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Problem Dogs: the Law and Who to Contact

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 13 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Dogs Neighbour Dangerous Control Dispute

"My neighbour's dog keeps breaking through the fence and attacking my dog"

"My neighbour's dog regularly poos outside my gate and she refuses to clean it up"

"A neighbour has an aggressive dog that he uses to intimidate all the local residents"

Unfortunately these and similar complaints are all too common. The first step is always to try to politely speak to your neighbour, explain the problem and how it affects you, and try to agree a way forward. But what can you do if your neighbour is not prepared to make changes and resolve the issue between you?

Who Can Help with Dog-related Disputes?

Your Local Authority and Policing team may be able to assist with dog-related disputes and dog-related anti-social behaviour issues. Here are some of the measures that can be implemented:
  • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts
  • Community Protection Notices
  • Dog Control Orders
  • Civil injunction or Criminal behaviour orders

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

This act gave the police various powers to try to tackle these sorts of problems at an early stage. The stated purpose of the Act is:

'to encourage responsible dog ownership and reduce other incidents involving dogs such as straying and the use of dogs for intimidation, through early engagement and education, and overall to prevent problems becoming more serious and thus reduce the number of dog bites.'

The Act extends the remit of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to make it an offence for a dog to be dangerously out of control anywhere, including in the owner's home. It also specifies that an attack on an assistance dog (such as a guide dog) is an aggravated offence due to the impact on the more vulnerable owner.

The Act created two ways for Local Authorities and Community Police to try to tackle more minor dog-related incidents before the problem becomes more severe:

Acceptable Behaviour Contracts

The aim of these contracts, (often called "ABCs") is early prevention of issues and re-education; they provide an opportunity for Local Authorities and / or the police to engage with a dog owner and give them advice on animal care and training. They can also discuss the impact of the offender's actions on those around them.

These agreed behaviour contracts are not legally binding and breach of an "ABC" is not an offence. However breach of a contract may be used as evidence by the police when prosecuting an individual under statutory offences (discussed below).

Community Protection Notices

These notices are used for lower level incidents involving dogs, such as failure to control an animal (where no one has been physically hurt) or where an animal is causing a nuisance to other people or animals. Only organisations or those over 16 years can be given a Community Protection Notice.

The test for applying a Community Protection Notice is as follows:

  • Is the animal's behaviour having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the local area?
  • Is the behaviour persistent and continuing in nature?
  • Is the behaviour unreasonable?

A Community Protection Notice can specifically prohibit or require a dog owner to carry out certain actions. (For example, a prohibition to walk their dog near a local school around school start and finish times.) Owners must be given a reasonable amount of time to comply with the notice. What is a reasonable period of time will depend upon the requirement or restriction; 10 minutes may be reasonable to put a lead on a dog, whereas 7 days would be a more reasonable period of time for a fence to be fixed.

If a Community Protection Notice is not complied with, an individual may face a £100 fixed penalty, or for more serious breaches, be prosecuted (breaching a notice being a criminal offence) and potentially fined £2,500. For organisations, the potential fine upon conviction is £20,000.

Common Prohibitions:

  • Entering certain areas (eg playgrounds)
  • Not exercising at certain times
  • Certain people to not have control of the dog (eg small children)

Common Requirements

  • Keep on a lead / muzzling in certain areas
  • Neutering the dog
  • Fixing fences to prevent dogs escaping from a property
  • Installing a letter cage to protect postal workers
  • Properly disposing of dog waste / cleaning out kennels emitting foul odours

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

This Act contains various provisions to assist Local Authorities to look after their areas and consolidates some provisions (such as those in the Dog [Fouling of Land] Act 1996) in one place. Of particular relevance here, the Act allows the Local Authority to make a Dog Control Order.

Dog Control Orders

The Order can require a dog owner (or anyone in control of a dog, such as someone who regularly takes care of the dog) to do / not do various specified tasks as specified in the order. Common specified issues are to keep the dog on a lead in certain areas (eg playgrounds / farmers' fields) and to clean up dog faeces.

