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10/4/2012 10:29:00 PM
Letter: Dogs' 'yapping' drives them to distraction


My wife and I moved here eight years ago. Nice town. Quiet. Drive through some neighborhoods at 9 p.m. and there is hardly a moving car in sight.

But, what's the deal now with all the barking dogs?

Big, beautiful dogs - I never hear them. The ones I hear are 12 pounds or less, just a bit bigger than a city rat! They have that staccato bark - yap, yap, yap. Lest you think I hate dogs, two of our children own dogs, big dogs. Our son is a veterinarian and is a lover of dogs. My wife and I have owned many dogs over the years.

I don't mean to insult every dog owner. One of my neighbors owns a lovely 7-pound cutie. He's fun to watch because of all his energy and, you guessed it, you never hear him. Several more neighbors' dogs are also "silent." But, we suffer from barking dogs to the east of us and barking dogs to the north of us. Barking for 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 4 hours, at 6 and 7 a.m., afternoon nap time (we seniors need our naps!), 7 and 9 p.m., even in the wee hours one night for 30 minutes beginning at 1:15 a.m., the non-sleeping time for seniors.

Closely related to this issue is some dog owners' attitude that my front lawn is to be used by their pet. My grass is open to their dog's pleasure. When I've been outside and politely asked them to remove the dog, they assume an attitude of insult, like their canine's presence is to be relished. If these owners want their dogs to roll around in grass and make deposits there, they need to grow their own. I have grass for my grandkids to play on!

Maybe my granddaughter's T-shirt is correct: "Sea level is for sissies." But, I suspect even at sea level there could be barking dogs.

John Leara


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: EEEGADS PEOPLE

If this is all we have to complain about, life must be pretty good. I am more annoyed by people leaving their poop bags in my yard! Perhaps out time would be better spent worrying about the bums taking over our beautiful parks! Or maybe all of the child molesters in the half way houses that the city gets money for. GET REAL!!! There are bigger fish to fry!

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Dog City

I just moved back to Prescott after being away from a few years. I have noticed this city has gone to the dogs, literally and figuratively.

There is an apartment complex nearby me that allows dogs. Unfortunately, there are no rules. Any number, size, or breed of dog is allowed. There are no rules for picking up after them, for leashing, licensing, or rabies vaccine. With well over a hundred units on a couple of acres or so, there are almost as many dogs as tenants now. The only deposit is on the ground - no pet deposits are even required.

This affects us neighbors, but apparently the city has no policy about apartment buildings. So if it sounds like a kennel is next door, it might just be an apartment complex with a hundred dogs living near you. Sound travels, especially when the chorus is large.

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Phoenix Resident

We have dog waste receptacles all through out my apartment complex, where baggies are also supplied, and some people STILL don't pick up their animals yuckies. For these people that have their own yards but don't pick up after them in public, can you just imagine what their yard looks/smells like. Yes poop is not pleasant, but would you let your child run around in a dirty diaper because it's gross?

As far as the barking, PV animal control WILL cite you for it without proof. My thinking is that dogs bark constantly because their humans don't give them enough attention (in small dogs I think it's just their nature, but still can definitely be controlled). The ONLY time my dog barks is when someone knocks on the door, and it's just one bark to let us know someone is there.

People have become lazy this day and age, and don't want to take responsibility for anything. Children, animals, etc...

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Psych Is Right

If you don't eagerly lavish praise, admiration, love, and attention on their dogs when you meet them, the owner acts all rejected and thinks you don't love THEM.

The etiquette nowadays is when you meet someone with a dog, whether you know them or not, you have to first give a lot of attention to the dog before you can proceed to the owner to prove you love THEM, unless you want to be accused of being a dog hater.

Can you imagine cat owners being like that?

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Angel Moroni

'Don't think I'll see any of you bloggers here at "Dogtoberfest" this Sunday!
Lighten up folks! There are many more annoying people than there are annoying dogs in this world.
Live and let live!

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

Enough already, with all the broad brush dog bashing. Yes some dogs need some training and attention, but why don't we change the subject to all the neighbors and "people" who irritate the heck out of us. My neighbor likes to mow his grass at 5 a.m., my other neighbor likes to start and rev his old race car everyday, the other guy is a woodworker with buzz saw noise from his garage constantly. Oh, yes the speeders down my residential street too. Get over it, or move to the country.

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Dog Lover, Poop Hater

The barking is really terrible in this town, but even worse are the dog poops. I live on Sandretto/Robin, which many people use for walking dogs. There are dozens and dozens of messes along the sidewalk (and sometimes ON the sidewalk). Another bad area is the trail around Willow Lake, where many people let their dogs run off leash, pooping wherever, chasing native birds and small animals, frightening other dogs. I've lived all over the place and never run into this before. But I think I've figured it out: in Arizona the law is that there IS no law. We're tough, we're gnarly, we don't need no stinkin police. Guns are optional. Is that it, locals? Are we just so darned independent that we do whatever we want? Dog poo, barking dogs, and dogs off leash in public areas make what should be a wonderful place to live something . . . . . less. Adios, I'm outta here.

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Essex

I failed to mention in my last letter this barking has been going on for days! At daylight every morning the barking starts. Once in awhile it's nice to sleep past 6 am!

