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Dog barking threatened… ?

By mickey - 6 October 2011 82

Hello fellow rioters. This afternoon when the missus reached home after work, she found a note on the door was asking us to “shut our barking dog OR…”

I am happy to ensure that our dog does not bark when we are away, but I find the tone of the note quite intimidating and borderline threatening. I am not sure if the dog is under threat or is it me or my pregnant wife?

Like i mentioned, I am going to ensure that the dog does not bark in the future, by keeping it inside the garage while we are away. Though this will ensure there is no nuisance barking, this is not a foolproof thing and there might be times when we forget to lock the garage door.

If the person who has left the note calls the RSPCA what action can they take in this scenario?

I do not want to harbour any issues with any of my neighbours and will love to live in peace and without fear of threats, as much as they do.

I am assuming that they meant to call the RSPCA and the threat was not to kill the poor thing?

Alternatively, if my beloved dog is poisoned or goes missing, what course of action can I take, seeing that she has been threatened previously?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Dog barking threatened… ?
Watson 11:34 am 06 Oct 11

[Ignoring the usual judgemental moron looking for an opportunity to push their opinons on unsuspecting posters… (deep breath)]

If you can bear it, letting the dog have access to the house when you’re out might make a huge difference too. Barking could be a sign of separation anxiety, though it’s hard to tell without an experienced dog person observing the dog’s behaviour. But it’s how I avoided anxiety issues with my new dog. I just leave the back door open. The first few weeks I came home to carnage (she is still fairly young and likes to rip up all sorts of stuff) but now she seems happy to entertain herself with her kong, treat ball, chewies and fresh bones (which she has left outside so far!). I also religisously walk my dog every morning before I leave for work. A 30 min off-leash walk. (I also walk her in the afternoons most days, but morning walks are more important,) If the barking is caused by separation anxiety, there are a few other things you can do. Just google it and you’ll find some good tips out there. I believe the National RSCPA website has a couple of resources on this too.

You do first need to get some idea of the extent of the issue and only your neighbours can tell you. If home remedies fail, a behavioural trainer would be the go. But find one that comes recommended to you (as in a specific trainer, not just a company).

I hope you can get some useful feedback from your neighbours and that this doesn’t escalate. Good luck!

burkes08 11:31 am 06 Oct 11

I used to have a barker, even as a dog owner I can’t stand barking. I used a citronella collar with great success and I know heaps of other people who have used them as well.

I would look at this before you buy a surveillance system. If your neighbour thinks your dog barks too much it won’t matter if it is reasonable barking. The neighbour is clearly already a nutbag so i wouldn’t risk antagonising them further. Thats how poisonings happen.

Try to fix the problem first. Use the collar and leave lots of things for the dog to do when you go to work. Eg, instead of feeding dry food in a bowl, sprinkle it around the garden and make the dog search for it. Take your dog on a big walk before work. Freeze some chicken frames (or wings depending on size of dog) for the dog to chew on during the day. Plastic bottles or kongs filled with yummy things and frozen give the dog things to do. Yeah, and don’t make a big thing of leaving or returning from work.

Good luck.

kschoey 11:26 am 06 Oct 11

I had a similar situation in my old place. Death threats in the letter box (which I reported to police) and the DAS letter. Neighbours had never told me personally that the dog was a nuisance – just decided to take the passive aggressive approach. Rang DAS and they wouldn’t tell me who had made the complaint either. Neighbours that I was friendly with (and who were home all day) said they never heard the dog. We finally tracked down who it was and had a chat. Turns out the wife had just had a baby and was rather sleep deprived. We apologised and had a doggy door installed so the dog spent most of the day inside.

Funny enough 2 yrs later I saw a birth notice in the paper for the same neighbours. Within a week yet another passive aggressive note appeared in the letter box. Same issue – wife with no sleep etc.
They moved about 6mths later and I had no more complaints and haven’t had any since I’ve been in my new place.

mickey 11:19 am 06 Oct 11

ABC129 said :

We had a complaint with our barking puppy in our apartment complex that came to us via the body corporate. I set up a recording on my computer attached through a headset microphone and recorded every day for 2 weeks and had a quick scan through the recording at the end of each day.
Yes, he did bark and it was clear as day to see it in the sound file but it was nothing even remotely close to being considered ‘nuisance barking’. Armed with the evidence we could reply to the body corporate and they were happy with the result.

