It’s normal for dogs to bark. But when barking occurs enormously, or goes on for a long time, it can be annoying and disturbing for your neighbors. If you’re out a lot, or you’re just in the habit of the noise, you might not realize just how bad it is.

This handout is considered to help you work with your neighbors to turnout any problems caused by your dog barking without having to consist of the authorities. It will also help you understand why dog barks, and tell you about some useful tips you can take to stop dog barking

Research shows that problems are probably to be solved when people talk over things evenly and work out a solution between them. If you can’t do this, the council may have to get involved and you could face some serious fines.

Understanding the problem

Ask your neighbors to tell you exactly when your dog is barking, and for how long. If you’re out a lot, ask them to note down the times when the barking happens. Pretend you’re going out for the day, and then wait outside the door to see what your dog does. If it starts barking and howling, go back in and tell it firmly to be quiet. Punishing your dog will only make things worse.

There are some simple steps you can take straight away to stop dog barking. These tips will help calm the situation between you and your neighbors, and give you time to work out why your dog is barking.

  • If your dog barks at things outside your yard or garden, don’t let it go outside on its own. Keep it away from windows, so it can’t see people or other animals.

  • If your dog barks at the same time every day, like when people in the house are going to work or school, try to keep it busy at that time. For example, you could take it for a walk.

  • Try to keep him calm. If it barks when it’s excited, don’t play with it especially at night.

  • Don’t leave your dog outside if it’s barking to be let in.

  • Make sure your dog gets some exercise before you go out.

  • Be consistent. Every time your dog is quiet when it would normally have barked, praise it or give it a treat. When it barks, tell it firmly to be quiet. You also need to remember that your dog is part of the family. If it only barks when you leave, bring it inside.

  • Leave some toys or chews, and put the radio on quietly. If your dog is upset, keep it inside with you whenever you’re at home – dogs are pack animals, and they need company.

What not to do

  • Don’t punish your dog. It might slipup it for attention and it could also make it more apprehensive.

  • Don’t get a second dog unless you’re sure it’s going to make your dog feel more protected, not less.

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