We all love our dogs and also enjoy interacting with our neighbor’s dogs while out on walks. However, we request that all members of our community be responsible pet owners. No only does that entail picking up after your dogs, but it also involves being considerate of your neighbors. While an occasional bark is to be expected, no one wants to be awoken by a barking dog every morning or have their peace disturbed by continual barking.
Section 4.3 of the Association’s Rules and Regulations as well as Section 6.3 of the Association By-laws , specify that “the pet shall have such care and restraint as not to be obnoxious on account of noise, odor or unsanitary conditions.”
If you are having difficulty stopping your dogs barking, The Human Society recommends that you
Teach your dog the “quiet” command
It may sound nonsensical, but the first step of this technique is to teach your dog to bark on command. Give your dog the command to “speak,” wait for them to bark two or three times and then put a treat in front of their nose. When they stop barking to sniff the treat, praise and give it to them. Repeat until they start barking as soon as you say “speak.”
Once your dog can reliably bark on command, teach the “quiet” command. In a calm environment with no distractions, tell them to “speak.” When they start barking, say “quiet” and present the treat. Praise them for being quiet and give the treat.