- Barking is a nuisance when the sound annoys or disturbs the peace of others
- Barking is considered excessive when it is routine, occurs late at night, lasts longer than a few minutes, and is in close proximity to other people
WHY DOES MY DOG BARK TOO MUCH?
- Dogs bark when doorbells ring, when strangers or other animals come into sight, to seek attention, from boredom or from stress or fear.
- As a pet owner you are responsible for controlling your dog’s barking and preventing it from disturbing others
HOW DOES BARKING AFFECT OTHERS?
While dog owners are seldom bothered by their dog’s bark, neighbours are affected in a number of ways. The sound of a barking dog can:
- Create Stress
- Disturb Sleep
- Affect Concentration
- Affect Moods and Relaxation
- Interfere with Enjoyment of Personal Space
WHAT CAN I DO?
Use training or control techniques to prevent your dog from barking too much.
- Register with a qualified training centre to learn simple commands to stop your dog’s barking when it starts.
- Dogs are den animals. Provide your dog with a crate to stay in when you are away to ease his stress
- Teach your dog to remain quiet when the doorbell rings
- Reward good behaviour through positive words, treats and touch
- If necessary, use a barking control device available from your local pet store
NEED OUR HELP?
If excessive barking is a nuisance:
- Let your neighbour know the barking disturbs you.
- Create a barking log to identify when the dog barks and why.
- Register concerns by contacting Enforcement Services at 780-846-2244