Sandy Springs is a pet-friendly community, which means you can enjoy the company of a dog in our Atlanta apartments. The only issue with having a dog that you keep indoors in an apartment community is your neighbors are in close proximity, so a barking dog can be a problem. If your dog is a very vocal pet, there are a few ways you can stop your dog from barking.
ELIMINATE THE PROVOKING ELEMENT
Dogs usually bark as a response to something. For example, your dog may bark when they see someone through a window or if they hear a car go down the street. If this is why your dog is barking, remove what is provoking them from the equation. If it’s a noise that provokes the barking, try to block it out by keeping the windows shut. If it is something your dog sees through the window, keep your blinds closed or curtains drawn.
NEVER REWARD YOUR DOG FOR BARKING
It’s common for owners to provoke their dog to “speak” by offering a treat. While this is a cute trick, it teaches the dog that barking is something you want them to do, and that is not the impression you want to give when you need your dog to be quiet. Do what you can to ignore your dog when he barks, and eventually, he will lose interest in barking to get your attention.
DISTRACT YOUR DOG WITH A NEW COMMAND
Your vocal pooch refuses to stop barking, so what can you do? In most cases, dogs are easily distracted by you, their human companion. All it may take is you creating a distraction to take your dog’s mind off of what they were barking about in the first place. For example, you could play a short game of fetch, take them for a walk, or command your dog to lay down for a treat.
GIVE YOUR DOG AMPLE EXERCISE
Some dogs will bark simply because they’re bored or anxious, both of which are problems that can be combatted with some exercise and play. If your playful pup is tired and worn out, they are less likely to be overexcited and noisy. So take your pet for a walk or play some games with your dog in the apartment.
Our apartment community offers one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans for you and your pup. Contact our office to learn more about our apartment homes!