Nothing is more annoying than a dog that barks all day. In a quiet neighborhood, this is a serious disturbance, and while most people are tolerant, they will complain if the noise persists. A barking dog can often be a nuisance, especially to residents working the night shift and need their peace and quiet while they sleep during the day, or to a mother settling her child for an afternoon nap.
Background noise is ever-present but the persistent barking of a dog is an aggravation.
Dogs bark for several reasons:
The dog could be hungry or thirsty. Dogs and puppies require nourishing food and plenty of water. Home-made healthy dog food is perhaps one of the best options to feed your dog to keep him contented, calm and quiet, as it is natural food free of fillers and preservatives and provides the correct nutrients. Well-fed and contented dogs are less likely to engage in episodes of barking from lack of food or drink.
Exposure to the elements is another reason for this unsociable behaviour. Inadequate shelter, leaving the animal exposed to rain or wind, means their bodies are struggling to cope with the temperature.
Boredom is another factor. Toys can help with this and playthings are available from internet sites or high street stores selling dog supplies. With a huge variety of toys to choose from, finding a distraction for your pet is easy. Several toys are better than a single item. If the dog tires of one toy, it will have others to choose from.
Before leaving for work, take your dog for a walk. This will settle it into a routine, helping it feel secure and contented. Regular exercise will burn off excess energy, and most likely, the dog will sleep when you leave it on its own.
Training a dog to remain silent is vital if you want to stay friends with the neighbours. Dogs cannot know that barking is unacceptable. It is your duty to make them understand. Teaching them to keep quiet is preferable to stopping noisy outbursts. If a dog makes a habit of barking for no reason, it is hard to break.
Trained dogs are the happiest. A quiet and contented dog means the neighbours will treat it with respect and kindness. Pleased to have such an obedient creature nearby, the neighbours will appreciate that your pet only barks when allowed or during an emergency. Discourage your dog from barking for attention. Your pet should receive adequate affection without having to bark for it. Unsociable barking is non-existent if the dog receives love and trust from its owner.
Many dog owners are unaware that their dog is barking all day, and being a nuisance. A friendly chat with the neighbours will reveal how your pet behaves in your absence.
To check whether your dog starts barking when you leave the house, double-back, retrace your steps, and sneak up on you pet. Ensure the animal cannot smell you by approaching from downwind and surprise it with a visit. If necessary reprimand it for barking, reminding your dog that you are the boss.