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The One-Hour Data-Gathering Form
Below you will find an approximation of the one-hour data collection form all filled out so you can see how it is supposed to look after it has been completed.
Note that the form is divided into 60 sections, with each section representing an interval of one minute.
You will need to use a stopwatch or a digital, kitchen timer, the kind that counts up from zero, as opposed to the usual function of a timer, which is to count down. With the timepiece sitting out in front of you, use it to keep track of which one-minute interval you are in at any given moment. Each time the dog barks, you simply place a mark on the page to show that he sounded off at that point in time.
At the end of the exercise, you will have a graphic representation of every time the dog barked throughout the one-hour period.
To determine if your neighbor is in violation of your local consecutive disruption law, just count up how many minutes in a row the dog barked at least once, and see if that number exceeds the established limit.
We know that there are 60 intervals on the chart. If you count up the total number of intervals during which the dog barked one or more times, you can then use those two numbers to calculate the percentage of the time that the animal was disruptive. Perhaps the easiest way to do that is to Go to Math.Com, a website where you will find a device that will automatically calculate the percentage of the time your neighbor's dog was barking.
Click here to access a blank copy of the one-hour form that you can print out and use to gather data about the barking behavior of your neighbor's dog. (Patience please - this form loads slowly)
Find Below a Filled-Out Example of the One-Hour Data-Gathering Form
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