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Dealing with Barking Dogs

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 11 Aug 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Dog Barking Problem Neighbours Constant

It’s important to realise that barking is a dog’s means of communication. You might be surprised to know that the vast majority of people will tolerate a dog’s barking up to a point. Not only do they understand that it’s completely natural for a dog to bark, but some people gain a sense of security in knowing that a particular dog might be trying to alert their owners (and consequently – the neighbours) to something that is out of the ordinary or potentially dangerous, such as an intruder may have entered the garden or back yard.

Incessant and Nuisance Barking

However, problems arise in a neighbourhood where a dog is either barking incessantly and/or the constant barking is causing a nuisance at inappropriate times of the day. This will usually be at night where the dog may be kept outside and you cannot get to sleep, or perhaps you have young children and they can’t get to sleep. The problem is what to do about it if you find yourself in this situation.

Basically you have 3 possible course of action:

  1. Direct contact with the neighbour to find a solution
  2. Report the matter to your local Environmental Health Department
  3. Court action

Below is some good advice on how to proceed with each of the above options:

1. Contact the Neighbour

If a dog is constantly barking in your street and is causing a nuisance, there are laws to address this issue. However, few people take pleasure in upsetting their neighbours wherever possible and most would wish to take a ‘diplomatic’ approach to the problem first without Resorting To Legal Action.

The ways in which you could try to get a resolution to the problem might vary. It could all depend on how you feel about directly confronting a neighbour by knocking on their door and speaking to them about it. Others might feel that the neighbour in question might not be reasonable and that they could be hostile towards them. If you choose to speak directly to your neighbour, the best way to go about it would be to go round and see them and say that you’re just checking that everything is OK.

Your approach might be along the lines of

“I just popped round because your dog’s been barking for the last 2 hours and I thought there might be something wrong?”

In taking that approach, you’re avoiding direct confrontation which could irk a neighbour and cause them to become hostile towards you, while still getting your point across. On the other hand, if you’ve been down that road before and the problem persists, you might decide you want to tell the neighbour that you’re having difficulty getting to sleep as a direct result of the dog barking.

If you're not confident to do this, try popping an informal note through their door. You can follow this up with a more formal letter saying that you will consider reporting them. We have put together an informal note and formal letter here which might help.

2. If that Doesn’t Work? Contact your Environmental Health Department

Dont' call the police or the RSPCA - If you need to take things further, don’t call the police or RSPCA, unless you have an otherwise valid reason to do so. Instead, get in touch with the Environment Health Department of your local authority.

They will investigate the matter and deal with it. Sometimes, even the owner of the dog might not be aware of the problem. For example, a dog might just persistently bark when the owner leaves the house and the dog cannot cope with being left on its own.

Initially, an environmental health officer will try to advise the dog owner of ways of overcoming the problem. The owner, for example, might be highly embarrassed about the problem themselves, yet have no idea how to resolve it, and the officer will be able to suggest methods for training the dog not to bark in an incessant manner.

3. Legal Action: Environmental Protection Act 1990

However, if this doesn’t work, then it can lead to a Statutory Notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 being served upon the owner. This is a legal procedure which gives the owner around 21 days in which to resolve the issue. The Environmental Health Officer will do this on your behalf. If the problem hasn’t been resolved after that point, the owner can incur financial penalties and, as a last resort, the Act does have a provision whereby it can take away the dog from the owner.

In most cases, problem barking is caused by either neglect or, more commonly, because of insufficient training, so if you keep a dog yourself, be sure that it is trained properly in order not to become a nuisance. There is plenty of advice on the internet to help you with that, or you could get your dog enrolled in proper training and obedience classes.

Dangerous as Well as Noisy?

If you think your or your neighbours' dogs may be a danger to those in the vicinity, take a look at the 'Dangerous Dogs' feature.

