Stop Neighbors Barking Dog


"Stop neighbors barking dog options include taking legal action such as enforcement of town noise ordinances or using an outdoor device you can buy that automatically emits an ultrasonic sound, heard only by dogs, any time an offending dog barks. The device is not harmful and will help teach a dog that barking results in a small 'punishment'."

There are a series of steps you can take to stop your neighbors barking dog, increasing in order of severity.


1. Start with a gentle approach: Your neighbors may not realize that their dog barks all day while they are work. You can simply let them know. Some experts recommend that you let them know in writing, through an anonymous letter, in case they become angry or belligerent. The best way to tell them may depend on your relationship with your neighbors. If you know them, you can talk to them in person. Most dog owners will be understanding and try and address the situation. Your town might also have ordinances that might help.

2.Notify the landlord or town of the problem: If you live in a community with a home owner’s association (HOA), notify them or notify the landlord. Many buildings, towns and condominiums have strict rules regarding noise and barking. The landlord or HOA should contact the owners and resolve the problem. The town will send a notice in writing and if the problem continues may send an inspector.

Enforcing the law can be very difficult in some towns. You can call your municipalities animal control office and be sure to request a copy of the law so you can understand how it is enforced. Keep a detailed record of the barking, any visits to the owner and specifically what was said.

3.Technology:. You can buy an Ultrasonic Outdoor Bark Control device that sends an irritating noise that only the barking dog can hear. It is activated by the barking and has a range of up to 50 feet. The device hangs on the side of your house and looks like a birdhouse (see below). The offending dog will learn that when he barks he will hear the noise and therefore will stop. The devices will not harm the dog and are commonly used by trainers to help with both indoor and outdoor barking problems. 

4. Legal Action: As a last resort, you can go to small claims court to stop neighbors barking dog. Take your log with you. You can be awarded money as compensation for your loss of sleep, inability to work from home due to the racket, etc. Resolving the problem without taking legal action would be best, however, because that will allow you to remain on good terms with your neighbors.

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