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Old 28.02.2011, 15:16
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Neighbour's dog barking

My downstairs neighbour seems to have a new dog. It barks and yaps endlessly which is very annoying and must (I would have thought...) be a sign that it isn't very happy. It yapped most of the weekend and woke me at 6a.m. today.

Her apartment, like mine is smallish 1.5 room studio and I believe she may have another (silent) dog. I think dogs are allowed in the building.

I am intending to talk to the lady, but have been putting it off as my German is passable but by no means fluent. Also thought it would be better to approach her when I'm feeling nice and calm!

I would appreciate any advice from EF-ers on what to say. And what to do next if this has no effect. Many thanks.

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Old 28.02.2011, 15:22
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My downstairs neighbour seems to have a new dog. It barks and yaps endlessly which is very annoying and must (I would have thought...) be a sign that it isn't very happy. It yapped most of the weekend and woke me at 6a.m. today.

Her apartment, like mine is smallish 1.5 room studio and I believe she may have another (silent) dog. I think dogs are allowed in the building.

I am intending to talk to the lady, but have been putting it off as my German is passable but by no means fluent. Also thought it would be better to approach her when I'm feeling nice and calm!

I would appreciate any advice from EF-ers on what to say. And what to do next if this has no effect. Many thanks.
Maybe it needs time to settle. Our neighbour got a new dog the other month but she apologised in advance that it may be a bit noisy for a while whilst it settled in. It's always quiet now (and still alive, I ought to add).
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Re: Neighbour's dog barking

Maybe when you are calm you could go and have a talk with her? Bring a bone for the dog, so she knows that you have nothing against the dog and she will be more open to critics...
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Maybe when you are calm you could go and have a talk with her? Bring a bone for the dog, so she knows that you have nothing against the dog and she will be more open to critics...
Nice idea, but for various reasons, many dog owners do not like bones given to their dog. For instance, my OH, a notorious American worrywart, is convinced her dog will drop dead on the spot if given a bone. So you better just bring another little dog treat, maybe two, because you wrote there may be another dog too. Size doesn't matter (not in this case, that is).
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Re: Neighbour's dog barking

Both Nil and Captain Greybeard have excellent suggestions.

I guess my first question (although I assume this) is: Does the dog bark only when left alone in the house?

If so, it is most likely a case of seperation anxiety, and the owner should be made aware of this.... calmly and politely.

I also used to have a dog that barked like crazy when I moved to a new house. The thing is, I had no idea until I had a nasty letter put in my letterbox.
It's impossible to fix a problem if you are completely unaware of it.

Search this thread for some information, and quite a few lengthy discussions on the topic as additional help to offer the dog owner.

Bringing a small treat for the dog as a peace offering and a smile will be your best weapons in trying to get the owner to be proactive about the problem. After all, I doubt she really wants her little dog (yuck... can't believe I typed that) upset all day.


oh, and FYI on the bones, it's the fact that owners fear the bone 'splintering' when chewed that they are afraid of. Particularly chicken bones, and any cooked bone.
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Re: Neighbour's dog barking

oh, one more thing:

If the dog barks constantly even while she is there, I reckon you have a first class problem on your hands.

If she won't discipline the dog, it's going to be impossible to discipline her.
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Re: Neighbour's dog barking

Yes thanks, taking a small non-bone doggie gift is a good idea. The building is generally quite sound-proof so maybe the neighbour doesn't know that the barking can be heard.

I'll try a nice chat first
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Nice idea, but for various reasons, many dog owners do not like bones given to their dog. For instance, my OH, a notorious American worrywart, is convinced her dog will drop dead on the spot if given a bone. So you better just bring another little dog treat, maybe two, because you wrote there may be another dog too. Size doesn't matter (not in this case, that is).
You are right, I wasn't talking about real bones but those chewing one that have the shape of a bone.

You give them and when the door is close, if she doesn't want to give it to them, that's her choice but she will at least be pleased to see that the guy is nice and cool about the dogs!
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Yes thanks, taking a small non-bone doggie gift is a good idea. The building is generally quite sound-proof so maybe the neighbour doesn't know that the barking can be heard.

I'll try a nice chat first
Really pleased to hear that you are taking this approach. Good for you for being a tolerant neighbor.

As the owner of an Extreme Belltie, I know how annoying this can be - even when he's my own dog!

While I am working on my mutt's behavior, it has been helpful to have constructive comments from neighbors, so that I can better focus my training efforts. A calm polite discussion along the lines of 'lets find a way to fix this' is what is in order.

Just so you know, depending on the cause of the barking, the owner's dedication to training, the dog's personality, etc. it can take quite some time to re-train this behavior.

So, even with the best will in the world, you probably won't see this cured overnight. If you can be patient, let your neighbor know when you notice little improvements, be supportive as she makes progress, that would be a wonderful thing - and would probably help her help her dog. A less tense the atmosphere may lead to quicker results; win-win for you both.

In your initial conversations with your neighbor, I would suggest coming to an understanding with your neighbor as to when you really need quiet, and when it isn't such a problem. While she is working on her dog's barking, perhaps she can adjust her schedule so as not to bother you so much...

(For instance, my Belltie does not go outside in our garden before 7AM, Between 9-10:00, between 12-14:00, between 16-17:00, between 19-20:00, and after 22:00. So should he happen to bark when we are out, he is unlikely to disturb anyone who is sleeping or napping or having a meal.)

If you think your neighbor would take this in the helpful spirit it is intended, an nice gift to bring would be Turid Rugaas' book: 'Barking, The Sound Of A Language':

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Barking-Lang...8915479&sr=1-1

And in German translation, 'Das Bellverhalten Der Hunde'

http://www.amazon.de/Das-Bellverhalt...8915608&sr=1-3

Hopefully this will stop as the dog settles in, hopefully this can be corrected without too much trouble, hopefully you'll soon have the peace you need. But the calm approach you are taking is the right one. Good on ya!
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Get your own back. Negotiate a good price with the neighbour to buy the dog, then have it yap and bark at them all night.

Problem solved.
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