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Tim - Your Question:
We have a ongoing problem with next door. 1st Noise wise : We work long shifts and late nights so early morning are not always possible yet next door have two dogs who are let out some times as early as 7am into a area of about 6ft x 6ft to do there business then left to bark and scratch until let back in. (not ever timed it but I would guess at times upto a hour). Hardly ever walked seen them taken out twice in the three years we have lived here. They bark and howl for some time. We have at times entered are back garden and had to shout at them to stop.2nd smell : there business area is right outside next doors patio doors and with one 6ft fence panel divide right outside are doors too. We struggle to enjoy are garden due to the smell and just this morning witnessed the dog piss running through the fence panel on are side as the dog relieved its self. We both have be dog owners in the pass and respected the life of the dogs we owned. Exercise and companionship. We won't have a dog at present due to the long hours we work. We have approached next door about the smell attempts on the day in question were made to deal with the smell including the chemical we gave them to put in the water to wash down with (detergent the same as vets use). But that's about all we have seen. We have had one invasion of flys one a hot day and we can't leave are patio doors open due to the smell entering the house. More so on hot day's. My partner is winding herself up and I am starting to look to move house as I don't think are problem is quite outside the guide lines. :(

Our Response:
Have you tried your environmental health officer as the article suggests?
ProblemNeighbours - 14-Aug-17 @ 11:47 AM
We have a ongoing problem with next door. 1st Noise wise : We work long shifts and late nights so early morning are not always possible yet next door have two dogs who are let out some times as early as 7am into a area of about 6ft x 6ft to do there business then left to bark and scratch until let back in. (not ever timed it but I would guess at times upto a hour). Hardly ever walked seen them taken out twice in the three years we have lived here. They bark and howl for some time. We have at times entered are back garden and had to shout at them to stop. 2nd smell : there business area is right outside next doors patio doors and with one 6ft fence panel divide right outside are doors too. We struggle to enjoy are garden due to the smell and just this morning witnessed the dog piss running through the fence panel on are side as the dog relieved its self. We both have be dog owners in the pass and respected the life of the dogs we owned. Exercise and companionship. We won't have a dog at present due to the long hours we work. We have approached next door about the smell attempts on the day in question were made to deal with the smell including the chemical we gave them to put in the water to wash down with (detergent the same as vets use). But that's about all we have seen. We have had one invasion of flys one a hot day and we can't leave are patio doors open due to the smell entering the house. More so on hot day's. My partner is winding herself up and I am starting to look to move house as I don't think are problem is quite outside the guide lines. :(
Tim - 11-Aug-17 @ 12:53 PM
My neighbor has two huskies which she keeps in a kennel in the garden 24/7. The kennel is barely big enough for them to turn round in ! these poor animals are never walked or let out and as a result can often be heard fighting with each other. She has now acquired a German shepherdwhich is tethered in the garden. The poor thing barks nonstop trying to gain some attention. I have been told that one of her neighbors tried to speak to her about the dogs barking but it doesn't seem to have had any effect. I really don't understand why people have dogs when they can't be bothered to look after them properly . Most of the time i strongly believe that dogs who bark incessantly are merely in need of better owners , so i ask, while i completely relate to how it causes stress and rage ( i feel it too ) that we should have some sympathy for the way some of these animals are treated.
Cloe - 14-Jul-17 @ 7:33 PM
I find it bizarre when dog owners are outraged at a neighbour complaining about their dog/dogs. If you're out, how do you know that your neighbour is lying? Why would they make it up? It's just not worth the hassle. Maybe your neighbour is intimidating because he's reached the end of his tether with your barking dogs. I've been plagued by a constant barking dog at the back of my house, day after day, non stop for years. I've tried to deal with it in the recommended ways, reported it to my council. What a waste of time that was! As far as a private case goes, how does that work when your income is dire due to being unable to concentrate on your work, if you work from home? My next door neighbour recently acquired a small fluffy breed which yapped and screamed (the only way I can describe it!) incessantly, she then decided to get another to keep the other one company. I burst into tears when she showed me the new one, I knew what was coming. So not only do I have a large malamute barking and howling all day and night at the back. I have two little yappers right next door. They DO NOT stop once they start. In fact, as I write this I'm listening with increased anger to yapping which has been going on all day, it's now 8pm. On Saturday, they yapped all day and all through the night, then onto Sunday, all day. If this carries on, I will have a breakdown. So maybe you should try to see it from your neighbour's point of view. Why should anybody have to live with that racket when they don't have a dog!!! It's downright selfish and irresponsible. Frankly I'm surprised that nobody kills these dogs. It's not their fault but everybody has the right to live in their own house in peace!
Furiouswithitall - 11-Jul-17 @ 8:21 PM
We currently live in a detached house and have 2 cockerpoos who are relatively well behaved. The other day one of the neighbours came across after having a drink and threatened us by saying that we lock our dogs in a room all day and they just bark and we would be reported. It is definitely not true, they are allowed anywhere in the house except the living room. When we leave in a morning at 8.30 the dogs do bark but this is for about 3 mins (I've timed it) and then that's it. I've recorded them, they have a woof at the postman at about 3pm and the occasional bark if they hear something. They are left on their own for 2 days. The neighbour was very intimidating and said it had been happening for 12 months which is a lie, for 3 months my wife's relative was with us all day and said they didn't bark. The neighbour said it interrupted his nap time (he's retired). They never bark in an evening or at night as we are always home. I appreciate lately the windows have been open with the hot weather so I'm going to close them all and play the radio. What are other people's thoughts? The other neighbours say they don't hear them. I can't describe how intimidating the neighbour was, he most definitely has a vendetta against us!any help would be appreciated!
Anna - 10-Jul-17 @ 8:28 AM
I'm about to try and address a barking dog issue.I sympathize with anyone else also going through this, barking dogs are not only very unpleasant but can ruin the quality of your life and your health.I'd actually describe it as torture. I'm going to follow the advise as illustrated here, it seems so easy its too good to be true. The problem with addressing the owner of a barking dog, is the fact that if they are allowing a dog to bark and disturb the neighbors, there must be something wrong with them in the first place.
Phil - 6-Jul-17 @ 11:26 PM
Loner - Your Question:
Hi I have a female jack russell and when I do have to go out she is barking all the time until I get back. I have received an unsigned letter complaining about the barking. My dog suffers from the anxiety and is on medication and I am trying to train her by methods the pdsa have advised me to do but as they say it will take time. The secret neighbour has contacted the environmental agency and stating that I leave the dog for very long periods of time. What can I do that will help me in this matter as I do suffer mental illness as well and under the local mental health team

