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Take this dog complaint serious?

Hello,

this weekend we received a letter of our neighbour living two floors lower than us. He wanted to inform us that our dog (labrador) regularly barks at passengers and he guessed it was only when we're not home. But my wife doesn't work and is mostly in when the dog is barking (when she goes out she mostly takes the dog with her). So we do now that our dog barks occasionally ,mostly between five and six, (just before I get home, afterwards he's always calm and silent) but certainly not continously.
So should we take this complaint seriously our does our neighbour (who has a small dog himself) just wants to let us know that our dog barks while he thinks that we don't know that? He did'nt say anything about not being able to cope with the barking any longer or that we should do anything about it. He just mentionned our dog barks when he thinks we're not in.
We threw the letter away but does anyone think a more formal complaint will follow? Did anyone have a similar situation?

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Re: Take this dog complaint serious?

Take it seriously and try to reduce the amount the dog barks by any means.
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Re: Take this dog complaint serious?

Talk to him. He is a fellow dogowner so he should appreciate your point of view.
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Hello,

this weekend we received a letter of our neighbour living two floors lower than us. He wanted to inform us that our dog (labrador) regularly barks at passengers and he guessed it was only when we're not home. But my wife doesn't work and is mostly in when the dog is barking (when she goes out she mostly takes the dog with her). So we do now that our dog barks occasionally ,mostly between five and six, (just before I get home, afterwards he's always calm and silent) but certainly not continously.
So should we take this complaint seriously our does our neighbour (who has a small dog himself) just wants to let us know that our dog barks while he thinks that we don't know that? He did'nt say anything about not being able to cope with the barking any longer or that we should do anything about it. He just mentionned our dog barks when he thinks we're not in.
We threw the letter away but does anyone think a more formal complaint will follow? Did anyone have a similar situation?

Kind regards
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Re: Take this dog complaint serious?

Befriend him. Animal owners love their pets and you have a dog in common. Offer to look after his if ever he goes away (even if he never goes away or always takes the dog with)

The friendlier you are with them and the more you sympathise with his informing you, the better.

I had many concerns from my neighbours about my cats. I always leave the windows on each balcony open so that they can sit and watch the world go by. The little old ladies I am surrounded by are forever getting their knickers in a twist because I am letting the heat escape from the building pushing up the nebenkosten etc.

But because I go shopping for them (or at least always offer), ask them to look after my cats while I am away, visit from time to time for tea and to fix their computers, they let me get away with murder.
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Old 26.08.2008, 14:57
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Gooner - how are the cat goodies working out for your feline companions?
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Befriend him. Animal owners love their pets and you have a dog in common. Offer to look after his if ever he goes away (even if he never goes away or always takes the dog with)

The friendlier you are with them and the more you sympathise with his informing you, the better.

But because I go shopping for them (or at least always offer), ask them to look after my cats while I am away, visit from time to time for tea and to fix their computers, they let me get away with murder.
This is a good advise. When we first moved in, the landlady told us that "in Switzerland people are quiet between 1100 p.m and 0700 a.m.", that was after we put together a bookshelf after 1100 p.m one night. I took her "warning" seriously and gave it a thought.
We have a cockatoo which is screaming from time to time every day and sometimes during the evening, and I was afraid this would be a problem (he screams loud!!). So, to avoid future "warnings" I have paid a lot of attention to the family`s dog. Playing with him, praise him and show my understanding when he is a bit eager. He often tends to bark a lot when he is home alone and at new people passing by. Our landlady gets a bit ashamed and excuses him, I tell her that it`s not a problem, dogs do bark and that he is probably just a bit scared etc. As a pet -owner myself, I know how I love to hear when other people show our bird some attention and I guess the same goes for my landlady. In other words, our bird is still screaming from time to time and everybody is "happy" with it
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Re: Take this dog complaint serious?

I would go to see your neighbor and ask him if the barking is causing him a problem, it might be that he was just letting you know your dog was barking in case you were unaware. If he wasn't and he has got a problem, your showing willing to address the situation with him would hopefully prevent any escallations.

Might be an idea to ask your closer neighbors if they have any issues, maybe someone had talked to him about it as they thought it was his dog, and he's contacted you, just a thought. We both had to go out and couldn't take one of ours who'd just had an 'op, we knocked on the doors of the people above and below and explained the situation. We got back to smiles, no issues....well none that where mentioned, and a drawing of the hobbling dog from one of the neighbors kids which sits on his bedroom door.

All the advice about 'warm stroking' the guy are spot on....nothing like a good bit of sucking up, to win people over.
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Gooner - how are the cat goodies working out for your feline companions?
They LOVE the second tree. This has created a new circuit in the house. They can run full speed from one end of the house to the other, with a tree on either end to run up and break the speed.

The new what to do with the scratch blocks, that is if they are for sitting on.

They are not into the tunnel at all, which reminds me, I should pass it on.
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Re: Take this dog complaint serious?

