Do I own a watchdog or a neighborhood nuisance?
Determine for yourself whether your dog is a good companion and watchdog or a neighborhood noise nuisance by asking yourself the following questions.
Does your dog bark excessively:
- When someone rings your doorbell?
- When garbage collectors, mail carriers, paper carriers, etc. come to or go by your house?
- When children are playing outside?
- When another animal comes into view?
- When another dog barks?
- When hearing a siren?
- When wanting to get into the house?
- When you leave or return home?
- When left alone and lonely?
If your answer is "yes" to any of these questions, your dog could be a neighborhood nuisance. This disturbance of the peace is one of the quickest and most common ways to become a bad neighbor. Persistent barkers are more likely to be ignored if there is a real emergency, since they seem to bark all the time.
Section 14-5.1 of the Prince William County Code states:
It shall be unlawful for any person to allow any animal or bird except farm animals in agricultural districts to create noise such that it is audible at least once a minute for ten consecutive minutes inside the confines of the dwelling unit, house or apartment of another; or at 50 or more feet fromthe animal or bird.
What is good about a barking dog?
What is bad about a barking dog?
How do I stop my dog from being a barking nuisance?
Contact the Prince William County Police Department at 703-792-6500 if the dog is running at large. This is in violation of County Ordinance Section 4-23. Be sure to give an accurate description of the animal so that the Animal Control officers can try to locate the animal and its owner.
The key to getting your dog to come when you call is to teach it to come when you call. This sounds like simple, common sense, but it is often overlooked. An eight-week-old puppy will follow on the heels of just about any kind-hearted, warm-blooded animal that pays attention to it.
When you own a puppy, you can easily be lulled into thinking it follows you because you want it to, and that it always will. The truth is, it follows you because it wants to. When it matures in six to nine months, and develops other interests, it will take off in the direction of any good scent or diversion, no matter what you say. It still loves you and plans to get back to you later, but it won't come reliably every time you call, unless you take the trouble to train it.
Just hollering the dog's name over and over again until it wanders your way is not training. This is where a good obedience training course comes in, and every dog and owner will benefit from taking one. Ask at the Animal Shelter for information on obedience training, and enroll yourself and your four-footed friend, so that someday, your dog will come.
What can I do about my neighbor's barking dog?