Our Response:
Talk to environmental health and explain that you don't leave the dog for long periods. Also have a word with your vet who may be able to refer you to a behaviour therapist, sometimes this is covered on your pet insurance. You might also want to consider asking someone to come in and play with the dog or walk it during the times you're out.
ProblemNeighbours - 27-Jun-17 @ 11:13 AM
Hi I have a female jack russell and when I do have to go out she is barking all the time until I get back. I have received an unsigned letter complaining about the barking. My dog suffers from the anxiety and is on medication and I am trying to train her by methods the pdsa have advised me to do but as they say it will take time. The secret neighbour has contacted the environmental agency and stating that I leave the dog for very long periods of time. What can I do that will help me in this matter as I do suffer mental illness as well and under the local mental health team
Loner - 24-Jun-17 @ 8:01 PM
Lizzy- Your Question:
I've only lived in my present home 5wks the weekend l moved in we were kept awake for the first few nights due to the dog nxt door which is a small terrier with an extremely high pitched constant yapp. Of course this is not the fault of the poor dog that was looked after by a neighbour during the day but then put in the house over night to which it is causing great distress to the dog & the owners have no knowledge of this has they had gone on holiday. It is very cruel & irrisponsible to hav a pet & leave it of which it is so frightened when left alone. Im a very poorly woman who was in hospital seriously ill & is now house bound. The lady nxt door refuses to accept any responsibility at all even though I've recorded the dog start to yap as soon as the door is locked & the owner leaves & this doesn't stop until she returns. My brother tried to talk to the lady but she was very abusive about something she has no knowledge of being it stops on her return. Im very concerned that it is very unhealthy & dangerous for the dogs well being for it to continually have such a high pitched yap all of the time it is left alone. Please could you help me with this has any stressful situations are very dangerous to my health & l have medical reports that state my serious medical conditions. Kind regards Elizabeth Bell

