If you have a dog and live in an apartment or condominium, your canine companion’s barking doesn’t have to disturb your neighbors. Your dog doesn’t have to bark constantly. He doesn’t have to disturb neighbors by running around loudly in your apartment. However, you have to take a few simple steps that will reduce noise and maximize your dog’s freedom.
1. Close Your Blinds. If you have a window that faces out towards a heavily travelled part of yoru apartment complex, you can reduce your dog’s barking by simply closing your blinds. The logic is simple. If your dog can’t see someone to bark at, he won’t bark. Your neighbors will appreciate it if you don’t choose a ground floor apartment by the building entrance.
2. Provide Background Noise. Sudden noises outside your apartment will trigger your dog’s defense mechanisms and set off barking. However, you can reduce the amount of exterior noise that attracts your dog’s attention by providing background noise. Our dog watches and listens to HGTV and Food Network when we are not home. Consequently, he doesn’t hear a lot of outside noise during the day. At this point in his life, he may also be able to repair drywall and cook a beef brisket.
3. Bounce on the Bed. Dogs love to play and rough house. However, playing fetch inside your apartment may not be fair to your downstairs neighbors. Your dog can still play inside if you provide a quieter place to play. If your dog isn’t too heavy or you have an extra bed, you can encourage your dog to use a bed in your home as a playpen. With a mattress and box springs between your dog and your downstairs neighbors, you can play tug of war with your dog and he can rip up his stuffed toys without your downstairs neighbor hearing anything.
4. Use Thick Area Rugs. Strategic placement of thick area rugs can also help muffle the sound of your dog’s paws when he runs around your apartment. This will help you avoid noise complaints from downstairs neighbors. Area rugs can also help protect the carpeting in your apartment and help you recover your deposit when you move out.
5. Exercise Your Dog. One of the best ways to minimize running and barking inside your apartment is to maximize running outside your apartment. If you vigorously walk your dog outside, he won’t have to get his exercise inside.
By following these basic steps, you can reduce the amount of noise that your dog makes inside your apartment. Your dog won’t have to live in a crate and he won’t get punished for following his basic instincts.