Few things in life are as annoying as having to listen to the constant bark, howl, whine or cry of another person’s dog. The noise from a barking can disrupt sleep, lower the quality of your leisure hours, disturb your work, and make being at home unenjoyable. The first reaction of many people faced with a barking dog problem is to call the authorities. Believe it or not, this should be the last route taken to resolve the problem. This problem has been looked at nationally and the conclusions reached have been uniformly the same: This is a neighborhood problem. Here are a few facts about the owners of barking dogs that may help you deal with what is really a neighborhood problem:
Owners of barking dogs falling into the above categories are best dealt with as neighbors. Letting the owner know, on a personal level, that the dog’s noise is disrupting your life can be very effective. People that do not first attempt to solve the problem as neighbors often begin long- term neighborhood feuds. Tell the person, very politely, in person, in writing or by phone exactly what the nature of the annoyance is. Communicate things such as "I can’t sleep"; "I can’t hear my television"; "I work nights and sleep days"; or "I can’t study because of the noise your dog is making". Neighborhood communication is a very important part of neighborhood security. Even that act of telling someone his or her dog is bothering you can further communication.
For additional information, see Town of Seekonk, Bylaws Category 14a.