I just got a letter from our homeowners association telling us that a neighbor has complained that our dog's bark incessantly during the day. Now there isn't really anything they can do about it, although they warned that it is against the deed restrictions to do anything which "annoys" your neighbor (good grief!) but the letter also said that the neighbor was advised to phone the Sheriff's Dept. as there are county noise ordinances?!?
The dogs are outside from about 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. They love the outdoors, and they run and play and ... yes, bark some. But not "incessantly".
I asked my next door neighbor, who works from home, and she said they do bark sometimes, but not "incessantly". When we had just Odie, he barked A LOT! He also dug, and destroyed everything -- classic separation anxiety. Once we got Scout (in April), he quit all the negative behavior... quit digging, barking, destroying things, escaping. He's been on his best doggy behavior ever since, and is so happy to have a buddy!
I don't really know what to do. I do NOT want to get bark collars for the poor little guys. I've listened when they don't know I we are home or when we first get home, and they do not seem to be barking much -- just normal play. How can I stop that?
What should I do? If I put them in the house, they hate it and will go nuts. My home will not be a pretty site when I get home!