Do Bark Collars for Big Dogs Work? Are There Better Ways to Train a Large Dog to Stop Barking?

We get it, regardless of their size, any dog’s nuisance barking is … well, it’s a nuisance. And large dogs tend to have large, loud voices. So as you research options for training your big dog to stop barking, you’re probably finding a lot of literature on bark collars for large dogs. This probably has you wondering if they work and whether there are better options. Bark collars come in three basic types — bark collars...Read more

Do Dogs Ever Get Tired of Barking? Nope, Says Every Dog Everywhere

In the summer of 2020, a simple question went viral on Twitter: “Do dogs get tired of barking?”  unbelievable pic.twitter.com/P4yBCeoAZw— vessence (@faporizer) June 25, 2020 “Unbelievable,” tweeted the poster, who shared a meme that says, “do dogs get tired of barking” followed by the obvious answer: “Dogs do not get tired of barking.”  We aren’t sure if the post was “unbelievable” because it’s true or because … don’t we all know that dogs never get...Read more

How to Stop Dogs Barking at Night (And Restore Peace in the Neighborhood)

Is this your bedtime routine? You get comfy cozy and start dozing off only to be startled by your dog's barking? Perhaps it's the barks from your neighbor's dog that keep you up all night? Excessive barking, regardless of the time of day, can drive you and your neighborhood crazy. The good news is you don't have to lose sleep over dogs barking at night.  Here's the scoop on how you and your pet can...Read more

Who’s the Boss When You’re Working From Home With a Dog?

Your dog has been working from home since the day you brought them home -- way longer than you have. Now that you're sharing a workspace, how do you all get along? Do you interrupt each other's meetings, work sessions, and nap times? Working from home with a dog can be frustrating, especially when your dog wants to stick to his routine.  The year 2020 saw a sharp rise in remote workers because of the...Read more

New Ways to Stop Barking Dogs

Before we get into the topic of how to get a dog to stop barking, we want to be clear: This is about stopping a dog from barking, not about preventing a dog from barking. We don't believe in never allowing a dog to bark. Dogs need to bark -- it is their primary means of communication. We find there are seven reasons dogs bark: alarm, anxiety, attention, frustration, greeting, injury/illness, and response. These are times...Read more

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