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How to Tactfully Talk with a Neighbor about their Barking Dog?

by Prince Of Petworth January 7, 2016 at 1:10 pm 43 Comments

barking dog
Photo by PoPville flickr user Randall Myers

“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if people have suggestions about a neighbor’s barking dog. This dog barks at all hours, and it’s driving me up the wall! I have to turn on a fan at night to drown out the barking. My husband works from home, and has a hard time concentrating. I want to knock on the neighbor’s door, but I’m not quire sure what action s/he can take (aside from keeping the dog indoors, which I assume s/he doesn’t want to do). Appreciate any suggestions on how to approach this problem. Thank you!”

Ed. Note: I’m sure the OP is looking for advice beyond the inevitable (and sage) “talk to the neighbors” – however, if there is tactful advice about how to broach the subject I’m sure that would be especially appreciated.

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