|Barked: Wed Oct 16, '13 3:13pm PST |
|... But let's not allow that in the city, right?
I understood people not liking my dogs being tied in my old home(townhouse), even if I NEVER had them unsupervised.
I understand people not liking nuisances(incessant barking, aggressive behavior, not cleaning up after dogs in public places, etc)...
But this is a little ridiculous. People walk by, naturally, my dogs bark through the fence at them. I ALWAYS go call them off, EVERY TIME(unless it's Sabi's mom of course cause she knows to just tell them to shut it anyway). I will say, first, "Ria! House!" and she turns tail and runs into the house. Instant quiet. Good girl. Charlie will or will not, depending on WHAT he's barking at. If there's a dog, all heck breaks loose and he's going to bark and bark because he's frustrated and wants to go say HI! If it's a person, it's uncommon for him to bark at them(without there being something strange, like a skateboard or carrying something big, etc) and he's relatively easy to quiet.
But I've received a complaint all the same. Because HOW DARE my dogs be dogs and bark at someone walking by.
They DO NOT bark incessantly. Even Sabi's mom said she never hears them and she lives in the unit below me!
They get called off immediately if they do bark at someone because I think the behavior is rude and I want people to know that I look after my dogs and don't like them harassing people.
So... I'm wondering if it's one of two people.
a) the neighbor who I called on because their dog was tied up in the yard and was SCREAMING for HOURS sounding like he was HURT(I DID NOT file a formal 'noise complaint' - I simply called and asked an investigator with the Humane Society to investigate it because I was concerned about the dogs well being in that moment and made it clear I had NO noise complaints to make and that I was not bothered at all by said dog; not to mention you have to go through Bylaw specifically for noise anyway) It was known by a couple people in the neighbourhood that I was the person to call so perhaps it got back to the owner and perhaps there was more done than I know about.
b) someone new just moved in across the street and she's not necessarily the nicest person in the world, although I did meet her, make a point of saying hi, and introducing my dogs and she said she used to pull dogs from kill shelters in the States and work with rescues, so I can't really see her complaining about dogs barking at the fence, but is really the only one I can think of right now.
or c) there's this little asian man that goes around pushing a stroller, sometimes a cart, checking bins for bottles, etc and my dogs ALWAYS bark at him because they're a little nervous with him(and perhaps him, them), but he's always paid them no mind.
I'm a little frustrated, because I didn't think I was causing problems at all. I didn't think my dogs were causing problems. I rarely have them unsupervised, because if I'm not WITH them, I'm at the window, or someone else is with them(S.O., etc). Charlie is a bit of an escape artist, so I don't want to risk him getting loose, which is why I never really leave them out there alone. But, this IS the whole reason I wanted a place with a yard - because my dogs CAN'T harass people any more than barking, when it's through a fence. And they don't have to be tied up.
Sigh... I dunno what to do other than either use my dog run(which they can still bark through anyway), or keep them on leash out there and immediately escort them into the house when I see someone(which I think is RIDICULOUS to have to do!).
You want to know what was suggested for behavior modification in the letter of complaint? HA.
1. Reference Material - Pamplets on problem barking are available from most veterinary clinics.
2. Obedience School - A list of approved schools is available at most veterinary clinics.
3. Behavior Consultants - Please consult your telephone directory under "Dog Training".
4. Electronic Devices - These are designed to break the nuisance barking habit and are available from local pet supply stores. Please consult your veterinarian before utilizing this approach.
5. Debarking - Please consult your veterinarian if you wish to discuss this procedure.
SERIOUSLY? My dogs DO NOT bark nearly enough for ANY of that! At all. Any trainer would laugh at me. They ONLY bark when someone or a dog is going by my house. That's it. Which is NORMAL dog behavior! I WANT my dogs alerting me to people, as long as they're not being incessant about it.
I called the bylaw officer dealing with the specific 'file complaint', and left a message to talk to her about it.
The funny part, is I'm wondering what TIME they complained, because the complaint was on the 12th. We left early afternoon and were gone ALL day out of town WITH the dogs. I have neighbours that can vouch for my dogs, and others that can vouch for my dogs being out of town with us 90% of that day as well.
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