The 'Dealing with barking dogs' booklet outlines the steps you can take to prevent excessive barking.
A well cared for dog will generally not bark unreasonably and disturb neighbours. You can care for your dog by ensuring that they have:
- enough space to move freely in an enclosed backyard,
- a place of their own,
- adequate shelter, and
- regular exercise.
If you feel that a dog is well cared for, but continues to bark excessively, there are several things that can be tried:
- remove direct line of sight between the dog and children or animals, as looking at other animals or children may provoke barking
- take the dog to a recognised animal trainer to discourage bad habits
- provide noise insulation for the kennel
- take the dog to the vet - it may be sick.
The RSPCA website provides more information about proper care and management of dogs.