|Barked: Tue Jun 5, '12 1:19pm PST |
|Help! We have neighbors that moved in about a year ago and they have begun to complain about our dogs barking. This has me terribly upset and I could use some advice, never been in this situation before.
We live in PA, a quiet neighborhood where there are many dog owners. We have lived here for 7 yrs with never a complaint. Lily is a barker. She barks at people jogging, walking, at other dogs and at wildlife she may see in the field across from our house. I know this, and have done training with her that has helped me to stop her barking, but has not eliminated it. So I am extra careful about letting her out in our backyard and will bring her inside as soon as she starts. Our other dog Josey is NOT a barker. He only barks if someone approaches the house that he doesn't recognize or when the bear is nearby.
The new neighbor called the police on us about 2 months ago. It was a Saturday night, I let them out at 10pm for their last bathroom break for the night and then Lily barked once and I made her come in. 15 minutes later there's a knock on my door. The police saying someone complained about a barking dog. I was so stunned that I literally was stuttering. He was very nice about it but I was very upset. Since that time I have been even MORE cautious about letting the dogs out at night. I often stand out on the deck while they are out there to prevent any barking. By the way, our next door neighbors found out it was the new neighbors who called the police on us. The new neighbors are not even next door to us. They live across this big field. AND, there is a golden retriever that lives across the street from them and barks nonstop when it is outside!
Today I got an anonymous letter in the mail threatening us with fines and civil action. I am so mad and upset right now! I really don't understand why this is targeting our dogs when there are MANY other dogs in the neighborhood that bark! And this neighbor has NEVER approached us about it directly. Wouldn't that have been the neighborly thing to do?
Is there anything I can do to protect myself? Honestly if my dogs were causing a disturbance I would be mortified. It IS annoying when dogs bark nonstop...I couldn't even stand if my dogs were doing this. It would drive me nuts. Help!!!
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