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Barking dogs?

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Was wondering how all the continental transplants feel about the dog situation on STX? Specifically, do you feel that your neighbors don't do enough to stop their dogs from barking, do you feel that its out of control sometimes, and do you feel there are too many dogs in general on STX?

My husband + I have two dogs. We feel that it is the responsibility of the dog owner to quiet their dogs when they are barking unnecessarily and when they bark for too long. You know how it goes, the dogs up the hill bark, then your neighbors, then yours and pretty soon there's barking all around. I know we need dogs to protect us, and that they should bark if someone strange passes by etc. but there are times when it is out of control and I think people should be mindful of their neighbors and stop their dogs from barking after a certain point.

Maybe it's just my issue, I have lived in cities most of my life, but even in the suburbs where I grew up, at most there would be one or two dogs in the neighborhood—not the 3 or 4 or even 8 dogs that some people have.

Anyway, just wanted to see what people out there think! thanks

Posted : December 9, 2005 2:31 pm
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Here are my thoughts on this subject. Some dog owners don't care if you are up all night listening to their poor, abused, famished, neglected dog all night. Sad but true. I would not advise telling someone to make their dog shut-up. You are not from here. By the way. My 2 dogs dont bark all night. But I know a few who do. People here are proud when their dog is pregnant. It is sort of a status symbol. They don't think of how they are going to feed the puppies.

Posted : December 9, 2005 8:31 pm
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Our neighbor across the road has three VERY yappy dogs. They appear to be easily startled because they bark at all hours. They also vigorously chase cars but have apparently never had a mishap doing so. I presume your post is primarily an appeal to inconsiderate dog owners who fail to control their pets because I can't think of any diplomatic way to tell pet owners their "loved ones" are annoying.

Posted : December 9, 2005 9:38 pm
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hey dntw8up and aaron, thanks for the replies. Yeah, there's really no diplomatic way to express your frustration to a neighbor about their yappy dogs, so that's why I started this thread. Guess I wanted to blow off some steam and see if someone would validate me by commiserating. Also maybe someone will tell me their neighborhood is quiet (is there such a place on STX?!) and then when I sell my house I can move into your neighborhood. Thanks!!!!!

Posted : December 10, 2005 8:36 pm
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remember a dog is only as smart as it's owner:)i was born and raised with black, tan, blonde labs, and golden retrievers. actually i bred and raised black labs for awile. i never had problems with them barking non stop for no paticular reason, nor would i tolerate it. i did live next door to someone that had a sheepdog that barked at waves of all things. especially irratating on busy boating weekends.
farewell, good night.

Posted : December 11, 2005 12:29 am
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Hello! I just arrived on island with my dog and due to her being confused on where we were at, she barked and howled constantly everytime I left her alone at our apartment. This turned out to be a stressful situation for me because I didn't want to be that awful neighbor or have to resort to a muzzle or shock collar. I went to the new pet store by Cost-U-Less and invested in a new collar on the market that sprays a Citronella scent when the dog barks. It is safe, harmless and completely effective. All it took was one bark to quite her. So if anyone has a barking dog or know of someone with one I completely recommend this product. It was around $100 but it came with enough batteries and refils to last at least a year. It has been the best $100 I have spent since I arrived and made the transition alot easier for both of us.

Posted : December 16, 2005 6:32 pm
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