What to Do if Your Neighbor is Harassing You About Your Dog

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Do you have a neighbor that keeps complaining or harassing you about your dog? In such situations, it’s important to first take a step back. You need to understand what specifically your neighbor is complaining about and whether he or she has a valid reason for doing so.

Each city and town may have different ordinances when it comes to pet-specific behaviors so you may need to contact a few organizations, such as animal control, to figure out if you are violating specific rules that may be leading to the complaint.

For example, if your neighbor is harassing you about your dog due to the barking noise then you may want to check the local noise ordinance to ensure you aren’t in the wrong. Keep in mind that general noise ordinance might also apply (e.g. no loud noise at night) and there is a possibility that you and your dog are violating such rules.

If you have checked all the ordinances related to the complaint and you firmly believe your neighbor has no legal standing then this might be a time when legal advice is required. Of course, if you have a respectful rapport with your neighbor then it is always encouraged to figure out a solution with him or her first before you discuss with the legal professionals.

The reality is that not everyone likes dogs and some people may have a natural prejudice against pets. As a result, there will be things that you and your neighbor might not meet eye-to-eye on when it comes to dog behaviors. Our parting advice is to act quickly but respectfully. Unfortunately, while it isn’t common, there have been incidents of dogs getting threatened so you will want to come to a resolution as soon as possible before things come to a head.


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