Three Fencing Tips to Break Your Dog’s Barking Habit
If your dog has a habit of barking while in the backyard, choosing the correct fence type can help you alleviate, and rectify this concern. To help you with this common problem, we have outlined three essential tips on how a proper fence can help you break your dog’s barking habit.
Typically, most dogs that tend to bark when let out are often experiencing ‘barrier frustration.’ When dogs smell and see things going on outside their vicinity and have no access to them, they get frustrated which results in them “speaking out”. To prevent your dog from doing this, it is important you eradicate some of the stimuli that are instigating your dog’s agitation.
The use of an open fence such as aluminum or chain link establishes a yard barrier that still allows the dog to see what’s going on past your property. Unfortunately, this type of fence enables the dog to see other people, dogs, and animals on the street and in other yards. With true privacy fences, made with vinyl or wood panels without any spaces in between or open decorative works, you block the dog’s view helping him to remain calm. Additionally, the fence will also assist in preventing barrier frustration for your neighbors’ dogs since they will no longer be able to see yours.
The height of the fence is also important. Your fence ought to be high enough that it discourages your dog from jumping. Typically, larger dogs can stand on their hind legs and look over relatively smaller fences which adds to the barking problem. With this in mind, make sure to your fence is at least between 6 to 8 feet tall. Also, confirm with the local authorities what the standard height is.
To discourage insect infestation or mildew growth, Wood and vinyl privacy fence panels are often installed just atop the ground. However, doing this can leave small gaps which allow dogs to sniff out what is on the opposite side, including the dog next door.
This can result in your dogs barking and digging to get out when the dog is attempting to discover what is lurking on the opposite side. Planting bushes or any other plant or adding hardscaping with stones or gravel can assist in helping fill in the spaces which will keep your dog more secure.
However, be sure not to place items that your dog can use to climb close to the fence. Dogs that like to climb or jump may use raised garden beds, trellises, garden hose storage boxes, etc in attempting to get over the fence or at least find out what’s on the opposite side of the gate/fence.
Establishing playtime in your dog’s daily schedule will keep your dog stimulated and help them use up some of the excess energy they might otherwise expend in less than desirable ways. By playing with your pet in your home, yard, at the dog park, etc, you can stimulate your dog in a right way. Take your dog for walks around your neighborhood, this will allow them to have a look at what is happening beyond the fence as well as react appropriately to it. Even just the experience of new sights and smells can be very exciting and rewarding for your dog.
Ensure that you play actively with your pet when he/she is in your yard also. By continually allowing her to remain outside and under no supervision, you invite your dog to start exploring, which can often lead to a negative situation. Your dog could get bored and start barking because of canine obsessive-compulsive disorder or even due to aggression if he/she lacks adequate interaction and ways to use their energy. As opposed to leaving the dog alone in the yard, you can use the yard as an exclusive setting where both you and the dog go to have fun. With such treats, your dog will start enjoying the yard and not see it as stressful.
If your dog is interested in other dogs on the other side of the yard, try hosting doggy play dates with them. Although your dog may be showing signs of aggression and barking in your yard, most dogs are far less protective outside of their own home. Make sure your first meeting with any new dog is in neutral territory so that neither feels possessive of the environment. It is best to ensure that you introduce the dogs safely by making sure both dogs are securely leashed upon first meeting. You can also consult your veterinarian or local trainer for dog introduction tips.
In a nutshell
If you want to break the barking habit of your dog and don’t know how to safely and effectively do this, then you should try out a privacy fence! Increased play and exercise can also go a long way in calming your dog and making you both happy.