Barking Dog- Reporting to the City Pt. 2

why dogs bark

why dogs barkIf you are an owner with a dog that barks a lot, here are some things you can do to help keep them from barking.

  1. Give them regular exercise. Take them out on walks, go to the park, go on hikes. Often an barking dog is a bored dog.
  2. Increase their exposure to other animals. This is called desensitization therapy. Many dogs bark when they encounter other animals. If you work with your dog to introduce them to other animals, praise them when they don’t bark, and correct them when they do, they will start to learn that they don’t need to bark at everything that walks by their fence.
  3. Give them a chew toy. It is hard for your dog to bark with something in his mouth. Chewing is a natural stress reliever.
  4. Behavioral Training: When your dog barks, trying squirting them with water. Do not squirt them in the face because you don’t want to accidentally hurt them. Squirt them on the body. Tell them NO in a strong voice. You have to be consistent with this kind of training and obviously it wont work when you are not there. As soon as your dog stops barking, give them praise.
  5. Bring your pet inside. If you are not home, or it is night time, do not leave your pet outside. Your dog is more likely to bark if he is outside.
  6. White noise: If you have a dog that is super sensitive to sounds, try using a white noise machine to drown it out, especially when everyone is sleeping.
  7. Crating: A lot of dogs bark because they don’t feel safe. Putting your dog in a crate, and doing crate training, can help your dog feel a lot more secure. Many dogs who are crate trained will stop barking when they are in their crates.
  8. Bark Collars: Sometimes our dogs bark and there is not much we can do about it. There are collars called bark collars or no-noise collars. Some will give off a smell when your dog barks, and others will give a small electrical pulse. Make sure you know how to use these and what settings are safe for your dogs. But these can be viable alternatives if nothing else is working.

If what you are doing is not working, then change things up. You may want to consult with a trainer or your vet about some other methods. If your neighbor has complained about you, you should keep your neighbor informed about your efforts so they are more likely to work with you than be a problem for you. Remember, a neighbor who turns you in is not a bad person who hates dogs, they are just likely someone who wants to sleep.  Also, if you neighbor comes and talks to you about it, keep in mind that it was likely difficult for them to bring it up. You may feel defensive and protective of your dog, but try to keep an open mind. They don’t hate your dog, they just hate her barking.

Barking Dog- Reporting to the City Pt. 1

why dogs bark
why dogs barkAlmost everyone loves dogs, but not everyone loves dogs if they are barking all night long and keeping you awake. As a citizen there are some things you can do.

  1. Talk to your neighbor. See if they will address the issue before you call the City of Albuquerque and report them.
  2. If they won’t do anything then you can call 311 or fill out an online form.  The owner of the dog will be given 7 days to resolve the barking, from the time they received a letter from the city. Keep in mind it can take the city a few days to send a letter. So if you fill out this form, you should likely give it two weeks…which I know is a long time with a barking dog keeping you awake.
  3. If the barking continues after the 7 days, you can call 311 or fill out the online form again. The city will send an animal control officer to investigate. If the officer hears the dog barking, he may issue a citation or criminal complaint. If he doesn’t witness anything you will have to get involved to help resolve the issue.
  4. The officer or city will likely recommend that you and your neighbor go through mediation through the city’s Alternative Dispute Resolution office.
  5. If there is enough evidence for a criminal trial, you may be called as a witness.
  6. If the officer does not find evidence, you may have to file a civil suit against your neighbor.

We recommend trying to talk to your neighbor. I know it can be uncomfortable but it can be worth it to find resolution.

Keep in mind, the noise ordinance does not come into effect until 10 pm.

Whatever you do, do not take it into your own hands. Understand that a neighbor might feel defensive about their dog if you talk to them, but let them know that you want to work this out. If you keep it friendly, most likely they will too. No one wants their dog to be a bother to other people, but people do feel protective of their pets, so try to be respectful.

Read part two on Thursday to find out what you can do, as a dog owner, about your barking dog.


When Should Your Feed Prescription Dog Food?

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dog food albuquerque prescriptionYour dog’s nutrition is a very important part of their health. Not only does it maintain good nutrition, but it keeps their coat heathy, their teeth strong, can help fight off disease and illness, and can help manage symptoms of disease. Sometimes it can be good to switch your dog over to a prescription but how do you know if it is necessary? Prescription food can be expensive, so you want to make sure you are doing it when absolutely necessary.


Dog Food for Kidney Disease

If you dog has kidney failure he needs to eat dog food with low protein and a very high quality. You want to reduce phosphorous and sodium levels as well. There are over the counter dog food for kidney’s such as Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Formula Dry Dog Food. Consult with your Albuquerque vet on if an over the counter specialty food option would work or if a prescription food would be better. The vets recommendation may vary depending on your dogs individual health.

Dog Food for Allergies

There are a lot of “allergy dog foods” available both through prescription or over the counter. The best thing to do is see if you can identify what your dog is allergic too. Then just read the ingredients of the dog food you purchase. If they are having reactions to preservatives, try making their dog food yourself. It is easy to do and can help you save money. Check out our list of dog food recipes on the site.

Dog Food for Gastrointestinal Issues

Gastro issues can be anything from constipation due to a low fiber diet, colitis, or various diseases. You need to find out the nutritional needs of your dog to be able to decide what food will be best. Though adding fish oil or omega 3 oil to any dog food has been shown to help most gastro issues.

Dog Foods for Joint Diseases

Does your dog have arthritis? You don’t likely need a prescription dog food you just need to make sure you have dog food that is rich in enriched with omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and antioxidants. Make sure it is not high in calories so you don’t promote weight gain. Some of these things can be added to your dogs food, such a omega 3 fatty acids and glucosamine. These can be purchased as the local grocery store and mixed in their food. When using an additive, always consult with your Albuquerque vet about what to add and what quantity to use.

Dog Food for Weight Loss

You don’t typically need a prescription food for achieving weight loss. You want to pick a dog food that is lower calorie, typically stay away from wet food which tends to have higher calories, and really focus on portion control.

Dog Food for the Brain

Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants are the best things for the brain. They can help protect against damage by free radicals and improve brain function. You can typically get over the counter additives to mix in with your dogs food. Just make sure to speak with your New Mexico vet about how much to give them.


Depending on your dog’s health issues you vet may recommend a prescription. Never be afraid to ask about an over the counter alternative, or a make your own alternative.