Barking Dogs – The Source of Strong Noise Pollution
Barking dogs are extremelly annoying. Chronic barking (including whining, howling, whimpering, yelping) is more than one barking episode per day with no emergency present or dogs barking at everything and anything too much and too often.
Dog barking is the number one nuisance complaint in neighborhoods. Constant barking is puppy behavior from dogs that have not been trained and socialized properly.
“It is not about being anti-dog,
just anti-noise pollution.”
Dogs bark for a variety of reasons such as fear, abandonment, illness, frustration, attention, anger, abuse and most often, boredom.
The major reason dogs bark uncontrollably is because their owners allow them. Their not responsible owners enclose their dogs on small properties or on ropes or chains, leave them unattended for long periods of time, do not feed or water them adequately, and do not give them enough attention, exercise, supervision or socialization.
Barking dogs’ owners have failed to make the effort to train and socialize their dogs or care for them properly because they are too apathetic, lazy or stupid. This creates unnecessary noise pollution which affects the peace and enjoyment of neighborhood environments, health of victims, a serious issue that has become an overwhelming human rights issue worldwide.
Problems created by barking noise pollution:
- Individual human health decline
- Lifestyle disruption
- Decline in property values
- Animal health decline
- Violence towards dog, owner
- Violence towards the victim by the criminal.
All parts involved can and should do their fair share of the problem. Victims, Offenders, Public Servants. However, victims of barking dogs should never expect someone else to take care of their own problems.
“The problem of animal control is a worldwide issue. It’s time we fight together for our right towards a safer, peaceful environment.”
• Why does barking drive people mad?
Constant exposure to the sound of barking really can induce extreme physical and psychological distress.
The reason for this lies in your autonomic nervous system (ANS), which controls core body functions such as your heart rate and breathing.
When you hear a sudden, sharp noise, the sound waves are transmitted to the brain, which interprets them as a potential threat.
The brain then sends signals to the ANS, and we start to feel tense — leading, typically, to an increased heart rate and higher blood pressure.
If a dog barks once or twice, there is no harm done. Our heart rate and blood pressure return to normal. But if the noise is continual, every time that dog barks, your ANS repeatedly fires up, and this starts to have an impact on your endocrine system, which is the collection of glands that release hormones throughout your body.
Your brain tells the adrenal glands to release adrenaline, which is the hormone that prepares your body either to take flight or fight in the face of any threat.
In addition, the pituitary gland can release the hormone called corticotropin, which in turn causes the adrenal cortex to release corticosteroids, which make your body more sensitive to the effects of all that adrenaline.
By now, instead of lying back and wondering how many sausages you are going to burn on the barbecue, you are a cocktail of hormones that is causing you not only to feel anxious, but also immensely angry.
So angry to the point of commiting otherwise unthinkable acts.
• What VICTIMS of Barking Dogs Can Do:
Many of you being victimized by dog barking noise pollution are hesitant to fight for your rights towards a peaceful environment. However, whether you know it or not, you ARE fighting – for your health and sanity. The bad dog owners have waged a war with their inconsiderate, anti-social behavior and to ignore them is allowing domestic terrorism to continue. You have the right to a peaceful, bark-free environment on your own property and within your own home.
1. Contact police or animal control for information on local ordinances regarding barking dogs. Ask for procedural advice and if they give advice, follow due-process steps.
2. Contact bad dog owner either in-person or anonymously at least once in writing. No more than twice or you might be accused of harassment or stalking due to the warped sense of bad dog owner judgment. Be prepared, they will always try to pose as the victims, so you have to be careful.
3. Keep records of all bad dog owner contact, specially confrontations if any. Record on video with your cellphone or digital camera, or record the audio with a hidden voice recorder, whenever possible.
4. Keep a dog log of barking episodes. Although we understand this further victimize the victim, currently it’s all we have for evidence without law enforcement taking due responsibility and doing their jobs accordingly. No other assault victim must keep a log of the abuse.
5. Call the police every time the dog barks so it’s on record. Let the dispatch know you want the officers to come to your house to speak with you personally after they investigate the dog noise (unless you prefer anonymity, which leads to a very low effectiveness). Otherwise, the police will often drive by the house, not bother even getting out of their cars, drive away, and file a report that no dogs were barking.
6. If possible and if you’re comfortable with, find neighbors to support you, especially in the case of multiple neighbor requirements regarding barking dogs. This is quite difficult to obtain since most neighbors do not want to get involved, even though they are suffering in silence.
