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Old 04-27-2011, 03:55 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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So a week before we moved into this house (we are renters), the neighbors next door got a dog. This means that when we looked at the house, this dog was not there. Moving day comes and all we hear is incessant barking. We figured the dog is just hearing us move and is barking, no big deal.

Fast forward to us living here. They leave the dog out all day and half the night. Our first week here, the dog was out after midnight, just barking and barking away. Their side door is approximately 10 feet from our bedroom window and we are the only neighbors affected by this damn dog, since their house and side door borders our bedroom window. My husband went over to talk to them the next day, and the white trash woman living there got all defensive and said her dog never barks! Meanwhile, you can hear the dog in the background as we are talking to them.

After several nights of no sleep, we've had enough. This past Sunday, they let the damn dog out at 1am. I've been recording the barking on my iPhone every single time that it happens after 11pm. I called the non-emergency police number to see if anything could be done, and they said no. Is that really true? You can let your dog bark incessantly at 1am without reprecussions? My husband again went to their house at 1am on Sunday and this time both the husband and wife got defensive, saying the dog has a right to be out and that he's "only" been barking for 5 minutes.

Honestly, I don't care if it's 2 minutes, it's 1am and we are so sick and tired of being woken up night after night. I'm pregnant and we will have a baby soon. We plan on keeping the baby in our bedroom for the first few months, though I'm not sure how that will work with this damn dog waking us up every couple of hours. Here is a video I took on Sunday night. You can only hear the dog, since it's 1am and pitch black outside, and it's short because the iPhone wouldn't let me email the full clip so I had to choose, but you get the idea. This is recorded from our bedroom (bed to be exact), windows closed. We hear this night after night. Is there really nothing we can do? Clearly talking to these people is not working, as we have tried to be civil twice and they just will not listen.

If we really can't do anything legally, we plan on going to their house every single time this dog barks after 11pm and banging loudly on their door. They have 2 young kids so I'm sure they will love them being woken up in the middle of the night. This morning the dog was let out shortly before 6am. I don't understand what they are getting from a dog that does nothing but bark incessantly the second he steps outside. We have 2 dogs ourselves, and they never bark. If they did, they'd be brought inside because we would never want to disturb neighbors. And we also never leave them outside unattended. Not sure why others lack this common sense.

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Old 04-27-2011, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA, 91945
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Mak,

Noise and other neighborly issues are generally a code enforcement issue for any City.
Animal Noise Questions, Neighborhood Code Compliance Department
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: North of the hood, south of the valley
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Yes there is a noise ordinance in San Diego. The police won't take action unless 3 different neighbors join together to complain.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:36 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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That's what the lady said when I called, we need 3 neighbors. But how if we are the only ones able to hear him? The way the houses are positioned, he can only run up and down where our windows are, particularly our bedroom window. If we open our window, we can reach over and grab him that is how close he is to us. It's just mind boggling that they can get away with allowing him to bark for close to an hour every single night after 11pm and not get penalized for it. And then scream at us when we go over at 1am to ask them to please bring him in.

He barks all day too (my husband works from home and hears him all day). But we don't care, it's daytime and it's not really affecting us (other than when my H is on conference calls and all they hear is a dog barking). It's the 1am wake up calls that really are getting old.

The link shmoov posted said 2 neighbors that are adjacent to any part of the property...the only other one is next to them, on the other side. And, they are selling their house so I doubt they'd want to get involved. We are friends with other neighbors on the street, maybe we can get them to sign with us, regardless if they are affected.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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Noise ordinance is barely enforced in San Diego. You need the 3 neighbors to call - we did it and problem was solved in a week.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:31 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Noise ordinance is barely enforced in San Diego. You need the 3 neighbors to call - we did it and problem was solved in a week.
So if we get 2 others to agree, do we call a specific number? I'm assuming calling 911 for something like this is probably not a good idea since technically it's not an emergency.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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So if we get 2 others to agree, do we call a specific number? I'm assuming calling 911 for something like this is probably not a good idea since technically it's not an emergency.
Everyone calls police non-emergency and register a noise complaint at the same time.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo - Kensington
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So if we get 2 others to agree, do we call a specific number? I'm assuming calling 911 for something like this is probably not a good idea since technically it's not an emergency.
I was one of 3 people who complained about a barking dog that lived across the street a couple years ago. It was actually my immediate next door neighbor who started the process and I believe I had to sign a form. Lo and behold, the barking stopped shortly after.

I feel for you, MAK......call the number in link below NOW to end this nonsense! Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 04-27-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Eugenius
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This sucks, at least it's not a hound dog, at least 3 of my neighbors have hound dogs and this one barked and bayed and moaned non-stop the moment they left home in the morning to the moment they came back after work. I was trying to recover from surgery and it was soooo annoying!!

If you are at your wit's end, try this:

There is an electronic dog trainer thing you can buy at the pet store. We used to use it on our dog when she barked incessantly at nothing, but we also noticed that the dogs surrounding our house also shut up too (kind of a "WTF was that" reaction!!). It has 2 buttons: positive and negative and looks like a thin TV remote. It emits a high-pitched "negative" sound that only dogs can hear and a soothing "positive" sound when they do shut up.

If you can't get the neighbors on board, maybe try this!!
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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This sucks, at least it's not a hound dog, at least 3 of my neighbors have hound dogs and this one barked and bayed and moaned non-stop the moment they left home in the morning to the moment they came back after work. I was trying to recover from surgery and it was soooo annoying!!
Our neighbor (renter) had a blue-tick coon hound. Thing bayed for hours and hours. Took a week to organize the neighbors, and a week later, no more dog barking. It helps when you know all your neighbors.
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