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Bored Little Yappy Dogs…

By Saralsal - 11 November 2014 32

I am writing to the owners of all those yappy little Furballs that are kicked out of the house at 7-8am and don’t see their loving masters till 5pm.

Little dogs get bored when cooped up in the backyard all day and love to just yap yap yap yip yap at nothing all day. This is most troubling to the elderly and sick whom are at home all day as well, the noise pollution is abhorrent and will drive one nuts. If you cannot leave your dog in the house because it wrecks the furniture or poops all over the house, give a thought to your neighbors who have to put up with it all day long.

There are things that can be done to try stop your loving little Furballs to continuously yapping all day, Bark Suppression collars are a good start, they work just fine on little yappy dogs. For the IT minded a simple webcam with bi-directional audio are a good way to keep eyes and ears on your yappy little Furballs, and call commands directly from your workstation either on your PC or from you smartphone, if you think your yappy little Furball is your household security then this is a good option.

I am trying to write this as understandingly as I possibly can, which is an effort as I am stuck at my new home with a painful injury and the neighbors dogs have been yapping and Yipping all day for most of the past month.

There are things the we can do with non compliant neighbors as don’t forget we, the recipients of noisy little Furballs, have rights as well, have a gentle talk with your neighbors first of all, if you find out they are as receptive to command and suggestion as their cute little loving Furballs, you may want to keep a diary with times and dates and submit a complaint to the ACT EPA online. It’s simply amazing what dog owners will do when there loving little yappy Furballs are threatened with eviction or worse.

Au revoir.

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Bored Little Yappy Dogs…
Tooks 7:33 am 13 Nov 14

Just wanted to add this: I had a dog that was not a problem barker…until we went out. He would bark at nothing over long periods. Must’ve driven the neighbours crazy but here’s the thing: I had no idea until a neighbour slipped a note in our letterbox one day. I felt terrible that my dog had been causing these issues for our neighbours but no one ever approached me.

The short story is I went and had a chat with the neighbour who left the note, apologised and thanked her for letting me know. From there I was able to take steps to fix the problem. Had that one neighbour not let me know, I would’ve remained oblivious to the problem.

Don’t always assume the owner knows their dog is a problem.

Innovation 7:51 pm 12 Nov 14

Why did you wait a month to have a whinge? And, as others here have asked, what evidence do you have that the owners are aware that their dogs bark when the owners are not home?

I agree that owners should control barking dogs. Once told – politely – most owners will be reasonable and will take measures to control their dogs. If you’ve suffered for a month, since you must be pretty wound up by now, taking a breath and offering to work with the owners will be likely to achieve a lot more than surprising them by storming round to their house and yelling at them.

And, if you intended to make a formal complaint, since you would have to keep a diary anyway, why not show the information to the owners first so that they can see when and where their dogs are barking. It’s probably just loneliness – as a full day of barking would indicate – but it could be something simple like a lizard, a particular vehicle, another dog or neighbour’s activities that setting them off.

dungfungus 9:54 am 12 Nov 14

dkNigs said :

Talking to your neighbours first is a must, you can’t really go on a spree of revenge until they at least know about the problem. Last little yappy dog we lived near the neighbours would put outside at night and manage to sleep through it, while it also set off the dogs on the other side of my house. I ended up walking two doors up and knocking on their door until they were awake several times in the middle of the night until they got the idea and trained their damn dog.

I have had to do the same (I bang on the door, not knock) but it really didn’t solve the problem. I even recorded the barking during the day and played it back to them over the phone at 2.00am.
All this does is get them to change their phone number.
Recently, a magician moved into the neighbourhood. How do I know he/she is a magician?
Well yappy dogs have been disappearing.

Tooks 9:29 am 12 Nov 14

Saralsal said :

AllyA…. obviously you don’t have this problem, and the neighbour is well aware of the noise there dogs make, ignorance is no excuse. Thankyou for understanding Madam Cholet.

AllyA said :

I would hate to see what you would write if you were not so “understanding”. Threatening is differently not the answer. Perhaps instead of writing a sarcastic/threatening post as you have, you actually went & approached your neighbour’s in a non threatening manner & discuss your concerns, I’m sure you would have a better chance of reaching a resolution discussing the situation like adults. Perhaps the owners of the dogs are not even aware that their dogs are barking during the day.

How do you know the neighbour is well aware? Have you spoken to them? Or are you just assuming?

dkNigs 8:34 pm 11 Nov 14

Talking to your neighbours first is a must, you can’t really go on a spree of revenge until they at least know about the problem. Last little yappy dog we lived near the neighbours would put outside at night and manage to sleep through it, while it also set off the dogs on the other side of my house. I ended up walking two doors up and knocking on their door until they were awake several times in the middle of the night until they got the idea and trained their damn dog.

Postalgeek 7:18 pm 11 Nov 14

Dogs are pack animals. People should consider getting two dogs, and I say this only to responsible owners. It can make quite a difference in regards to behaviour issues such as barking and jumping fences.

