A neighbour's dog that barks constantly and charges at you is stressful and potentially dangerous. The barking can destroy sleep and concentration; the lungeing can accelerate to biting. You may feel frustrated and powerless to do anything about it. However, with some education on the owner's part, good positive communication between you and the owner, and effective intervention for the dog, the problem can be effectively solved.
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Things you need
- Dog log
- Educational pamphlets and books
- Electronic or citronella collar
- Sound-emitting anti-barking device
Learn about and implement proper canine body language when you come in contact with the barking and charging dog. Do not move when the dog charges or barks; if you do, you have just reinforced the behaviour. If you're standing, put your arms at your sides. Do not make eye contact, and turn your body slightly to the side; this action communicates that you are no threat. Never bend down toward the dog or attempt to pet him when he is aroused.
Maintain a "dog log" with a complete account of all dates, times and durations of barking activity. This tool will support any communication and correspondence on the subject via phone, mail, e-mail or in person with the dog's owner.
Have a talk with the dog's owner. He may not be aware that his dog is barking and charging. If you leave a message, make sure you do so during normal business hours the first time. If the owner does not return your call, try during the evening; then, finally, call when the dog is barking, even during the middle of the night.
Suggest training and solutions when you talk to the dog's owner. Provide pamphlets and books on the subject of bark training and general dog training. For goodwill, offer to split the cost of any purchases, such as an electronic or citronella anti-barking collar.
Install a remote sound-emitting anti-barking device that contains built-in sensors while the owner trains his dog. These devices respond to a barking dog by releasing a piercing, high-pitched sound that many canines find intolerable.
Call animal control or law enforcement officers if the dog owner refuses to address his dog's behaviour. He may be issued a warning, citation, or may even lose his dog if he refuses to stop the dog from barking or charging.
Tips and warnings
- When involving authorities or filing a formal complaint about the problem, be aware that this might cause animosity between you and the dog owner.
- Try strength in numbers. Gather any neighbours who are bothered by the dog's behaviour, and confront the owner together.
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