How To Stop Your Dog From Barking At The Neighbor’s Dog
“Fence fighting” is a difficult behavior to change!
Why? Because it is FUN for all of the dogs involved to bark at each other at the fence.
Running back and forth, barking, spitting, snarling and working yourself up is serious fun for the dogs!
So, breaking this habit and stopping your dog from barking is either going to cost you some money, some time, or both!
Here’s How to Stop Your Dog From Barking at the Neighbor’s Dog
The Easy But Expensive Option
Often fixing the fence, or adding a new fence, will inhibit this behavior.
Many times, dogs begin this behavior because there is a break in the fence, or they can see each other easily.
By putting up a boundary, or a new fence where the dogs can’t see each other, this can extinguish the behavior.
Invisible fencing can also be an almost immediate fix.
Put the invisible fence wire a few feet inside the fence where the dog is running and “fence fighting.”
Again, getting close is usually what drives the dog to play this game. If the dog not only can’t get too close to the other dog, and is also being shocked if he gets too close, it can impair his desire to continue to play this game.
If you are not willing or able to do either of these things, then you are left with the time commitment of TRAINING.
Training your dog is also essential.
How does your dog know that something that is so much fun and builds on itself is something that you don’t want?
I mean, chances are that you have been yelling and screaming at him… but is he listening to you?
Is he too excited to even hear you? Chances are, YES.
And, it is interesting to note that aggression can be a self-rewarding behavior, which means it is not likely to go away on its own.
Your dog feels good when his adrenaline gets pumping, and he is showing outright aggressive displays.
So, you must up your training commitment and consistency to combat this bad behavior.
Use a Leash!
You have no control over your dog if he is not on a leash!
And, you certainly can’t compete with the “fun” of “fence fighting.”
So, don’t add more drama to the situation.
For a while, you are going to have to take him out on a leash EVERY TIME!
Yes, every time!
You must begin the habit of preventing the behavior.
And, bad habits are hard enough to break. You don’t need the added problem of the dog feeding his addiction by getting away with a session of “fence fighting.”
Once you get used to walking your dog on a leash in the yard, you must give him something else to do.
Instead of barking and fence fighting, I want you to: lay down, or come to the door and ask to come inside.
It doesn’t matter what behavior you ask, but give him a healthy skill that can become a coping mechanism.
This will teach him that he can function during the distraction of the neighbor dog barking, and it gives him something positive to focus on while he is distracted.
All of these things will help you and your dog work through “fence fighting” and stop your dog from barking at your fence once and for all!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.