Q: My husband and I love to enjoy our backyard with our garden, swimming pool, and wonderful patio. Recently a new home owner moved in and brought “Fido the barking dog” to live in our previously peaceful and quiet neighborhood. The barking is non-stop all day and if it is left out at night it will do the same. What would be the appropriate first move on our part to address the situation?
A: You might consider talking to your neighbors. Tell them that you like dogs and love how cute Fido is but ask them if they realize how much Fido barks.Depending on their response, you might ask them to keep Fido indoors when they’re not home and at night if possible. You might also consider consulting the local police about noise ordinances and act accordingly if Fido’s barking continues.