You hear a car pull up outside your house. You grit your teeth – here it comes! You hear rushed paw-steps as your dog sprints down the hallway, straight to the front door. As the driver gets out the car, your dog barks so loudly that the whole neighbourhood can hear. The driver collects her stuff from the car and leaves to do whatever it is that she came to do. Your dog barks the entire time. Finally, once the woman is well out of sight, he calms down – his job is done. He has protected you from violent and threatening strangers once again.
Dogs bark for all kinds of reasons – to scare strangers off of their territory, to ensure the world knows that it’s their territory, out of fear, out of aggression, or even just to say hello. Unfortunately, this can mean scratch marks all over your front windows, and a lot of very unhappy neighbours!
Here’s what to do:
Install frosted window film over the lower half of the window. It still lets the light in, but completely blocks your dog’s vision. A lot of the barking stems from fear – seeing mailmen who confidently walk past, other animals, kids, bicycles, runners, and cars all make your dog nervous and scared. In the mind of your dog, the barking works. Every time he barks at a car, it keeps driving. Every time he barks at the mailman, he’ll move on to the next house, and every time he barks at a runner, they keep on running.
Frosted window film offers an attractive solution that can be tailored to your windows and your housing style. Energy Efficiency Centre provides the window film of your choice and the installation process to all homes in the greater Adelaide area. This method has been tried and tested – check out the video below for proof!
(Video taken from www.eileenanddogs.com)
Problem solved. Next up – getting the dogs to stop barking at visitors who come inside!