Can my neighbors complain about my dog barking?
Those are legitimate grounds for complaint (as is excessive nuisance barking) even if your dog is a pussycat.
You don't want animal control to find you in violation of anything.
Ignore the barking
- When you put your dog in their crate or in a gated room, turn your back and ignore them.
- Once they stop barking, turn around, praise them and give a treat.
- As they catch on that being quiet gets them a treat, lengthen the amount of time they must remain quiet before being rewarded.
Ignore the barking
- When you put your dog in his crate or in a gated room, turn your back and ignore him.
- Once he stops barking, turn around, praise him, and give him a treat.
- As he catches on that being quiet gets him a treat, lengthen the amount of time he must remain quiet before being rewarded.
Once your dog can reliably bark on command, teach him the "quiet" command.
In a calm environment with no distractions, tell him to "speak." When he starts barking, say "quiet" and stick a treat in front of his nose.
Praise him for being quiet and give him the treat.
Silent whistles make a sound that dogs can hear, but humans can't, so your neighbors won't even know you're using it.
Whenever the dog barks, blow the whistle.
it may take a number of attempts, but eventually the dog will associate barking with the piercing noise of the whistle, and stop barking.
When he stops barking to sniff the treat, praise him and give him the treat.
Repeat until he starts barking as soon as you say "speak." Once your dog can reliably bark on command, teach him the "quiet" command.
In a calm environment with no distractions, tell him to "speak."
Here are the steps to take when you're losing patience (or sleep) over a neighbor's noisy dog:
- Ask your neighbor to keep the dog quiet.
- Try mediation.
- Look up the law.
- Ask animal control authorities to enforce local noise laws.
- Call the police, if you think a criminal law is being violated.
- Keep the dog in the quietest part of the house. A dog with behavior problems has not earned "the run of the house".
- Keep curtains and/or shades drawn.
- Leave a radio or TV on as white noise.
- As you leave, give the dog an "only-when-I'm-gone" chew toy with your scent imparted on it.