Dealing with Your Neighbor’s Barking Dog

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Dealing with Your Neighbor’s Barking Dog

Staff Writer · Oct 29, 2009

Dealing with your neighbors barking dog is necessary if you want to live comfortably in your apartment. A barking dog can be a nuisance, and if you don’t confront the issue, you’ll live in misery. Here are some options to consider:

Talk to Your Neighbor

Your best option is to talk to your neighbor. They can train the dog or use other tactics to stop or at least minimize the barking. Tell them what’s happening in a calm and polite way. They may be sincere and not realize the impact their dog is having on you and other neighbors. Perhaps no one has ever confronted them, and maybe you talking to them will cause them to change their dog’s barking behaviors. It won’t hurt to try.

Talk to Your Landlord

If your neighbor does not respond in a positive way,  or if you’re not comfortable talking to your neighbor, talk to your landlord. They have a duty to make sure that you live peaceably in your apartment without noise other nuisances that are within their control. Your landlord will talk with your neighbors and get them to deal with the problem, or evict them if the situation is severe enough. Your neighbor may also have a better relationship with the landlord, and therefore may be more responsive to him. They may also train their dog or use other measures to control the barking due to a threat of eviction.

Offer Help

Your neighbor’s barking dog is barking for a reason. It could be due to boredom or lack of exercise. Your neighbor may be aware of the problem, but they may not have any idea how to stop the barking or they’re never home to fix it. If you’re able to provide solutions, it may help with the barking problem and help grow a great relationship with your neighbor. Put together a packet of articles that you’ve printed on training dogs not to bark and take it to your neighbor. Offer tips and techniques that have worked with your dogs, or bring over a new toy that will keep the dog entertained for hours. A few neighbors may turn away help or respond in a negative way, but most people are approachable and willing to take advice.

Sonic Barking Dog Repellent

You can buy a sonic dog repellent device to put in your apartment or in your yard to deter your neighbor’s dog from barking. These emit a high pitched sound that only the dog hears, and come on when the dog barks. It’s safe for the dog, but he hates the sound and will stop barking when he hears it. If you’ve tried all of the other above options with no results, then this may be the best option to pursue.

These methods should help solve the problem with your neighbor’s barking dog. You should try to do what you can to make your home environment enjoyable, and that might include getting rid of unwanted barking.

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