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Old 12-20-2005, 06:16 PM   #21
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If most people understood why dogs bark it would help. I have a Lab, he only barks when someone knocks on the door or a stranger comes in the yard. My last Lab was the same way, some people in the neighborhood didn't even realize I had a dog. The constant bark you hear at night or during the day is the dog wanting to be with it's owner, if someone doesn't want to deal with a dog why do they have them. I use to leave my previous lab outside during the day, my parents next door said he barked, I believed them and made arrangements to have him in the house while I was gone and they let him out for breaks. He stopped barking, they stopped barking at me LOL
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Old 12-20-2005, 06:24 PM   #22
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If most people understood why dogs bark it would help.* *I have a Lab, he only barks when someone knocks on the door or a stranger comes in the yard.* My last Lab was the same way,* some people in the neighborhood didn't even realize I had a dog.* The constant bark you hear at night or during the day is the dog wanting to be with it's owner, if someone doesn't want to deal with a dog why do they have them.* I use to leave my previous lab outside during the day, my parents next door said he barked, I believed them and made arrangements to have him in the house while I was gone and they let him out for breaks.* He stopped barking, they stopped barking at me LOL
Bought my current Lab in 1998. One neighbor asked what was wrong
as my dog NEVER barked. Now, she has been around DW's
Jack Russells. She barks, but never in the house. The Jack Russells don't either.

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Buy a collar that is designed to stop dogs barking, they yap, they get a small shock, works in most cases.

My issue with my Neighbour is that he has a Mastiff, I have a Yorkie, he lets the dog run loose, can't understand my concern?

I carry a flare gun, first sign of a problem, the dog gets flamed.
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Howard I can totally understand that.
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We used to have a neighbor with the dogs that barked all day and night. Several times they 'escaped' by digging holes under the fence and attempted to attack various neighbors. The HOA was called, animal control, the sheriff, etc. Nothing seemed to be effective. Guess it depends on where you live.

I had a friend with a similar problem where she got to the "they go or I go" stage, and she hired lawyers and made a low 5 figure stink out of it, and as far as I could see, got little in return. She moved.

So did I. The crappy neighbor was a factor. A year after I moved, so did they.

Barking is an easy problem to solve. Either find and eliminate the reason for barking, use a shock or scent collar, or just put the dog in the house when its barking. Unfortunately all that requires actual responsibility as a pet owner and some actual work. Most people dont give a $^%#$.

I dont carry a flare gun on walks, but I do have a spray can of stuff that smells really, really horrible that fits in a fingerless glove thingy so its always 'in hand'. Anyones loose dog gives me trouble, they're gonna be scrubbing that dog for a long time.

Methinks you make things harder to be irresponsible about, people may get better about it?

Other than that, a good solution is to open up a can of whup ass on them. Literally or figuratively.

One night at about 2am when the dogs were barking their asses off I called the sheriff and told them I thought I heard screaming and gunshots from the house. That was entertaining.
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I usually have a can of pepper spray on my person. When we lived in a more urban areas there were several mastiff/pitbull dogs with less than responsible owners. I never had a problem, but if one of them had gotten aggressive with me or one of my marshamllow 25# beagles, I would have doused the aggressor, "put the boot in" and asked questions later.
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Old 12-21-2005, 09:40 AM   #27
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Buy a collar that is designed to stop dogs barking, they yap, they get a small shock, works in most cases.
What works better than a shock collar is a collar that sprays citronella spray in the dogs face when it barks. Shown to be more effective than a shock collar and gentler.
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I usually have a can of pepper spray on my person.* When we lived in a more urban areas there were several mastiff/pitbull dogs with less than responsible owners.* I never had a problem, but if one of them had gotten aggressive with me or one of my marshamllow 25# beagles, I would have doused the aggressor, "put the boot in" and asked questions later.
The best strategy I have found for dealing with potentially problematic dogs is bring really good treats along when you walk. Just about any dog becomes a friend when thrown a treat. Once you make friends with the dogs in the neighborhood, the chance of a problem will decrease dramatically. Works really great for dealing with dogs that chase you when you ride a bike. The dogs will stop for good treats and then are more likely to wait politely for a treat next time you pass. Be sure though to use really good treats the first time or two. No stinking dog biscuits. Hot dogs instead.
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Old 12-21-2005, 09:50 AM   #29
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My roommate bought a collar for the dog that was supposed to curb his barking. I forget how it worked exactly. I think it was supposed to emit a signal that the dog would find unpleasant, and stop his barking. It didn't work. Worse, it turns out that anytime you'd hear a dog bark on tv (and it's more common than you might think) the damned collar would go off!

For the most part our dog is pretty good about barking. He never goes out except on a leash, and when someone is with him. Usually he'll only bark if he hears something outside, such as a car pulling into the driveway (or the neighbor's driveway) or if he hears a big truck outside like the trashmen, oil truck, etc. One thing I wish I could curb, though, is his barking at the tv. Every time he sees a dog, or something that even resembles a dog on the tv he'll bark at it! He'll get his face right up into the screen and just go off. For some reason he goes after horses, too. I'll often fall asleep on the couch with the tv on, and tend to watch TVLand alot. Well, around 5 or so in the morning he'll often start barking, and I'll know "Little House on the Prairie" is on! And if he makes it through that, "Gunsmoke" will usually set him off! Heck, the other day I was watching "Jonny Quest", and he was barking at a black panther! And worse...a CARTOON of a black panther!
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The best strategy I have found for dealing with potentially problematic dogs is bring really good treats along when you walk.* Just about any dog becomes a friend when thrown a treat.* Once you make friends with the dogs in the neighborhood, the chance of a problem will decrease dramatically.* Works really great for dealing with dogs that chase you when you ride a bike.* The dogs will stop for good treats and then are more likely to wait politely for a treat next time you pass.* Be sure though to use really good treats the first time or two.* No stinking dog biscuits.* Hot dogs instead.
One word of caution here. If I see a stranger throwing food to my dog the first thing I am thinking is poison. I had that happen to one of my dogs so I guess I am a bit sensitive to it. Some owners might feel the same way and call the cops on you. Just be careful about doing that.

