This modern era dogs are used as passive-aggressive weapons: what bullets are to guns, barking is to dogs. Barking kills--a slow, painful death of a million bee stings. Communities should focus on the root cause of the conflict between barking dog and innocent human: the barking is the root cause. The source of the conflict is not the barking-sufferer's REACTION to barking, whatever that reaction may be. Chronic barking is molestation. It doesn't matter what the sufferer-of-barking does to try to get the barking to stop--they feel desperate because they don't get support from the outlying community to get the barking stopped. I'm not talking about partial-barking--I mean 100%-barking stopped. The barking-sufferer has a right to enjoy his or her patch of real estate unmolested by barking. The barker needs to get gone.
Why do dogs get more rights than people? In a conflict between one person and a dog, the human should win out every time. Human rights trump dog rights. Who is it who pays the mortgage or rent? Not dogs. Barking is a serious offense: barking makes people--literally--insane. Chronic barking causes the barking-sufferer to not be able to meet his obligations in paying the mortgage or rent and put food on the table. Narcissistic people, obtaining dogs, are clueless as to what it takes to truly care for a dog. Being the guardian of a dog is a lifelong commitment--it is similar as caring for a human infant. Leaving dog(s) in a yard unattended and unloved is a hazard to anyone who is not the owner and who is within earshot of the barking. A barker is a menace. A barker is a health hazard. A barker is an "ignored" dog--it's time we see chronic barking for what it is: ANIMAL NEGLECT. Things have to be done, by the community, on behalf of the barking-sufferer, in its laws, $1,000 fines, punishments, 6 months in jail, or seizure of dog-owner's vehicles.
Communities should give power to law enforcement to seize and impound yard barkers without dog-owner's knowledge.
Dog-haters are made, not born. Residents become hostile after years of their communities having more sympathy for barkers than for barking-sufferers, communities who spit on human need for peace and quiet where they live. Having dogs growing up, I used to like dogs. No more. I now loathe dogs. Barkers are REALLY, REALLY bad public relations for dogs in general. Barking gives the whole canine species a bad name. Responsible dog-owners should pressure "arrant dog-owners who condone chronic barking" to STOP THE BARKING.
Mediation implies there is something to mediate, as if with chronic barking there is middle-ground or compromise. Sorry, but I'm not going to compromise my physical need for a safe and sane soundscape around my home. The dog leaves.
Dogs have no business around human dwelling areas. Dogs are "guests" and as such, must behave. If dogs don't behave, banish them.
April 2, 2011 at 7:05 a.m.
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