7. Video recording barking episodes with date and time as well as a radio statin on the background to provide you with more authenticity. This serves as evidence for future legal procedures
Posting videos on YouTube for all to see has had some effect to curb bad dog owner behaviors, and overt vs. discreet recording sends a clear message! This is usually a sign you are gathering evidence for a lawsuit. However, do NOT publicly identify the neighbor on the video, like with his name, face or address. Many judges will disregard this evidence as if you have publicly harassed him, and even get him to sue You instead! Insane, but true.
8. If bad dog owners are renters, contact the owner or manager of the building.
9. If bad dog owners are living in a gated community or subject to neighborhood covenants, contact the governing committee.
10. Contact a lawyer and have this professional write a firm letter to the bad dog owners. This is costly, but effective. A second letter may be required, but not more than this. Hopefully you won’t even have to proceed and formally sue that criminal in a court of law. A good number of bad dog owners will be afraid of the high costs involved and will comply with the lawyer requests.
11. Write letters to the local newspaper, city council, city mayor,and/or county commissioners demanding better animal control and enforcement.
12. Join anti-barking dog lists and become an activist for better dog control and ownership requirements.
13. Work with city and county councils to update and create effective dog barking ordinances. Or better, become a city or county council member!
14. Report the bad dog owners to various websites fighting pet abuse.
15. Contact politicians who have supported, in the USA, the “Quiet Communities Act” HR 2895 of 2005 and insist the act be resurrected and dog noise be added as a source of noise pollution.
Dogs Barking – A Public Health Issue
16. Some victims have experienced great satisfaction from “nuisance retaliation”. We know of one woman who sends her daughter out with cymbals to march along the fence line banging away “clearing the air”. Another victim, after no response from law enforcement, rigged a car horn to a pole on his property connected to a push button.
The horn was honked as often and as long as the dogs barked. Since the bad dog owners just had a new baby, they asked him if he would stop the noise as it kept waking the child. They finally moved.
Yet another victim sent his young daughter outside to practice her clarinet. He claims she was a beginner. Weed whackers early in the morning, unmuffled lawn mowers, Jingle Bells barked by dogs over loud speakers, rap music…. The risk is the police showing up on YOUR doorstep, but sometimes you do what you need to do to make a point. Be prepared to risk the consequences.
“Chronic sleep deprivation can reduce your body’s resistance to infection and increase your risk of for more serious medical conditions,” said Dr. Teofilo L. Lee-Chiong Jr., a professor of medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver and the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. “There are many consequences of disturbed sleep, such as impairments in attention, memory, response time and performance, increased risk of falls, and greater use of healthcare resources,” he added.
17. Last “easy” option, you should move. As a renter, this mobile freedom might be the only worthwhile solution unless you end up living next to another barking dogs. The problem is, due to lack of adequate controls, they are all over. As a home owner – easier said than done, right? Who will buy your house next to a barking dog? Will you be required to disclose the barking dog to prospective owners? How will this lower the property value (as if it’s not already low enough due to the barking problem)? A lot, and you are the only one to suffer the financial loss consequences. Not your criminal neighbor.
18. Get an anti-barking device with enough power to at least mitigate your misery. With this worldwide epidemic a growing number of people are taking the matter literally in their hands. They are called “anti-barking devices” with a number of different brands. Some equipment, like the cheaper ones, work well for some people, but not for most. You will only know if you try them. Even more desperate people are getting to a point of buying really powerful, highly sophisticated equipment that conditions the hellhounds to not bark anymore after a few days or weeks. This is due to an “invisible force” that only the dog can notice, totally imperceptible by the owner. Obviously these equipment are not cheap but who are at the point of losing their sanity do not care about this expense.
19. Killing the barking dogs. No, we do Not recommend that, You would go to jail for that, not the real criminal. Yes, that is crazy. Laws nowadays protect more dogs than tax-paying citizens. However, over-desperate people are doing this regardless of any consequences since there were no other recourses left for them. Any veterinarian can confirm you that.
Always keep in mind irresponsible that dog owners are known for their sociopathic mental illness including symptoms such as, but not limited to, aggression, paranoia, and entitlement delusions. They have been known to attack and even kill complainants with little provocation.
” The problem of canine noise pollution still exists and won’t go away until laws are changed. And enforced.”
• What OFFENDERS — Bad Dog Owners — Should Do
1. Understand and recognize that YOU are the problem and YOU have created the behavior problems of your animals. No one is blaming your dog. It is YOU we are blaming because YOU are the responsible party.
2. Train your hounds of hell not to bark without proper emergency stimulus. Below are useful websites for basic instruction.
3. Buy a no-bark electronic device, collar, or muzzle and use it.
4. Hire dog-sitters or take the belligerent, spoiled, (or) abused dogs to doggie day care rather than leaving them alone.
5. Lock the dogs in the house, close the curtains so they are not sensitive to light and movement, and sound proof the walls.
