Are Barking Dogs A Nuisance In Your Local Neighborhood?

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Are Barking Dogs a Nuisance In Your Local Neighborhood?

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Our barking dogs a nuisance to the public and in your local neighborhood? If you live within the city or the county of San Diego, there is a noise ordinance that governs most of the area. Included in the noise ordinance is the fact that neighborhoods some individually, some collectively have rules and regulations in which to control such issues such as a homeowner that has a dog that likes to bark incessantly. Why you may say does this matter.

A barking dog can be a public nuisance, and it can lead to neighbors having bitter relationships. Example: You just put your six month old baby down for a nap and the dog next door decides that it does not like the person that is walking in front of the house where it lives and starts to bark until either the post person, child, or other(real estate agent) either walks by and is out of sight or if that particular individual has business at this home, waits for the homeowner to calm the animal down--so that they can enter the property. Oh, by the way who likes to be greeted by a barking dog, I don't care whats the animals size?

So, what are you options:

  • Dogs, usually are allowed to bark for very short periods, say under ten minutes (check your CCR's, HOA's guidelines,and bylaws or your local city noise ordinances.) 
  • The dog that barks only at intruders or a passing fire engine is probably within legal limits. But the neighbors down the block who allow their dog to howl all night are violating a number of rules and regulations. If you are having trouble with a neighbors dog, there are several remedies that you have at your disposal.
  • Contact the neighbor and discuss verbally or in writing what you find to be at issue with the dog. Practice diplomacy, remember an ounce of kindness goes a long way. 
  • If after you have had a friendly chat with you neighbor or have written them about the situation and the neighbor chooses to ignore the situation, stronger steps may need to be enforced. IE: researching the local noise ordinances, getting your HOA to step in,contacting the police for law enforcement code violations, contacting an attorney. 
  • A very helpful guide to dealing with a barking dog, is "Every Dog's Legal Guide", by Mary Randolph. 


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Ellen Dittman
Watson Realty Corp. - Middleburg, FL
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We have a similar ordinance here. The dog must bark continually for a few minutes and it's a traffic ticket or equivelent. Nothing that really sticks. . 

Dec 17, 2011 12:37 AM #1
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good advice for consumers. I had a listing where the neighbors had a dog that barked whenever any one went in the back yard of the home for sale and it hurt the sale of the house.

Dec 17, 2011 12:55 AM #2
Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions. - San Marcos, CA
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We have several solutions none that really gets the dog owners attention unless threaten by the Humane Society that the dog will be taken and sometimes that doesn't even seem to do the trick.


I also had a listing that the neighborhood had a dog that would just howl all the time, and many buyers cited that as a reason that they did not like the listing location.

Dec 17, 2011 01:21 AM #3
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