This blog was inspired by my beautiful Australian shepherd Sydney…who picked up the annoying habit of excessive barking from the neighbor’s dogs. When we first got her from the local shelter, she was quiet as a mouse. If she barked, there was a reason — like the UPS man coming up the sidewalk, or the water meter reader nosing around in the front yard.

A few months next door to an unruly trio of neighbor dogs, who barked at seemingly everything, and she was soon joining in the fun! Even though we have since moved to another home, where there are no dogs next door, this is an ongoing obedience challenge.

So, I’m a dog lover like you, seeking the most effective and humane solution for this common problem.