The Order applies to any land open to the air and to which public are permitted access (with or without payment). Arguably, this could therefore include shared residential passageways, as any member of the public visiting a neighbour's property would be entitled to and may even require use of the shared land or easement.

If a Dog Control Order is breached, a fine may be imposed. The amount of the fine will be specified in the Order. However if for any reason a sum is not specified, the standard fine will be £75. (This allows the Courts to increase the sum for repeat offenders). A Community Support Officer can also require a dog owner to give their name and address under the provisions of the Act. Refusal to do so (or giving false details) is in itself an offence.

Other options

The Local Authority will always try to engage with a dog owner using one of the above provisions. However if a dog owner's behaviour is so bad that none of the above are successful in preventing their poor behaviour, Local Authorities are committed to take further steps, particularly where the risk of a person being physically harmed by a dog is high. This may include the need for a civil injunction or Criminal Behaviour Order in serious cases.

Other relevant provisions of which dog owners should be aware

Wearing a collar

Under the Control of Dogs Order 1992, any dog whilst in a public place must wear a collar with the owner's name and address including postcode. Owners can be fined up to £5,000 if they fail to ensure that their dog is wearing a collar.The exceptions to this rule are:
  • Police (or military police) dogs
  • Sporting dogs when competing
  • Working sheep dogs
  • Emergency rescue dogs
  • Guide dogs

Microchipping

Under the new Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, it is compulsory for all dogs in England to be microchipped. Owners have until 6 April 2016 to chip and register their dogs. For any dogs purchased / born after 6 April 2016, owners must ensure that they are microchipped and registered by the time they are 8 weeks old.

The only exemptions are dogs which cannot be chipped for health reasons. You will need a vet to certify that that is the case.

Note: Microchips come in different sizes so even very small dogs such as Chihuahuas can be microchipped!

If owners fail to ensure that their dog is chipped and registered, they may be served notice to comply by their local authority or community policing team. If after receiving notice, the dog is not both microchipped and registered within 21 days, the owner may be fined £500 for failure to comply.

If you are a dog owner, make sure that you get your dog chipped and registered asap - don't wait until next April as vets will likely be very busy!!

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deb969 - Your Question:
I live on an estate and my cat is being attacked and terrorised in my home. My private garden and in the communial gardens within the estate. The dog got hold of my 11 year old male cat today. Luckily my cat manged to run to my garden but the dog was up its arse and in a frenzy. This is a cat death waiting to happen and is making me ill with worry