Why don't you keep the blinds down on that window so the dog can't see the passengers...should stop him barking
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We also tilt the shutters, and leave the radio.... they seem to like it, and and sudden noises don't bother them.
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They LOVE the second tree. This has created a new circuit in the house. They can run full speed from one end of the house to the other, with a tree on either end to run up and break the speed.

The new what to do with the scratch blocks, that is if they are for sitting on.

They are not into the tunnel at all, which reminds me, I should pass it on.
Glad the tree is working. They are not scratching the scratch pads? Must not be IKEA-compatible cats, then. Our Mausi was never into the tunnel either. Maybe another EF'er's feline will get a kick out of it?
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...They are not scratching the scratch pads? Must not be IKEA-compatible cats, then...
That's what the carpet is for, silly.
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We have a cockatoo which is screaming from time to time every day and sometimes during the evening, and I was afraid this would be a problem (he screams loud!!). So, to avoid future "warnings" I have paid a lot of attention to the family`s dog. Playing with him, praise him and show my understanding when he is a bit eager. He often tends to bark a lot when he is home alone and at new people passing by. Our landlady gets a bit ashamed and excuses him, I tell her that it`s not a problem, dogs do bark and that he is probably just a bit scared etc. As a pet -owner myself, I know how I love to hear when other people show our bird some attention and I guess the same goes for my landlady. In other words, our bird is still screaming from time to time and everybody is "happy" with it
Our cockatoo is never noisy during the quiet times as she is sleeping. Adequate sleep is very important for them. When ours is tired she already tells us that she wants to go to sleep. We resorted to moving her to a smaller cage in another room so she is not disturbed though she is not bothered by the usual sounds. But if the doorbell rings when she is sleeping she gets really mad. She sleeps for at least 14 hours a night. During the day she makes noise, but we live in a house so it is not an issue. She is very popular with the neighbours. I take her outside often as sunlight is really important. She is fully flighted so she wears a special harness. She will talk to anyone who walks by and asks them if they are going shopping . There are tons of kids in our neighbourhood and they are always wanting to come and say hello to her or the dogs. The fact that she talks (a lot) and is quite a character has made her a real hit. She is not any noisier than the parrot living a few doors away in the garden centre and everyone tolerates him. I hear him in the early morning.

A cockatoo is very loud and that is the reason why so many need new homes. I would count yourself lucky that your landlady has a noisy dog.
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Hi all,

Despite this thread being from 2009, I figured the title fit well for my current concern. I can't believe I'm writing about this, because I can't actually believe this has happened, but... here I am.

So a couple of weeks ago we had a minor incident with the dog and a (I would say 10 year old) girl. What happened was that she walked past our house and the dog saw her and ran after her (the dog was at the time in the garage with my husband). I believe the dig didn't run more than 5 meters and stopped dead on her tracks when she was told to do so. It goes without saying that she was never anywhere near the girl. Anyway, the girl got (understandably) scared but my husband spoke with her and she left our place smiling and happy. We thought that was it.

Then yesterday we got a letter from the Gesundheitsdirektion (Veterinäramt) stating that a complaint had been filed against us (or our dog). It read that our dog had run after the girl, on school premises (), that she had run away screaming for help until she eventually was able to escape. I tried talking to the mother of the kid, but she won't believe me (I guess it doesn't surprise me).

Has anybody experienced something similar before? We have to fill in a million page form now with all the dog's details, gather all the certificates from the courses she's done. This I don't mind, but what scares me is what might happen afterwards. Anybody with wise advice?

Thanks!
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Why would your dog run after someone who was simply walking past your house? What would have happened had your husband not been there?
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Why would your dog run after someone who was simply walking past your house? What would have happened had your husband not been there?
I'm guessing that the dog wouldn't have been outside if her husband hadn't been there.
Saying that, he should have kept a closer eye on the dog, but surely with no witnesses and no injuries, it's a case of the girl's word against theirs?
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I think** , after you sent in the paperwork, I presume there is also a form where YOU have to state what happened, then they will look at the case and it might be that you have to go with your dog to either a vet or the Veterinäramt, for a Charakterprüfung (testing of the dogs dealing with situations), where they will test the dog and his/her behaviour in various situations and then take it from there.

Also your dog was not on a leash (regardless of private grounds/garage or not) The Swiss law states that the dog owner must have control of his pet at any time, and the way this is interpreted means...... dog on a leash.

** My case was that my dog was attacked by other dogs on the shore of the lake, and then also had to write half a novel and send in papers etc for the BVET in Bern.

Because the other 2 dogs were known attackers to the police and the veterinary office and I had witnesses who helped and stated also that my dog really didn't do anything. I only got fined for the above, about having the dog not under control according to the law, e.g. not on a leash.
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I only got fined for the above, about having the dog not under control according to the law, e.g. not on a leash.
You got fined because when your dog was attacked it wasn't on a leash?
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You got fined because when your dog was attacked it wasn't on a leash?

Yup, the whole sorry story of what went on is in this thread, you may have to scroll a little. I don't know how to link to a specific message.

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Why would your dog run after someone who was simply walking past your house?

Why is that so abnormal? Dogs are not remote controlled robots.
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