There is perhaps nothing more frustrating than living near a dog that will not stop barking, that fights at the fence with other dogs, or that is just constantly misbehaving. If your dog is one of those dogs, you may occasionally be visited by the police or by animal control or your neighbors may often nag you about getting your dog under control. While there is something to be said for the fact that dogs will be dogs, and all dogs will sometimes bark, there are certain behaviors that can make your dog a bad neighbor. Here are some of the ways to make sure your dog is a good neighbor:
- Evaluate your dog’s behavior. What does your dog do that might annoy your neighbors? Does he or she bark at every person who walks down the street? Does he jump on the fence and bark at the children playing on the other side? Does he howl in the middle of the night? Identifying these traits is the first step to curbing them to make sure your dog is a better neighbor.
- Pay attention to how many other dogs are in the neighborhood. If you live in a neighborhood that has a lot of dogs, you probably do not have to worry as much about barking and a little bit of misbehavior from your dog, as the high dog-owner population ensures a certain degree of understanding amongst your neighbors. If your dog is the only dog in the neighborhood, however, your neighbors might be less understanding.
- Enroll your dog in a training school. Behavior training can be useful for a wide variety of reasons, but it can be especially important for dogs who behavior is having a negative impact on a neighborhood. If you are a great neighbor, but your dog is trying the patience of those who live around you, obedience school can be a great way to curb behaviors like barking and aggression.
- Make sure he has plenty of activities. Like human children, dogs generally misbehave because they are bored. Barking, fighting, whining, and tearing up the yard, fence, and house could all be tied to boredom and separation anxiety. Giving your dog something to do during the day if he is left home alone and making sure that he gets plenty of exercise can definitely help.