Our Response:
Any dog owner has to keep it fenced within their own property and you can report any dog owners to your local council for not doing so.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Oct-17 @ 3:25 PM
I live on an estate and my cat is being attacked and terrorised in my home . My private garden and in the communial gardens within the estate. The dog got hold of my 11 year old male cat today . Luckily my cat manged to run to my garden but the dog was up its arse and in a frenzy. This is a cat death waiting to happen and is making me ill with worry
deb969 - 13-Oct-17 @ 12:50 AM
My neighbours have two large huskies,the female escapes into my garden,I live in a mid terraced property,I have had to let my neighbour come through my home to retrieve there dog from my back garden,my son will not go into my garden as he was attacked in a playground by a dog when he was little,this has left him with a fear of dogs,and he will not go into our garden unless they have a secure fence,that there dog cannot get over,Ihave spoken with my neighbour and over the past three years theyhave promised,to erect a fence,that didn't happen, build a large enclosure for them while there in there garden,that was over 5 months ago,they have also cut the chain link fencing I had to take there dog back through as they thought I hadn't realised there dog was in my garden again
Mandy - 14-Jul-17 @ 9:16 PM
I have been married more than 20years, always had cats, wanted dogs as well, but d hb wouldn't have it, but 2yrs ago I decided to get to husky pups as I love big dogs. I did a lot of research on their behaviour. They got through d fence into the neighbours on d right. I reimbursed them for d damage. I have 6' high fences, I reinforced this with chicken wire all d way around & up d fences. I keep them n when I am at home, but d hb puts them out when I am on night duty. Last night they dug under d fence & got into neighbours garden at 3 in the morning. Hb rang me at 6am to say dogs were running wild. When I got home & completed d school run, neighbour gave a bill for damage- £17- I paid it. They don't like dogs or cats, when we first moved in- I watched d neighbour throw d cat poo back over our fence. She has threatened to complain to d council about d dogs escaping- I have apologised. I don't want to, but I feel I will have to get rid of d dogs. I can't get rid of d husband as yet as I have 12 year old & I can't leave her home alone when I am at work. What can I do??
dogescapists - 9-Jun-17 @ 4:02 PM
Pat - Your Question:
For 7 years ourselves and our neighbours have had to put up with 2 dogs locked in a small cage in a small garden relentlessly barking all day nearly everyday. One dog savages the other now and again. We have spoken to him face to face, by telephone and messages. The RSPCA say they cannot intervene as they are fed and watered. I have recordings and logged over 150 complaints to the neighbour. We had to sell our house after an illness for quiet. The irony is that we found a lovely quiet place and he has now moved in to an adjacent property behind us. He has placed his dogs as far away from his house as possible and a matter of feet away from our garden in their cage again. They are nearer to us as they ever were. I have complained twice already within a few months along with sound recordings I sent to him. He has now put electric collars on them. Now when he and his children are playing football in the garden or in their hotub at night I can hear the dogs trying to bark and the high pitch sound from the collars. We are animal lovers and to top it off, have recently found out that our dog of 12 years has weeks to live. I just cannot cope with his total disregard and disrespect of our Feelings. These dogs never go out and are barking through sheer unhappiness and boredom. We even asked him if we could have the smaller one who was being savaged and he said no. He keeps saying it's not his fault and he's trying to rehome them. I told him your problem should not become anyone else's problem. I can't cope with this as my health isn't too good. Summers not even here yet and I know that with his larger garden and children playing and dogs barking it will get worse. So much for my zen garden of tranquility and peace. How can we be that unlucky? It will be 8 years this year of this hellish nightmare. Environmental health authority ? He also has cameras and a very large floodlight which he turns on at night and it shines on ours and our neighbors house through the upstairs windows. At our old address, a sound recording device was fitted by the council, his cameras recorded this and the dogs were promptly removed for two weeks until the device was taken down. It just so unjust. What can I do for some quiet in our lives? Every time I now hear a small dog yapping my blood pressure goes sky high. Please help.

Our Response:
Unfortunately for you, the environmental health is your best option. Try again, both the light and noise may constitute a nuisance that they can act on. If that is unsuccessful, your next option is a private legal action.
ProblemNeighbours - 16-Feb-17 @ 11:37 AM
For 7 years ourselves and our neighbours have had to put up with 2 dogs locked in a small cage in a small garden relentlessly barking all day nearly everyday. One dog savages the other now and again. We have spoken to him face to face, by telephone and messages. The RSPCA say they cannot intervene as they are fed and watered. I have recordings and logged over 150 complaints to the neighbour.We had to sell our house after an illness for quiet.The irony is that we found a lovely quiet place and he has now moved in to an adjacent property behind us. He has placed his dogs as far away from his house as possible and a matter of feet away from our garden in their cage again. They are nearer to us as they ever were. I have complained twice already within a few months along with sound recordings I sent to him.He has now put electric collars on them. Now when he and his children are playing football in the garden or in their hotub at night I can hear the dogs trying to bark and the high pitch sound from the collars.We are animal lovers and to top it off, have recently found out that our dog of 12 years has weeks to live.I just cannot cope with his total disregard and disrespect ofourFeelings. These dogs never go out and are barking through sheer unhappiness and boredom. We even asked him if we could have the smaller one who was being savaged and he said no. He keeps saying it's not his fault and he's trying to rehomethem.I told him your problem should not become anyone else's problem. I can't cope with this as my health isn't too good.Summers not even here yet and I know that with his larger garden and children playing and dogs barking it will get worse.So much for my zen garden of tranquility and peace.How can we be that unlucky? It will be 8 years this year of this hellish nightmare.Environmental health authority ?He also has cameras and a very large floodlight which he turns on at night and it shines on ours and our neighbors house through the upstairs windows.At our old address, a sound recording device was fitted by the council, his cameras recorded this and the dogs were promptly removed for two weeks until the device was taken down.It just so unjust. What can I do for some quiet in our lives? Every time I now hear a small dog yapping my blood pressure goes sky high. Please help.
Pat - 15-Feb-17 @ 2:42 PM
JoJo - Your Question:
I have just moved in to a new estate, I and my neighbour share a fence through the side door entrance, my neighbour has two dogs and they always poo on their slab in their own entrance but I use my own side entrance to go into my house but my neighbours don't use their own side entrance, they leave their dogs to poo on their own side house which I always see when I am coming through my side gate, the poo is left there to decay and fresh poo on top of the old poo, it is so disgusting and I can smell the poo when I'm going into my house, I am planning to meet with my neighbour to discuss this but what if they don't do any thing about it, please I need your advice.

