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Distressed puppy next door

By canberralyf 15 October 2015 25

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I am seeking any information anyone may be able to give me about what I can do about a distressed little puppy next door.

Over the weekend, my neighbours appear to have gotten a beautiful new puppy; however, the last two days the people living in the house have all left in the morning and not returned until 6ish in the evening. They appear to have left the poor little guy all by himself, in a cornered off part of their yard, and all he has done is bark and cry for attention. A few times I’ve popped my head over the fence to see if its okay but he looks physically distressed. My own dog is also becoming distressed as all he can hear is the puppy crying as well.

I would just like to know what I may be able to do in regards to this, I don’t socialise with these neighbours as they are very private people but I really don’t like the idea of this puppy crying all day — I’m concerned for its welfare. I’d even be happy for it to play with my dog while they are gone but I can’t just go into their yard and take it. What can I do?


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Quincy 3:06 pm 25 Oct 15

I’d love to get a demographic analysis of these comments. Despite having raised children, I thought it was ok to leave a new puppy at home alone all day until we got one, fortunately while I was working part-time, and I came home at lunchtime to find him crying in the yard after just three hours. Many people who think that leaving dogs alone for 8+ hours every day is ok seem not to spend enough time at home (for whatever reason, including good reasons) to know this. We receive many compliments on our dog’s behaviour because we have invested a lot of time & attention in him.

dungfungus 7:21 pm 22 Oct 15

ana said :

This is a difficult situation as the pup is obviously very distressed. The owners are out all day and cannot do much about it really, and there are examples of this all over the suburbs.

The sad thing for the pup and all the other neighbours is that it will grow into a perpetually barking dog who once starts barking in the morning, will probably not know how to stop until it falls asleep exhausted and then wakes up and gets distressed all over again and barks until someone comes home.

Be careful approaching the neighbours as some people don’t like having this sort of thing pointed out to them. Maybe just friendly like, say ‘I see you have a new puppy’, and if they don’;t ask if it has been misbehaving, you’ll know that they are the type of people who shouldn’t be owning a dog.

Perpetually barking dogs have disappeared in the night in my neighbourhood.

ungruntled 6:31 pm 22 Oct 15

Ana, that was such a very helpful comment.
Be afraid of your neighbours.
Assume they may be really not nice before you talk to them.
Look for them to regard the dog’s distress as misbehaviour.
Classify thiem as “the type of people” how shouldn’ own a dog.
Not too much you’ve missed there !

madelini 6:07 pm 22 Oct 15

canberralyf said :

Grimm said :


If it has food, water and shade, it is just a puppy being a puppy in an unfamiliar environment after being separated from its mother. It will get over it in a few days. Unfortunately not everybody can take time off work for however long it takes for a puppy to adjust.

Wow, I don’t think you could be anymore unhelpful, MYOB really??

For one it is loudly barking and crying so even if I wanted to mind my own business its cries are distracting. Secondly, puppies need to socialise especially when they are that young, even more so in the week after they are taken away from their mothers and siblings.

I agree they need to adjust to their new surrounds but neglect is not adjustment, if you can’t accept the fact your life may differ slightly for a few weeks after getting a puppy don’t get one, its pretty bloody simple.

Thank you for all the other replies though, it looks like talking to them will have to be my best bet.

I think MYOB is the right answer. You’re going to come across as rude if you assume to have a greater knowledge of their pet than they do, especially if you don’t usually interact with them.

Puppies always cry for the first few weeks. Then it will grow up and adjust. They all do. They don’t have to “socialise” or have neighbours throw in their two cents. Puppies are really quite resilient. Unless you think it is actual neglect or cruelty – ie. They are not caring for their pet when they’re at home, then it’s none of your business.

jack 4:48 pm 22 Oct 15

Just wondering how did you deal with this in the end?
Ps…I have multiple dogs and would not have been offended had you knocked on my door, very kind of you! Sadly some people can misinterpret kindness.

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