Problems such excessive barking can result in neighborhood disputes and violations of animal control ordinances,
and that means problems with your pet can soon become “people problems.” If your dog’s “talkative nature” has created
tension with your neighbors, then it’s a good idea to discuss the problem with them. It’s perfectly normal and reasonable
for dogs to bark from time to time, just as children make noise when they play outside. But continual barking for long periods
of time is a symptom of a problem that needs addressing – from the perspective of your neighbors and your dog.
The first thing to do is determine when and for how long your dog barks, and what causes him to bark. You may need to do some clever detective work to obtain this information, especially if the barking occurs when you’re not home. Ask your neighbors what they see and hear, drive or walk around the block and watch and listen for a while, or start a tape recorder or video camera when you leave for work. With a little effort you should be able to find out which of the common problems discussed below is the cause of your dog’s barking.