I had an acquaintance submit this question to me the other day: Why is the noise of barking dogs so totally annoying? Excellent question. Why IS it so totally annoying? Why does it irritate such a large number of people? I believe that the barking (and biting) epidemic is about to create a huge backlash, but that is a subject for another time.
Here is why I believe barking dog noise is a toxin like no other:
1) It is excessively loud. Dogs bark at 105 decibels, loud enough to damage human hearing. This incessant noise travels long distances and penetrates walls and windows. No human being could “communicate” this loudly. You would quickly lose your voice if you tried to compete.
2) It is of a shrill nature. Many dogs make a screeching or yelping noise that is particularly irritating. It is the proverbial “fingernails on the blackboard”. It is an intolerable irritant that is used as a torture method by military and police organizations the world over.
3) It is not a natural sound. Barking dogs are not the wind or the rain. We are bombarded with this toxic and useless noise due to the voluntary lifestyle choices of our neighbors.
4) It serves no useful purpose. Can the BS about it being a watchdog, that worthless pe(s)t is “guarding” me from my own front porch. It also barks at absolutely nothing. Day and night.
5) It disrupts useful activity. Pursuant to the last point, while it is by definition useless, it interferes with useful human activities such as sleeping, working, pursuing hobbies, studying, pursuing social activities, communicating, etc… etc… etc… etc… ad nauseum.
6) It is nearly incurable. Your fate of being tortured by a neighbor via their pet is similar to a diagnosis of an incurable and only marginal treatable disease. There is no known cure and it is going to torment you forever. You know, or will soon learn, the authorities are certainly on the side of your tormenter. You can never escape as all of our neighborhoods and public places are awash in useless, toxic noise from barking dogs. You can soundproof your house and wear earplugs to bed (marginally treatable) but you soon realize your quality of life is gone.
7) You realize you are helpless. Your impotent anger will build and build until it consumes you. Pursuant to the last point, you eventually realize that your neighbor has a pass on almost all bad behaviors. The fact that they own a dog empowers them to literally destroy your life. They are empowered to: destroy your health, lower your property values, destroy your career, slander you throughout the community, turn the government against you, lie, cheat, and spew mindless drivel. Hey, they can KILL you on your own property unprovoked and nothing will happen to them! They can use their dog as a weapon against you and you KNOW there is nothing you can do about it. They are nothing but legally endorsed thugs.
8) Your mind and spirit disintegrates. You come to hate your own home. You don’t know when it is going to start or how long it is going to last when it does. You cannot plan anything. Your life as you know it is over. Your life is being controlled by the thug next door and there is nothing you can do about it. You have no legal protection and you are unable to take any “self help” as you know that any action against the owner or their pet will result in you being sued or going to prison.