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LETTER: Incessant barking makes getting sleep 'ruff'

'Please respect the needs of your neighbours and at least make an effort to keep your dog(s) quiet,' implores frustrated local resident
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OrilliaMatters welcomes letters to the editor at dave@orilliamatters.com. Please include your full name, daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). In the following letter, a reader expresses frustration about dogs that disturb the peace with loud barking.
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As surprising as this news will be to some of you, dogs can be trained. Yes, even yours.

I’m sure you believe that we’re all equally thrilled at every utterance of your little darling. You could not be more wrong, especially when their constant barking prevents your neighbours from getting some well-deserved sleep.

Remember that not all sleep regimes conform to what you might consider “normal,” including shift workers, first responders and those you otherwise profess to respect a great deal — nurses, doctors and other hospital workers.

If you’re somehow unwilling or unable to invest the modest amount of work required to keep your dog quiet, maybe you should consider moving to the country where your dog can serenade fence posts and, in a turn of fair play, roosters that go off every day at dawn.

Or consider a different pet — an iguana, for example. For entertainment, you can spend your days staring at each other all bug-eyed and, here’s the important part, quiet.

Whatever it takes, please respect the needs of your neighbours and at least make an effort to keep your dog(s) quiet.

J. Coles
Orillia

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