What can I do About a Neighbor’s Barking Dog? (with pictures)

Be Consistent When Training Your Dog

When we talk about the importance of consistency with dog training, we mean two things: Be consistent with correcting bad behaviors, every time, and make sure everyone in your house understands “the rules.”

Consistency with commands: Your dog may be the smartest pet you know, but his mind is very simple, and he’s looking to you to tell him what to do and what not to do. If he barks at neighbors and you correct his behavior one time, while ignoring it the next time, he’s learned nothing. You’ve confused him. 

Consistency with people: You might notice that your dog tends to behave better with certain family members than others. Dog training is as much about people training as it is about teaching dogs new tricks. Everyone who lives in your home has to be involved in correcting bad behaviors and rewarding good behaviors using the same tools and commands. For example, your dog doesn’t know that “quiet” and “hush” mean the same thing; everyone should know the same command words.

stop a neighbors dog from barking Dog Silencer Max

The Dog Silencer Max is similar to the Discreet Neighbor Pack except it doesn’t come with a free faceplate and wall mount brackets. It costs about $20 less. You can always order the faceplate and wall mount brackets later if you need them. It has the same 300 feet range.

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How Do Ultrasonic Anti Barking Devices Work?

These devices can detect a dog’s bark and when it does, it emits a high-frequency sound that is mildly irritating to dogs yet completely silent to humans. In a short period of time, dogs will associate this irritating sound with each time they bark which will naturally teach them to stop.

It is a safe and humane way to stop a neighbors dog from barking especially compared to shock collars and other cruel gadgets out there.

These devices were not designed to cause pain or harm a dog’s hearing in any way but rather to “annoy” them and will not stop them from barking out of instinct (e.g. barking at an intruder).

Ultrasonic devices typically have a 50 ft range. The Discreet Neighbor Pack Max can reach up to 300 ft and is the only one in the market that is powerful enough to reach your neighbor’s dog(s).

Train Your Dog to Stop Barking at Neighbors, Using ‘Quiet’ Command

Teach your dog to stop barking when you say a command word or phrase such as “Quiet.” We don’t recommend the word “stop,” because if you use that word too much — stop scratching, stop begging, stop chewing, stop jumping — it confuses the dog. “Quiet” means stop barking.

The quiet command works well when used with an ultrasonic sound training device. These training devices are designed specifically to control dogs’ barking. The device isn’t harmful to your dog, and it’s easy to use. 

Again, it’s important that everyone in your household understands how to use an ultrasonic training device with the quiet command. You might consider getting more than one device, so each person has their own and you can keep them in different parts of your home, so they’re handy when you need them.

Tips

  • Remain respectful in all your interactions, no matter how rude your neighbor gets. Escalating the encounter will not help solve the problem, and could trigger a backlash.

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Steps to take when the neighbor’s dog is barking

Fido’s bark has become too much to bear and you need to address the noisy dog situation in the apartment next door. So how do you handle the situation? There are several steps to take that can help defuse a situation between you and the noisy dog.

1. Document the issue

The first thing to do is to track and document every time you notice or hear the dog barking. This will help you determine if it’s a recurring issue or a one-off yap. Write down what time of day it is, what is going on in the environment (did the UPS delivery person just drop off a package?) and how long the barking lasted. When you go to talk to the neighbors, it’ll be beneficial to have a dog barking log you can reference and highlight patterns you’ve noticed.

2. Talk to your neighbor

The next thing to do is to simply talk to your neighbor in person. It is tempting to write a note or send an email, but it’s always better to approach situations like this candidly and face-to-face. Your neighbor may not even realize that their dog is barking or that there is a problem. Chances are, they’ll hear you out, apologize and work to solve the problem.

3. Offer solutions

Once you’ve presented the problem to your neighbor, you could suggest some solutions that may help the dog quiet down. For instance, if you’re home during the day and your neighbor (the dog owner) works, you could offer to walk the dog or check in on it throughout the day. That’s definitely a proactive solution, but if you’re a dog person, it is a nice way for you to see the dog and stop the barking.

Other suggestions could include having the dog owner hire a dog trainer, take the dog on mid-afternoon walks, have the dog attend doggy-day care or be left with toys, food and entertainment to reduce the barking.

4. Meet the dog

Dogs are protective beings and will guard their territory from strangers. The dog could be barking at you simply because he or she doesn’t recognize you. Take some time to get to know the dog so when you walk past the apartment, it’ll recognize your face, sound and smell.