Our Response:
Cotact your council's environmental health department about this. They will be able to take action against the neighbours for the noise nuisance as described in the above article.
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Jun-17 @ 12:56 PM
I've only lived in my present home 5wks the weekend l moved in we were kept awake for the first few nights due to the dog nxt door which is a small terrier with an extremely high pitched constant yapp. Of course this is not the fault of the poor dog that was looked after by a neighbour during the day but then put in the house over night to which it is causing great distress to the dog & the owners have no knowledge of this has they had gone on holiday. It is very cruel & irrisponsible to hav a pet & leave it of which it is so frightened when left alone. Im a very poorly woman who was in hospital seriously ill & is now house bound. The lady nxt door refuses to accept any responsibility at all even though I've recorded the dog start to yap as soon as the door is locked & the owner leaves & this doesn't stop until she returns. My brother tried to talk to the lady but she was very abusive about something she has no knowledge of being it stops on her return. Im very concerned that it is very unhealthy & dangerous for the dogs well being for it to continually have such a high pitched yap all of the time it is left alone. Please could you help me with this has any stressful situations are very dangerous to my health & l have medical reports that state my serious medical conditions. Kind regards Elizabeth Bell
Lizzy - 18-Jun-17 @ 2:13 PM
I have two dogs that I occasionally let into the garden (especially on nice days) .My neighbour is frequently rummaging around near the fence that separates our two gardens and when my dogs hear him they start to bark.I then shout at them to quiet them or bring them inside.My neighbour has complained about them on two other occasions when they have been outside for a short time period (less then 30 mins on both occasions and please note that after the first occasion we were always very conscious of any barking and bring them inside immediately). They were outside today when I was hovering and my neighbour (with his wife) has been round to complain that they have been barking again.The dogs were in the garden unattended for less than 45 mins.I am trying my best to minimise noise but I am starting to feel that I cannot let my dogs out into the garden at all.Do you have any advice?
db - 16-Jun-17 @ 10:47 PM
Mclifty - Your Question:
My neighbour moved in next door October last year. Its been very trying as there two dogs bark every day as they go out to work. At first they just barked now they are also howling, it is very stressful and discomforting listening to the dogs. When the owners return from work the dogs sometimes are aloud out there back garden for awhile, I have never seen anyone taking the dogs out for a walk. Surely this is not fair on the dogs. they bark at everyone they see. My young grandson is only turning two and gets scared when the dogs bark at him and try to get into my back garden. Plzz help I don't kno what to do as the wifey can be aggressive.

Our Response:
Try approaching the neighbour first. If you're not happy doing this face to face write a note using our template here
ProblemNeighbours - 15-Jun-17 @ 2:08 PM
My neighbour moved in next door October last year. Its been very trying as there two dogs bark every day as they go out to work. At first they just barked now they are also howling, it is very stressful and discomforting listening to the dogs. When the owners return from work the dogs sometimes are aloud out there back garden for awhile, I have never seen anyone taking the dogs out for a walk. Surely this is not fair on the dogs. they bark at everyone they see. My young grandson is only turning two and gets scared when the dogs bark at him and try to get into my back garden. Plzz help I don't kno what to do as the wifey can be aggressive...
Mclifty - 12-Jun-17 @ 9:03 PM
Silver - Your Question:
Hi, our neighbour has started a dog boarding kennel, she has said that she has a licence but has refused to show it to us.We have done a lot of research into home boarding and it appears that if she has been granted a licence she is most definetley not confirming to the conditions or any of the legislation!Without going into detail of how we have found out all of this information(as we have been sworn at etc) she has most definetley not looking after the poor dogs in a way that is humane. She leaves the dog outside to bark for hours (more than 3 hrs) never takes them for walks and if on the odd occasion that she does take them out in her car she puts them in the back of the car which has no guard.It is heart breaking to hear these poor dogs constantly barking in such a distressed manor.We have contacted the council and the local dog warden but believe it or believe not they are not interested||||||||||What are our options please?

