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    OT: Need some ideas to deal with wacky neighbor

    Way off topic but I know that there are some devious minds here and I need to mine them for some ideas.

    I have this neighbor who's wife or girlfriend (he's a bit of a recluse so we never talk) spends all day in their bedroom. When my dog ( a very small Shih Tsu) goes out in the yard to answer nature's call, he barks about 5 times and then goes and sniffs everything. This neighbor leaves the bedroom window open a little for ventilation most times but as soon as she hears the dog she runs and opens it wide. Then puts one of those birdhouse devices that are supposed to keep dogs from barking in the window. The dog doesn't even care when she does this, he'll bark or not as he feels like. So much for effectiveness of this $50 item. At times she has even gone to the window and screamed at dogs over a block away to shut up.

    Before anyone gets the idea that this neighborhood is full of barking dogs, the total time in a day that ANY dog, including my own, barks is about 2 minutes. They bark once or twice and then are quiet.

    Anyone know of any "device" that would emit some irritating noises at random intervals? Something that makes noises like a cricket, bullfrog, duck quacking, etc? that I could put under the eve of my backyard shed? Something that would just cause her to close the window if she doesn't like neighborhood noises. I wouldn't even consider this if she wouldn't open the window wide upon hearing any barking dog. Strange person.
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    Walk out with a video camera and tape it and put it on You tube every time. When she tells you to stop you can even explain what you are doing. And that you are just doing to protect you and all neighbor hood dogs from unwarranted harassment.

    You could also put a sign on your vehicle with the address or post in your local craigslist etc.

    Some people go way over board on barking dogs I ran into this same problem and had problems with my association over it. Security would come and park in front of my driveway so then my dog would bark at him and then give me a ticket for barking dog. All the dog was doing was letting me know hey someone's here.

    I am a big fan of dogs and intuitive people can discern differences between their dog's vocalizations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sudden valley gunner View Post

    I am a big fan of dogs
    Me too. The more I get to know about some people, the more I love my dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phone guy View Post
    Appreciate the contribution but THIS is definitely illegal as it exceeds the sound levels allowed for a residential neighborhood any time of day. Appreciate the thought though.

    These are exactly what I had in mind. Now if I could only find a way to attach the small magnetic one to the gutter right outside her window. I'll be ordering one of each Monday. I can't wait to see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    These are exactly what I had in mind. Now if I could only find a way to attach the small magnetic one to the gutter right outside her window. I'll be ordering one of each Monday. I can't wait to see what happens.
    I'm wanting one to stick in my boss' office. I think I'd get written up if caught, though. Lol
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    Go to your local Wholesale Sports or Cabelas and get a Predator Call with remote control. Under 30.00. Several different animal sounds. I drove a tent mate nuts for two weeks while deer and elk hunting.

    "Did you hear that?" "Whats that sound"

    Great fun

    And the dog will love it.
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    Go to your local Wholesale Sports or Cabelas and get a
    Bottle of:

    Fox urine or Skunk scent

    and put it on the fence near the window

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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    Appreciate the contribution but THIS is definitely illegal as it exceeds the sound levels allowed for a residential neighborhood any time of day. Appreciate the thought though.



    These are exactly what I had in mind. Now if I could only find a way to attach the small magnetic one to the gutter right outside her window. I'll be ordering one of each Monday. I can't wait to see what happens.
    Double back tape works wonders

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    If opening a shotgun range in your back yard is not an option, I would say develop the technology that emits in any direction you choose a sound that is nerve-racking to humans. My daughter was making this screeching dolphin type of noise earlier today that would be perfect!
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    Quote Originally Posted by M1Gunr View Post
    Bottle of:

    Fox urine or Skunk scent

    and put it on the fence near the window
    +1
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    Maybe you could point her toward this thread so we can hear the other side.

    She's entitled to a fair hearing before we rule . . .

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    I have seen those toys before that are voice activated and repeats what ever you say, so when they yell shut up it returns the favor in kind.

    I have not been able to find it yet but still looking.
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    I guess I am the wacky neighbor.

    I have a neighbor with 2 worthless rat dogs (Jack Russels) who will bark at anything that moves within their visual range. That usually means me or my wife. They will be let out and they will rush the fence and bark, especially at my wife. They don't bark much at me anymore (the miracle of pepper spray!). They also bark at noises. If they are in the backyard not making any noise and we open a sliding door or window they start barking and then suddenly shut up, like "what am I barking at".

    I don't care if they do only bark for a couple of minutes, those couple of minutes everytime I am in the back yard, or on my deck, or even in the front and they see me is more than enough to get on my nerves because it happens EVERY TIME they are let out.

    She has trained them that if they bark at the neighbors (me, behind us, where ever) they get to go inside as a reward.

    IMO, what you need to do is teach your dog not to bark, unless it is at a threat..is it really that hard?

    My neighbor has had the pleasure of talking to the local code enforcement once and the sheriff twice, one more time and the tickets start flying at 84 dollars a pop. I don't really care, I want to enjoy my backyard without those worthless dogs rushing the fence and barking. Granted they only bark a total of 2 minutes a day, because as soon as they bark they are brought inside, but I don't care. They are still barking and disturbing me.

    IMO, childish retaliation against your neighbor for being disturbed by your dog barking will only lead to an escalation of bad feelings in the neighborhood, which seldom works out well.


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    "Good fences make good neighbors."

    Build a better fence.

    "Good fences make good neighbors." (Mending Wall, Robert Frost, 1914)

    http://www.google.com/search?q=good+...make+neighbors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beretta92FSLady View Post
    If opening a shotgun range in your back yard is not an option, I would say develop the technology that emits in any direction you choose a sound that is nerve-racking to humans. My daughter was making this screeching dolphin type of noise earlier today that would be perfect!
    Could I rent her to play in my back yard? Hourly rate? Weekly?

