Your concern about excessive barking is valid. I concur. Otherwise, there would be no legislation about the issue. As an example, in some neighborhoods 10 minutes of continual barking is the standard used to determine excessive. Excessive barking can be grating on the nerves.
Dogs do bark, and I appreciate the dog that barks to signal that a stranger is approaching. But the considerate owner will pay attention and take measures to ensure the barking is curtailed.
It is a difficult problem to call the police about because no doubt the neighbor will be offended, hurt, or angry. It would be better if no one would even need to call, and that each of us would consider one another. I suspect you were hoping that by posting this, maybe the result would be just that - consideration.
Pam Clegg, neighbor