Uncommon Ways to Deal With Your Neighbor’s Barking Dog

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There are few things that can grate the nerves quite like the consistent noise of a neighbor’s barking dog. In an apartment complex, it’s much more of a problem than in other living situations. While it may be tempting to go over to a neighbor and fuss about how the problem is disrupting your life. However, there are ways to deal with the problem that can keep the peace in the buidling and help meet the dog’s needs so that he doesn’t need to bark.

Stop Dog Barking Simply

Start off with a polite, calm conversation with your neighbor. Ask him if he knows why his dog is barking. If the dog barks when the neighbor isn’t home, he may be completely unaware of the problem. Simply explain the situation and ask if he thinks there’s something that he can do to correct the situation. If you are sincere and friendly in your request, the neighbor will likely be embarrassed about having bothered you. He should be apologetic and agree to correct the situation.

Anti-Barking Attempt with Kindness

Be patient. It’s not going to be easy to correct errant behavior in a dog overnight, especially if it’s attempted on a busy schedule. Give your
neighbor at least a week to notice some improvement. If there’s no change, ask the neighbor once more in a polite way. Explain that the situation must change. If the neighbor isn’t cooperative at this point, you may mention that you’ll need to go to the landlord if something doesn’t change. If the neighbor is apologetic and seems sincere in trying to solve the problem, continue patience a bit longer. Explain that the dog is barking for a reason. He is likely upset or bored or in need of something; you may suggest that obedience training is a good way to start addressing the situation.

Further Bark Control

If the problem persists, try one more amicable solution. A dog that’s kept locked up in an apartment space all day likely needs to get out pent-up energy and may even need to relieve itself. Offer to take the dog for walks for your neighbor while he’s gone if the problem persists. A neighbor may perceive this as a bit creepy if you don’t know one another very well, but it depends on how you approach it. Start off by explaining that you empathize with the fact that he must keep appointments, yet leave the dog behind. Then simply explain how the problem is effecting you, such as bothering your own work time at home or peace and quiet during your few relaxing moments.

It might make you both more uncomfortable if you first suggest a doggy daycare and then, if the owner mentions that he can’t afford daycare, you can suggest a much more economical professional dog walker, and then offer that you would even be willing to take the dog for a walk. However, keep in mind what that entails-are you willing to walk the dog daily, or maybe even twice a day, if that’s what is needed? Is the neighbor willing to form a long-term relationship with you that involves seeing each other at least twice a day to walk the dog? Would the neighbor be comfortable giving you a key to enter his apartment when he’s not home?

Express that you know that a solution must be met, and explain that you are willing to contribute to the solution. Go the landlord if the problem continues. You don’t want the dog to end up being evicted from the building, and that should be expressed to the landlord. However, make it clear that the neighbor isn’t doing anything that’s solved the problem (but don’t make it sound like the neighbor hasn’t made an effort if you’re not sure that’s the case). A visit and warning from the landlord will usually motivate a neighbor to resolve the issue once and for all.

5 Responses to “Uncommon Ways to Deal With Your Neighbor’s Barking Dog”

  1. December 16, 2009 at 1:32 am, WHAT?? said:

    So let me get this straight. I choose not to own a dog because I do not have the time or energy to responsibly take care of one and I should offer to walk my neighbor’s dog? Why should I? Wouldn’t the better solution be that the owner recognize that they do not have time for the dog and find another home for it? A responsible person would never take on unnecessary responsibility. If they do take it on and realize it after the fact they should take the necessary steps to correct the situation.

    I had a dog that I had to place in another home two years ago because my mother became ill and I knew I would not have the time to give proper attention to the dog. I miss my dog so much and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her, but at the same time I know that she is somewhere happy (because I hand picked the owners – they were people I knew well) and not sitting boxed up in an apartment all day waiting for me to give her the time and attention that I don’t have.

    I know people like to say that children and dogs are the same (which confuses me), but they are not. I have three children and I can honestly say that they are MUCH less responsibility in the attention giving department than a dog. For one thing they can tell me when something is bothering them. Even small babies are easier to read than a dog. Having a dog on the other hand is like having a baby for life. They are not always easy to read. When they continually bark it can be for a number of different reasons which is not easy to know. They require a LOT more attention (my children tend to have times when they want to be with me and times when they want to be alone – not the case with dogs). It is much harder to detect when they are sick. The list goes on and on. In other words: DOGS NEED A LOT OF ATTENTION.

    The point is if you get a pet and you can’t pay it the proper attention that it NEEDS, you should not keep it. They (pets) have every right to be loved and attended to as any person. People need to realize that pets are a BIG responsibility. You should NEVER just leave your pet unattended for extended hours. If you can’t stay home and can’t afford a daycare for the pet where it can at least socialize with other pets and people, you should not have one. You are being irresponsible and selfish if you do. You wouldn’t leave your small child boxed up at home crying because that would be crazy and cruel so why would you do it to your dog?


  2. February 02, 2010 at 10:04 am, ghostdog said:

    Neighbors have no right to impose the insanity of a constantly barking dog on their neighbors. My neighbor, who keeps bizarre hours, has two dogs that bark constantly. This noise, echoing through the breezeway is like hearing it through an amplifier. The second part of this is, when she walks the dogs, she lets them shit in frontof my balcony railing, while she is standing there with the dog on a leash. I confronted her about it this morning, and she went ballistic, and it turned into a show for the neighbors. Thing is, she is crazier than a shithouse rat. Five times, I have stepped out my door at 5;30 A.M. to put my workboots on, and the dogs would start barking. She would open her door, and out of nowhere scream”damn you, I said leave my dogs alone!” The final straw came when she screamed at my son when he was taking the trash out. So, when I confronted her this morning about her dog shitting in my yard, she said”everybody’s dog does it”. When she said that, it was on. It wound up, my wife trying to pull me back in the house.I may add, the lady’s husband sleeps in their van in the parking lot, and pisses on the dumpsters, and has been seen pouring piss from a jug on the grass. The management refuses to address this situation, and it is reaching critical mass. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.


  3. August 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm, qtsurfergirl said:

    @ ghostdog,
    Move your stupid ass out of the complex. Maybe you are/have created some sort of nuisance for the woman next door, and you dont even know it. Grow some [email protected]#%in’ balls and find your own place to live. Their are many arrogant tenants like you out there, who make it hard for dog owner’s to live in their own place. Grow up.


  4. January 25, 2013 at 11:44 pm, 2 Cents said:

    @WHAT??: the REAL problem is that those so-called dog ‘owners’ have brains smaller than their dogs’…
    just read what what ‘qtsurfergirl’ says… what better evidence could I have to prove my point?:)


  5. February 04, 2013 at 1:52 pm, Kat said:

    I like these responses except for the one from qtsurfergirl.
    We own our own home. Our neighbor behind us leaves his golden retreiver in a kennel, as well as chained up. he pays it no attention. The dog is twenty feet away from our living room and the dog barks ALL THE TIME! The other night it barked for a five hours straight I kid you not!!
    We both own an acre of land. We asked him nicely to move the dog to another part of his property. He refused. With an acre of land he can find another spot for the dog instead of against our fence. He’s an asshole. And sorry to say, alot of dog owners have the attitude that their dogs shit dont stink and they are more important than other people’s peace and quiet.


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