Posted: 30/08/2013 at 12:27
I had this problem with two dogs who live at the back of my house. I did approach the owners to ask if they could stop the barking but was told to mind my own business. They then spread it around the village that I was a dog hater, inspite of them knowing I had owned two springer spaniels for many years.
As waterbuts advised, I contacted the help point at my local council office and spoke to a very sympathic lady who then wrote to them with a booklet on how to stop dogs barking and said a complaint had been made but the dog owners are not told who made the complaint. If the owners do not conform, they risk being taken to Court and having the dogs taken away.
I wish I had contacted the council, without approaching the owners, as this may have avoided any backlash. However, all this happened nearly three years ago and although the dogs occasionally bark it's not enough to be annoying. The threat of having the dogs taken away would seem to be sufficient.