Originally Posted by QuikNet
I am Looking for help. I have a kennel facility attached to my boat shed with indoor sleeping kennels and 4 fenced outside dog runs . I have had all 4 runs with dogs in them . I have neighbors on 2 sides of my kennels that are complaining about my dogs barking . Both neighbors are separated from view each side by a thick row of cedars. I have purchased a ultra sonic device that senses vibration and then emits a high pitched ultra sonic squeal . I have had it several months and it does not work . I then purchased the shock type collars for all 4 dogs . They did not work either. I had the one dog barked until it burnt 2 holes in his neck. I then felt terrible so I sold the dog that was a constant chronic barker . Our development has no noise restrictions nor does the County. We are considered a rural area . I have had one visit by the Sheriffs Dept that was investigating a anonymous complaint . The Deputy was very nice and said he had no jurisdiction. The one set of neighbors are renters and have told the Landlord that they are terminating their lease and are moving out due to the barking ( they have 2 yapping beagles in their back yard ). I don't feel at all sorry for them. Hopefully when they leave it will help reduce the aggrivation to my dogs. My dogs are the only ones in entire development that are not allowed to run free . There are 20+ dogs running loose in the development and they all have been outside my pens making my dogs bark. The neighbors on the other side do not have a dog and are the anonymous complainers. They have a young daughter that they say is sensitive to the noise . My house is across the street and far enough away from the kennels that I cannot hear my dogs bark. I would try an air horn or water hose but again I can't hear them . I want to be a good neighbor. Any thing else I could try . It seems harsh to have their vocal cut . I don't know what it would cost .
As someone who works with dogs at the local animal shelter, I can tell you many reasons about why this might be happening. Are they outside all the time? Because if they are, even with no other dogs around, they will bark incessantly because of the fact that they're separated from you. It could also be from boredom and pent up energy. Having a run for the dogs is not enough. They must be walked at least once a day to satisfy an inborn instinct to roam over new territory. While shock collars are a godsend in other situations when used correctly, such as to control a dog that wants to run off, or to suppress dog aggression (this cannot be eliminated, only suppressed.) This will not stop barking, because dogs do this for many reasons and they will not understand why they are being reprimanded. It can actually just make matters worse. Having the other dogs run free in the neighborhood is just a powderkeg waiting to explode. When dogs are allowed to roam free without human influence, they form packs that will take on the looks of a feral dog pack. You may start to see them stalking children, or even brutally attacking people. I'm surprised there haven't been any brutal dog fights yet. These dogs should not be allowed to roam free this close to other dogs and people. You cannot get rid of barking from dogs, no matter what kind of reprimand you put forth to them, if they are kept in the current situation they are in.You could just as easily keep them from going to sleep or eating. Honestly, the best thing you can do for them is to keep inside with you. They will be much happier, more calm, and you will notice over time they bark when they should and no more.