Also, some dogs will ignore food to trear your legs off if you are in their territory and they see you as a threat. Hot dog or no hot dog....your better be able to pedal faster than they can run.
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My biggest issue is when I'm walking my leashed dog and someone's loose dog comes and attacks us. I've had that happen more times than I care to remember. One guy actually told his dog to get us, his ass was in a police car about an hour later and he wished he'd never crossed paths with me.
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My biggest issue is when I'm walking my leashed dog and someone's loose dog comes and attacks us.* I've had that happen more times than I care to remember.* *One guy actually told his dog to get us,*his ass was in a police car about an hour later and he wished he'd never crossed paths with me.
That was the right thing to do.
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Gee, mean dogs, mean neighbors. I guess I have been lucky on both accounts.

We spend a lot of time walking our dogs in a big park in town where the unwritten rule is that off leash is OK. Never have had a problem with other dogs. The dogs that frequent the park are all just big dufuses with friendly owners. The only real problem if failure to pick up poo.
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Both my next door neighbors have dogs. One neighbor's dog used to bark a lot. They take it inside now when it starts barking. We also built a storage shed between the back of our house and their back yard that effectively shields the barking noise (and their entire back yard) from our living room and deck.

We have given some serious thought to buying the houses on either side of us when they go up for sale. That way, we can lease them to whoever we want to, and restrict the tenant's right to have a dog. The neighbor with the barking dog should have his house go into foreclosure pretty soon we're guessing.
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What works better than a shock collar is a collar that sprays citronella... Shown to be more effective than a shock collar and gentler.
I've heard that it's much more popular in Cubicleville too...
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What is it about barking/annoying dogs and foreclosures? Back in 2000, these neighbors from hell bought the house behind my grandmother. I was living in my condo at the time, so my experience with them was limited to whenever I was over visiting, doing yardwork, etc. Anyway, at one point they had a pit bull back there...a dog that's illegal in this county. It used to howl and carry on constantly, but thankfully they didn't have it long. It was only a few months in 2002 that they had it. By early 2003 they had abandoned the house. I think the mortgage company actually bought them out though, instead of foreclosing on them. Once the place went on the market, I tried to buy it, but got out-bid.
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I have to say for the most part the people in my neighborhood are very good, it's when I wander beyond this block that I run into problems. I live on the edge of 4 towns and two state, my 4 mile walk takes me thru all 4, I have the police numbers of all the towns programed into my cell but except for the city I live in the others just blow me off.
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The best strategy I have found for dealing with potentially problematic dogs is bring really good treats along when you walk.* Just about any dog becomes a friend when thrown a treat.* Once you make friends with the dogs in the neighborhood, the chance of a problem will decrease dramatically.* Works really great for dealing with dogs that chase you when you ride a bike.* The dogs will stop for good treats and then are more likely to wait politely for a treat next time you pass.* Be sure though to use really good treats the first time or two.* No stinking dog biscuits.* Hot dogs instead.
I personally never had a problem because when I meet a local dog I go out of my way to display acccomodating body language and use a high pitched voice. *I am more concerned about dog-on-dog aggression, where I have less influence.

Martha, my dogs are hounds. *That means the nose runs the dog, and the nose is more interested in food (and rotting things) than anything else. *My two have broken down a gate, chewed through a baby-safe restraint on the cabinet doors and emptied the garbage can (more than once). *One dog figured out how to climb up on the table so he could clean out the sugar bowl. *The same dopey dog broke open a box while we were getting ready to move and ate a couple pounds of brown sugar and a big bag of raisins (vomitted it on the tan carpet - yay!). *So when you suggest that I carry a hotdog with me on walks, all I an see is a comical situation that ends with one or both dogs consuming the "meat" before we get 6 steps down the block.
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As a long time cyclist, I have encountered many hundreds of dogs on
both my vacation rides and on my commute. Only once in over 200K
miles of riding has a dog actually wanted to bite me ( a firm whap on the
nose with my bike pump convinced him otherwise). Every other pup,
single or in packs, pit bulls, rotts, or mutts, just wanted to lope after me
for awhile to see what was going on, or wanted to escort me to the edge
of his property. A few required yelling at, but that was it.

I also talk friendly to the dogs as I pass, only yelling if they show too
much interest. I currently commute through Compton and Carson
(LA suburbs) and so get to see a lot of strays.
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As a long time cyclist, I have encountered many hundreds of dogs on
both my vacation rides and on my commute. Only once in over 200K
miles of riding has a dog actually wanted to bite me ( a firm whap on the
nose with my bike pump convinced him otherwise). Every other pup,
single or in packs, pit bulls, rotts, or mutts, just wanted to lope after me
for awhile to see what was going on, or wanted to escort me to the edge
of his property. A few required yelling at, but that was it.

I also talk friendly to the dogs as I pass, only yelling if they show too
much interest. I currently commute through Compton and Carson
(LA suburbs) and so get to see a lot of strays.
The only time I was chased, I was pretty sure it was just a barking dog having fun chasing a cyclist, but I was not feeling too trusting. I just opened my water bottle (wide mouth type) and dropped about a liter in the dog's face. Stopped him in his tracks in mid bark and perfectly harmless.
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