Determine for yourself whether your dog is a good companion and watchdog or a neighborhood noise nuisance by asking yourself the following questions.
Does your dog bark excessively:
When someone rings your doorbell?
When garbage collectors, mail carriers, paper carriers, etc. come to or go by your house?
When children are playing outside?
When another animal comes into view?
When another dog barks?
When hearing a siren?
When wanting to get into the house?
When you leave or return home?
When left alone and lonely?
If your answer is "yes" to any of these questions, your dog could be a neighborhood nuisance. This disturbance of the peace is one of the quickest and most common ways to become a bad neighbor. Persistent barkers are more likely to be ignored if there is a real emergency, since they seem to bark all the time.