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Dogs are a man’s best friend but unfortunately they can sometimes become your sleeping neighbors worst nemesis. Today, as more and more homeowners share their space with a four-legged friend or two or three, it’s common to struggle with reducing their noise output and working to not to upset the neighbors next door.
Barking Dogs – Noise Complaints and Soundproofing Solutions
Some dogs bark for a good reason like protection or to announce an intruder, and some do so for no apparent reason at all, possibly craving attention or for food. If you’re a dog mom or a dog dad you may have tried the many bark training collars available, pet training classes or the use of treats and chew toy stimulus ideas to curb your dogs desire to speak up. It’s important to realize that barking is a dog’s means of communication and whether they’re bored, hungry, scared or playful, they want to make sure you’re hearing them loud and clear.
Incessant and Nuisance Barking
Sporadic communication from your dog is common and expected. Problems tend to arise in a neighborhood or city setting where constant barking is causing a nuisance at inappropriate times of the day, when people are at rest or after dark. Many cities and neighborhood associations have laws and regulations to protect against nuisance barking. Intrusive sounds like chronic barking is referred to as noise pollution and its long-term effect can actually induce extreme physical and psychological distress, irritability, headaches and irregular sleep habits. If a dog barks once or twice there is usually no harm done. But if the noise is continual, every time that dog barks your autonomic nervous system (ANS) fires up and induces your body to release hormones that tell your brain and body to either take flight or fight in the face of a threat.
Soundproof Solutions for Chronically Barking Dogs
Before complaints are made, be sure to take the necessary steps to reduce your noise output. The most common purchase of Residential Acoustics sound blocking AcousticCurtains™ are to deflect noise away from a living environment, but with their duel functionality and ability to block significant noise transfer in both directions, more and more pet owners are discovering the solution to their pet’s constant vocalizations. With noise traveling easiest through the windows and doors of a home, our curtains and door panels eliminate the embarrassment and stresses that chronic barking may cause to a pet-loving household by keeping the sound from exiting. If you’re looking to reduce your dog’s noise output while protecting your neighbors and yourself from noise backlash, our stylish, easy-to-install products can help.
If you own your home, you may consider upgrading your window to a double-pane, acoustically-rated window with an STC of 35+. While these may be more expensive, they are a great way to block out unwanted noise, especially if the dog has a deep bark or is situated close to the window in question.
By using a soundproof curtain or installing an STC-rated window, you may diminish unwanted barking noise and allow yourself to sleep easily at night. If you need more solutions, check out our Complete Guide to Soundproofing your Apartment.