chrissyg wrote:Last year we experienced an incident where we were kept awake all night by a dog yelping.
My impression is that it is, unfortunately, very common practice for local owners to just bring the dog, tie it up
(and often leave it like that - so my understanding is that they will visit periodically to feed it/or similar arrangement?/ but otherwise ignore it and leave it chained.. some people do it permanently, others just "in season" to "guard alert" for the villa..)
I say this based on my own experience, staying in various places in Crete / Greece (so it appears to be a mentality/cultural thing considered as normal..?).
I know of dogs that are chained/leashed 24/7, even if the owner is nearby. No walks, no interaction, just feeding.
I know of another dog who belongs to a seasonal taverna owners - when they open for tourists, they bring the dog. The dog is kept at all times in a locked /isolated/ open air space, where he literally goes nuts and cannot shut up due to anxiety of separation.
I know of several villas that get "guard dogs" for the summer, and the situation is pretty much the same - they start barking out of boredom, or lack of attention, or at each other.. and I know of a chained dog (leashed for life on a field nearby house) who got deaf, and barks non-stop 24/7 as neighbours suspect due to the inability of hearing/adequacy of alert.
Having said that, the luckiest dogs in my opinion are the ones of the shepherds - they get to eat, interact, do a job, walk, etc. Never had one act crazy or aggressive even when they are "stationed to guard".
In my view, it's not only the obvious disturbance (noise pollution outside acceptable hours / intervals for which the Greek civil code will have a provision somewhere next to the one about quiet hours), but that such acts induce anxiety onto dogs, which in some other EU countries is viewed as abusive. In other words, if those dogs would be allowed to exercise / socialize, their barking would probably only on a real need basis..