What a pointless website……I am amazed at the folks out there that just don’t give a $hit and will mock and kick you in the guts for making a valid point re noise pollution…..If you have nothing supportive to say….bugger off!

Newcomer to the internet? If you thought yapping was irritating, wait until someone doesn’t agree with you in forums.

Evilomlap 5:09 pm 11 Nov 14

Webcams with bi-directional audio? Call commands direct from workstation? Receptive to command and suggestion? Are you a supervillain?? Is the painful injury that has you house-bound the bullet wounds from where James Bond tried to assassinate you??

Saralsal 4:52 pm 11 Nov 14

AllyA…. obviously you don’t have this problem, and the neighbour is well aware of the noise there dogs make, ignorance is no excuse. Thankyou for understanding Madam Cholet.

AllyA said :

I would hate to see what you would write if you were not so “understanding”. Threatening is differently not the answer. Perhaps instead of writing a sarcastic/threatening post as you have, you actually went & approached your neighbour’s in a non threatening manner & discuss your concerns, I’m sure you would have a better chance of reaching a resolution discussing the situation like adults. Perhaps the owners of the dogs are not even aware that their dogs are barking during the day.

Garfield 4:29 pm 11 Nov 14

It’s even worse when they are left outside late at night and just keep barking while you’re trying to get to sleep. I had neighbours with one of them some years ago and approaching them to complain was a waste of time. They were so one-eyed they couldn’t believe their precious little dog could cause a problem. They let it roam and one day I was working in my front garden and it came at me. I had to restrain myself while simultaneously laughing at it and wondering how dumb it was. Thankfully most of my neighbours now have cats. The occasional two minute hissing session is wonderful compared to the previous daily barking that ran from 30 minutes to multiple hours every day.

Antagonist 4:13 pm 11 Nov 14

It’s simply amazing what dog owners will do when there loving little yappy Furballs are threatened with eviction or worse.

Yeah. That will help resolve the issue, and will help to strengthen the terrific relationship you obviously have with your neighbours too.

Valleyboy 3:50 pm 11 Nov 14

AllyA said :

Perhaps the owners of the dogs are not even aware that their dogs are barking during the day.

… or barking continually over the weekend while their owners are away (and setting off other dogs within earshot as well). But hey, your right to have a dog that barks for hours on end – because the poor dog doesn’t know why it has been, in its perception, abandoned – trumps the right of neighbours to peaceful enjoyment of the interior of their own homes, correct?

jett18 3:15 pm 11 Nov 14

AllyA said :

I would hate to see what you would write if you were not so “understanding”. Threatening is differently not the answer. Perhaps instead of writing a sarcastic/threatening post as you have, you actually went & approached your neighbour’s in a non threatening manner & discuss your concerns, I’m sure you would have a better chance of reaching a resolution discussing the situation like adults. Perhaps the owners of the dogs are not even aware that their dogs are barking during the day.

Could not agree more with the above.
Sure, I get that you are frustrated with the situation, but your sarcastic tone doesn’t do anything for your cause.

There are a number of reasons why the dog could be barking– and please remember, this is someone’s beloved pet– so threatening “or worse” (and please, do feel free to explain what you mean by that) seems fairly extreme and quite frankly, an alarming statement to make.

Perhaps you would be best off approaching your neighbour and having a conversation face to face as suggested, or is it more a case of you would rather complain on the web and do nothing in real life?

Rollersk8r 1:56 pm 11 Nov 14

Agree. My neighbours have 4 aggressive little mongrels – and I believe you need a permit for 4 or more dogs for a start. Have started the complaint process many times by filling out the forms (keeping a diary) – except when you’re not home much the diary doesn’t accurately indicate the situation…

Madam Cholet 1:27 pm 11 Nov 14

That would be good if Domestic Animal Services (DAS not EPA), actually do what they say they will do. In my experience (with a large barking dog, not the yappy ones on the other side of our house), they failed to act – to the point where I went to the minister (John Stanhope), who acknowledged they dropped the ball in a massive way. I kept the diary and yet they failed to even come out and listen at the times I documented that the barking would be happening – they did absolutely NOTHING. Total fail.

The situation did end when the owner was bluffed into believing there was the reams of evidence they should have collected and that action would be taken. It was only luck that someone was brought into DAS to get things back on track. And all this in a rental property where the property managers told me that their tennant had the right to peaceful enjoyment of their property (que?) As you can see it still makes me arc up!

Canberra residents can have no confidence in the authorities here to solve any noise issues, whether it be a barking dog or a noisy music playing neighbour.

AllyA 1:24 pm 11 Nov 14

I would hate to see what you would write if you were not so “understanding”. Threatening is differently not the answer. Perhaps instead of writing a sarcastic/threatening post as you have, you actually went & approached your neighbour’s in a non threatening manner & discuss your concerns, I’m sure you would have a better chance of reaching a resolution discussing the situation like adults. Perhaps the owners of the dogs are not even aware that their dogs are barking during the day.

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