Friday, January 09, 2009

our neighbors hate our dog

remember how i posted about our dog barking throughout the day and stuff? and how we wouldn't know she was barking all day because... we're not home?!?! well we tried everything. shock collar, bark collar, music, stuff to mellow her out in her water, etc... NOTHING works. it's because we think she has severe seperation anxiety. she tore through the sheetrock in the garage. she will tear apart the plywood at the fence. she is crazy. and barking still. not all day long anymore, but i guess randomly throughout the day for periods of time.

our neighbors call animal control every.single.morning. we know the animal control people by name. they are really nice and understanding. they're in a tough spot because they are just trying to do their job. but they also know that we're trying to fix tacoma. we're trying everything to get her to be comfortable while we're gone.

okay, so not only have our neighbors been calling animal control daily- they also started calling the police. really. and, on top of all of that- they are THROWING THINGS INTO OUR YARD!!!! the assholes are throwing pears, eggs and rocks at our dog to get her to shut up. how lovely, right? i'm sure throwing things at a dog that is freaking out will definitely make it more comfortable.

i'm sorry.. but how the fuck old are you? who throws eggs at people's homes? oh yeah, immature losers with no jobs who don't own the house they're living in. assholes.

so anyway.. for now- she is staying in our house. so there are days when we come home to shit and piss on the carpet. and days we don't. cool.

advice on seperation anxiety in pets anyone? advice on dickwad neighbors? :)

25 comments:

Assertagirl said...

What assholes! I can't believe the lengths people will go to, to make a shitty point.

Am I doing okay? said...

Crate training? Dog stays in it's private "bedroom" when you are not home.

Ashley said...

I ventured over from Twitter. Have to say I HATE my neighbors whose dog barks all the time. I'm convinced they can keep that thing inside. Used to bark at night---when my anxiety over my newborn sleeping was through the roof---it made me super angry. Woof! Woof! Woof! I literally daydreamed of shooting it with a BB gun. I was psycho. My dog is totally silent, and I'd love him even if he wasn't. But the noise of a barking dog next door? Sucks. That's the terrible truth. I'd so like to say otherwise :-)

Loren said...

Poor Tacoma, she is just scared, I think. I remember reading somewhere that there's this like devise you plog in and send out some soothing sound for the separation anxiety for dogs. I've never had to try it since my dogs are quiet, but you should look into it...

Tuesday Girl said...

Our dog had severe seperation anxiety too. Go buy REscue Remedy it will calm her down without leaving her drugged up when you are out.
You can get it at whole foods.
WORKS LIKE A CHARM.

Dan said...

No real good advice on the training. Our dogs have always been furniture eaters rather than barkers.

I just want to say - welcome to the world of being a mayor. About a third of the constituent calls I get every day concern animal control issues. Not a whole heck of a lot can be done short of the sometimes inappropriate legal sanctions. But people don't want to hear that - they just want peace and quiet and to stick one to the neighbors. {*grin*}

clickmom said...

I had a neighbor who pooped in a bag and tossed in my yard. Even grosser, because the dogs dragged the bag of poo into the house and ripped it up. Except there was credit card receipt in the bag, so I knew who it was from, and I put on rubber gloves, gathered what I could together and smeared it all over his door. Then I found out he was a dangerous drug addict, and everyone else called him "Crazy Dan" behind his back, so I would not advice being confrontational to the neighbors.

Maybe you could crate your dog during the day?? They don't go in their crates unless they are sick or desperate.

clickmom said...

I should clarify "They don't go to the bathroom in their crates", and also Crazy Dan is most likely not the Dan commenter who commented right before me.

Caffeinatrix said...

Um...doggie daycare? Bring her to work? Oh, wait...that's Google that let's you do that. Prozac? (that's not a joke...they do prescribe it for some pets)

Alison said...

Throwing stuff into your yard at the dog is just childish. I can see how they're upset, but they have to know that you're working on it the best you can. For now though, I think Tacoma is safest in the house while you're away. You might have messy carpets to clean when you get home, but who knows what your crazy neighbors might do to her if they get desperate to shut her up.

Also, bag up the eggs and pears and other shit they're throwing over, and leave it on their porch with a note that says, "I think you might have misplaced these items in MY backyard, assface."

NGS said...

My parents have barkers. It drives me insane. The neighbors are about half a mile away, though, so I don't think they care!!

No advice on how to stop the barking, but can you talk to your neighbors? Or is the relationship so broken at this point that that's not really option? If you talked to them, told them that you're trying different remedies, mention that she's just a sensitive soul and she needs love and care AND NOT PEARS THROWN AT HER?! Of course, shouting at them as I would do wouldn't help!! But could you just have a chat - let them know that you know they're concerned and you're addressing the problem?

SUEB0B said...