    That's funny because I had just told my wife I was going to invite all 5 of our grandkids to some and raise some ruckus in the backyard. They range from 19 down to 11 and when they get "cranked" all the adults come inside and close the door.

    BobR-

    I would agree with you and wouldn't have even raised the issue if my dog was a "barker". He barks when he wants to come back in, ONE BARK. He Barks when he goes out, two or three barks and then goes about his business of "sniffing and p***ing". He has a low pitched bark and if I was to use a stopwatch to time the total time of his daily barking it would be less than two minutes out twelve hours. Slamming car doors make more noise than my dog. Like I said, this gal get's wigged out if a dog barks blocks away. As for escalation, nobody, repeat nobody, in the neighborhood had any complaint until this person moved in to live with my neighbor.

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    The animal scent/urine is a great idea. Know of anyone that packages it in "paintballs"? I could lob a couple next to the window and I'm sure that she'd keep it closed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDave View Post
    I have seen those toys before that are voice activated and repeats what ever you say, so when they yell shut up it returns the favor in kind.

    I have not been able to find it yet but still looking.
    I've got one in the form of a bird on a perch. It's a mechanical "Toucan" and when you speak, it's bill moves and it repeats everything you said.

    Found it at the truck stop in Umatilla, OR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDave View Post
    I have seen those toys before that are voice activated and repeats what ever you say, so when they yell shut up it returns the favor in kind.

    I have not been able to find it yet but still looking.
    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    I've got one in the form of a bird on a perch. It's a mechanical "Toucan" and when you speak, it's bill moves and it repeats everything you said.

    Found it at the truck stop in Umatilla, OR.
    Well it may well provide your neighbor company

    Neighbor; Shut Up!
    Parrot; Shut Up!
    Neighbor; No You Shut Up!
    Parrot; No You Shut Up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    I've got one in the form of a bird on a perch. It's a mechanical "Toucan" and when you speak, it's bill moves and it repeats everything you said.

    Found it at the truck stop in Umatilla, OR.
    I should carry one for my next LEO encounter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    I guess I am the wacky neighbor.

    I have a neighbor with 2 worthless rat dogs (Jack Russels) who will bark at anything that moves within their visual range. That usually means me or my wife. They will be let out and they will rush the fence and bark, especially at my wife. They don't bark much at me anymore (the miracle of pepper spray!). They also bark at noises. If they are in the backyard not making any noise and we open a sliding door or window they start barking and then suddenly shut up, like "what am I barking at".

    I don't care if they do only bark for a couple of minutes, those couple of minutes everytime I am in the back yard, or on my deck, or even in the front and they see me is more than enough to get on my nerves because it happens EVERY TIME they are let out.

    She has trained them that if they bark at the neighbors (me, behind us, where ever) they get to go inside as a reward.

    IMO, what you need to do is teach your dog not to bark, unless it is at a threat..is it really that hard?

    My neighbor has had the pleasure of talking to the local code enforcement once and the sheriff twice, one more time and the tickets start flying at 84 dollars a pop. I don't really care, I want to enjoy my backyard without those worthless dogs rushing the fence and barking. Granted they only bark a total of 2 minutes a day, because as soon as they bark they are brought inside, but I don't care. They are still barking and disturbing me.

    IMO, childish retaliation against your neighbor for being disturbed by your dog barking will only lead to an escalation of bad feelings in the neighborhood, which seldom works out well.


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    Maybe in this case the OP's situation is pretty minor. But in general I've found that most dog owners have a real blindness about the impact their animal has on others. I live across the street from a city park so I have a pretty good statistical sampling to go by. You wouldn't believe what I've witnessed and had to endure at times.

    Dog ownership carries with it a responsibility. In general, responsible people get harder to find every day, in my opinion, so problems of this type just become more and more commonplace. I'm not a dog-hater, either. I just think a lot of people shouldn't own dogs. I also think there's a proper place for dogs. Especially because of irresponsible owners, I sometimes wonder about the wisdom of allowing dogs in non-rural environments. Maybe it's "extreme," but as my Dad used to say, "Dogs don't belong in the city."

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    M1Gunr--

    The animal scent/urine is a great idea. Know of anyone that packages it in "paintballs"? I could lob a couple next to the window and I'm sure that she'd keep it closed.
    Take a syringe and draw out the paint, then refill with the good stuff or make paintballs out of modeling clay (because it is durable). You can also reuse the modeling clay over and over again (for a while at least) at targets.
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    Get a dog whistle and get all the dogs in the nieghborhood going and watch her go nuts, or maybe stand out in your back yard and bark at her yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amzbrady View Post
    Get a dog whistle and get all the dogs in the nieghborhood going and watch her go nuts, or maybe stand out in your back yard and bark at her yourself.
    If I were to bark at her myself I'd have a heck of a time explaining that to my wife.

    There's actually a second chapter to this saga. It seems like these two people don't always get along. They've had some real vocal arguments and when their patio door is open it gets rather loud. So far it's just been a case of my wife and I looking at each other, when they do this, and we both shake our heads. Since this gal has decided to make an issue of the infrequent and short barking of my dog, I think I'll give 911 a call when they start fighting again. I'm sure that with the noise they make I could interest the local PD to investigate a "possible domestic violence" incident.

    Since their house is uphill from mine, and all the noise from the back of their house "broadcasts" to about 7-10 other houses in the neighborhood, they won't be able to "pin the call" on any specific house.
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