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Old 12-04-2013, 07:51 AM   #21
 
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They apologized, that's amazing! Good for you for writing that letter!
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:03 AM   #22
 
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They apologized, that's amazing! Good for you for writing that letter!
I know! I was def expecting something a lot different when I saw that they responded!
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Old 12-15-2013, 11:55 PM   #23
 
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It's happening all over again. Guess who has a final exam in 6 hours whose entire semester grade is based on? I'm so f***ing pissed
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For future reference wax or silicone ear plugs are pretty effective.
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I'm really sorry, and totally sympathize. Our next door neighbor is a real ass who thinks the universe should revolve around him. A few years ago, he moved his stepdaughter and her sons into an (illegal) guest house less than 10 feet from our property line (we're rural, so that is VERY close). She brought three yappy dogs with her, and they set the dogs up in a tiny outside kennel maybe 20 feet from our master bedroom window. They never walk the dogs, and hardly ever let them out. So, they bark, bark, bark and it's really high-pitched and annoying as hell.

We are totally SOL on this. We know it's useless to ask the neighbors to do anything about the barking (and they know about it, because the dogs bark while they're home!), because we already asked him to keep his other dog from coming on our property and digging and pooping. His reply? "I moved out here so I wouldn't have to deal with that kind of thing." In other words, I wanna do what I wanna do and screw you. He did suggest that we build a fence in the front to keep HIS dog out (oh, and they do let the little dogs out so they can also poop in our yard), which would be almost impossible anyway because of the way our front is laid out. Note that we have already spent over $4,000 fencing our back so that OUR dog is contained.

We do have a noise ordinance here, one that specifically applies to dogs. But everything I've heard indicates that Animal Control is useless and won't do anything anyway other than notify the owner that the dogs are barking, and they already know they bark. If we complain anonymously, he'll know it was us because the only other neighbor is his pal. He is just the type to be vindictive, too. So we're pretty much stuck. I've resorted to screaming and chasing the dogs out of our yard as much as possible, and picking up their poop and throwing it back in his yard (lol).

Oh, and don't get me started on the garbage that ends up in our yard because they are too stupid to make sure their cans are secured from dogs and raccoons.
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:45 PM   #27
 
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Oh god what horrible neighbors! I don't know how you put up with that. I would leave the poop on their front step
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I'm really sorry, and totally sympathize. Our next door neighbor is a real ass who thinks the universe should revolve around him. A few years ago, he moved his stepdaughter and her sons into an (illegal) guest house less than 10 feet from our property line (we're rural, so that is VERY close). She brought three yappy dogs with her, and they set the dogs up in a tiny outside kennel maybe 20 feet from our master bedroom window. They never walk the dogs, and hardly ever let them out. So, they bark, bark, bark and it's really high-pitched and annoying as hell.

We are totally SOL on this. We know it's useless to ask the neighbors to do anything about the barking (and they know about it, because the dogs bark while they're home!), because we already asked him to keep his other dog from coming on our property and digging and pooping. His reply? "I moved out here so I wouldn't have to deal with that kind of thing." In other words, I wanna do what I wanna do and screw you. He did suggest that we build a fence in the front to keep HIS dog out (oh, and they do let the little dogs out so they can also poop in our yard), which would be almost impossible anyway because of the way our front is laid out. Note that we have already spent over $4,000 fencing our back so that OUR dog is contained.

We do have a noise ordinance here, one that specifically applies to dogs. But everything I've heard indicates that Animal Control is useless and won't do anything anyway other than notify the owner that the dogs are barking, and they already know they bark. If we complain anonymously, he'll know it was us because the only other neighbor is his pal. He is just the type to be vindictive, too. So we're pretty much stuck. I've resorted to screaming and chasing the dogs out of our yard as much as possible, and picking up their poop and throwing it back in his yard (lol).

Oh, and don't get me started on the garbage that ends up in our yard because they are too stupid to make sure their cans are secured from dogs and raccoons.

