Barking Driving You or Your Neighbors Crazy?
Do you live in one of Boston’s pet friendly apartments with your dog? Dogs left alone all day get bored and restless, and many find relief in barking. Some respond noisily to any and all activity. But, nothing is as annoying, as incessant barking – even for dog lovers. If your dog is a yapper or a yowler, please consider some of these bark-abatement ideas to keep the noise down in your area:
Always the first recommendation for any behavioral problem! Help is as close as the Yellow Pages. Training not only helps your dog, but you’ll be surprised how much it helps you as well! You may get some insight into why your dog barks so much, or what it is trying to communicate.
A humane alternative to the electric-shock, anti-braking collar which costs about the same. Available a variety of brick-and-mortar and online retailers.
Sometimes simply bringing an outspoken dog indoors or confining it to a crate can cut down on the disturbance to neighbors.
Close drapes to help muffle street noise, or leave a radio on to mask it. Disconnect phones and doorbells before leaving your home if they upset your dog.
Dogs are pack animals; they need companionship – a cat, bird, or another dog. Consider a mid-day visit from a pet-sitting service, or drop your pooch off at a friend’s place or “doggie day care”