I received a Note on My Door this morning that I need to take my dog in at night because of his all night barking and howling keeping the neighbors awake.
I have a 10 year old Male Yellow Lab. We moved about 10 months ago and live a block away from the railroad track in a town where the trains run all day and all night and blow the whistle the whole time they are going thru town. The note said they are tired of the all day and all night barking. What can I do? My dog absolutely hates to be inside.
I would have to say take him in at night even if he hates it. If he can't handle himself in the house overnight, you might get him a crate. I know it's not the answer that you were looking for, but the neighbors are not being unreasonable to expect not to hear the barking at night time while they are trying to sleep. I love dogs, and one barking all night next door would drive me wacky.
I agree - it would drive me nuts too, but I don't hear it. I was wondering, is it a behavior problem, or could the whistling be hurting his ears and making him bark & howl? He did not bark & howl this much where we lived before.
You are going to have to do something. Your neighbors have a right to a night's sleep. Living by a train track has nothing to do with any of this. How would you feel if your neighbors rang the doorbell and whacked on your bedroom window all night? Allowing your dog to be a nuicense gives all other dog owners a bad name. I crate my guys in the house at night so they don't bother anybody. You may just have to bite the bullet, buy a crate, and teach your dog that this is his nite-nite place. He is your dog- what- are you worried that you might not get a good night's sleep if you bring him inside? Sheesh, think about it- by not acting responsibly you are subjecting your neighbor to exactly the thing that YOU don't want to have to deal with!
Sorry if I sound harsh- barking dogs in the night annoy the heck out of me, and I love dogs. Dog ownership is a responsibility- so do the responsible thing. Teach him to sleep indoors. He will learn.
Shiny, is right. It will and almost did drive me wacky. I went through this years ago with my neighbors. If you get woke up every night just about the time that you are in a sound sleep. it takes a strong person to remember their love for dogs. Believe me. We ended up going to court. The judge told the owners to shut the dog up. The neighbors got rid of the dog two days later, and we did not speak for years.
It doesn't matter why the dog is barking. He is your dog and you are responsible. That was the same thing my neighbor told me. He could not hear the dog. It turns out he was deaf in one ear and slept on his good ear.
Hmmm... Does he also bark at other large vehicles that don't whistle, like the garbage truck? If so, I would guess it is behavioral. We had a yorkie that would bark at all noisy trucks, but since we live in a residential area, they didn't drive by all night or anything. Could it be that at your other home there was just not as much going on to make him bark? Unfortunately, I am stumped on how to stop the problem other than bringing him in.. hopefully someone else here has corrected that kind of problem before and can be of more help. Best of luck with your big barking guy.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 2/7/2005 3:32:03 PM*** Reason: eryqery
Yup, I agree with everyone else. You need to bring him inside at night. It's not right for your neighbor to have to listen to him barking all night. Most of my neighbors have dogs and are pretty good about this. I have 2 dogs and my neighbor right beside me works odd shifts. Sometimes they are sleeping in the day also. I have to be aware of Max barking all hours, not just nights. Sure it would be so easy to just let him stay out in the back yard when he is having a ball barking at squirrels but I put myself in my neighbors shoes and I would be very upset to get woken up from a dog barking all the time.
I promise not to be rude so please understand that but, do you hear your dog barking all night long? If so, don't you lose sleep? I know how you can kind of block out noises that you hear all the time so maybe you could make an effort to really listen- it could drive you batty too! Your dog will get used to being in the house at night. I have a friend who had a dog who cried to go out all night until he started bringing in the dog house, a bit extreme but it worked.
do you have a garage you can put him in ? maybe that would work better then the house ? i could careless if our neighbors dogs bark. doesn't bother me a bit. now screaming whiny children, thats another story.
i agree. what anuisance all nite long. and the anomaly- i dont fit- i hear EVERYTHING!!! i hear my neighbor's westie during the day, but not to the point wher eit prevents me from doing stuff. and i let mine go at it, till it bugs me during the day. they have such high shrill barks i cant stand to hear it for more than 3 seconds.
the only thing i dont agree with (sorry wendy:( ) is watching them during the day. 'course, one neighbor doesnt speak to us, so i could care less if she loses sleep, adn they all work days anyway. if you are going to be on the opposite schedule from the majority of the free world, that kinds stuff happens. but like i said, i'm not too big on my current neighbors anyway.
scout- i know what you mean about the whiny kids. gimme a pack of yapping growling dogs anyday over a kid with a few crocidile tears!!!
Ditto what everyone else said. I must be immune to the scientific anomaly of not hearing my own dogs bark because I do and it drives me nuts! I put my dogs in their crates in the garage at night and if during the day they are barking excessively I give them a little time out and then put them back out again and it seems to work for a while.
We have our dogs in a kennel inside that has a doggie door to our fenced yard. They barked a lot. We tried keeping them inside and and they whined and jiggled the crate and kept us up. We tried sound and static collars and they didn't impact them. We tried citronella collars and they chewed them off of each other. About $600 later in collars, them being miserable inside, and three visits from the Sheriff's department, we went crying to the veterinarian to have them debarked. We counseled with the vet first and instead of going down the throat and creating a lot of scar tissue, he made a very tiny incision in the neck and only clipped one cord. They can still whine and let you know when they are hurting, but they cannot get a full on bark going.
I am dead set against this in all cases other than the dogs happiness and quality of life. Now my dogs run in and out, play all night and have the quality of life that I wanted for them. I hope I am not criticized for being inhumane........as I don't consider it any different than altering them in other ways: ears, tails, spay/neuter, etc., but for us, it worked. My dogs came home from the vet like nothing had happened and continued their playful lives, much quieter.
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This is a no brainer. As a pet owner YOU are responsible for it's behavior and that includes allowing it to disturb your neighbors,especially at night. Yikes how inconsiderate. If you were MY neighbor, you'd be getting a visit from me banging on your door, and then a visit from the police. If that didn't work, I'd file criminal charges against you. This is my biggest neighbor pet peeve, allowing a pet to disrupt others. Harsh? you bet. And yes my Dobies are behind electric wire to prevent escape, and brought in at sunset for the night. All 6 of them, and my house is only 1100 square feet. I wouldn't for a minute allow my pets to disturb the peace especially with incessant barking all night. I need my sleep to deal with all those kids.