Our Response:
All dog boarders need to be licensed by the local council. Planning permission is also sometimes required. The council's licensing department should be able to tell you whether a licence is in place, and should also be willing to investigate if the terms of the licence are being breached. If you are not happy with the way your council has dealt with this, you could try contacting your local councillor or the local government ombudsman.
ProblemNeighbours - 6-Jun-17 @ 2:03 PM
Hi, our neighbour has started a dog boarding kennel, she has said that she has a licence but has refused to show it to us. We have done a lot of research into home boarding and it appears that if she has been granted a licence she is most definetley not confirming to the conditions or any of the legislation! Without going into detail of how we have found out all of this information(as we have been sworn at etc) she has most definetley not looking after the poor dogs in a way that is humane.She leaves the dog outside to bark for hours (more than 3 hrs) never takes them for walks and if on the odd occasion that she does take them out in her car she puts them in the back of the car which has no guard. It is heart breaking to hear these poor dogs constantly barking in such a distressed manor. We have contacted the council and the local dog warden but believe it or believe not they are not interested|||||||||| What are our options please?
Silver - 4-Jun-17 @ 8:12 AM
Amy - Your Question:
I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT he barks and whines A LOT. So, leaving home is always a challenge for us.My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

Our Response:
The Dogs Trust has some very useful fact sheets such as these:
Coping Alone
Dealing with behaviour issues
ProblemNeighbours - 18-May-17 @ 12:34 PM
I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT he barks and whinesA LOT. . So, leaving home is always a challenge for us. My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!
Amy - 17-May-17 @ 11:32 PM
My neighbours have a poor dog that is left alone from 9am until 10.45pm every day of the week. It used to be 7am until neighbours complained. She now takes it with her until she thinks everyone has gone to work then brings it back . It barks constantly all the time it is left alone I have approached her a number of times and another neighbour has to be greeted with lies and abuse. They once left the poor dog in the house for 2 weeks visiting for 5 minutes a day to feed it. I cannot go on much longer with this situation and a neighbour will not sit in her garden any more because the dog does not just bark, it screams. What can we do? The only comment the horrible woman makes is "I will get the dog put down then".
mrsT - 21-Apr-17 @ 11:39 PM
Annie - Your Question:
I just approached my neighbour in a non-confrontational,way about her constantly barking dog which is left caged outside asking if it would be possible to leave him in the house and she went nuts!It would have been easier to have just put up with the noise, even though it is all day, every day!I wouldn't advise a direct approach no matter how friendly!She was not reasonable and now I'm now scared of her!

