We've all been there: it's the weekend and you're looking forward to sleeping in. The weekend comes, you're snuggled in, it's still early, and then it happens.

The neighbor's dog starts barking... and doesn't stop barking. And this doesn't just happen in the wee early hours of the morning, it could even be during the day which could actually be more annoying.

What can you do about it?

Sure, you could turn up the TV, put on some music, or even insert some earplugs. But these solutions are only temporary. This author would personally advise that you just make contact with the neighbor and work something out between the two of you.

If that isn't an option, you have a legal (but petty) option to handle it. Why is it petty? Let's look at Boise code 5-1-13 which talks about pets and "Excessive Noise Nuisances":

An animal that barks, bays, cries, howls, or emits any excessive animal noise audible beyond the boundaries of the property on which the animal is situated for an extended period of time, day or night, thereby unreasonably disturbing another person. For purposes of this section "extended period of time" means either:
      1.   Any barking, baying, crying, howling, or other animal noise emitted by one or more animals incessantly for thirty (30) minutes with individual interruptions of less than twenty (20) seconds at a time during the thirty (30) minute period; or
      2.   Any barking, baying, crying, howling or other animal noise emitted by one or more animals intermittently for sixty (60) minutes or more within a twenty-four (24) hour period.
In our opinion, thirty minutes doesn't really seem like a lot. Is it annoying? Sure, but is it going to last all day? Probably not. The owner could be out on a quick errand or maybe they're just in the bathroom. There are exceptions to this code with one being that this doesn't apply to animals who are provoked. You can check out those other exemptions here.
So, you're totally within your right to call authorities if you can't stand your neighbor's dog barking... but it is a tad bit petty. What do you think? Let me know your thoughts here.

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