Unfortunately you don’t have anyone to respond to but it would be useful to know how much of a nuisance your dog might be causing.

Thanks, I have scoured ebay for some cheap video surveillance systems, I am guessing any sparky would be able to install them. Might be a few weeks before they get delivered from China though.

mickey 11:16 am 06 Oct 11

Jim Jones said :

zorro29 said :

as a non-dog owenr i think you need to understand how INCREDIBLY annoying it is when a dog barks constantly for no reason…you can not do anything in peace and even a TV won’t block out the sound…if you’re trying to work or sleep the matter worsens. dog owners need to be more responsible and make sure they keep their dogs inside, or, if that’s not possible, then make sure they are amused enough during the day that they won’t sit and bark (they need to be entertained just like we would for endless hours in a yard!)…not to mention, a dog barking endlessly is often a sign of neglect…so get your act together and fix the issue so everyone else can enjoy the peace of their own homes

It is very annoying (I have a similar problem with a neighbour).

But that in no way justifies an anonymous threatening note. Whoever left the note is obviously a complete d***head.

If you have a problem with a neighbour (or, in fact, anyone), the reasonable thing to do is to discuss it (in a friendly manner) like adults. Leaping straight to anonymous threats is the action of a complete and utter f^&ckwit.

Yes that is what I would have expected. I have only moved into the neighbourhood a few months ago, had no idea what was going on while we were away during the day. I will be proactive and fix the problem, the issue was that i was unaware that there was a problem in the 1st place.

mickey 11:13 am 06 Oct 11

zorro29 said :

as a non-dog owenr i think you need to understand how INCREDIBLY annoying it is when a dog barks constantly for no reason…you can not do anything in peace and even a TV won’t block out the sound…

Totally agree with you mate. But like previously mentioned, it is possible for the dog owner to not know the extent of the issue unless advised by their neighbours?
The issue of neglect comes up when the dog and owner are both at home and the dog is left outside to bark incessantly without the owner intervening. Once the owner has been advised of the issue, he should definitely do something to mitigate the problem. If he doesnt, then yes, escalate. But as you might imagine, not sure if such an issue can be fixed overnight?

ABC129 11:13 am 06 Oct 11

We had a complaint with our barking puppy in our apartment complex that came to us via the body corporate. I set up a recording on my computer attached through a headset microphone and recorded every day for 2 weeks and had a quick scan through the recording at the end of each day.
Yes, he did bark and it was clear as day to see it in the sound file but it was nothing even remotely close to being considered ‘nuisance barking’. Armed with the evidence we could reply to the body corporate and they were happy with the result.

Unfortunately you don’t have anyone to respond to but it would be useful to know how much of a nuisance your dog might be causing.

Jim Jones 11:07 am 06 Oct 11

zorro29 said :

as a non-dog owenr i think you need to understand how INCREDIBLY annoying it is when a dog barks constantly for no reason…you can not do anything in peace and even a TV won’t block out the sound…if you’re trying to work or sleep the matter worsens. dog owners need to be more responsible and make sure they keep their dogs inside, or, if that’s not possible, then make sure they are amused enough during the day that they won’t sit and bark (they need to be entertained just like we would for endless hours in a yard!)…not to mention, a dog barking endlessly is often a sign of neglect…so get your act together and fix the issue so everyone else can enjoy the peace of their own homes

It is very annoying (I have a similar problem with a neighbour).

But that in no way justifies an anonymous threatening note. Whoever left the note is obviously a complete d***head.

