Hearing your neighbor’s dog bark loudly whenever you pass by can be very disconcerting. Waking up in the middle of the night because of loud barks is very distressing too. You may be thinking that your neighbor doesn’t care as much or at all. But since you are the one being bothered, your course of action would be to go to your neighbor and ask him if he could keep his dog from barking at you. But what if you learn that he is actually trying his best but to no avail? And since you are pretty much troubled by this, you would want to help your neighbor.
Here are techniques to successful prevent the dog from barking:
- Letting the dog see you frequently will make you a familiar sight for it. You can recommend to your neighbor to have you come over from time to time, just so the dog would be familiar to you. Do this in a subtle way so that your neighbor won’t think that you are pressing for an invitation. Your regular presence may be seen as invasion of privacy.
- Regularly check on the dog. You may not be the reason why the dog is barking so much. Maybe there is something bothering it as well. There may be something wrong that it needs to alert other people of it. During such instances, try to commend the dog for being vigilant.
- Buy some toys that the dog can play with. If the dog has nothing to do, it tends to notice every slight movement around it. Even if these are just normal movements, the dog will bark on it because it caught his attention. If he is busy playing with some toys, he will be too preoccupied to pay attention to needless things.
- Try to talk to the dog. It may seem weird, but talking to the dog can help in reducing his barking fits. Barking is a dog’s way of expressing itself. He may be trying to say something, and yet since you cannot understand what he is trying to tell you, you think of the sound as nuisance.
It is indeed irritating to hear the relentless barking of a dog, especially if you are the closest neighbor. The sounds of the dog’s barks seem to be passing through the walls of your house and you do not seem to have some quiet time. However, the dog may be barking for the right reasons, so you have to make sure first. Try employing one or more of the techniques mentioned above and you may be able to solve the issue of the noisy barking dog.