I’m sure you’re not alone in this problem. In fact, I struggle with this irritation. I work from home. Which is now becoming more common than not. But being at home does not mean any of us find ourselves free from distractions.
Take the dog next door (please). At a younger age, she barked when we were in our kitchen for breakfast or lunch. Now that the pup has grown up, she’s a bit calmer.
But not by much.
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Let’s face it.
Certain dogs and dog breeds love to bark
While the next door border collie continues to yap, I grow crabby. It’s annoying.￼ Any repetitive noise can bug us when it’s beyond our control. Especially when we need focus and concentration to accomplish our tasks for a job or a passion.
I love dogs. You know that if you’ve read this blog.
Yet living with a dog yapping every 4 to 5 seconds can drive me right up the wall.￼ Unfortunately, I have such a neighbor. She had a small Pomeranian who insisted on barking nonstop for days on end. Being in our backyard was quite unpleasant during those times.
One of the problems continues to be a pet door. Our neighbor uses a dog door so her dogs out anytime THEY WANT TO. She worked. So she needed to come home and let her dog out. In fact, she regularly comes home for lunch. Then her dog out￼ runs out for a few yaps.
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When she is home, the dog barks in the backyard EVERY TIME I STEP OUTSIDE. When the neighbor leaves and the dog finds herself alone, she will bark nonstop. REALLY? YES, all evening or all afternoon.
The dog loves to bark at us when we step outside. When I go out to the garden or walk in the backyard￼, I say a happy voice hello when the dog gives her warning bark. Sometimes, that seems to put the border collie at ease.
My opinion comes as no surprise to working dog enthusiasts. The dog needs off leash high energy running. Most border collies can RUN ALL DAY. They were bred for herding sheep. The pups and adolescents that fade out. Lay themselves down on the grass. Sit panting or show they want to go home, get adopted out or go to a border collie rescue where they find foster homes ready to meet their needs for high action lives.
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What to do? Can anything be done?
I suffer from migraines and need to rest. I often go to our garden to relax.
If I could do something to change this situation, I would suggest this dog needs FAR MORE EXERCISE! Every day.
Years ago, when we were ready to raise another dog, I read about the type of dog we wanted. One of the dogs I got interested in was the Samoyed breed. But the fact that they need three to four hours of vigorous exercise a day STOPPED ME. We wanted a calm family dog that would do well with young children. Thus, we searched for and found a rejected puppy. Kicked out of THREE HOMES BEFORE SHE REACHED ONE YEAR OF AGE. Dancing Bear Dawn, the reject became our wonderful companion. She loved beginning trained beyond “Sit.” We could not believe that people DUMPED her.
Do you have a suggestion for us?
Note: I have messaged the neighbor when her dog has barked for many hours in her absence. She seemed interested in finding a dog sitter when she must leave for hours. But daily, I have not noticed her calling the dog into the house. Even after the dog barked for a few minutes at me.
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