Is That Dog Still Barking?!?

Is the Dog Still Barking?

While looking up news today, I again came across the dog barking mediation offered in Phoenix (see yesterday's post). Today I also found some tips, courtesy of the Arizona Human Society, for people involved in these kind of issues. This might help the community center mediators out there.

Read the story [here]

For annoyed neighbors:
• Try to talk to the dog's owners when you are not frustrated about the barking. Be calm and talk in a friendly manner.

• Inform them of the time of day or night when the dog is barking and ask if you can contact them when the barking is a problem.

For dog owners:
• Try to figure out what's making your dog bark. It could be boredom, isolation, frustration, protective behavior or separation anxiety. Details: www.azhumane .org, click on "pet tips."
• Think about the time of day that barking is a problem and remember that not everyone follows the same work schedule or may work from home.
• Take the dog for a walk instead of always leaving it in the yard alone. This will help the dog become more familiar with its surroundings.
• Don't make a big event out of leaving or returning home; overly excited dogs are more likely to bark.
• Consider training using books and videos available at libraries or devices such as special collars and muzzles.
• Seek the services of a mediator to smooth things over with neighbors. Services will be available by Sunday at
Phoenix School of Law: or 602-262-6466. Solve-It! mediation is available for $25 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College: or 480-732-7296.
Sources: City of Phoenix,
Arizona Humane Society, the Leadership Centre

Zurich Reinstitutes Successful Alternative Dispute Resolution Program for Settling 2008 Hurricane Claims
Program modeled on successful 2005 Gulf Region effort will again be administered by former 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund overseer Kenneth Feinberg

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Jan 26, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Leveraging the success of its 2005 efforts that helped generate the highest percentage (98.8 percent) of resolved claims for a single insurer after Hurricane Katrina, Zurich, a leading property and casualty insurance provider in North America and globally, said today that it is re-instating its Claims Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program as part of its response to Hurricanes Ike and Gustav, for settling claims that are at an impasse and cannot be resolved through its standard catastrophe adjusting process.

Full press release [here]

Did You Know?
The American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section is having its annual conference this year in New York City from April 15th through the 18th. See the brochure [here]

EU Asks Ahtisaari to Mediate in Slovenia-Croatia Border Dispute
Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The European Union asked Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari to mediate in a border dispute that has led Slovenia to stall the EU entry bid of neighboring Croatia.
Slovenia, an EU member since 2004, last month put Croatia’s bid to join on hold, alleging that Croatia claims an unfair share of the Adriatic Sea that denies Slovenian ships a direct route to international waters.

Read the article [here]

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