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For centuries, dogs have had a natural instinct to bark for our own protection. People had dogs not only for companions but many times for protection and as a way to alarm the owner if there is an intruder.
So now a days, why do we get mad at them when they bark? Is it something you can control?
It may seem cruel for us to scorn our pets when they are simply trying to protect us. However, we also have to keep in mind our neighbors and their tranquility. Not only that, having a barking dog can affect your mental health and increase stress.
Quieting A Barking Dog
The best way to handle a barking dog situation is to aim for problem straight away. You can train your dog not to bark and it doesn’t have to cost you a dime. It’s also not as hard as it sounds.
Most importantly, always remember to stay calm and be direct
- Dogs will naturally react the same way their leader is acting. If you are frustrated and being loud, your dog will do the same. Calm down and with a confident tone tell your dog to stop with a quick sound, look, or physical correction.
- Be consistent. Don’t think that correcting your dog will happen overnight. Just like humans, dogs need constant practice and training to really get something down.
- Keep your dog active. Dogs are very energetic animals so if they are kept inside all day they will store that energy and release it when it’s not appropriate, usually through loud barking and running around the house. Take daily walks with your dog. See this as an opportunity to not only improve your dog’s health but yours as well.
- If nothing seems to work, get professional help. Remember, your little buddy is counting on you to teach them how to be a good pet!
Soundproofing Your Home
If your dog tends to go to a certain location, like a window or door, you can start treating that location with soundproofing and acoustical solutions.
If you live in an apartment complex, your dog probably goes to the door or window to bark at any possible intruder. Soundproofing panels and curtains that you put over your windows or doors can block 70-90% of sound. Chances are when you’re not at home your dog is still barking as much if not more than they would if you were present. This is why it’s important to keep your home soundproofed before heading out so you don’t get noise complaints when you’re not there.
If you live in a house, using acoustic panels or curtains can make a huge difference but sometimes the problem is sneakier than you might think. Sound leaks are a common issue for homeowners but luckily fixing them can be simple and cheap.
A route you might consider taking if your dog’s barking problem isn’t too serious is looking into white noise machines and earplugs. Although it won’t keep your neighbors from hearing the barking, it can help mask the barking inside your home.
As always, your friends at Residential Acoustics are here to answer any questions you might have. We know that dealing with barking or other loud noises in your home can be difficult but finding the right solution doesn’t have to be!