In a lot of areas, barking laws have some sort of time element.
What this means is that a dog is only allowed to bark for so long before its noise is considered to be in violation of the law. In response to such silliness, let's engage in the following thought experiment:
Let's say you're in a community where there's a 15-minute limit on barking. Can you visualize a dog glancing at his watch and thinking "I've been barking for 14 minutes. If I cut it out in the next minute, I'll still be legal."
Of course you can't. Because dogs don't wear watches. And, unless they're really smart and can be taught to do so, they can't tell time.
I'm of the mind that these laws are yet another non-solution to the problem of chronic barking.
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