Our Response:
We're sorry this hasn't worked out, clearly some people are less considerate about the impact of their animals on their neighbours than others. Your next step will be to report this to your environmental health officer. They have a duty to investigate noise and nuisance complaints of this nature. They may ask you to keep log of the noise for a while (when it occurs and how long it lasts etc). They may do further investigations and if necessary will serve an abatement notice. They may also visit her and give her advice on how to keep the dog quiet etc. If the abatement notice doesn't work she can be prosecuted as a last resort.
ProblemNeighbours - 29-Mar-17 @ 11:19 AM
I just approached my neighbour in a non-confrontational,way about her constantly barking dog which is left caged outside asking if it would be possible to leave him in the house and she went nuts! It would have been easier to have just put up with the noise, even though it is all day, every day! I wouldn't advise a direct approach no matter how friendly! She was not reasonable and now I'm now scared of her!
Annie - 27-Mar-17 @ 3:05 PM
I have a neighbour who has 3 large dogs two Doberman and a large cross breed they are out at 6.30 in the morning barking non stop and so I'm told off my partner as I'm at work out most of the day barking non stop I notice this at weekends when I'm off I have never seen them taken for a walk in the 4 years they have lived here ,they are out till the late hours barking as you can imagine very loud,a couple of months ago this went on for 48 hours non stop the old dog was left outside and the two Doberman was in the house I can only think the people when away for the weekend I have tried shouting over the fence but got charged by 3 big dogs so as you can imagine don't fancy knocking on the door I have children and grandchildren and it's driving me crazy the constant noise any tips before I poisen the dogs Help.
Suds - 4-Mar-17 @ 9:52 AM
At 2.45 am had to go round as dog been left whining and barking in garden. All lights in house on and strong smell of drugs but no answer. Eventually dog shouted in at back of house and window opened. When my husband approached window occupier got aggressive said dog let out for toilet (2.30am!) And only out 10 mins. Guy then followed us home threatening us so had to call the police. So sick of this now so found out who they are renting the house off and going to see landlord tomorrow.
Debo - 4-Mar-17 @ 5:31 AM
My neighbour has a fully grown male border collie locked in a small 4ft long 3ft high 2ft wide dog run from 7am till sometimes as late as 9pm even when shes home the dogs very rarely walked just let out in the garden. My issue is all the dog does is bark! Especially if me and my kids even attempt to play in our garden ( the runs actually attached to our shared fence ) if actually had to put wire across the fence as the dog can fit its head through the fence and growls at my kids it has even nipped my daughter hence why I put up the wire. The dog barks and howls late at night and very early in the morning ive complained to my neighbour but in her words ' my dog doesnt bark at all ' which is a complete load of sh*t! I told housing and turns out she never had permission for the dog or the run but nothing has been done about this what can I do?
loz - 17-Feb-17 @ 5:02 PM
Dear Blue, this not very clean bob stuff. What you must never do is put pepper down where bobby dogs go. Try reporting it to lazy crappo ENV Officers who will do the very best can. YaYa. Dadda. Whoohhoo.
Class-Act - 17-Jan-17 @ 9:30 PM
I am trying to find the police section for dog problems, I seem to have at least 6 using my front garden as a toilet, I have yet to catch an owner who would need a huge plaster. I have looked at the machine to fix to the house wall that makes high pitch sounds to frighten them away but information is limited on these goods when you find a picture it does not cover how high up the will. Also a camera to fix on the wall there are so many and prices are often ridiculous , best one? and fittings please.Also how do they connect and record to computer and or sim? again far too many to view from silly prices to the ridiculous. Gray
blue - 8-Jan-17 @ 7:43 PM
i have 4 dogs they are kenneled in my Garden I live in a corner semi. I have lived here 15 years over time the neighbourhood haschanged and is now predominantly Jewish.Two of my neighbours further along are English and also have dogs.Recently some new neieghbors moved in to the sdjacent propertyfrom the Jewish community and now the complaints have been made to the council hat my dogs are cotinually barking which they are not the two terriers bark if anybody stands behind my Doundry fence especially at night and as soon as they move the terriers are silent the othertwo dogs are silent types. I always go to see what thetwo dogs are barking for and quieten them. The house is a corner semi and the thorough fare outside gets used daily I often find bottles takeaway cartons and varios other rubbish has been thrown over the bpondary wall and nails thrown in the road where I park my vehicle and had had tyres punctured on a number of occassions. This trouble and unfounded complaints have only started since new neighbours moved into the adjacant property also I have had a number of lettersposted through my door without stamps wanting to purchase my house. i being the only Muslim in the immediate area have my own views on the whole matter but the most annoying are the baseless complaints abot excessive barking by my dogs who only bark for a reason and that is occaisionally protecting my property. Strange the community appear not to have dogs yet complain against folk with Dogs. My wife often cleans dog excrement off the footpath outside my propertyleft by dog walkersfrom outside the area. The area has fridges and other rubbish dumped usually by thenew community and its often left for weeks untill the local council moves it. People need to behave in respectable responsible manner and not try to be over clever using dogs and fictitious complaintswith an ulterior motive. I AM RETIRED AND My house and dogs are never left alone except for an hour or twofor shopping and as for thembeing noisey they are quieter than most domestic dogs.
AGHA - 6-Jan-17 @ 1:09 PM
I had suffered from an alcoholic antisocial neighbour for two years. He had a noisy dog and he ran his flat as a 'public house'. Although, I had contacted my landlord, his housing officer, the council and the police, everyone wanted me to leave instead of dealing with this man effectively. I had no other choice than to move out in order to be able to finish my final year at university. Unfortunately, I chose the wrong flat again (landlords always lie). My downstairs neighbours has had a puppy that I did not see and hear before I moved in. After one month the dog started barking notoriously. My neighbours did not even try to control the dog. It had barked at least 15 hours a day. I woke up 4-7 times at nights. I bacame exhausted and anxiuos. I told my landlord about my problem, but she had no intention to help me. I couldn't move out because I had a contract. Because I couldn't focus on my study and my dissertation, I had to withdrew from my studies. After that, I gave away all of my money and tried to commit suicide. I wasn't able to end my life, but now I am unable to move out because I am unemployed and I have no money to find another accommodation. There are dogs everywhere, so it would be completely pointless to move out, anyway. This dog has some kind of mental illness. It barks a lot (it is necessary or not), it is restless, it wants to attack cars, it is always sitting by the opened window and barks at every dog and some people. My neighbours started to control it only after nine months. But this dog needs constant control. It determines when I can fall asleep and how long I can sleep. I had contacted the council (environmental health) before I withdrew from my studies, but their procedure was/is inappropriate and it is very time consuming. It seems they rather try to prevent me to prove what I say instead of helping me as a victim. They do not come out to listen to the dog barking when I ask them. They are available only between 9am and 5pm but not before and not after. They do not accept what I record with my sound recording instrument. However, they do not provide a recording instrument either. The noise out of hours team has never come. They were always busy and there were more important things than my problem......and so on. The dog still barks, although, not as often as before. But together with my previous neighbour they ruined my life. If I killed this dog, I would be arrested. But this dog after ruining my life can live happily ever after. My questions are: How dare anyone to state on the council's website that I have to take into consideration that these buildings' quality is poor and I have no other choice than to tolerate dogbarking? I should also accept that dogs have feeling and they have the right to express their feelings whenever they want in these poor quality buildings. Dogs are one of the noisiest animals on Earth! Why do you allow people to keep them in these shamelessly poor quality buildings than?
Emma - 17-Dec-16 @ 11:10 PM
Carly - Your Question:
I have a neighbour who does labouring work. He is a single 27 year old male and has no concept of time. He was noisy and so was his dog when he first moved in so I have on many occasions told him that as soon as he leaves the house, his dog does not stop barking. There isn't a time where the dog stops in these periods, it is a constant bark and my neighbour is aware of this issue but yet he continues to leave the dog for hours on end and sometimes from 5am so my family are awake and I have a 3 year old son who needs his sleep. This is the kind of neighbour that decides to start hammering at 11pm at night and myself or my partner have had to knock on the door and ask him to stop. I am completely fed up of being a polite and courteous neighbour to this moron as it is obviously not working. Any suggestions?

