Noise Action Week shushed barking dogs

A dog that barks is usually trying to get some sort of communication out to its master, usually letting them know if they are bored or stressed or maybe that have been unwittingly trained to bark by their owners. However, if a dog’s barking becomes excessive it can lead to strains in relations to neighbours and can even put them at a health risk.

As part of Noise Action Week that ran earlier this month, the East Riding of Yorkshire council started to raise awareness of the problems that excessive barking from dogs can cause.

To prevent your dog from excessive barking you could try the following tips:

  • Exercising a dog regularly to make sure that they get plenty of exercise would be a great way for them to keep stimulated and make sure that boredom does not become a problem
  • Do not bribe the dog into keeping quiet by giving it treats or praise. If it is barking for attention then it would be better to ignore the dog until you feel that it deserves the attention. By giving in the dog will become accustomed to getting his own way and is more likely to try again
  • If a dog can see an object that is causing it to bark whether its out of a window or in the back garden, simply remove the dog away from the object that is causing it aggravation. Refuse to socially interact with the dog until it is calm

Failure to comply with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 can result in penalties of up to £5,000.