Response from Rose - Hi Janet, Animals are very conscious of the energy of people and places. In the wild their survival depends on such awareness.
Moving is stressful for almost everyone, and when we arrive in a new environment we not only do not know where everything is, we are tired and out of sorts and part of that can be attributed to energetic change of place. In short, we are no longer connected to the local energy where we used to live and have not yet come into harmony with our new location.
This means that energetically we stand out like a big, throbbing sore thumb for the animals that have been living there, and that disturbance in the energy can cause them to react defensively.
Before approaching the neighbors I would suggest smudging your new place both to clear the energy of the previous inhabitants as well as to clear your old belongings of any heavy energy that might be clinging to them from stressful moments during the move. Then I would suggest smudging yourself and the rest of your family members (human and animal).
After that it is time to approach the land where you live. Sit down on the earth (or as close to it as you can get), perhaps you can remove your shoes so that your feet make contact with the earth. Take a deep breath and exhale, and imagine tree roots coming out the bottom of your feet extending deep into the soil. As you inhale, introduce yourself and welcome the energy of the earth. Ask for assistance in letting go of any personal hot buttons that may be activated by the barking of your neighbor's dog. When you feel more grounded and peaceful finish by placing your hands, palms down on the earth and allow your gratitude to flow from your heart into your hands and into the earth.
Now wait a day and see if there is any change in the behavior of the dog next door or in your response to the barking.
The preceding steps are good ones to take before speaking to your new neighbor since clearing any heavy energy reduces the risk of creating a confrontational situation. After all, you may be next door neighbors for many years, and it would be so much better to be friendly ones.
If you do have to speak with your neighbor you might play on being new in the neighborhood (there's a certain amount of goodwill stock you have at the beginning) and ask if you are disturbing their dog in some way. Is something you are doing causing them to bark all the time? Asking a question this way enlists help rather than putting the person on the defensive. Ask questions about their dog as an interested fellow animal lover, and perhaps you may be able to slip in the information that a continuously barking dog is a stressed dog.
Best wishes for a calm and peaceful neighborhood!
Rose De Dan,
Animal Reiki Shaman
Disclaimer: Rose De Dan shares insights derived from spirit and through animal communication. Any advice she offers is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care.