help us quiet barky mcbarkypants
March 17, 2012 11:44 PM Subscribe
Is there a way for us to endear ourselves to the barking terror next door so that we don't have to listen to his aggressiveness every time we open the door out back?
posted by adrianna aria to pets & animals (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We share a fence with the other side of our duplex. They've got a small dog who barks aggressively every time we open our back door--which is a lot, because we have two dogs of our own and, well, they gotta go.
Our dogs, by the way, couldn't care less about Barky. But when they go out back, or mr. aria or I go out for a smoke, Barky barks pretty constantly, growling in between. Through knotholes in the fence I've seen himget all foamy around the mouth with rage. It's not happy "hi!" barks, it definitely seems aggressive.
(as a side note, before we knew what he looked like we actually found him wandering around out front, having escaped through their fence door, and he warmed up to us enough to get a leash on him, figure out he was our neighbor, and return him home--he was standoffish but not aggressive toward us then)
We've tried saying basically saying hi, since we know his name. Talking calmly to him. We've tried a firm "no." We've tried ignoring him. We've tried, with the neighbor's permission, to give him treats to help him get used to us. We've lived here for almost a year and thus far nothing has worked.
His owners don't really take much interest in him. He spends most of his time outside, and sometimes their kids come out to play with him, but all other interactions consist of them shouting from inside for him to shut up, opening the door and telling him to shut up, and ignoring the barking.
Any ideas? Thanks!