Erin, I can SOOOOO relate. Our little town has a 24/7 noise ordinance. My dogs are confined to the house except for VERY brief periods because I have neighbors who will call the police if any dog in town barks. Yes, my dogs DO bark - but, like you, I bring them in as soon as they start. The ONLY time it takes a few minutes to get them inside is IF one of the neighborhood dogs OR cats is running loose - or, in the case of the cats (next door has a female that breeds every time she comes in heat - and they keep most of the kittens OUTSIDE), one of the cats comes inside my FENCED yard! Then I have trouble getting them inside and it'll take me a couple of minutes. I am so frustrated. I don't let them out EARLY, and they go out for the last time at night about 7:30. There is a BIG dog on another street that is TIED up and barks continuously all day, but no one seems to call on that! We don't have an animal control officer here, so people call the local police. I have to admit when I come home from work (after the dogs have been alone in the house all day), they DO greet me - and when I let them out, they always bark - for about 30 seconds - until they start investigating the yard for intruders. I don't see that barking for 30 seconds in the middle of the day is a BIG PROBLEM - if it was 2:30 am, sure, but not at 2:30 PM. Anyway, I can sympathize! I have never called the police on the neighbors who's little dog runs loose all the time, or who's cats yowl outside MY window at 4 am, or when their kids climb on my garage roof, or yell outside my window at 9 pm when I have to get up at 4:30, need I go on? I try to be considerate, but guess it's a one way street!