Isn't it lovely? Animal Control in my area is absolutely useless. I have called to complain on them more times than I can count, and the head of their department (which is actually the heath department) completely ignores it.

I have paged the on call worker for an animal bite (which is all we can call them for after hours), had them call back and say, "WTF do they effing want me to do about it?" How about your job... And please keep in mind you are on a recorded line, always.

This is what happens when you hire people on probation. Lol. I know some of them. They are good people, but they get some rough ones.
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:38 PM   #29
 
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^ Really, it's a very common thing for a local animal shelter to be one of the biggest sources of court ordered community service workers. I wish it worked as well for all as t does for some. A guy I went to school with robbed a bank, served his time, got out and did probation/ community service and kept a job there for years. He was the only person who would do anything, 90% of the time. Excellent, hard, fair and diligent employee. His supervisor was hired under the same circumstances, and he won't even leave the house. He just wants the hospital to take and fax bite reports. They will not uphold noise ordinances. They do not come out for injured animals, and it is like pulling teeth to get the majority to check on neglect reports.

People who live in areas with fantastic animal control should feel very lucky. I get cussed quite often, but it's not my department. I have LEO, Fire, Rescue and EMS to deal with and officers have enough on their hands with people as well.

Frustrating!!

I'd still report your neighbors. Live in silent suffering, or tick them off. I'll go with tick them off every time.
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:59 PM   #30
 
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Lol I couldn't agree more fifi. I'll come up with something. This is the same couple who fight every other day. And by fight I mean the gf screams at the guy and then gets drunk, or vice versa. Who knows. She also attempts to sing.. Which is why I call her the dying cat now. And when she tries to cook I know it because the smell of burnt food permeates the hallway and my apartment
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This isn't a cheap area by any means, either. We pay a lot of property tax. I'm constantly debating whether to report the barking. I just don't see the point if nothing gets done. I will say that it has gotten somewhat better. In the beginning, they would bark for an hour, stop for a few minutes, and start up again. It was so bad I was ready to cry. I think they put the worst offender in the guest house because sometimes I can hear a dog barking inside, but that's not nearly as bad. It's not as constant as it used to be, but now my brain is keyed into them so even a little barking sets my nerves on edge. The annoying thing is that my husband can't stand sounds like that, so every damn time they bark if he's home he has a fit and whines and complains. I feel like saying, "Look, you have no idea. I'm home way more than you and this is nothing. Listen to that for an hour until you want to stick skewers in your ears, you big baby." Sometimes I'm not sure which is worse, the dogs or hubby, lol.

My dog was a very barky puppy, but since I don't like listening to dogs bark, I trained her to stop immediately on command. Unfortunately I did such a good job I now can't train her to bark on command. Too bad, because I could send her over to the fence to bark in the middle of the night, haha.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:56 PM   #32
 
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It's happening all over again. Guess who has a final exam in 6 hours whose entire semester grade is based on? I'm so f***ing pissed
Oh No! The animal control officer recommended this product to me if the barking upstairs continues: Dog Silencer Pro - Stop Dog Barking with the Dog Silencer Pro. The #1 Brand in Bark Control and Works 3X Farther than the Competition

She said it's humane and it works well. Though it really does suck that the cash has to come out of OUR pockets for some peace and freaking quiet!

EDIT: Never mind, I just read this: "The sounds emitted by the Dog Silencer Pro will not travel through solid objects such as walls or floors. If using indoors, make sure to put the Dog Silencer Pro in the same room as the dog"

There goes that idea.

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Old 12-21-2013, 05:55 PM   #33
 
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I'm sorry to say that IMO the sonic noise repellers are only about 50% effective and even then if you don't pair the repeller with training, the effectiveness wears off really fast. I did a lot of research before getting one, and figured that even 50% effectiveness was worth a shot, but although it did work, the results didn't last. I think the dogs just got used to it. The thing is, if they were my dogs I could train them not to bark, but I can't do it because I can't get over to where they are. You have to reward for being quiet rather than correcting for barking, and that takes being present with the dog.
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