Barking dogs

Understanding the problem

Ask your neighbours 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. It is a useful exercise to start a barking diary as it will help define what situations your dog barks, what influences the dog and whether the barking is necessary. Think about using a web cam or video camera to find out what your dog is doing when you're not there, or try a 'set-up' - pretend you're going out for the day, then wait outside the door to see what your dog does.

You can ask your vet to refer your dog to an animal behaviourist who is an expert and can suggest ways to improve your dog's behaviour.

First steps

There are some simple steps you can take straight away to cut down the amount of noise your dog is making. This will help calm the situation between you and your neighbours, and give you time to work out why your dog is barking.

Some general rules

Training is important so that your dog does not bark at just anything that moves. Be consistent. Every time your dog is quiet when it would normally have barked, praise it or give it a treat.

Dogs are pack animals, and they need company.

If you do keep your dog outside, think carefully about where you put his kennel and where he can run. Try not to put it near your neighbours fence or where your dog will be tempted to bark.

Don't blame the dog and think you will solve everything by replacing him with another. It probably will not, unless you change your lifestyle at the same time. Another dog could result in more not less problems.

Attempts to punish or shout at your dog for making a noise when you are at home may accidentally reward it with attention and make it seem that you are reacting to the same thing. It may see your behaviour as unprovoked aggression and become more anxious generally leading to further problems. It may even learn to be defensive.

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