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Old 06-04-2013, 07:42 AM
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Neighbour complaining about constant barking

Hi there,
I have a 2 year old male Jack Russell which is in most ways a well behaved, lovely family pet! One of his only bad habits is his incessant barking at times in our back garden.
He has open access to the garden through a cat flap which he & both our cats use. As soon as he hears either a noise in our neighbours garden or in the street on our other boundary it sets him off. We can easily nip the problem in the bud at home given as soon as he's set off barking we only have to open back door and issue stern command of 'come' or 'in' and he stops almost immediately and returns to the house as instructed.
The issue we have is trying to control it when we are not in! We are a working family out for anything upto 6hrs a day. Quite often as we leave the house he will go straight in the garden & start barking. My neighbour has mentioned it twice now stating he's constantly on the go when we are out. He's admitted he's not a dog lover & can't help think he's over exaggerating a little as everytime we return to the house he's always cosy indoors happily chilled but then I would hate our neighbour taking it further legally & therefore need guidance on the best way to tackle it!!
Would appreciate any advice, our neighbour has even gone to the trouble of printing off different products/anti barking devices such as spray collar & ultrasonic stopper.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:51 AM
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Re: Neighbour complaining about constant barking

We had similar problems with our beagles, whenever a person rang our bell they would go crazy!

From personal experience I've used spray collars. They usually learn really quickly from them. Only when they have a bad moment I might put one on for a couple of hours, and when they sleep in their crate I can hang it on their door, turned off and they usually get the hint and relax. I think it's the shock of the spray that gets them.

You always know when a Beagle has been barking when I go into the room smelling and it like fresh lemons!
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:54 AM
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Re: Neighbour complaining about constant barking

The first thing I would do is to close the back door flap!

There is no need for your dog to have free access to the garden and of course whilst you are absent your dog can practice all sorts of inappropriate behaviour and, get better at it.

Even though I am a dog owner I do NOT appreciate hours of barking from other dogs, it is particularly galling when on shift work.

Dogs Trust - Barking when Alone

Noise from barking dogs - Noise - Manchester City Council

Controlling your dog and its barking is your responsibility, provide the dog with something more interesting to do then bark and keep the flap closed.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:57 AM
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Re: Neighbour complaining about constant barking

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The first thing I would do is to close the back door!
Very good point actually, the more freedom your dog thinks it can get, the worse the behaviour can get. If you let your dog out in short but frequent intervals then he will stop thinking about barking at anything that moves outside and more about going to the toilet, etc.
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Re: Neighbour complaining about constant barking

I can't add anything to what has already been suggested.

My dog only has access to our garden when we are in. Before we go out I will give him a walk which allows him to toilet and then he is locked in the house.

I would change the cat flap setting to in only so the cats can come in if it rains, or change the cat flap to one that reacts to the cats microchip (if they are microchipped).

When the dog is in the house, home alone, make sure you get plenty of stimulating toys to reduce any barking indoors and bordem.
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Re: Neighbour complaining about constant barking

I would like to echo what has been said apart from the advice to use a spray collar (quick fixes simply confuse the dog).
The simplest remedy would be a baby gate into the room that has the cat flap so the cats can enter, but not the dog.
I think your neighbour is being extremely reasonable btw.
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Re: Neighbour complaining about constant barking

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We had similar problems with our beagles, whenever a person rang our bell they would go crazy!

From personal experience I've used spray collars. They usually learn really quickly from them. Only when they have a bad moment I might put one on for a couple of hours, and when they sleep in their crate I can hang it on their door, turned off and they usually get the hint and relax. I think it's the shock of the spray that gets them.

You always know when a Beagle has been barking when I go into the room smelling and it like fresh lemons!
Which is one of the problems with using spray collars. The dog is being continually punished as the citronella remains in the air for a very long time.

The other issue is that ALL dogs get punished even if only ONE dog has been barking.

I think there are better ways

http://www.deesdogs.com/documents/Ba...oor-window.pdf
ClickerSolutions Training Treasures -- Retraining Manic Alert Barking
ClickerSolutions Training Articles -- Solution for Doorbell Barking
Barking Mad! | Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
Barking Fact Sheet - Clever Dog Company
Stop Barking! Ahimsa Dog Blog
Excessive Barking:* Why Some Dogs Bark and How to Fix It | Animal Behavior and Medicine Blog | Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
Barking Dogs | Animal Behavior and Medicine Blog | Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
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Re: Neighbour complaining about constant barking

I would restrict the dogs access to outdoors too. My lot can use the cat flap to get into a cat run (then have to be let out into the whole garden) but if they are barking and after dark I shut the flap so they cant get out. I also keep it shut whilst I am at work as I dont want them out in the run barking when I am not around.
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Re: Neighbour complaining about constant barking

My Leo learnt to use the cat flap at an early age. We didn't want him out at all hours and definitely didn't want him out while no one was home but we still wanted to let the cats use the flap so we put a gate over our kitchen door. In our case our cats can fit through the gaps and he can't. My sister has a similar situation and the gaps in her gate are narrower, the cats just jump over it.
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Re: Neighbour complaining about constant barking

I think the gate is a good solution too. We use a gate in our static caravan to restrict the dog's access to the bedroom. She can see us but she cannot get to us. We cannot let her in the bedroom because she keeps us awake all night, whereas the cats do come into the bedroom because they just sleep. The cats jump over the gate. We did get a gate with a cat flap in it thinking the dog would not be able to get through due to her size, but she managed to wriggle through anyway so that was a waste of time. LOL
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