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Dogs Barking

If you have a dog, I am begging you from one neighbor to another–please please please control its barking when the sun is down. I am a mom of three very young kids, and nothing upsets me more than being awoken in the middle of the night or early morning by a DOG barking. Or even worse, my KIDS being woken up by a dog. And trust me, it probably happens at least 3 times a week. I personally am a dog owner, so I do realize that dogs need to go out in the middle of the night. However, I do not understand why dogs who go out in the middle of the night remain outside, barking constantly for up to an hour. Sometimes more. I know that others keep different hours than me and my family, and I respect that. But I am asking that you respect others as well, and if it is night time, or early morning, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take your dog out to pee and bring it back in, put a bark collar on it, whatever you need to do. I have no problem reporting incessant barking to the city, and I have done this before. But I wanted to ask this of everyone in the community, not just the neighbors around me. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

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2 Responses to “Dogs Barking”

  1. Mark says:

    At the risk of being flamed by some readers of this blog, I will point out that you have three other possible resolutions for the noise problem instead of calling APD.

    1. Talk to your neighbor. It is possible that your neighbor with the barking dog doesn’t realize there is a problem. There’s little better than taking the personal step if you feel safe doing so…Of course, you must weigh for yourself if you want to initiate a dialog.

    2. Contact the courtesy patrol company to let them know about the dog. They will take a report and get the information to Pat. If you call them, please make sure you ask them to come out to talk to you to locate the offending dog, and ask them to try to contact the people at that house. United will be your proxy. When you are done, please let Pat know how that worked for you.

    3. Call enTrust and have Pat be your proxy. Pat is available to help for this kind of problem.

    As a dog owner who has had to defend against a noise complaint, I’d much rather have had contact from Pat or (if we had it) a courtesy patrol company instead of going to court over it. :) Find me at the annual meeting and I’ll give you the details.

    Mark Racicot
    Vice President, The Orchards HOA BoD

  2. Robert says:

    Another option is to call animal control. They will investigate the complaint and cite the owner if necessary.

    But I do agree with Mark. The first step is to speak to the owner. Depending on how that goes you take whatever action you deem is necessary.

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