Neighbor's Barking Dog—A Letter for Your Peace of Mind

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Neighbor’s Barking Dog—A Letter of Complaint To Fix Your Troubles

New neighbors are always exciting—unless they have a loud dog. When the commotion becomes unbearable, don’t lose sleep—write a letter to your neighbor about the noise. When trying to find a convenient solution for your neighbor’s barking dog, a letter written in a friendly manner is excellent for avoiding conflict.

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Why Write a Letter to a Neighbor About Their Barking Dog?

Besides the apparent reason—it annoying the hell out of you—some reasons why you should write a complaint letter are:

  • The barking might bother other neighbors as well—you can ask other neighbors to sign your complaint letter and back you up on this issue—the more, the merrier!
  • The dog might be dangerous to bypassers—if the dog is aggressive, the barking could result in a dog bite
  • The dog might be suffering abuse or neglect, and the barking could be a cry for help—no animal deserves to suffer, and your actions could save the dog

When Should I Write a Letter to My Neighbors About the Barking Dog?

Before writing a friendly letter to your neighbor or filing a complaint about the barking dog, you should explore other possibilities:

  • Talk to your neighbor and see what’s wrong—maybe the dog is having difficulties adjusting to its new home
  • Your new neighbor’s dog could also be afraid of the moving-in process—for example, people carrying massive furniture around the house— and the dog might calm down when everyone settles
  • Dogs often bark at people they don’t know—let the dog sniff you and give it a few treats so you’re not a stranger anymore

You tried everything you could, but the dog is still noisy, and your neighbors won’t do anything about it? It might take a complaint letter for your neighbors to take you seriously and to stop the barking.

How To Write a Complaint Letter About the Barking Dog by Yourself

Once you decide to take this step, you should get acquainted with everything your letter needs to contain.

Your complaint letter should include the following information:

  1. Your name and address
  2. The neighbors’ names and address
  3. Your reason for writing a complaint letter
  4. Your suggestion on how to resolve the problem
  5. The consequences your neighbors will face if they don’t respond to the letter
  6. Your signature

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Sample Letter to a Neighbor About Barking Dog

Keep the letter simple and straightforward. Cut to the chase—express your concerns and propose a solution. You can use this sample letter as a guide while writing your complaint letter:

[Your name]

[Your address]

[Date of writing]

[Name of neighbor]

[Address of neighbor]

Dear neighbor,

My name is [insert your name], and I live at [insert your address]. I’m writing to you regarding your barking dog. I’m worried about [insert your concerns here].

I suggest [indicate how you’d like them to fix the problem]. I’d like you to fix the issue within [insert preferred time frame], but I would be very grateful if you could resolve it as soon as possible.

If the problem persists, I’m afraid I will have to pursue legal action.

Please contact me via [insert contact information] if you’d like to discuss the issue in detail.


[insert signature]

[typed name]

Write a Barking Dog Complaint Letter to Your Neighbors Using DoNotPay

DoNotPay made the Neighbor Complaint feature so people like you can sleep without troubles again. To mail a custom complaint letter to your neighbors using DoNotPay, do the following:

  1. in your preferred browser
  2. Select the issue you’re dealing with—noise, animals, or harassment
  3. Give us the details—all your attempts at solving the problem and the compensation you demand

After you answer all questions, DoNotPay will send the letter to your neighbor directly and spare you a post office trip.

Check out other articles from our learning center that can help you handle bad neighbors legally with ease:

Noise complaints
Animal complaints

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