Dear Dog, please stop being my alarm clock!
August 14, 2014 10:58 AM Subscribe
Dog stuck at home during mornings, barks at other dogs. How to tell owner? Fun snowflakes insides!
posted by curagea to Pets & Animals (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live diagonally across the street from two dogs, Balcony Dog and Other Dog. In the mornings and evenings, Balcony Dog spends the majority of his time on the second-floor balcony, which has full view of the street. As soon as he sees another dog passing by, he starts barking and howling. If the "offending" dog heads towards the direction of the front of the house, he will even run through the house to where one of the window shades is open, to continue barking. Same goes for the other direction.
Each little incident lasts for less than a minute, but man, do they happen often.
This has been going on for a few months, but in the past two weeks, Balcony Dog has been barking earlier, howl-ier and more frequently in the morning. He barks as early as 7am. He even barked twice in the dead of night one night. A lot of people in the area walk their dogs in the morning, and it's not uncommon for Balcony Dog to howl five or more times in a half-hour period. This can last until 10am every day, but the worst time is from 7 to 9 or so. Evening incidents happen less frequently, but are equally irritating.
Balcony Dog's companion, Other Dog, is like a ghost. I've only seen it with a person, twice. But I suspect it's at home too during the day, and a few times I heard barking that sounds different than Balcony Dog, coming from inside the house, so I'm guessing that's Other Dog. I have no issue with him. The issue is with the damn dog on the balcony.
Since the owner seems to be out early and home late during weekdays, weekends seem like the best time to talk to him. But I'm at a loss at what to say, and I don't know him. I also don't know much about dog behavior. Should I suggest something, or just tell him the straight fact and hope he figures out what to do?
I've read other AskMe's about barking dogs, but they seem to concern ones that bark at any large living being, human or otherwise, whereas Balcony Dog barks only at other dogs, which seems like a different dynamic at play.
Thanks in advance!