Dogs like to bark. Usually it does not cause a problem but sometimes persistent barking could be causing a statutory noise nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The reasons for barking and solutions include:
Lonely dogs will probably bark as soon as you leave them. Get your dog used to being on it's own. Find somewhere it likes and leave it, gradually building up the time. Try placing an unwashed item of clothing on the other side of the door. Leave the radio on quietly, turn off the lights and close the curtains. Exercise and feed your dog before going out and try not to leave it on it's own for too long. Get a friend to walk it if you are out at work.
Exercise and good training, combined with affection and companionship, should mean that your dog will not develop bad habits.
See the leaflet attached to this page for further information, or for more advice and help with dog barking problems contact our Animal Warden on 0118 974 6356 or your local veterinary surgeon.