6. Do not add another dog. It’s ignorant to assume two dogs won’t cause twice the noise. Dogs have been conditioned to rely on humans for companionship, not each other.
7. Do not respond to bark-harassed victims who ask for your cooperation to mitigate the problem with any of these comments:
* Dogs are good for security.
(Dogs are NOT good for security. At all. Over five million dogs are stolen each year and those are the ones reported. Others are killed.
It’s ludicrous to imagine a dog could be an effective security device when it can’t even protect itself. Barking noise camouflages vandalism noise and creates a distraction advantageous to criminal activity. Neighbors forced to call the police because your dog is a nuisance detracts police away from other criminal activity. Electronic security devices are much more effective, cost efficient and less work than a dog. A chronic barking dog creates a safety issue (while actually reducing real safety against burglars and other criminals) for surrounding homes in the neighborhood. Barking when there is no security risk present is like calling 911 for fun and that is illegal.)
* My dogs don’t bark any more than other neighborhood dogs.
(YOU are responsible for YOUR own dog, other neighborhood dogs are not the source of the problem your dog is causing. It’s not because some people are also committing crimes that you could do the same. It’s junior high immaturity to blame someone else for your own bad behavior.)
* If [factory, industry, construction, airplanes, motorcycles, cars, kids, church bells (!)…] can be noisy, so can my dogs.
(Car alarms are not allowed to go off continuously or intermittently, neither should your dog. Car horns aren’t allowed to blare all day long disturbing the peace, so shouldn’t your dog. Construction is temporary. Airplanes and cars are momentary. If you don’t like traffic, airplanes or industry noise then support “Quiet Communities Act HR2895”, but your dog noise isn’t allowed to contribute to the already overwhelming noise of modern society.)
* My dogs have to bark, they can’t be trained.
(Your dogs can be barked trained if you would take the time and make the effort. A useful dog is one that only barks to signal an emergency rather than barking constantly for no reason other than boredom. Play barking for recreation or communication may be monitored and controlled with your guidance, attention and effort at appropriate times in appropriate places. Bark training will help the dog understand when it is acceptable to bark. Search the websites listed below for tips or hire a dog trainer.) Can you still say your dog can not be trained not to bark? Then the only solution is have the animal to get a debarking surgery, at your expense.
* Dogs bark. Barking is what dogs do.
(Barking is what dogs do when they need attention or are being neglected or abused. YOU have conditioned, trained and encouraged your dog to bark and YOU are responsible for this behavior. When you leave them alone for long periods of time, don’t train or socialize them so they feel secure and/or don’t care for them properly, they are vocalizing their boredom, nervousness, anger, frustration or pain. If you do not have the time, patience or intelligence to care for your dog properly, give it to someone who does.)
* You are stalking/harassing us.
(NO, we are NOT stalking or harassing you in any way, shape or form – we are ONLY asking for your cooperation and we only ask YOU to stop harassing AND assaulting US with YOUR dog’s noise. Your paranoia assumes we care about your life outside your anti-social behavior. We don’t.)
8. Understand most barking victims are not stupid enough to believe your ridiculous arguments. We all hear the same excuses.
9. Get psychological counseling. Your obvious sociopathic behaviors, paranoia and anger management issues have gone unchecked long enough and need to be monitored.
10. Recognize that you are NOT the victim, your neighbors are. You are the PROBLEM.
“Barking noise camouflages vandalism noise and creates a distraction advantageous to criminal activity.”
Noise Nuisance Laws:
The first thing a person victimized by dog bark noise pollution need to do is obtain copies of your local nuisance ordinances.
Read them carefully and assess wording for loopholes. Here are a few red flags to watch for that indicate lack of law enforcement and a desire to avoid the issues. If one or more of the following exists in your area, you’re more likely to succeed like hiring a good, and expensive, lawyer, or getting an anti-barking device with enough power to at least mitigate your misery. These absurd requirements are:
*Multiple neighbor requirements – the ordinance expects a minimum of two or three people of different households to collaborate and file individual complaints. This can also be worded as “…any sound which can disturb reasonable persons…”. See the plural? This is a requirement of more than one person. Now how many people want to get involved with an aggressive dog owner with a pitbull? Rottweiler? Doberman? Or any dog showing aggressive behavior including barking? Most dog assault victims are by nature easy-going, not wanting to rock the boat, nor wanting to create bad feelings among people they live near. Do you want to go out and round-up support for the next neighborhood war? You’d end up as popular as the bad dog owners. What about proximity? The person living ten feet away from the barking dog will be clearly more disturbed than those one hundred feet away. This is a loophole designed to shut down your every effort at safety, peace and quiet.