Our Response:
If this is a neighbour nuisance or potential health hazard, your local environmental health department (at the council) will be able to help.
ProblemNeighbours - 6-Jan-17 @ 10:54 AM
I have just moved in to a new estate, I and my neighbour share a fence through the side door entrance, my neighbour has two dogs and they always poo on their slab in their own entrance but I use my own side entrance to go into my house but my neighbours don't use their own side entrance, they leave their dogs to poo on their own side house which I always see when I am coming through my side gate, the poo is left there to decay and fresh poo on top of the old poo, it is so disgusting and i can smell the poo when i'm going into my house, I am planning to meet with my neighbour to discuss this but what if they don't do any thing about it, please I need your advice.
JoJo - 5-Jan-17 @ 10:58 AM
Ehx - Your Question:
Hi. Moved into new home last year and since then it's been a nightmare with neighbours dog. It bit my partner at our front door. The neighbour apologised and we said we wouldn't take it any further assuming get he kept it away from us. A week later he bought another dog. We have two pups also and they're new dog gets on well with them. But the other dog that bit my partner is do vicious always tries to bite my pups through our fence. It barks all day non stop. We are scared to go out in our back garden or even in and out of our front door. I have a 6 year old child also and I am terrified the dog bites him. The neighbour doesn't put the dog on a lead or muzzle it! And now just recently it charged across a road to try attack my puppies while.i had them out. What should I do now? We don't want to live in fear anymore ??

Our Response:
Your local authority should be able to help under the provisions of one of the orders described in the above article. Start with the environmental health department. If the dogs seem to become completely out of control or if it's allowed out in public without a lead, contact the police.
ProblemNeighbours - 22-Dec-16 @ 11:34 AM
Hi. Moved into new home last year and since then it's been a nightmare with neighbours dog. It bit my partner at our front door. The neighbour apologised and we said we wouldn't take it any further assuming get he kept it away from us. A week later he bought another dog. We have two pups also and they're new dog gets on well with them. But the other dog that bit my partner is do vicious always tries to bitemy pups through our fence.It barks all day non stop. We are scared to go out in our back garden or even in and out of our front door.I have a 6 year old child also and I am terrified the dog bites him. The neighbour doesn't put the dog on a lead or muzzle it! And now just recently it charged across a road to try attack my puppies while.i had them out. What should I do now? We don't want to live in fear anymore ??
Ehx - 21-Dec-16 @ 2:25 AM
Everytime my neighbour leaves their house their dog barks and howls constantly. I've told them about it but their not bothered. What can I do about this?
Oz - 10-Dec-16 @ 1:02 PM
Lizzyg2006 - Your Question:
Hi, my next door neighbour has 2 large dogs 1 of them she puts on a chain when she lets it out in the garden. If anyone is out in our garden it barks aggressively and bounces at the adjoining fence. My 3 year old daughter has been stood at the fence with her hands on top when it's been out and it's tried to bite her through the flimsy chicken wire they have put on top of the original fence. The other evening we over heard it growling at the owner when she told it to go out in the garden. I have reported this to the dog warden twice now an they seem to do nothing. Who can I contact next?

