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How do I stop my neighbor's dogs from howling at night when they're on leave.

Every time my neighbor goes on holiday we sit with howling dogs every night until they come back from their leave. We have a small baby (5months) and the howling wakes her up. I love dogs but we do not get any sleep. I do not want to hurt them or throw stones at them but I'm really fed up. I thought of calling the SPCA but then I have to pay. The neighbor does not believe us when we say that his dogs howl at night when they're on leave. What to do!!!!!HELP!!! 66 mths ago

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well, 1st off, am an animal lover, however that does not distract from feeling your pain and frustration, and the above advice did come to mind!! we have neighbors with dogs that from time to time they bark all day or night for no reason, after approaching the neighbor, with poor results we took matters into our own hands!! during the day, a small cracker (yep fire works) they ch1t them selfs, run and KEEP QUIET, to the point that if now I say shut up, they obey!! fire works no longer required!! at night we have a new method whe shine our spot lights into the neighbors bed room window, and when they moan about the lights, they hear 'then keep your dogs quiet' much better situation! now a recording to show the owners what is happening might be a goos idea, suggest a video camera, either wise he might tell you again you lying!! or take the legal route, have a lawyers letter served, there have been case in the courts so the presidence has been set!! it is the owners responsibility to make sure his dogs are not a nuisance to every one around!! if you would like to do things your self, agree with the hose pipe and the water, however when they run and keep quiet dont go inside the house, they will start again soon, so be ready to react, it might take a few times, the fire works, also renders results, good luck!!

66 mths ago

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66 mths ago

Make a recording and present it to your neighbours.

66 mths ago

Get your hosepipe nearby. When they start, spray them. I promise you, it will only be 3-4 times they do it....then, PEACE.

66 mths ago

Surely there is some one feeding the dogs. Approach the the person feeding the dogs and enquire from them whether they can do anything about the dogs howling. Tape the dog howling.

66 mths ago

Buy some dog bones from your butcher and freeze them solid. So, when you get into bed, toss a couple over the wall - this will keep them quiet for hours and hours. Don't do anything silly, as much as you are tempted, to spike some minced meat with sleeping tablets.....a medium sized dog weighs about, what, 45 kgs or so? Hmmmm, but, like I said, frozen bones should keep them quiet.

66 mths ago

Itpro answer sounds good, one or two stones can work aswell!!!!!!!

66 mths ago

take a video with ur cellphone and prove it to them first.

66 mths ago

I would do the hose pipe thing and the recording to play back to your neighbours. Surely other neighbours are also disturbed, maybe if you all visit the owners when they get back they would believe you? We also have howling dogs at night, unfortunately they are about a block away so can't do the hose pipe.

66 mths ago

Phone your neighbours at midnight when they get back and howl on the phone.Keep doing this until they get the message.

66 mths ago

Some advise I got from my father : take your shoe and turn it upside down as soon as the dogs start, I promise you they stop almost immediately.

66 mths ago

You have 2 choices the SPCA route or lay a charge at the police station

66 mths ago

The SPCA can't help you with this matter. The SPCA deals with cruelty. If the dogs have been left alone without food, then the SPCA can be called in to remove he animals however, if they are being looked after and it is merely the barking etc, then it is a police matter. Do your neighbours go on leave often? I personally feel that if you are going away for longer than say 3 days, then you should board them at kennels for that period or have someone you totally trust to house sit. I agree with most of the other comments as long as they do no harm to the animals.

66 mths ago

I hear and empathise with your situation. We have similar reprehensible neighbours who have a terrible maltese that can bark for hours on end when they are not around, and they refuse to acknowledge this, claiming that the only time their dog barks is at our cats (a preposterous claim especially given that since they aren't around and therefore actually have no clue as to the cause or extent). Legally (CITY OF JOHANNESBURG METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY BY-LAWS RELATING TO DOGS AND CATS Chapter 2 section 5): No person may keep a dog – (a) which barks, whimpers or howls to such an extent that it, or has another habit which, causes a disturbance or nuisance to inhabitants of the neighbourhood; So you are rightfully entitled to be upset about the situation. The fact that you have have already approached your neighbour on the issue was the right thing to do. It is unfortunate that he has dismissed your concerns, but it at least gives you the moral high ground. There are a few courses of action you could take that may solve the problem: The first is spraying the dogs with water when they howl (and only when they howl - remember you are trying to try the animal by means of association - barking/howling = water, keeping quiet = staying dry). Another is to obtain an electronic device that emits high frequency sound yelps in response to barking dogs (painful to dogs - inaudible to humans). These devices are quite pricey though, so really your neighbour should pay for one. I also suggest getting video evidence of the dogs howling and signed letters from other neighbours supporting your claims - they could come in handy if things get nasty. When you run out of options, the city pound would be obliged to act if you requested it. Obviously this is not a preferable solution, as it would make you feel guilty and would alienate you from your neighbours. However I would stress that this is not your fault - it is your neighbour's fault for failing to fulfil their responsibilities as dog owners, and for being inconsiderate, bad neighbours. You are the victim here and are taking your only option to protect yourself and your rights. You should be aware though that you do not have a right to harm the dog yourself, and could be sued if you do. So resist the temptation to expedite justice yourself by throwing stones/rock/bullets at the beasts, or trying to poison them. Try and remember that, like you, the dogs are innocent victims of their bad owner(s).

66 mths ago

Definately make a recording and play it to your neighbours. Ask them to please put the dogs in a shelter or somewhere else when they go on leave next time.

66 mths ago

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