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Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
You need to be a good neighbor. I know though I may think MY dogs aren't barking too much, or a normal amount, or it's not my fault.....
If someone is complaining then it clearly shouldn't matter what I think. Big dog do bark loudly and can bother people. If I have neighbors, and it bothers them, I need to be a responsible dog owner and show I'm trying to minimize the problem.
How are dog classes and socialization going? Is your dog doing well in class and listening learning well from you? Is he responsive and WILL he stop barking immediately when you ask him to?
Are you NEVER leaving him in the yard unattended? That way you can stop him BEFORE he barks or after one or two bark?
I know I can't use my yard to 'exercise' my dogs if I leave them out unattended. My yard is for the brief eliminations they need to do, and I am there with them. For exercise, I put them in the car, and go places for fun dog classes, fun training, socialization (so they don't want to bark at EVERYTHING), and to wear them out so they will be quiet and want to stay in the house.
This is just a training issue! And one you can help (while training) by changing your dogs (and your) behaviors.
It's like if I'm in a restaurant and someones kids are badly behaved and ruining my meal running around and being loud. Should the parents NOT be responsible cause they are 'just normal kids'? Or should they NOT take them to a restaurant until the children have learned how to behave?
Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus NA NAJ NF
"Nothing new can come into your life unless you are grateful for what you already have. ~ "--- Michael Bernhard, gratitude
Last edited by MaggieRoseLee; 02-02-2012 at 12:23 PM.