5. Play with the dog

5. Play with the dog

If you are a dog owner, you could suggest a puppy play date with your neighbor’s noisy dog. One day, you offer to have both dogs over to play and then your neighbor will take a turn. This is a great solution because you’ll be entertaining both dogs, they’ll get exercise, avoid loneliness and boredom and put a stop to barking.

6. Intervene with the delivery person

Does your neighbor’s dog bark every time the mail comes or the Amazon truck makes a delivery? If this is a pattern you’ve noticed, you may decide to intervene with the delivery person and keep your neighbor’s packages at your house until your neighbor can retrieve them. This ensures that no one barks on the door, causing the dog to woof away.

7. Block off the area

Dogs bark at things that they can see or hear. So, if you cut off the stimulus (i.e. sound and sight) this can reduce the barking. You could consider putting up a privacy screen or a fence in the backyard or between patios so the dog cannot see you and therefore won’t bark. You can also try soundproofing your room as a solution, too.

8. Get a noise whistle

Noise whistles emit a high-pitched sound that irritates dogs. This is a great method for training noisy dogs to quit barking. Every time they bark unnecessarily, you blow the whistle. They won’t like the sound and will soon realize that they need to stop the barking to stop the noise whistle. Before you purchase a dog whistle, talk to the dog owner first.

9. File a noise complaint

If you’ve tried all of the solutions above and the neighbor’s dog barking is still a problem, you may need to turn to more drastic measures. You can file a noise complaint with the landlord, property manager or city officials.

Call the police: If all else fails, you can try filing a police report. While a barking dog isn’t the top priority for the police, they may give your neighbor a citation which will send a message you’re serious about quieting the barking dog.

Stop (Neighbor’s) Dog Barking—Devices Pros and Cons

Do you want to use a dog barking silencer on your neighbor’s dog yourself or plan to suggest they get one? Whatever the case may be, you should know its advantages and disadvantages. Getting all the facts straight will help you decide if a dog barking device is a solution to your problem or you should go a different direction.

Take a look at the table below for more details:

Pros
  • The quick punishment teaches a dog that barking equals unpleasantness fast. Most devices on the market can be adjusted to be more or less severe, depending on the dog
  • It has the same effect every time the dog barks, which means they won’t be able to get away with their behavior ever—day or night, indoors or outdoors
Cons
  • The device doesn’t differentiate positive from unwanted barking
  • Some models can cause harm to the dog if used inappropriately
  • They don’t always produce the desired effect, especially on dogs that are:
    • Elderly—The device works by surprising the dog, which is difficult if the animal is hearing-impaired
    • Excessive barkers—Some dogs can bark over the sound coming from the device
    • Easily frightened—Fearful dogs can react the exact opposite to the irritating sound and start barking even more

The DIY Option

When I moved into my beautiful Colorado neighborhood, I was enthralled with the view of Pikes Peak, the park just a few doors down and the mature landscaping of the well-manicured yards. However, once we unloaded the truck and put our 7-year-old West Highland Terrier in the backyard, the nerve-wracking battle for turf began.

We had failed to notice that the neighbors just behind us had three large dogs that were very vocal about their territory. Add to that the house next to theirs had two small children who liked to feed the dogs through a hole in the fence, and it was a veritable three-ring circus.

Thinking they would all get used to each other, I tolerated the commotion for about two weeks in the middle of our gorgeous summer. When my family and I could stand it no longer, I went to the experts: Google. I found a sound-emitting device that could help curb barking. But, like most things too good to be true, there were some dangerous side effects.

According to a January 2020 article in Psychology Today, these "aversive" devices can cause stress and psychological harm and thus should be avoided for use on pets. Positive reinforcement is a more humane way to train your dog.

So I studied my Westie to see what triggered the barking. I soon realized that when he could see the other dog through the fence, the antagonism intensified. I ended up overlapping the slats on the fence so the mutts could not make eye contact. While it didn't shut them up completely, they did settle down quicker.

I also got a dog puzzle, one that required him to work for his treat. When the barking ensued, I'd toss him the puzzle and he'd happily work it long enough for the other dogs to lose interest.

DoNotPay’s Demand Letter Is a Sure Way To Make the Barking Go Away

If all other peaceful methods fail, a carefully written demand letter will resolve the issue and spare you from time-consuming legal proceedings.

DoNotPay will provide a professional document that contains the following:

  1. Information of legal action you are willing to take
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All you have to do is provide details about your circumstances to our chatbot. We will incorporate the information into a tailor-made demand letter and send it to your neighbor asap!

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You can expect your neighbor to deal with the dog barking issue soon after.

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