Our Response:
If you feel it is a genuine threat to your daughter you should contact your local police for advice.
ProblemNeighbours - 2-Dec-16 @ 11:50 AM
Hi, my next door neighbour has 2 large dogs 1 of them she puts on a chain when she lets it out in the garden. If anyone is out in our garden it barks aggressively and bounces at the adjoining fence. My 3 year old daughter has been stood at the fence with her hands on top when it's been out and it's tried to bite her through the flimsy chicken wire they have put on top of the original fence. The other evening we over heard it growling at the owner when she told it to go out in the garden. I have reported this to the dog warden twice now an they seem to do nothing. Who can I contact next?
Lizzyg2006 - 1-Dec-16 @ 2:15 PM
How do I go about reporting my next door they have to dog and the have poo all over the garden and it smells I think
Eilla5 - 4-Nov-16 @ 4:27 PM
Gav - Your Question:
Hi who do I report my next door neighbours dog too as it's just bitten my dog this morning

Our Response:
Your local neighbourhood policing unit will be able to advise, or you can try your local council environmental health service/dog warden.
ProblemNeighbours - 28-Sep-16 @ 12:19 PM
Hi who do I report my next door neighbours dog too as it's just bitten my dog this morning
Gav - 27-Sep-16 @ 9:44 AM
Howl2 - Your Question:
We recently moved into a new build detached house. The neighbours have been resident for about 6 months.They have a rotweiler. The couple both work all day and the dog is locked inside. It barks when anyone passes the front of their house. When they are home and the dog is out in the back garden which has a 6' fence the dog barks aggressively when any other dog walks along a nearby footpath. The dogs owners never tell it to be quiet. Worst situation is when we are in our garden the dog goes ballistic and charges at the fence and starts scrabbling under the fence digging a gap which eventually it will be able to get under. What can be done when owners cannot or will not train or control their dog. Any suggestions please.

