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His Neighbor Complains His 5:00 am Runs Cause the Dogs to Bark, Waking Up the Neighborhood.

In a quiet neighborhood where peace is disrupted by the discord between a man’s morning routine and his neighbor’s guard dogs, the Original Poster (OP) finds himself entrenched in a growing dispute. As tensions rise and threats loom, an unexpected break-in at the neighbor’s house creates an abrupt turn of events. Amid the chaos and canine cacophony, can a resolution be found to restore harmony to the neighborhood?

The Fitness Buff

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OP, a 25-year-old man, is very proud of the body he has built over years of weight training at the gym. He works at an IT firm during the day but dreams of becoming a personal trainer and sharing his knowledge with others looking to tone and sculpt their bodies.

Early Morning Routine

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OP lives alone in a townhouse in a walking and bike-friendly area and has started walking ten minutes to the gym every morning at 5:30 am. He recently moved to the area, charmed by its neatly constructed houses, well-kept yards, and shared spaces.

The Neighborhood

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Unbeknownst to him, the street OP moved to is home to several retired couples who stay up late, sleep in, and enjoy leisurely, quiet mornings. Many of them are dog enthusiasts and meet in the afternoon at the dog park across the way to socialize.

The Dog Situation

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The dogs of both neighbors are kept outside in small, fenced areas behind the house. While OP does not have any pets of his own, he does not mind the presence of the dogs. He respects his neighbors’ rights to own pets.

Unpleasant Noises

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However, the dogs respond aggressively to OP’s presence in the morning ‘causing quite a racket and disturbing the early morning peace in the neighborhood. Despite OP’s attempts to avoid eye contact, the dogs persist in their barking.

Uncomfortable Necessity

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OP does not know how to avoid the dogs seeing him in the morning since they are left in the yard overnight. Even if he goes out the front door, he must round the corner toward the gym, which allows the dogs to view him from the side yard.

The Neighbor Complains

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Lately, one of the neighbors who owns two of the dogs voiced his displeasure at OP. He argues that OP’s early morning exercise regime disrupts his sleep and exacerbates his dogs’ aggressive behavior.

Surprised and Cornered

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OP is disappointed that this is his first interaction with his new neighbor but doesn’t understand why the confrontation is happening since the dogs are not his responsibility. He tries to tread lightly, not wanting to upset anyone.

OP’s Schedule

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However, OP insists on the necessity of his early morning gym schedule as it’s the only time he has in his busy day to fit in his exercise routine. He firmly denies provoking the dogs but can’t walk out his front or back door without causing a commotion.

Barking Every Morning

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OP continues with his morning walks to the gym, despite the complaints and the dogs’ barking. He maintains his path, avoiding any direct confrontation with the dogs. The situation seems to be at an impasse.

The Accusation

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The conflict escalates as the neighbor again accuses OP of deliberately stirring up the dogs. The neighbor’s frustration is palpable, but OP stands his ground, denying these allegations. He insists he is merely maintaining his routine and not instigating any issues.

The Confrontation

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One day, OP is confronted by his neighbor, who seems more angry than usual. The dogs bark continuously in the background, fueling the intense situation. OP tries to calm his neighbor down, but the dispute is far from over.

The Feud Continues

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The confrontation brings new tension to OP’s early morning walks. Each morning, the dogs’ barking appears louder, and the resentment from the neighbor intensifies. The feud threatens to disrupt the peaceful nature of their small community.

Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posts his story online for feedback. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “It’s amazing how people make their problem yours without even considering what they can do to resolve it.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “I have a dog who barks at anything going by our yard. My problem is not the person who is walking by. Although, my dogs stay inside overnight.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “If they can’t deal with guard dogs doing their job, they shouldn’t have guard dogs. What will they do if you start working shifts and come home at 2:30 am every night?”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “The dogs are waking them up and probably the whole neighborhood. They are responsible for their dogs, period.”

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