Dealing with a neighbor’s dog barking is a little more difficult than dealing with your own. You can’t choose to use bark deterrents or train your neighbor’s dog without permission. You can, however, work together with your neighbor to figure out what’s making the dog tick. Once you understand the why then the how comes easier. Living with a noisy dog, whether it’s yours or your neighbor’s can be very taxing, but we have some suggestions that could solve the problem in no time.
Understanding Why Dogs Bark
The first step to making your neighbor’s dog stop barking is to know why it’s doing it. Perhaps the dog is overreactive, meaning it responds aggressively to small triggers such as someone walking by or a dog barking in the park. When you know what’s causing it, you can better treat the problem.
If your neighbor’s dog is barking at you, it could be something you’re doing. Try stopping whatever is setting the dog off and see if anything changes.
Noisy Dogs and Apartment Living
Barking dogs in an apartment is a bigger problem than one in a neighborhood. Some apartment walls are thin, and the dog barks can really echo in the corridors. If your neighbor’s dog is exceptionally noisy in an apartment, you should address it, but the big question is how?
How Do I Deal With a Neighbor’s Dog Barking?
Your neighbor’s dog barks for a reason, and some of the time it’s simply because that’s how dogs communicate. Some noise is normal, but if the barking gets excessive, that is when you need to deal with the problem. A lot of the time, the dog’s barking due to separation anxiety.
It’s very likely that your neighbor is already aware of the problem and is working on it. You can, of course, offer your help if you have a dog of your own and know of a good way to fix the issue. You can even recommend a professional dog trainer if you have one that you have worked with before or talk to your neighbor if you have some sort of relationship. If not, a very polite handwritten note can go a long way.
Use a whistle or noise emitter
Even though it’s your neighbor’s dog barking, you can use a barking deterrent to stop him. For example, a dog whistle is something that is not harmful and inaudible by humans. All it does is emit an annoying sound that will put your neighbor’s dog off when he barks. When you hear the dog barking, just blow the whistle and he should stop.
Our readers should be aware that not all dogs are susceptible to noise. There are some stubborn breeds and personalities that will power through the sound and bark and anyway. You can also try noise emitters that produce a high frequency similar to a dog whistle so that it saves you time and effort. Again, these devices may not always work.
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Talk to your neighbor
Barking is just what dogs do, and it’s entirely possible that your neighbor is unaware of what his dog does when he’s out of the house. You can try to spark up a considerate conversation about how to solve this problem from dog owner to dog owner. If they are already working on it, maybe you can offer some friendly advice about what has worked for your dog in the past.
If you’re not too sure how your neighbor will react to an in-person confrontation no matter how well intended, you can try to leave a kind handwritten note. Suggestions for trainers, behavior specialists, and even vets can also be helpful in case they need a professional’s input.
Make friends with the dog
If the dog barks at you, then making friends with it could stop the barking. However, you should also be aware that the dog may continue to bark when he sees you out of excitement. To introduce yourself, ask the neighbor if it’s okay to let the dog sniff you. Let the dog examine you, sniff your hands and clothes, and if he finds you non-threatening, the dog will let you pet him.
From then on you can try to get into the pup’s good books by giving him treats from time to time. If a dog was barking at you because he thought you were an intruder, his opinion of you will quickly change after a friendly introduction.
Block the dog’s view
Dogs have a sense of territorialism and move to their territory. A good solution for this kind of barking is to block the dog view by the fence surrounded by some kind of screens or some privacy trees/bushes. If a dog could see you he would not have felt threatened. If the dog in the house always barks on your driveway and in your home if there are other dogs near the property, he will likely be territorial. A fence or a screen will be useful.
A lot of barking dogs are territorial, meaning they start to bark when they feel as if an intruder is violating their space. Simply walking by the door or window could set off the barks. To stop the neighbor’s dog from barking at you when you’re just passing by, try taking a different route or ducking down so the dog doesn’t see you.
If the dog’s territorial barking extends to other people and disrupts your life on a daily, then we would suggest talking to the neighbor about removing the triggers. This can be done if you block the dog’s view of whatever stimulus sets off his barking. Most of the time, removing the stimuli from view will cure a barking dog.
If it’s not possible to remove or block the trigger, then an alternative is to remove the barking dog. Maybe have your neighbor relocate the dog to a room that doesn’t face the outside where nothing can affect the dog.
Distract the dog
Another way to do it is to ask your neighbor to distract the dog, or at least ask if you can provide a toy or treat that can keep the dog occupied. For example, if the dog barks due to separation anxiety, it’s because he misses his owner when his owner is out of the house. Something like a puzzle toy or a treat-stuffed Kong can keep the pup busy for hours. A busy and distracted dog is not a noisy dog.
Loop in your landlord
In rare cases where the neighbor is not receptive to your friendly advice or gentle complaints, involving your landlord is a good idea, though we would suggest it to be a last resort. In general, apartment complexes should have stipulations in the leasing agreements about pets. Some do not allow pets at all, while others have sections outlining noisy pets.
If you are renting, you may have to alert your landlord of the situation. If you own the property, then talk to the building manager or strata about the problem. You should gather evidence to back up your case such as audio recordings. The building management team or landlord will then step in on your behalf. Again, we suggest this only to be one of the last methods you try as it could permanently sour the relationship between you and your neighbor.
Call animal control or the SPCA
Animal control is not responsible for barking dogs, but they do deal with aggressive and wounded animals. If you notice that your neighbor’s dog is unusually aggressive and could potentially attack, then you may need to alert animal control. However, if you think your neighbor’s dog is barking due to abuse, then call the SPCA or local animal protection organization immediately.
Consider your legal options
For the more severe cases, you can choose to involve the authorities. For example, if the neighbor’s barking dog is clearly in breach of the rental contract, you can call lawyers or even the police to issue a warning or even have them removed from the building. Taking legal action is an extreme method and one that could take time and some money, which is why this is suggested as the very last resort.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do if my neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking?
You can try to talk to your neighbor first. Try to figure out why the dog is barking and see if something is being done about it. If not, you can kindly suggest some effective methods that may have worked for your dog or someone you know. You can even suggest a local animal behaviorist or trainer in case your neighbor requires professional aid.
Do dog whistles work to stop barking?
Yes, dog whistles work to stop barking with some dogs. There is still a chance that the dog in question is resistant to the noise or genuinely doesn’t mind it. Does are fickle, and they each have their own personalities. What works with one dog may not work on the next, but it never hurts to try.
It’s difficult to deal with a dog that’s constantly barking if it’s not yours. You have to first go through the dog owner before you can get to the dog. If you confront your neighbor, always do so in a kind and considerate manner. There are small devices such as dog whistles that you can try to stop the barking, but just remember that not everything will work. Try your best to communicate first before taking further action.