Our Response:
You should report this to your environmental health officer - who has the powers to act in respect of noisy and nuisance dogs. The police may also be able to issue a dog control order if you feel threatened by the dog throwing itself at the fence and its potential to get into your garden, especially in view of the breed of dog.
ProblemNeighbours - 26-Sep-16 @ 2:27 PM
We recently moved into a new build detached house. The neighbours have been resident for about 6 months. They have a rotweiler. The couple both work all day and the dog is locked inside. It barks when anyone passes the front of their house. When they are home and the dog is out in the back garden which has a 6' fence the dog barks aggressively when any other dog walks along a nearby footpath. The dogs owners never tell it to be quiet . Worst situation is when we are in our garden the dog goes ballistic and charges at the fence and starts scrabbling under the fence digging a gap which eventually it will be able to get under. What can be done when owners cannot or will not train or control their dog. Any suggestions please.
Howl2 - 24-Sep-16 @ 11:38 PM
My neighbor has 2 dogs which are constantly breaking out of their garden into the street & my garden, not a problem except I'm terrified of big dogs and as one isa German Shepherd the other is a Labrador I end up trapped in my house with my 13 year old Westie & cat.Years ago it would have been fine but after being attacked by a stray dog in the street some time back,I'm terrified if I don't know the dog especially if its a large breed. Tonight alone I was heading out to gym when had to come back in as they were both stood at my car for over 40 minutes its becoming ridiculous. They are all over the road running across the street until eventually a passer by put them back in but couldn't lock the gate so after him knocking & me shouting over the fence & no one responding, they were back out in my drive again. Help
Caz - 7-Sep-16 @ 8:05 PM
Hi , I have 4 dogs all very well behaved . But they do occasionally bark during day time hours . When some one visits or deliveries and when my aggressive loud /foul mouthed neighbour pulls up outside in her car with her terrier cross !!She's very aggressive and shouts a lot my dogs are actually scared of her . She has complained repeatedly that she can hear me and dogs running up and down stairs , general banging about( including closing cupboards , washing up , washing and sweeping back yard and dogs playing not barking but making growling play noises . Never after 9pm or before 7am . I never leave then I garden unattended and if they do bark i immediately stop them by saying calmly "enough " and they stop !! Her little dog yaps all the time and cannon balls fence in mini attack mode !! She exercises it in the communal back lane by repeatedly using a ball thrower to through ball up and down behind mine and other properties at 10.30 pm and let's get dog poop at will never cleaning it up !! Whereas my dogs are never off the lead out side of my garden . And never use it as a pooping ground . My father is a dog trainer so my dogs are well trained but dogs do bark at times !! Recently one of my dogs has had a TTA serious Orthapedic operation to right a cruciate ligament rupture . Which means as we live in a three storie town house we are all living on the ground floor in utility room . As she can not go up and down stairs !!! I've explained this to her as sometimes because of pain and very strong painkillers that leave her confused and uncomfortable . So she's does quite vocal yawns .Through the day !!Not barking . And is cumbersome in her crate as she's on strict crate rest . Which means crate rattles etc .....she has sent me the most disgusting foul mouthed text messages which for 7 years j have always acted on and tried my best to live as silently as possible . Recently I replied that I was sorry that my dog had barked at her ! Once . But I added I thought she was being a bit unreasonable as was after 9am in the morning and I'd been present and the dog in question had stopped immediately . She went mental at me threatening me and lost her temper and sent more than 10messagesswearing at me etc.... Now I don't reply at all . She is very noisey but I've never complained when her and her teenage son have massive swearing shouting full blast at all times of day and night . Now she has reported me to council who are monitoringme that's what she said?!!At first I thought great as know dogs and myself live a quiet life . But she taunts dogs spraying fence white hose pipe , throwing bones etc ... Into my garden and blowing a whistle . Dropping pans in floor by fence which startles dogs causing them to bark . But they stop when instructed . She has caused many other neighbours problems and is well known as is the local hairdresser with a reputation of having a fiery temper !! It's ruining my daily life as can't relax or sleep pro
Wretch - 27-Aug-16 @ 9:20 PM
Hi , I have 4 dogs all very well behaved . But they do occasionally bark during day time hours . When some one visits or deliveries and when my aggressive loud /foul mouthed neighbour pulls up outside in her car with her terrier cross !!She's very aggressive and shouts a lot my dogs are actually scared of her . She has complained repeatedly that she can hear me and dogs running up and down stairs , general banging about( including closing cupboards , washing up , washing and sweeping back yard and dogs playing not barking but making growling play noises . Never after 9pm or before 7am . I never leave then I garden unattended and if they do bark i immediately stop them by saying calmly "enough " and they stop !! Her little dog yaps all the time and cannon balls fence in mini attack mode !! She exercises it in the communal back lane by repeatedly using a ball thrower to through ball up and down behind mine and other properties at 10.30 pm and let's get dog poop at will never cleaning it up !! Whereas my dogs are never off the lead out side of my garden . And never use it as a pooping ground . My father is a dog trainer so my dogs are well trained but dogs do bark at times !! Recently one of my dogs has had a TTA serious Orthapedic operation to right a cruciate ligament rupture . Which means as we live in a three storie town house we are all living on the ground floor in utility room . As she can not go up and down stairs !!! I've explained this to her as sometimes because of pain and very strong painkillers that leave her confused and uncomfortable . So she's does quite vocal yawns .Through the day !!Not barking . And is cumbersome in her crate as she's on strict crate rest . Which means crate rattles etc .....she has sent me the most disgusting foul mouthed text messages which for 7 years j have always acted on and tried my best to live as silently as possible . Recently I replied that I was sorry that my dog had barked at her ! Once . But I added I thought she was being a bit unreasonable as was after 9am in the morning and I'd been present and the dog in question had stopped immediately . She went mental at me threatening me and lost her temper and sent more than 10messagesswearing at me etc.... Now I don't reply at all . She is very noisey but I've never complained when her and her teenage son have massive swearing shouting full blast at all times of day and night . Now she has reported me to council who are monitoringme that's what she said?!!At first I thought great as know dogs and myself live a quiet life . But she taunts dogs spraying fence white hose pipe , throwing bones etc ... Into my garden and blowing a whistle . Dropping pans in floor by fence which startles dogs causing them to bark . But they stop when instructed . She has caused many other neighbours problems and is well known as is the local hairdresser with a reputation of having a fiery temper !! It's ruining my daily life as can't relax or sleep pro
Wretch - 27-Aug-16 @ 9:19 PM
