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The Importance Of Training A Dog That Barks Excessively

Apr 24, 2008
Anyone who's lived with or beside a neighbor with a dog knows this: a dog won't stop barking. Why won't the neighbor do some dog training to this dog to stop the annoying barking? The dog may bark the whole day or it may just bark at night, when you're supposed to be sleeping. For people who have tuned out the dog's barking, it's not a problem. Too bad for the rest of the neighborhood who complain about it. Excessive dog barking is one of the most common reasons why neighbors argue. The neighbor that is affected by the barking of the dog, feels is unfair that the dog owner does not do some dog training to it's pet so the dog stops barking.

It's a source of stress, all that barking, especially when you're jolted awake from slumber by that dog. It's hard to sleep with that noise to begin with, it's harder to go back to sleep when you've been rudely awakened by it. Someone has to do something about that dog.

It's often not the dog's fault, but that of the owner's. Barking in itself is normal. That's what dogs do. The real problem is too much barking. It strains your nerves to have to deal with that barking, and have to come out and knock on your neighbor's door, to complain about it. It's just as stressful to be that neighbor and be complained about. Wish something could be done about this.

Many rules, ordinances, have been put into place to address disruptive barks of dogs. One problem is that the people in law enforcement do not usually think of this as a problem. If you can't get to sleep because of your neighbor's dog's yapping, you have to make your neighbor realize that that barking is no different from turning up the volume on a rock concert video in the middle of the night. Still, that neighbor might not have the faintest clue how to make the dog shut up. He could just be as ignorant about training that dog. Worse, he may not care, because it doesn't bother him. Poor you.

As a good neighbor, you could, provide him with ideas, even some materials to curb the dog's incessant barking, maybe some dog training tips or dog training techniques that you might know. But then, usually, dog owners simply do not give a hoot about this. One drastic solution for this situation is to use a dog training collar. This can be irritating to some dogs (and to some people). Still, some dogs won't mind this, and just keep yapping.

If you're the owner, and that dog really has a problem. It's not the end of the world. Some form of dog training is available to just cease all that yapping. First, you have to watch your dog, see his barking schedule, what triggers it. It could be he's bored; it could be he's just in need of some company. Maybe you've absentmindedly put some furniture over his favorite sleeping spot. Maybe he needs you to walk him more often. Remember, by applying some dog training techniques, not only will you have a better relationship with your dog, but with the neighbor too. Give it a try, train your dog!
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