We have neighbours who have a fairly recent new dog - we often hear the dog in the garden "playing" which seems to involve him attacking a partly deflated football along with a lot of growling. We have no problem with this during the day but recently the dog is regularly let out at 6.45am for about 10 minutes of growling play. During term time I don't have too much of a problem as I get up then but it's summer holidays and we'd like to sleep in sometimes (other half does strange shifts and often needs to sleep in).
Would it be unreasonable to mention that the growling wakes us up every single morning - I am assuming the dog is let out then as one of the family is up for work - he doesn't seem to be let out at that time at weekends - I thought I could ask that the dog isn't allowed his ball at that time because it's all the growling which wakes me up?
He never seems to bark - just lots and lots of growling!
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Last year I was looking after some husky/GSDs - my housemates were in but I was out working all weekend at one point, in the end the neighbour snapped at me and I'd no idea why - turned out the dogs had been outside barking all weekend and the housemates hadn't bothered to bring them in and shut the door to stop them doing it. I had no idea as when I was home, they were indoors with me (as my own dogs tend to do). If the neighbour had just said, then they wouldn't have had to put up with it all weekend because I could have taken steps to stop it happening!
We have a Golden Retriever who will stand in the garden barking at fresh air, or if he sees a cat at the bottom ofthe garden, he'll go charging down barking. He has a really deep bark. I know he makes a lot of noise, so try to not let him out unnatended in the garden after about 10pm or before 7am - but in the mornings he goes out for a wee, then I take him for a proper walk anyway.
I set those times as they see to be the sort of times other people in the area stick to. Sometimes he does con me in the middle of the night, whining as if he needs a wee, so I let him out and he barks, but that is extremely rare and I get him in sharpish if that happens.
We had a rear neighbour once who let the dogs out at any time, and often even at 4am in the morning they'd be out barking! By all means, if the dog needs to go out and do its business, then thats right, but to allow it to bark constantly that time of night is not on in a residential area.
I'd go round and politely ask if there is anything they can do - they'll probably say they let it out to do its business, which is fine, but can they try and stop it playing. The dog may be in the habit of it now, so that will need breaking.
But as others said, they probably dont even realise its causing an issue, so give them the benefit of the doubt in this instance and an opportunity to sort it out, as that will be best all round.