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Old 01-16-2007, 07:02 PM   #41
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Re: Advice needed -- potential buyers scared away.

That must be really frustrating, Caroline.

Here's a thought about something to try; it combines some ideas above.

You have a big advantage in that you probably have a lot more money than the neighbor. Think about how much it would be worth to not have that dog there. $1,000? If so, have a friend drop by the woman's house and say

"Hey, that dog is really intimidating, and I need a watch dog right away. I just got this cute pit bull puppy (take him out of jacket), but I need a watchdog today. How about we trade dogs, and I'll give you $1,000?"
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Re: Advice needed -- potential buyers scared away.
Old 01-16-2007, 09:04 PM   #42
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when i was on the code enforcement board in town we had dog cases come before us a few times. each time, based on good evidence, we sided with the complaining neighbor. cases included barking, dogs running lose and even one involving dog, um, smells. we'd give a date by which to comply or face steep fines per day. i don't recall such a case ever coming back to us.

calls used to come directly to the code section of building department but now you just call our police. they will send a police officer to the area to see which house has the offending animal. first the city will give a warning. if no compliance, a citation is issued and the offender is brought before the board.

one thing you need be careful of when calling code on a neighbor is that it doesn't become a code war. or at least make sure your property is in compliance first.

as to the wolf urine. i raised a hybrid wolf and he was accepted by most of the area dogs as part of the pack. every so often it seemed a dog could tell the difference and then back hairs would be raised. but i don't suspect it will stop any barking.
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My neighbors have some annoying dogs, and a friend of mine found this device for me:

http://www.ultimatebarkcontrol.com/ds_Pro.htm

However, I got the dogs to shut up about the same time she sent me the link, so I never bought it - I have no idea if it actually works or not.
Like most over-priced pieces of cr*p, it does not work at all. A friend's dogs occasionally
bark at people walking their dogs past the property (when they are in the backyard).
The neighbor has a very low tolerance for dog noise and installed this device. It does
not seem to have any effect on the dogs, although it startled them the first few times
it went off.
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Re: Advice needed -- potential buyers scared away.

My husband used to shoot the neighbor's dog with a large squirt gun each time it barked until it finally figured out that if it stopped barking, it wouldn't get blasted anymore!

I tried that trick with my dog once. Well, rather with a squirt bottle filled with water. Unfortunately, instead of figuring out that if it stopped barking it wouldn't get squirted, it figured out that if it jumped up and knocked the bottle out of my hand, it wouldn't get squirted! This dog was about 4 1/2 years old when we got him, so I'm guessing that in the past someone over-did it with the squirt bottle, or teased him with it or something. Heck, all you have to do is make a squeezing motion with your index finger and make a hissing noise in unison with it, and the dog will jump up and snap!

As for shutting the german shepherd up, I don't know if this would really work, but I saw an episode of "Magnum PI" years ago, where someone gave bubble gum or marshmallows or something like that to Higgins' dogs, and it shut 'em up!
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--try one of those untrasonic devices (though I have heard that they do not work)
Tried it. Didnt work. Made my wifes dogs tilt their head a little when it went off for the first time or two, then they ignored it. Neighbors barking dog seemed completely unaffected.
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