A dog friend for her?

Or doggie daycare? Or do you have someone who can babysit her? I am lucky to have my folks who care for Goldie during the day, because she HATES to be alone - but most dogs do. They are pack animals.

Tara said...

maybe call animal control and have them give a talk to your neighbors about how throwing things and intimidating your dog is not going to make it stop barking but actually make the problems worse. then put them in a fenced in yard in the middle of winter and pelt their asses with eggs!

Meg said...

I have experience in both, trust me.

Talk to your vet about the separation anxiety. He can prescribe some medicine for your dog, very similar to valium for people. It will help mellow him out while you're gone. We have had to do it for a lot of animals at the vet clinic and it works great.

As far as dickwad neighbors go, I've got one. He came banging on my door, threatening to shoot my dog who had done nothing wrong. Find out the laws in your area. If your neighbor threatens your dog or tries to hurt him, he can get in big trouble. In Oklahoma it's a felony to harm another person's pet maliciously (poisoning, shooting, etc.).

Jenn said...

We also have a dog with major seperation anxiety issues, she has escaped our dead bolt locked house to come an look for us. She has destroyed hardwood floors coming to find us.

I think the suggestions of doggie day care could work. We did that with our dog, Emma. And it would really tire her out. She only went every other day but was so tired on the opposites days she just slept.

For Emma she needs to see us driving away and we need to say to her "you are staying here". For her those are the cues. This summer my mother doggie sat and she left the dog in the house and then walked to our neighboors. Emma went wild.

Also I think if you try some phrase and then do some training with it. Say it to her, then go drive around the block, so your dog will know you come home. Also maybe some barking training... although I don't know too much about that.

Good Luck.

Jenn

zandor said...

That's kind of crazy that they actuallly throw stuff into your yard. I have a neighbor who doesn't like my dogs but that is because the people who live on the other side of him have two dogs and my two dogs and thier dogs like to talk to eachother when they are all outside in back. The only thing I can think of is to put your dog in a crate/kennel while you are gone. We do that with my puppy and he likes it in there. He ends up just sleeping in there.

Denise said...

could it be that they are compounding the problem by throwing shit at the dog? sounds like you need to do some cop calling of your own. You know if they get bit while their doing that they will get held liable! I just love that, tease a dog, get bit, your fault HA! I suggest a video camera pointed at the fence where they pull that B.S. And may the quiet dog fairy visit you in the wee hours of the morning.

Ericka said...

*sigh* i don't agree with throwing things at the dog, but if you're heading into month 5 of constant barking, i'd be out of my tree too.

if the vet or doggie daycare doesn't work, and the dog remains that miserable during the day, you may want to see if his parents can take the dog back. the current situation doesn't seem fair to you, your neighbors or the dog.

Anonymous said...

I understand the points from all sides. But, I will say, I probably lean more towards doing something with the dog if it's being annoying for others. The neighbors throwing stuff at it is b/s, but I do see where it could become annoying for all the parties.

Kristabella said...

I don't agree with throwing things at any animal, but I can imagine it would be annoying.

Do you live next to Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne?

Anissa Mayhew said...

Ok, I truly don't know if this will help you, but I had to do this when I moved my dog outside after being an indoor dog for years.

I got a set of sheets and my hubs and I slept on them for about a week. Then we wrapped it around the dog's bed out on our porch where she lives. She started getting through the night, it was warm and it smelled like us and that comforted her. It can't make it any worse.

Chris O said...

My friend came home to find that her dog had been shot and killed in their yard. They live on 5 acres. Luckily someone saw what had happened and let the police know that it was their neighbors. The reason: the barking disturbed her husband. The woman got 60 days in jail.

Just be careful.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like your dog isn't getting enough exercise.

Nancy said...

I never thought I would have a dog that was crate trained but it so helped us during the puppy stages because we both worked even though we had Adam at home part of the time. Rowdy does great in the crate and sleeps. If he were in the crate longer than 5 hours, I'd put him in a doggy daycare center. Definitely talk to your vet about the separation anxiety and if they have a solution as well. Hey, would Cesar Milan make a house call?

CAT said...

Having Nissa, and the fact that she stays in ALL day while I am at wrok makes me want to answer this. Nissa NEVER pees or shits in the house. She is in the house from 8am until 3:30. She isnt in a crate, although she is crate trained. I dont let her roam--she roams the back end of the house (all the bedrooms)...I am lucky to have a hall door that closes off the front part of the house. She doesnt tear shit up either---I do believe it is part that we excersize h er daily and part of what type of dog she is. Teaching your dog to play frisbee with treats to come back to you, and exersizing them in the evening might help. also, on your days off....start crate trraining, especially if your home isnt one that can be closed off from the front part of your house. the only other thing I can suggest is a doggy door?