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Essex

For the dog owner in the Thumb Butte vicinity I just called Animal Control about your dog that has been barking since 5:30 am this morning. It's now 7:20 am and the dog is still barking! Are you deaf or do you leave your poor animal unattended for hours on end? Calling the authorities about my neighbors is a first for me. The Barking Dog Owner has a responsibility to the community to keep his/her animal controlled.

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: An American

Back in the day we would take care of the problem, now we are not allowed to take care of it ourselves, we must pay our taxes and the government will take care of us. Ooops I forgot they are not legally bound to serve us yet we are legally bound to pay their wages. How are all those regulations, taxes and big government woking out?

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Man With the Gun

I have a large Super Soaker water gun. I give the neighbor dogs a loud whistle, then a couple of squirts over the fence. After three times, they know what the loud whistle means and head for cover. Now I can whistle from the kitchen table and the barking stops. Most dog owners don't know that their dogs are barking, because the barking stops as soon as the dogs hear their owners returning. Let them know or make a video of the barking.

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Dogs Rule

If you talk to Animal Control, you will realize that they are practically impotent when it comes to inforcing their rather vague regulations. For instance, if a dog stops barking after 30 seconds, the agent has to reset his timer. Therefore a dog could bark incessantly, if it stopped every 30 seconds for a breath of air. In order to have dogs removed, two families must commit to take the offending family to court.

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Dogs are disturbing our peace and landscaping, too.

I love my dog, and appreciate every well-behaved canine I encounter, but the barking ones (big and small) are downright annoying.

Although our large yard is enclosed, our mid-sized "Fido" is primarily an indoor dog. Oh, we take him on neighborhood walks (on a six-foot leash), play with him in our yard and let him romp a little on his own out there, but the minute any of us hears his rare barking, we investigate and then immediately bring him inside. We're confident our neighbors don't want to hear our dog any more than we want to hear theirs.

It's especially irritating to be barked at by others' dogs when we're entertaining guests, gardening or otherwise attempting to enjoy our own property. In the warmer months, we often have to close our windows to cool evening breezes because canines of dubious intellect are randomly barking, baying and yapping.

What I can't figure out is that if we can hear our neighbors' dogs so clearly, why can't our neighbors hear them? Or do they hear them, and just not care? Either way, it's rude to routinely inflict such a grating, intrusive noise on others.

And you people who allow your dogs to treat our landscaping as a toilet? Come on, do your very best to steer that away from private property, use the bag you were thoughtful enough to bring with you to thoroughly clean up afterwards and then carry the whole shebang home to deposit in your own trash can. Also, please stop letting your male dogs damage and stink up our trees and bushes with pee? I don't let my dog do that in your yard. I have him go before we leave home, keep him close to me during our walks and, not surprisingly, he holds it until we return home.

Lastly, in the City of Prescott, does anyone know the best legal avenue by which to restore quiet or stop disgusting littering? Is calling Animal Control or the police, and making a formal complaint, the best way to go if politely speaking with pet owners either seems unwise or fails to push the mute button on disruptive barking or eradicate repugnant canine waste products?

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: It's A Psych Problem

For some strange reason, perhaps stemming from an overdose of teevee or talk radio, many American dog owners seem to be suffering from identity confusion, confusing their own egos with their dogs as if they were one and the same.

As a result, they resent their dogs being leashed and take it off at every opportunity. They bring their dogs everywhere as if they were a helpless newborn or a body appendage. They think their (dog's) poop doesn't stink and don't need to be picked up - at least by them - perhaps so others can admire it. And they enjoy the sound of their dogs barking as if it were music to their ears, written by some genius composer. It's just too bad for you if you need to sleep at night, or even during the day if you have health problems.

If you dare say anything, they react as if you are personally attacking their fragile ego and act like they are challenging you to a duel. Retaliation is highly likely if you dare speak up because is PERSONAL. It's almost like an addiction problem.

What this town needs is a good dog shrink - for many of the owners of dogs. The dogs are just being dogs, but the people are showing signs of some kind of identity confusion, not to mention an addiction-like craving to fill their emptiness with the love and attention of their dogs.

Anyone know a Shrink in town that is willing to go into animal/human behavior problems? There is a HUGE market here!!!

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Pandoli

If I play my stereo, have a party or do anything else that disrturbs my neighbors, I can be cited. But if a dog barks CONSTANTLY, and disturbs the neighborhood, nothing gets done. Why? What's the difference?

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Barking Dogs In San Diego

Mr. Leara, you are correct. Throughout the neighborhoods of this sea level city, you can hear the constant barking of dogs. It seems everyone has one or two. When the barking becomes too much, I usually approach the owners of these pets to make them aware of the nuisances. This usually works, when it doesn't, I find that a letter from the city’s code enforcement does the trick.

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: k n

Call animal control - DO NOT tolerate it.
Fines are stiff, and once they start getting paychecks taken away, they will comply.

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
Article comment by: Quite Annoying Indeed

I am an animal lover in fact I live with 7 pets, but I completely agree. Many animal owners treat their pets like people, refuse to discipline them, bring them everywhere, and let them do their business wherever they so please with no respect for those around them. Fortunately there are ordinances to help deal with these problems. I've always supported a friendly warning to neighbors before calling Animal Control on them, but there's a time when something just needs to happen.

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