept up at night, but if you want the issue resolved, you need to be calm, not violent.
Give your neighbor pointers if you yourself have a dog. Let them know your dog used to bark (even if yours never has) and that you fixed it by taking the dog inside at night and letting them out later during the day. Sometimes a little empathy is all your neighbor needs, even if you’ve never had trouble with your own dog.
Remember, unless your neighbors dog is wandering loose outside while he’s barking his head off, there’s little to nothing you can do legally to stop his barking during the day. He’s not breaking any laws.
Thank your neighbor when their dog improves. Letting them know you appreciate it, and things will be a lot smoother in the future, and your neighbor will likely keep up the good work.
If your neighbor is a jerk and says his dog can bark whenever he wants, you may have to file a noise disturbance with the police. It’s a large step, but sometimes needed to get the peace and quiet you and your family deserve. I wouldn’t do this unless I had to because it can cause even more issues down the road (particularly if you also have a dog), but sometimes you just have to.
The key to getting your neighbor to control his barking dog is to remain calm, understanding, and patient, but he should definitely be made aware of the situation.