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View Poll Results: Does barking dog or other noise bother you?
Yes it bothers me 84 79.25%
No it doesn't bother me 6 5.66%
It bothers me but not that much 16 15.09%
Voters: 106. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-30-2018, 12:17 PM
 
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Does barking dog and other incessant noise bother you? Please discuss why or why not.

I guess I may be "nuts" because barking dog noise drives me up the wall.
I like dogs, I really do. I've had dogs that I loved and I've known friends' dogs that I loved.

However, I was raised to be considerate of others.
I remember my mom would tell us not to bother our neighbors, not to play in their yard. Or she'd ask me to turn my music down if it was too loud in the house, or to use my headphones.

Or if I had a friend over and we were up late and talking too loud, mom or dad would let us know to quiet down.

I was taught that it is polite not to bother other people with my noise.

Yet nowadays no one seems to care. Most people are either not like me, and are not bothered by noise at all, or else everyone's just given up on the concept of being considerate of others with their noise.

Dogs can be trained. (Even cats can be!) And they SHOULD be trained to only bark when there's a good reason to. Someone they don't know comes in your yard (NOT your best friends and family!)
They should not be allowed to chase vehicles, barking.
They should not be allowed to bark at everything that moves within their eyesight (people walking down the sidewalk, other animals, etc etc)

If you are a dog owner and you let your dog bark incessantly, you ARE bothering your neighbors. I'm betting this poll will prove this.

If you live in the city some of your neighbors are surely bothered by your barking dog.

And if you live in the country, you may have a neighbor like me who doesn't want to hear your dog barking incessantly (i.e. more than 10 min non-stop or many times throughout the day) even if you live several hundred yards away. After all many of us move to the country hoping to enjoy quiet country living, and appreciate the sounds of nature.

This thread also covers other noise such as ATV's, people yelling, kids yelling, people working on cars in their yards, construction noise (especially if you have a "hobbyist" next door who's always using hammers and saws, etc etc.

Curious to see how this comes out.

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Old 07-30-2018, 12:46 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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Does barking dog and other incessant noise bother you? Please discuss why or why not. .......< snip > ....... This thread also covers other noise such as ATV's, people yelling, kids yelling, people working on cars in their yards, construction noise (especially if you have a "hobbyist" next door who's always using hammers and saws, etc etc.

To be honest I think a subject about aversion to incessant loud noises is about human mental health and human created problems rather than about dogs or other forms of nature. Instead of the Nature forum, which is about nature, I think such a topic probably belongs in one of the forums about human mental health and wellness http://www.city-data.com/forum/mental-health/ or human psychology http://www.city-data.com/forum/psychology/.

A barking dog is a problem that is created by the humans who own the dog. All of the examples of noises you listed above are caused by humans, not nature.


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Old 07-30-2018, 01:53 PM
 
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I can't answer this poll because there is a profound difference in the type of noises that bother me.

Barking dog noise doesn't bother me at all. I don't even hear it. Any natural noises are completely fine with me.

But leaf blower/snow blower noise makes me completely homicidal. I hate everyone who owns a leaf blower. I hate everyone who uses a leaf blower. I hate manufacturers of leaf blowers. Snow blower useage is somewhat forgivable, but don't use a leaf blower anywhere near me or there WILL be consequences.
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Old 07-30-2018, 03:12 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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IMHO the keys to noise are the 1) duration, 2) frequency, and 3) volume. The actual NOISE itself (barking, leaf blower, traffic, aircraft, music, screaming seabirds, etc) isn't usually the problem.

I have a neighbor who often takes care of someone else's dog over weekends. I know the dog doesn't live there all the time. It seems to suffer from separation anxiety, so why it is any better to lock the dog up alone THERE rather than it's own home makes little sense. Well, based on the other idiotic things this neighbor does I don't think THEY think. Anyway, this dog doesn't bark, it MOANS. Starting off at a low pitch, rising into a crescendo and dwindling down again. Endlessly, hour after hour after hour. It isn't loud, but it's constant all day long, all weekend. Guess it ticks off box 1 and 2 out of 3.

On weekends when this neighbor isn't locking up the miserable moaning dog all alone, they run every tool or powered appliance that is possible to connect to a portable generator/air compressor. Once it coughs into life at about 7 am I know it stay in use until at least 11 pm. Just the sound of that motor firing up, surging, idling, surging again places a background drone over the entire day. Once again, volume isn't the biggest issue, it's the constancy.

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Old 07-30-2018, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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IMHO the keys to noise are the 1) duration, 2) frequency, and 3) volume. The actual NOISE itself (barking, leaf blower, traffic, aircraft, music, screaming seabirds, etc) isn't usually the problem.
I agree with this ^^^

If a dog barks a few times then it's not a big deal to me. However, if the neighbor leaves the dog out to bark all night long then it's going to be a much bigger issue for me--and probably everybody else in earshot. Context also matters to me as well. Kids hollering and carrying on outside is expected but that doesn't mean I want them screaming and yelling inside

A lot of it is subjective. I don't mind aircraft, traffic, lawnmowers, seabirds, periodic barks but find chainsaws, car horns, constant barking, frequent yelling, leaf blowers, and loud cellphone conversations annoying. Loud music may/may not be okay depending upon genre I'm sure that my list differs from others.

I work in a loud-azz factory. I like quieter environments and find them more relaxing. I do periodically love to listen to music or go to concerts but usually like things quieter

I don't think that people who are bothered greatly by noise are "nuts" any more than I think that there is something wrong with people who aren't affected by noisy environments. Everyone's tolerance is different.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:15 PM
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I am the first person to notice a barking dog, and have taken it on as my own responsibility to discern whether it's normal barking or abnormal barking.
You see, when I was younger I ignored many animals in front of my eyes in distress and never gave a whip. Well it took it's toll on me and many years ago I made it a mission to never again ignore an animal being abused, barking abnormally or other. Because in my opinion I am no better than the abuser.
I know I am going off course here. Could you find it in your heart to try to talk to the owner of a baneful, lonesome dog? Does it have proper food and water?
We have to step in sometimes, IMHO.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:58 PM
 
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I have a neighbor with dogs that bark incessantly. Luckily I live across the street so I only hear them when I go outside. I feel so sorry for the neighbors that surround them. I do know that they have been ticketed for noise (thankfully we have a noise ordinance in the city limits!).

I think it takes a special kind of rude person to let their dog bark on and on.

Don't have any snow blowers around here but we do have leaf blowers and lawn mowers. Those don't bother me because they only last a few minutes - not hours.
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:07 PM
 
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Barking in general, doesn't bother me until it is allowed to go on for hours on end.

Lawn mowers, leaf blowers, motors revving, and car horns if too early in the morning. Some can be quite loud.
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:18 PM
 
Location: NC
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Hmmm, this sounds so familiar.

I have always tried to be respectful of my neighbors, whether I live in an urban area or a rural area, so I try to keep my dogs from barking as much as possible. They do bark when UPS or FedEx come or if a neighbor comes to visit, but it's short lived (and they are inside the house). When we lived in the city, we only let them go out to potty and brought them back in so they didn't bother the neighbors, I walked them to get their exercise.

I live in a very rural area now. We have one neighbor who likes to mow twice a week and weed eat once a week. That's really the only noise pollution and it doesn't bother me since it's so infrequent. I can't believe how much quieter it is now compared to living in a city with all the noise that was 24/7.
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:25 PM
 
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"...raised to be considerate of others"
If you are able PLEASE give my heartfelt thanks to your parents.
I speak dog and generally they are communicating something that's really important to them. A good dog owner listens. (And doesn't let their dog drive others up thewall.)
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