Hi , I have 4 dogs all very well behaved . But they do occasionally bark during day time hours . When some one visits or deliveries and when my aggressive loud /foul mouthed neighbour pulls up outside in her car with her terrier cross !!She's very aggressive and shouts a lot my dogs are actually scared of her . She has complained repeatedly that she can hear me and dogs running up and down stairs , general banging about( including closing cupboards , washing up , washing and sweeping back yard and dogs playing not barking but making growling play noises . Never after 9pm or before 7am . I never leave then I garden unattended and if they do bark i immediately stop them by saying calmly "enough " and they stop !! Her little dog yaps all the time and cannon balls fence in mini attack mode !! She exercises it in the communal back lane by repeatedly using a ball thrower to through ball up and down behind mine and other properties at 10.30 pm and let's get dog poop at will never cleaning it up !! Whereas my dogs are never off the lead out side of my garden . And never use it as a pooping ground . My father is a dog trainer so my dogs are well trained but dogs do bark at times !! Recently one of my dogs has had a TTA serious Orthapedic operation to right a cruciate ligament rupture . Which means as we live in a three storie town house we are all living on the ground floor in utility room . As she can not go up and down stairs !!! I've explained this to her as sometimes because of pain and very strong painkillers that leave her confused and uncomfortable . So she's does quite vocal yawns .Through the day !!Not barking . And is cumbersome in her crate as she's on strict crate rest . Which means crate rattles etc .....she has sent me the most disgusting foul mouthed text messages which for 7 years j have always acted on and tried my best to live as silently as possible . Recently I replied that I was sorry that my dog had barked at her ! Once . But I added I thought she was being a bit unreasonable as was after 9am in the morning and I'd been present and the dog in question had stopped immediately . She went mental at me threatening me and lost her temper and sent more than 10messagesswearing at me etc.... Now I don't reply at all . She is very noisey but I've never complained when her and her teenage son have massive swearing shouting full blast at all times of day and night . Now she has reported me to council who are monitoringme that's what she said?!!At first I thought great as know dogs and myself live a quiet life . But she taunts dogs spraying fence white hose pipe , throwing bones etc ... Into my garden and blowing a whistle . Dropping pans in floor by fence which startles dogs causing them to bark . But they stop when instructed . She has caused many other neighbours problems and is well known as is the local hairdresser with a reputation of having a fiery temper !! It's ruining my daily life as can't relax or sleep pro
Wretch - 27-Aug-16 @ 9:18 PM
HI My next door neighbour got a dog last year and it never stops barking and growing when I go into my garden. The owners know about it but hardly tells the dog to be quite.It only happens early morning and day time but it causes My depressionto worsen due to the stress. My house is privately owned and there iscommunity Holmes. I can't talk to them since they justeither sit in the garden and stare at us when we go into our garden or shout at the dog from inside there house. Any advice would be welcome.
Honey - 15-Aug-16 @ 8:23 AM
A lady with 3 dogs walks up to three times a day on the playing field adjoining our house and constantly blows a dog whistle. The piercing sound not only disturbs my husband and I, but sets our dog off barking and agitates him. When told of the disturbance, the lady in question told my husband her dogs were gun dogs and whistle trained. Why then doesn't she go to woodlands or out of the way areas where gun dogs can be without disturbing others? After all the field is open and adjoining a residential area. The thing is, her dogs never stray far from her so the whistle isn't really necessary and on some occasions she doesn't use the whistle. I'm not sure how to stop this but we are at the end of our tether. It's spoiling the enjoyment of our property especially during nice weather when we'd like to sit in the garden. Does anyone have any advice on how to resolve this matter? I would be very grateful. And has anyone else had this problem?
Carolmac - 12-Aug-16 @ 7:29 PM
I have a family next door that have taught there dog to bark at the fence at me. You can hear them telling it. Anyway for 3 years i was contacting the local council to complain, the council is a joke the tenency rules are not worth the paper there printed on. They did nothing except say i should say hello to the neighbour. I can hear these idiots telling there dog to bark at me and using the dog as a weopon but I'm suppost to just say hello to them and keep my mouth shut, as long as the rent is being paid they don't care what people are going through.
john - 23-Jul-16 @ 3:22 PM
We have moved into this house only a year ago and already our neighbour hasn't been very welcoming. They keep to themselves and it's not easy to say hi as they ignore us. The problem is they have lived in this area for over 20 years and have a old dog that barks constantly if it's outside in the garden. It barks till they bring it back inside which isn't long. However the problem is the dog barks at 7am every morning and barks at 12.30am (during the day too but that isn't a problem as I'm awake). I know other neighbours hear it too and have complained to me but have done nothing to tell the owners of the annoyance. Should I approach them or just contact the authorities?
nyk - 14-Jul-16 @ 12:20 AM
This incident happened in July last year,my husband and I were walking our dogs as usual on the lead,we walked past a house a few doors down from us ,the female from the house was talking to her neighbour with her unsocialised dog standing next to her off the lead,it spotted our dogs and run up in attack mode and it went for them my dog retaliated and took hold of it and would not let her dog go,anyway we tried to lay a charge but according to the police a dog on dog attack is not an offence,despite the fact that she verbally abused me and told me to Foff back to South Africa,I chose to forget the incident.A year later her son has started intimidating us ,we have reported it to the police and they have spoken to him,but because a denied it and I didn't want to lay a charge it was dropped,he has now got even worse and I'm not sure what to do,I don't want to add fuel to the fire by laying a charge, if I'm going to make the situation worse because my health isn't very good and don't think I could take the stress,but I don't want this boy to think that he can take advantage.
None - 13-Jul-16 @ 1:24 PM
joey - Your Question:
Hi any advice here would be great, I have a 1 bed house which I lived in for 5 years and loved it here, my problem is my neighbours but one a younger couple no kids but 2 dogs onre of which is a English bull terrier. I have a large front garden and my house is situated on a beautiful corner plot in a sought after area there is a park across the road but these people prefer to open their door let the dogs out and off they go pooing all over pathway my grass as its all open not gated it ends up looking the pits my kids who are grown up cut the grass every couple of weeks and have to pick up all the dog poo befoe they start we tried to talk to them as it and its caused major problems were police have been called as ive been threatened to have dogs poo rubbed in my face its got so bad I live alone and work , the stress of this has made me put my house upp for sale even though there wont be enough funds left to buy anythink else once I payed the mortgage up and debts help 58 nowere to turn will my local council put me in a safe over 55 s accommodation any storys or advice appreciated

