It’s all good in the neighborhood

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You love your dog, so it can be hard to think about anyone not seeing him for the crazy love bug that he is. However hard it may be to imagine, some people simply do not like dogs, and some of those people may just live in your neighborhood. Here are three common problems dog owners face and how to solve them if you want to be a conscientious neighbor.

Excessive Barking, Baying, or Howling

Barking, baying, or howling every now and again is normal. However, if your dog is making excess noise for extended periods of time, it is considered a form of noise pollution and a valid complaint on your neighbor’s part.

A common cause behind a dog’s excessive noise is separation anxiety. The best way to remedy anxiety is by making sure your dog is getting enough activity and providing him with things to do when you are away. Most people are not walking their dogs enough. If you are walking your pup less than 15 minutes twice a day, it’s time to hit the pavement more often for your dog’s well-being. If you don’t have time to walk your dog because of long hours at the office, hire a dog walker who can stop by throughout the day to provide your dog with fresh air and exercise. This should help reduce the noise as well as other destructive behaviors your dog may exhibit due to anxiety and boredom.

Your Dog Keeps Getting Into Neighbors’ Yards

If your dog keeps escaping into neighbors’ yards, you haven’t done enough to maintain your fence. If it is full of holes or has loose boards, it may be worth it to replace it entirely. The average price to install a wood fence runs from $1,434 to $3,362. If your fence is in good shape but your dog just keeps finding ways to escape, you can fortify it with some of these dog-proofing techniques:

  • Use landscaping as a way to create a buffer area between your dog and the fence.
  • Stick bamboo or reed rolls along the inside of the fence to prevent him from digging underneath.
  • Place a concrete footer around the perimeter.
  • Use coyote rollers along the top of the fence to keep a jumping dog from being able to make it over.

Your Dog’s Leaves Messes Behind

If you are not picking up after your dog when walking in the neighborhood or at the park, it’s not really your dog’s behavioral issue—that is you being a bad neighbor! In just about every city, village, and township, there is some sort of regulation that requires dog owners to pick up after their pooches. Leaving dog feces on the ground leaves other people, pets, and animals susceptible to the harmful viruses, bacteria, and pesticides it can contain. If it rains, all those harmful organisms get washed into your area’s water system. It’s just bad news all around.

Always keep bags on you when you are spending time with your dog, and pick up after him. If you are worried about the amount of plastic these bags contribute, you can find compostable and biodegradable versions in just about any specialty pet store.

As much as you love your dog, not everyone is going to love his behavior. If your pup spends his free time creating noise pollution, chances are he has too much energy to burn. Up the amount of walks you take and consider hiring help when you’re logging many hours at the office. If your dog is an escape artist, you may need a new fence or reinforcements to curb his wily ways. Finally, you need to pick up your dog’s poop. Dog feces is harmful to people, pets, animals, and your local water supply. Always carry biodegradable bags on you when taking your dog in public so you can clean up after him.

 

Jessica Brody created OurBestFriends.pet to offer a place for animal lovers to share their favorite pet photos and stories about their furry pals.

Barking Dogs

I received a barking ticket or warning, what do I do now?
 Alright so you got a ticket in the mail that notifies you that your dog’s barking has been reported to your local city Animal Control.  Surely you’re feeling a little frustrated and or a little embarrassed.
The real question is how should you move forward.
When many people receive a barking warning their first step is to call their local animal control agency to let them know that their dog doesn’t or to let them know what steps they’re going to take to prevent barking in the future. Honestly, this is wasted time and effort. Animal control does not care what steps you’re doing to keep your dog from barking the only thing they care about is if they receive another complaint about your dogs barking.
What we typically recommend doing once you receive a barking warning is to talk with your neighbors and let them know what steps you will be taken to decrease the barking.
 Don’t think of this as an opportunity to blame it on the squirrels or your neighbor’s kids the more you take ownership of your dogs barking the less your neighbors will feel that they have to go to animal control to handle future barking. 
Here are some tips:
  1. Limit the amount of time your dog spends outside alone:  You cannot manage your dog when you are not there. Don’t expect your dog not to bark when unattended especially once you have received a warning
  2. Increase enrichment:  dogs that are solely fed out of enrichment feeders like kong Wobblers bark 70 percent less.
  3. Increase exercise: Increase your dogs exercise by at least 20 minutes a day and your guaranteed to see a decrease in barking.
  4. Brush up on training:  Brush up on cues like come that way you can call your dog inside the minute he starts barking. Oftentimes you will hear owners tell their dog to be quiet followed by several seconds of silence and then continued barking. Leave it is another cue that can help with barking if your dog is triggered by something specific.   Finally teach your dog how to be quiet on cue. Follow this video for step by step instructions.  teach your dog to be quiet

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