Can You Get Fined for a Barking Dog?
Most locations have noise or nuisance laws that allow a dog owner to be fined for a barking dog. Many such laws also include jail time, so it's possible that a dog owner could spend time in jail, although this would likely only occur in very extreme cases. The ordinances vary by location, so it's important to know the laws where you live.
How To Deal With A Barking Dog
Dogs bark. No reasonable person expects complete silence. Unfortunately, many pet owners have unreasonable neighbors who call the police at the first sign of a bark. While most police officers are understanding in such situations, the more they are called, the more likely you'll end up having an issue.
If your dog's barking isn't excessive, try reasoning with your neighbor. If that does no good, it will be more important than ever to have a full understanding of the local laws regarding the matter. From there, talk to the police and let them know what's going on. Some pet owners dealing with problem neighbors go so far as installing security cameras to eliminate the chance of the neighbor lying about what's going on.
If your dog's barking is excessive, you'll need to find ways to manage that. This may include:
- Changing The Environment: If you normally leave your pet outdoors, try crating him instead. If he's normally crated, try leaving him loose in one room.
- Exercise Him More: Make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise. Lack of exercise can lead to stress, and stress can lead to barking.
- Rule Out Separation Anxiety: If your dog barks excessively when left alone, he may be suffering from separation anxiety. Speak to your vet to determine if this is the case and, if so, work together to identify effective treatments.
- Soothing Music: Classical music can have a calming effect on dogs, so leave it playing when you go out. You can also try leaving the television on.
- Back To Training: When you're home, you should usually be able to stop your dog's barking with a command. If not, invest in more training with a qualified professional.
The bottom line is that in most locations, you can be fined for excessive barking. Avoid any issues by taking the time to learn what triggers your pet's barking and then find a solution. The result will be a happier dog, happier neighbors, and a happier you.
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