Barking Dog - Owner

Overview
A barking dog can present a major problem within residential areas like Highland Village. While some people are very tolerant of a dog barking, other residents are sensitive to the disturbance. Remember that your neighbors may work various shifts and be sleeping during the day or your neighbors may work from home.

While it is normal and reasonable for dogs to bark, continual barking for long periods of time is a sign that your dog has a problem that requires your attention.

Also, it is a violation of the City of Highland Village Ordinance to allow your pets to create noise that creates an unreasonable disturbance. Failure to abate a noise violation may result in citations being issued. Part of Section 14-4 of the City Ordinance is listed below.

SEC. 14-4 - Public Nuisance Animals
  1. Animals creating disturbances. No person shall keep or harbor on his premises or elsewhere in the city more than the maximum number of animals permitted by this chapter. No person shall keep or harbor on his premises or elsewhere any animal or fowl of any kind that makes or creates an unreasonable disturbance of the neighbors or the occupants of adjacent premises or persons living in the vicinity thereof, or permit such animal to make or create disturbing noises by howling, barking, crowing, bawling or otherwise.
Suggestions for Curbing Barking Dogs
  • Discuss the problem with your neighbors. Make it clear that you are aware of the problem and taking steps to address it. Speaking with your neighbors may assist in determining why your dog is barking excessively.
  • Determine why your dog is barking. There are many reasons for a dog to bark. Loneliness, frustration, territoriality, and separation anxiety are just a few. Trying to determine and eliminate the root cause of the barking is the only way to resolve the issue permanently. Sometimes, a trip to the veterinarian or a certified animal behaviorist may be required.
  • Spend time with your dog. Socialization and training may reduce your dog's need for attention when you are away. Also, this will keep your dog from seeing everything outside your backyard as a threat to be dealt with.
  • Walk your dog. Some breeds are very energetic and become bored quickly if not given enough exercise or a job to do.
  • Keep various toys in the backyard and change them frequently to keep your dog interested.
  • Keep your dog inside the house while you are away.
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