Nothing is worse than waking up in the middle of the night to an incredibly obnoxious dog barking its head off. It can leave you feeling tired, frustrated, and unfriendly with your neighbor.
Before you jump to drastic measures such as cussing out your neighbor, or secretly poisoning the dog, examine what the law can do for you when it is on your side. While movies such as 101 Dalmatians may have made up the so called "midnight bark," it sometimes seems all too real when one neighborhood animal begins to trigger the next one, and the next one, and so on.
However, this does not have to be your problem anymore. You do not have to lay night after night wishing ill upon your neighbor and their animal-you can talk to the police about what you can do within the confines of the law.
It is often a very uncomfortable and awkward situation when you have to approach a neighbor about keeping their dog from disturbing the peace of the neighborhood, especially if you do not already have a good relationship with them. So, how do you go about talking to your neighbor once you are standing on his doorstep?
In can be incredibly awkward, and can sometimes lead to offences. Thus, it is time to research before you go-what are the barking dog laws in your particular city?
They are different everywhere you go, and it is important that you learn what they are for your area. You can do this through online research, or through the use of city hall.
Although it is preferable be able to handle things on a person to person basis, sometimes getting the local city authority involved is necessary. It is best to know what the barking laws are in your area before initiating a conversation with someone about their irritating animals.
Here are some examples of such laws.
In the state of Idaho, particularly Boise, it is against the law for a person to allow their animal to become a nuisance by means of "excessive, continuous barking, or untimely noise." In Houston Texas, Section 30-5 of the city's municipal code states that "The keeping of any animal or bird that causes or makes frequent or long and continued sound that unreasonably disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace, or safety of ordinary, reasonable persons of normal sensibilities and ordinary tastes, habits, and modes of living who reside in the vicinity thereof is hereby prohibited and declared to be unlawful as a sound nuisance in violation of this chapter, regardless of whether the sound so created by said animal or bird is within the permissible levels specified in section 30-6."
Sounds pretty intense, right? While this may be irritating to the owner of the animal, it is a lifesaver for those who are trying to sleep next to a terrible beast.
Knowing what your city and state laws have to say about this issue gives you a sense of confidence as you approach your neighbor or friend for the first time. Call the ASPCA in your area to find out what your city's standards are.
Many times, a simple phone call to the ASPCA works wonders with a problem such as this. If they suspect a canine is being neglected, they might make a routine visit to the neighbor's home to look the situation over.
While in most cases a simple warning is issued, this is enough to make the owner realize something must be done about their loud canine. Engaging the other person in a conversation about this subject is the first step in solving this matter.
however, what suggestions do you make when speaking with them? Perhaps bringing the animal inside at night is a solution that will work.
If necessary perhaps a collar can be used, which gives the canine a shock during noise would work as well, though this is less humane. Simple training techniques can make a big difference as well.
You can even have the animal's vocal chords removed if the case is extreme enough. Either way, make sure that you are staying within the confines of the law, and that you keep your temper in check-it is always better to resolve things peacefully.