Our Response:
First try sending him a letter to warn him that you will make an official complaint. our dog barking template may help. If that does not solve the problem, you should contact your council's environmental health officer.
ProblemNeighbours - 16-Dec-16 @ 10:19 AM
Need some advice please. Ours neighbours dog is let out anytime between 6:30am and 8am and barks. They're up at that time with their young child. Now the barking only goes on for about 5 minutes or so but it obviously wakes us up (it's a lab and quite big with a ferocious bark). This only happens when the wife lets the dog out and doesn't happen when her husband does. The dog is never allowed to bark when their toddler is in bed sleeping. My wife and I are 47, our daughter is 18 and at university so when we're not working we don't have to rise early. Are we being unfair/unrealistic to expect to be able to sleep undisturbed? My wife has spoken to her (used to be family friends) about this but she believes that if the barking is after 6am and before 10pm there is no problem however there was some improvement initially unfortunately the problem is back again. I should add that the neighbours in question are Polish and there are some language barriers.
CS - 15-Dec-16 @ 10:24 PM
I have a neighbour who does labouring work. He is a single 27 year old male and has no concept of time. He was noisy and so was his dog when he first moved in so I have on many occasions told him that as soon as he leaves the house, his dog does not stop barking. There isn't a time where the dog stops in these periods, it is a constant bark and my neighbour is aware of this issue but yet he continues to leave the dog for hours on end and sometimes from 5am so my family are awake and I have a 3 year old son who needs his sleep. This is the kind of neighbour that decides to start hammering at 11pm at night and myself or my partner have had to knock on the door and ask him to stop. I am completely fed up of being a polite and courteous neighbour to this moron as it is obviously not working. Any suggestions?
Carly - 15-Dec-16 @ 6:17 AM
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