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If your neighbors are complaining about your barking dog, here are a few things you can do about it.
We have five dogs, as well as various fosters and boarders, so I know how annoying a barking dog can be. Because I don’t want Animal Control visiting me or my neighbors rising up against me with pitchforks and torches, I work hard to keep my dogs quiet. The first thing I did when we moved into our house was visit my neighbors to introduce myself. I explained that we foster and board dogs, so it might seem like we have a lot of them, but they’re only temporary.
I highly recommend this approach to anyone with dogs, especially people living in apartments, where the walls are usually thin. If your neighbors have already complained, then you’ll need to do some damage control.
When it comes down to it, bark control devices are a lazy band-aid that doesn’t really solve the problem. Once you crate-train your dog, and his den becomes a place of safety and refuge, confine him to it when you’re out. You might consider hiring a dog walker, especially if crating your dog will keep him quiet. An aggressive letter being sent to dog owners is spooking them - because it appears to include thinly-veiled threats. Chances are, if you are away for most of the day and your dog is left alone in the yard for extended hours, you may not be aware of how much your dog barks in your absence. Yes, dogs bark, but there’s no reason they need to bark and bark and bark and bark and bark and bark and bark! Part of it is training them to shut the hell up when I tell them to, but the rest is all about managing the situation before it explodes.
I brought homemade cookies and let them know that I was very serious about keeping my dogs quiet.
I let them know that if they every feel the we’re making too much noise, I really want them to tell me so I can work harder to keep the barking under control.
If your neighbors aren’t home when you come by, leave them a handwritten note with your phone number.

Unfortunately, you can find yourself labeled as one quickly if you have a dog that disturbs others. Before heading over to talk with your neighbor, familiarize yourself with the local laws pertaining to noise and whether barking dogs are addressed. If your dog is barking because he is young, bored or anxious, detail what you are doing to solve the problem. This lets your neighbor know that you have done your research and are taking the issue seriously.
Pick up your dog's messes, don't let him roam free and don't let him bark at or harass other people or animals. While you work on your dog's manners, it can help to have a talk with the neighbors about the situation. Your city or county government can point you in the right direction, but if you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner's association, their rules will apply, too. Whether you are increasing the amount of exercise you provide or working with a licensed trainer, let your neighbor know that you understand the problem and are working to resolve it. If you think your dog may be violating noise laws with his barking, avoid bringing the subject up, but be prepared for your neighbor to.
Dogs bark as a greeting, to warn of intruders and if being teased by animals or people passing by. If your neighbor goes to bed early, maybe you can walk your dog in the evening rather than let him out in the yard unsupervised. Whether your neighbors told you your dog’s barking has become a problem or they left you an anonymous slip, you want to learn more about the proceedings.
Play fetch or Frisbee — whatever it takes to turn your dog from a bark machine to a passed-out lump of tired. I bought a bark control birdhouse (affiliate link) — it works, but it also leaves my dogs quivering in fear at the weird noise it emanates. If your neighbor works from home, consider hiring a pet walker to exercise your dog during the day so your neighbor isn't subjected to hours of barking when you're not home. This type of barking is to be expected and your dog will typically quiet down when the moment passes.
Nuisance barking takes place when the neighbor’s right for peace and quiet is infringed and the barking is so bad as to affect quality of life.

In some states, dog barking is considered a nuisance if it occurs at certain times of the day and if it continues for several minutes at a time (often 10 – 20 minutes or more). It’s a good idea to get accustomed with local barking laws to see what legal recourse you have. A good place to gain this kind of information is through your local county or animal control.Involving the AuthoritiesNeighbors may contact you to inform you about your barking dog, but sometimes they may directly involve the authorities. Your neighbors have a right to call animal control and inform them about the barking if it’s excessive.
Proof of barking may be required under the form of a recording or a video or the authorities may stop by to take a look themselves. Sometimes, if there’s insufficient proof, more complaints from other neighbors may be needed.
Police, while not much interested in dealing with barking dogs, may further investigate after a complaint and issue a warning or citation if needed.
Mediators, neutral individuals who offer assistance to the community, may intervene to try to solve the issue and help you negotiate with the complaining party.
Some dogs are more likely to bark when their exercise needs are not met, others are lonely and bored and many more bark at the many sights and sounds across the yard. Some more may bark when they detect wildlife around their property.Installing privacy fences, concrete walls or growing a row of trees may help reduce visibility so your dog is less prone to bark at visual stimuli, and at the same time, these barriers may help reduce the overall volume of barking. If your dog still barks indoors, there may be chances your dog suffers from separation anxiety. A dog behavior professional may offer solutions for this problem.In many cases, the barking is directed towards sights and sounds in the vicinity of the yard.
If your dog still barks indoors through the window, it may help installing blinds or covering the windows with a film that reduces visibility.Discourage wildlife from visiting your yard and surrounding areas. Keep trash cans out of reach, keep the grass low and remove any food including dog food dishes that may attract rodents.Bored, lonely dogs may need more exercise and mental stimulation.

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