How To Train a Dog Not to Bark (… or How to Speak Dog)

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of how to make dogs stop barking, let us be clear: Dogs communicate by barking. The key to controlling their barking is (1) first understand why they’re barking, (2) acknowledging you understand their message, and (3) letting them know you’ve got it from here.  In other words ... you and your dog need to learn to speak the same language, so you can understand what your dog...Read more

How to Write a Letter to Your Neighbor About Their Barking Dog (Sample Included)

Does your neighbor's dog barking drive you nuts? Does the dog bark incessantly? If you find yourself in a situation in which your neighbor's dog barks all the time and its owner doesn't seem to do anything about it, good news, you have some options that can help. While you might be tempted to yell at the dog or even your neighbor out of frustration, take a deep breath and try this before you get heated: Write...Read more

How to File a Noise Complaint About a Barking Dog

Your neighbor’s barking dog is driving you mad. What do you do? You may be reminded of old sayings, like, “Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.” In other words, always be of good mind, kind words, and good action with your neighbors.  Until, that is, it’s 3 a.m. and the cacophony of their barking German shepherd jerks you out of a deep sleep. Again. If you find yourself in this situation, you...Read more

The Most Calm and Quiet Dog Breeds

Is your dog calm, cool, and collected? Or, is your canine high-strung, yapping at every noise and movement? While an owner's temperament and approach to training can make a huge difference in how a dog behaves, several breeds are so chill, so composed they have the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognition of “calm dog.” If a quiet, subdued pup sounds like the perfect dog for you, your family and neighborhood, we have a list of...Read more

4 Humane Ways to Control Dog’s Barking

Barking is one of the most annoying behaviors that dogs have, but you can’t fault them for it. That’s how they communicate when (they think) something is wrong, when (they think) they need something, and when they’re excited about something or someone (you’re home!).  How can you humanely stop a dog from annoying barking, or train him to bark when you want him to? If there are two things we want you to take away...Read more

Who Do I Call to Complain About a Neighbor’s Barking Dog?

What are the most annoying sounds to the human ear? Fingernails on a chalkboard, car alarms, squeaking brakes, microphone feedback, mosquitoes and flies, and … excessive barking dogs, according to several surveys we found. And when it’s someone else’s dog that’s barking excessively? The annoyance factor can be off the charts. Whether you’re just starting your research for tools to help you stop a barking dog, or you’ve reached your whit’s end and feel you’ve...Read more

7 Reasons Dogs Bark

Dogs bark for one primary reason — to communicate. But you knew that. The real question is, what is your dog trying to say when it barks? The reasons dogs bark can typically be bucketed into seven categories, which we'll explore in more detail and offer tips for controlling unwanted barks: AlarmAnxiety Attention FrustrationGreetingInjury or illnessResponse Dogs have simple minds: They quickly associate actions with reactions. If they bark and you yell, they think you’re joining them. If...Read more

How to Stop Your Dog Barking at Neighbors

You really don’t want to be that neighbor, do you? The one with the noisy dog that turns neighbors into “frenemies”?  If your dog is harassing your neighbors and barking constantly, it’s probably for a “good” reason: She has one job — to protect her territory. Your dog is not barking at neighbors because she hates them — that’s not the reason! Dogs tend to bark more when they are at home for this reason; they’re protecting...Read more