Neighbour’s dog driving you barking mad?
a labrador or a husky, turn to Neighbourly.co.nz to find a local dog walker or even investigate doggy daycare.
And don’t be afraid to think outside the square; if your neighbour works from home, they might like the idea of keeping your dog company during the day.
Thinking about getting a pup? Always consider where you live. Dogs, especially big breeds, need a lot of space to run around in.
A dog is probably not the best idea for apartment dwellers though smaller breeds like chihuahuas might still be an option.
Secure fencing is also essential; you don’t want to get a call that your dog has escaped to the other side of town while you’ve been at work.
Take your kids – and your neighbour’s kids – into consideration too. Just because a puppy is cute, doesn’t mean it can’t bite. Teach them how to be safe around dogs; visit bark.org.nz for safety tips.
Here are some steps to help dog owners manage barking:
Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise
Sometimes barking comes from boredom, make sure you have good dog toys that will keep your dog busy while you are out
Make sure it has access to food and water, especially when you’re not at home
If you’re out during the day, check in with your neighbours and make sure your dog isn’t being a nuisance
If your dog barks at night, keep it inside
Enrol your dog in obedience classes or talk to animal behaviourist or dog trainer.
Barking dogs is one of the most common complaints between neighbours.