*Personal contact or mediation with bad dog owner – Yes, you are expected to walk through their dog-infested property and knock on their door so they can scream and verbally abuse you. Bad dog owners have been known to sick their vicious dogs on complainants and in some cases, have become so enraged they have shot or killed the complainant. Is there a reason law enforcement cannot do its job? Mediation, on the other hand, is you required to sit with a criminal who uses his/her property (dog) as an assault weapon clearly demonstrating anti-social and aggressive behavior. You are expected to reason with him or her. Would this be required in a murder case? Rape? Vandalism? Burglary? Any other kind of assault? NO!
*Minute requirements – the ordinance requires the dog to bark continuously for 10, 20 or 30 minutes. First, what does the word “continuously” mean to a defense attorney? Probably “no breathing.” Dogs by nature bark in patterns and every dog is different. Some will bark with natural breathing stops and others will bark intermittently all day long. Both are equally detrimental to the well-being of the victim. More importantly, if the dog barks for 9 minutes straight and takes a 10 second rest, time starts over. This is all-day barking. Multiply that by the number of dogs in your vicinity. Barking is then legally allowed 24/7.
*Vague vocabulary – “reasonable”, “disturbing”. These words are constantly fought in Superior Court as unconstitutional as each person’s definition may be different. Have them replaced with more specific phrasing “noise loud enough to be heard off the owner’s property” or “more than two barking episodes per day”. These standards can be easily quantified and witnessed by law enforcement officers.
“Barking dogs provoke long-term disease due to altered, interrupted night sleep. Even rats don’t bring such problem.”
• What PUBLIC SERVANTS — Authorities — Must Do
All Public Servants — Animal Control Personnel, Police Officers, City Representatives, Law Judges — must do is to ensure the well-being of all citizens, the collectivity of the population in their area, Not to play dumb or, worse, Not to side with criminals just because their personal preferences are similar.
City Representatives, for example, are *elected* by the populace they oath to serve. They must create And enforce laws and ordinances that are clear to understand and enforce. They must require that all expenses regarding dog ownership are fully paid by those dog owners, with increased fees and hefty penalties for the offenders. Think for a second, work a little, and you will be making a killing on getting new funds — meaning money! — from licensing, vaccination, penalties for first-time offenders, triple the penalties for second timers, and several others. We will talk about that ahead. Look at what yo gain: New money that was not available before!!!
Police Officers are *hired* by the people they also oath to serve *and* protect. Their most basic obligation is to enforce the law, to protect who are being victimized, Not to protect the criminals. Yes, noise disturbance IS a crime and must be made ceased. That’s not your choice, not your prerogative. It’s widely known that crime attracts more crime, and they always start with small things, a few here, a few there, and then you have an epidemic of crime. One of them is noise pollution by barking dogs. By reducing these problems you would be much more respected and admired by all people, something that is not happening a lot today.
Animal Control Personnel receive public funds for their services, which are to “control” animals, not “catering” for them. Actually, Animal Control Personnel obligation is to protect citizens from problems caused by animals, not the opposite as is happening today. They should be more pro-active, from the beginning to the end. Take all complaints with seriousness. To obey and enforce laws and city ordinances. At a minimum. Otherwise, your ‘services’ are not necessary.
Law Judges must decide based on the Law of Justice, no doubt about it, but something is lacking lately: basic common sense. We expect all Judges to be honest, professional and competent with their decisions. We expect them to see who is the real criminal and who is the real victim, not to turn this vision up-side-down. We expect judges to set examples to pre-criminals (those irresponsible dog owners not yet prosecuted and convicted) by imposing hefty fines and extended prison times for the offenders, not to let the criminal to freely keep on terrorizing the community. We expect judges to act with the same celerity when problems affecting victims as well as when other problems affect the judges themselves.
Is that asking too much? No.
“Barking is an assault upon the human psyche
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Ideal “Anti Barking Nuisance” model:
1. Education as prevention. How many dog owners know the nuisance ordinances? Prior to licensing, all dog owners should be expected to know and understand the local laws regarding their animals. This should be a signed document usable in a court of law.
2. Proper licensing with mandatory spay/neutering, vaccinations, health certificates, and microchipping requirements.
3. Clear, easily understood, written nuisance law with single person disturbance reference and no minute requirements.
4. Clear protocol for terms of enforcement including law enforcement investigation and officer witnessing procedures, citation scale for first, second and third offenses, impoundment procedures, and repeat offender consequences. Dog logs are to be kept by the complainant only if officers are unable to witness the dog(s) barking.
5. The system should be structured to pay for itself with offenders paying fines comparable to costs of managing the entire system from preventative education to impoundment and euthanization.
Websites and References:
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