Added Jun 14 2012
Looking for advice - a few doors from my house is a house where 4 dogs (and their owner) live. The dogs are outside around 6:30AM every morning for a few hours and then around 4:30PM - 8 or 9 PM every night (probably no water bowls) with no human in sight. They wake us up 7 days a week barking. They bark incessantly. They've never been out of their yard and spend most of their time it seems in a kennel/cage inside. Seems that way from their contained and continued barking inside thier home. We can't have a conversation outside or inside our house when they're outside, we need to close windows which doesn't help much and are feeling very stressed. Often times we can't talk to each other inside our home. How crazy is that! Many nights all the neighborhood doings join in, of course. We have dogs, we love dogs, but these dogs clearly aren't happy or cared for. We've tried ringing their doorbell to have a conversation but it's never answered and we never see them outside their home. While being left outside to bark for hours doesn't constitute as abuse, we're at a loss as what to do. My home is my castle, as the saying goes, but I need a refuge from my refuge, which isn't right. Any advice/suggestions?