Everyone knows “that dog” – the one that barks constantly (especially at night) or the one that jumps on anyone and everyone that comes near. Yes, you know the one, and you vow that your dog will be much better behaved. So, ask yourself, “Is your dog a good neighbor?”
Here are some tips to make sure you are doing all you can for your fur baby as well as those living in close proximity…
- Training is always helpful to ensure that your dog is obedient and not the neighborhood nuisance. There are many training programs out there for man’s best friend. Ask around to get some recommendations from friends.
- If your dog is outside at night, make sure they are happy and comfortable. Your neighbors do not want to be awakened by a lonely dog howling for some attention.
- Always make sure your pup has had adequate exercise throughout the day. Not only is the exercise good for him, but a tired dog can’t get into as much trouble.
- Make sure you introduce your dog to your neighbors. Pets are protective of their people. Allowing them time to warm up to the neighbors, and vice versa, will build a necessary relationship between the 2 of them as well. (Who knows…maybe you would even have a dog-sitter when you travel!)
- A fence is always good to have when you have dogs that stay outside for any period of time. Fences keep your dog from roaming into a neighbors flowerbed, and they keep your pet safe especially if you live near busy roads. Make sure your fence is secure enough to hold your dog and that he can’t chew through it or climb over it.
- Communication is key. If your dog has known issues, not being comfortable around children, for example, make those known to your neighbors. This way you can possibly have their support as you try to work through the issues rather than waiting until an incident happens causing an uncomfortable confrontation.
- Check in with your neighbors. Ask them if your dog barks constantly while you are away or if there are any other concerns you may not be aware of. You all can work together to resolve any problems that may arise.
Following these tips can help to make your life easier by eliminating tension between your neighbor and your best friend. Let’s face it. No one wants to be the neighbor with the annoying dog, but moving because your neighbor and pet can’t get along just isn’t an option. It might just take a little work, but it’s very well worth it if your pup and your neighbor can be friends.
Sources: zillow.com, barkpost.com