Our Response:
You should not have to move because of people like this. There are laws (detailed in the above article) that prevent dogs fouling and being let loose/"out of control" that can be used to prevent this re-occurring. Get your council to help you on this...it's part their remit as you will see from the above article.
ProblemNeighbours - 12-Jul-16 @ 12:57 PM
This comment is for kayleigh regarding her neighbours letting their dog out on the street when it has vicious tendencys this is breaking the law and is not allowed If I were you I would start making notes of days and times when you see the dog out there on its own and as for your baby daughter in the garden call the local council and ask to speak to the dog wardens for your area tell them everything it may be they will have the dog taken away as they obviously cant control it .
joey - 10-Jul-16 @ 12:13 PM
Hi any advice here would be great, I have a 1 bed house which I lived in for 5 years and loved it here, my problem is my neighbours but one a younger couple no kids but 2 dogs onre of which is a English bull terrier. I have a large front garden and my house is situated on a beautiful corner plot in a sought after area there is a park across the road but these people prefer to open their door let the dogs out and off they go pooing all over pathway my grass as its all open not gated it ends up looking the pits my kids who are grown up cut the grass every couple of weeks and have to pick up all the dog poo befoe they start we tried to talk to them as it and its caused major problems were police have been called as ive been threatened to have dogs poo rubbed in my face its got so bad I live alone and work , the stress of this has made me put my house upp for sale even though there wont be enough funds left to buy anythink else once I payed the mortgage up and debts help 58 nowere to turn will my local council put me in a safe over 55 s accommodation any storys or advice appreciated
joey - 10-Jul-16 @ 11:40 AM
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