If you have a problem with a neighbour (or, in fact, anyone), the reasonable thing to do is to discuss it (in a friendly manner) like adults. Leaping straight to anonymous threats is the action of a complete and utter f^&ckwit.

zorro29 11:01 am 06 Oct 11

as a non-dog owenr i think you need to understand how INCREDIBLY annoying it is when a dog barks constantly for no reason…you can not do anything in peace and even a TV won’t block out the sound…if you’re trying to work or sleep the matter worsens. dog owners need to be more responsible and make sure they keep their dogs inside, or, if that’s not possible, then make sure they are amused enough during the day that they won’t sit and bark (they need to be entertained just like we would for endless hours in a yard!)…not to mention, a dog barking endlessly is often a sign of neglect…so get your act together and fix the issue so everyone else can enjoy the peace of their own homes

mickey 10:50 am 06 Oct 11

luther_bendross said :

We had a similar letter arrive a number of years back (not in Canberra). Not knowing who sent it we wrote our own non-anonymous apologetic letter and dropped it at every house within a dogs-bark distance. The next day the previously-anonymous people came over, we had a chat and all was civilised from then on. Yes it’s freaking difficult to know if your dog is barking while you’re out, but the onus is always on the owner, so you’ve gotta be proactive.

Thanks, I have thought about doing the same. I have even printed out my letter, now only to do a letter box drop sometime this evening.
I will definitely look up bark busters.

mickey 10:47 am 06 Oct 11

buzz819 said :

Has anyone ever told you that your dog barks before now?

Unfortunately not. I too would have expected a “G’day, do you know your dog is a pain in the arse?” before going straight to the “I’m gonna de-bone your dog!”” comment.
The main problem is that the said dog is the quietest dog when there is someone at home. She does bark, when she hears someone at the door etc but we had no idea to the extent of the barking. Now that we know, we will definitely look at ways to quieten her while we are away. Dog collars, training, whatever it takes. Till then, yes she will be locked in the garage, atleast she will be safe and alive there.
Sorry Gerry-Built i do not live in Charnwood 🙂

luther_bendross 10:45 am 06 Oct 11

We had a similar letter arrive a number of years back (not in Canberra). Not knowing who sent it we wrote our own non-anonymous apologetic letter and dropped it at every house within a dogs-bark distance. The next day the previously-anonymous people came over, we had a chat and all was civilised from then on. Yes it’s freaking difficult to know if your dog is barking while you’re out, but the onus is always on the owner, so you’ve gotta be proactive.

I’ve heard good things about Bark Busters, around $400 IIRC which includes lifetime support. They also gave me the advice to hide around the corner and wait until it barks, then return, growl/yell/scold it (obviously don’t hit it etc) then disappear again. Repeat ad nauseum and kiss your weekends goodbye for a while.

madamcholet 10:09 am 06 Oct 11

We contacted Domestic Animal Services about a barking dog. At the time, DAS were going through a torrid time and did basically nothing for a long period of time. What should have happened is this – the owner is contacted and told of the complaint. They must rectifiy the issue in two weeks. If they don’t the complainant must then keep a 10 day dog diary to note when the barking takes place and what if anything is done about it. After that, DAS are meant to investigate it themselves by going to the property and listening for the dog and also canvassing neighbours. If no other neighbours support the claim it will then probably die in the arse. Our neighbour eventually got rid of his dog after a bit of pressure from a very contrite DAS.

Word of advice – a dog locked in a garage may sound louder than one able to run around a yard. Our neighbour did that too thinking it would work.

The problem is, is that your dog barks to get attention. When you come home and pat it and make a fuss, it thinks the barking worked. We got bark busters in for our dog (who does not bark, but had other behavioural issues). Worked a treat. Give them a try – it’s not cheap, but they will come back for free whenever you want as long as you are following the rules.

BTW the RSPCA can’t do anything about barking dogs – apart from find them a new home (to bark in!).

Gerry-Built 10:05 am 06 Oct 11

U don’t happen to live in Charnwood?

buzz819 9:57 am 06 Oct 11

Has anyone ever told you that your dog barks before now?

This type of thing is on the increase and of concern for me, being a dog owner, I have no idea whether my dog barks when I am home or not, but would like to think that if it does someone would drop by and say “G’day, do you know your dog is a pain in the arse?” before going straight to the “I’m gonna de-bone your dog!”

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