How To Handle Your Neighbor's Barking Dog

June 11, 2019

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Dogs have earned their title as man's best friend but there is the neighbor's dog, who seems to love to hear itself bark! It’s especially aggravating when your neighbor’s dog likes to bark all night long, or yap every time you go anywhere near their house. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make that pup clam up and get the peace and quiet you need without being a jerk. Make sure to talk face-to-face with your neighbor.  There’s a possibility they don’t realize their dog is barking so much—like when they’re away at work—or they may be aware of the issue and working on it already. Give them the benefit of the doubt, and avoid harsh accusations since that will only make them defensive. If they’re inexperienced dog owners and are not sure what to do, nudge them in the right direction. Show them bark training tip resources, like these from the Humane Society, or point them to a professional dog trainer in your area. If you do the heavy lifting and give them the info, they’re more likely to give it a try. If the dog barks every time you walk into your backyard, blocking its vision might help. The dog is probably trying to protect its territory, but if it can’t see you, there’s no danger. Put up a fence screen, or plant some privacy trees and shrubs along the property line between you and the neighbor’s yard. If blocking the dog’s view won’t work, it’s time to kill them—wait for it—with kindness. The dog barks at you because it sees you as a danger to it and its family. So, in order to make it stop barking, you need to not be seen as a danger. Politely ask your neighbor if you can meet their dog and maybe play with it a little. You want the dog to get used to your presence and your scent. Lastly, the dog might bark at you every time you go in your yard because you don’t go back there very often. It needs to get used to your presence, but it can’t if you only go out there once a week. Find a way to spend more time out there. Put on some noise-cancelling headphones and read a book, start a garden, or do your workouts in the grass. At the very least, take some old shoes, T-shirts, and socks, then place them along the fence so the dog can get used to your smell. Make your presence known so it doesn’t surprise the dog anymore.

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