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How to Be the Perfect Dog-Owning Neighbor

Posted on May 30, 2018 at 12:10 AM

Written By: Aurora James,

You want your dog to live his best life. So, it can be hard to make sure he’s obedient when you just want him to roam free. As a dog owner, you’re the sole person responsible for your dog and making sure he’s on his best behavior, especially around your neighbors.

Below, we’ve listed some simple etiquette tips you should follow as a dog owner to make sure you’re a respectful and respected neighbor.

Install a fence in your backyard

If you own a dog and a home with a backyard, installing a fence will ensure your dog doesn’t go into your neighbor’s yard. A backyard fence will give you and your neighbors some privacy and give your dog some boundaries when it comes to exploring outside. Before you start building, check your neighborhood’s building codes to ensure you aren’t in violation. If you’d prefer something more discreet and a little less pricey, consider tie outs. Keep in mind that your dog needs to be supervised at all times to ensure his safety.

Use a leash on walks

Did you know that it’s required by law in most states to keep your dog on a leash when taking him out for a walk? Not only will keeping him on a leash prevent you from potentially breaking the law, but it will ensure that you have control over your dog if you happen to run into any neighbors. Just because you’ve trained your dog and you think he is well behaved doesn’t mean he won’t get excited when seeing other people. Also, remember that not everyone is a dog person (some people even have phobias of dogs), and a leash can help prevent your furry friend from jumping up and greeting people who don’t ask for it. Keep in mind that all leashes aren’t created equal, so take the time to find the right leash for your dog. In general, it is best not to use a retractable leash, as it gives your dog too much control, especially if he spots a neighboring dog or human. Walks should be pleasant, and the leash you choose will make a difference.

Get their barking under control

Dogs bark for all kinds of reasons when you’re home or away, whether it’s from boredom or sensing something outside that startles them. Being aware of how your dog’s barking is affecting your neighbors is important. Nobody likes to hear a dog barking all day or night, especially if they live right next door to your home or apartment. You can get their barking under control by figuring out what’s causing it and then fixing the problem using various training methods such as teaching them the “quiet” command or helping to desensitize him to whatever is causing the barking. However, be sure to remain consistent so as not to confuse your dog. If you can’t get them to stop barking, consult with your vet or a dog trainer.

Keep your yard tidy

When your dog poops in your backyard, you may not think twice about picking it up. After all, it’s your property, and it can be used as fertilizer, right? Not quite. Letting dog waste sit in your backyard not only makes your yard smell, but it can waft into neighbor’s yards as well and lead to complaints. Dog waste isn’t a natural fertilizer, so it should be picked up and disposed of properly in your trash can. Plus, keeping a tidy lawn will not only make your neighbors happy, but your dog happy as well.

Supervise your dog around kids

The last thing you want to happen is an accident between your dog and a neighbor’s child. While you may think your dog is the friendliest, most well-behaved dog in the neighborhood, you don’t know if a child is going to do something or act in a way that could come off as threatening to your pup. In fact, children below the age of 15 account for approximately 60 percent of dog bites, with the most vulnerable group being kids around five to nine years of age, according to Psychology Today. This is why it’s important to make sure you’re around when your dog is interacting with children.

In order to be the best possible neighbor, you have to make sure your dog stays well behaved. Following these simple dog etiquette techniques will not only bring you peace of mind, but also make your neighbors feel more comfortable around you and your pup.

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Benefits of Hiring a Mid-Day Dog Walker

Posted on July 8, 2017 at 11:40 AM


1. Drain Excess Energy

Mid-day walks allow your dog to release some of their pent up energy, resulting in a calm and well-behaved dog at home.

2. Shed a Few Pounds

Daily exercise is crucial to help keep your pup at a healthy weight. An estimated 52.7% of dogs in the US are overweight or obese.* Studies show that 30-minute walks, 5 days a week will help keep your dog in shape.

*Association for Pet Obesity Provention

3. Establish and Maintain a Routine

A dog walker can help create a routine for your dog, which can help relieve stress or anxiety your pup may feel when left home alone. Having a mid-day walk will also give them something to look forward to and help alleviate their boredom.

4. Socialization

Mid-day dog walkers provide companionship to your dog when you must be away from home. This socialization also provides mental stimulation which leads to a happier and healthier companion.


1. No Need to Rush

Need to stay late at the office or run errands after work? With a mid-day dog walker, you won't have to worry about rushing home to make sure your pup can go potty. This will give you a greater peace of mind while you're away from home and your pup will get all the exercise they deserve.

2. Stay Dry

When it's rainning cats and dogs outside, you don't have to wait for the rain to stop. A mid-day dog walker will be there rain or shine to make sure you pup can go potty and you can make sure that you stay nice and dry inside.

3. No More Guilt

You can often feel guilty knowing that your pup has been alone indoors all day. Hiring a dog walker gives you the confidence that you are providing the best care for your furry family member.

5 Reasons One-On-One Dog Boarding is Better for You and Your Dog

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 2:35 PM

You’re finally going on a well-deserved vacation, but before you can leave, you have to push aside your guilt and take your dog to the kennel. You feel awful but there are no other options, right? Thankfully, one-on-one dog boarding with A Barking Good Time allows you to travel with peace of mind knowing we will watch your pup in our home. Here are a few reasons why one-on-one dog boarding might be just what you and your pup have been looking for.

1. Your dog will be less anxious.

Being put in a kennel isn’t fun for anyone and dogs may become scared, nervous, and over-stimulated. This means that when they come home, they’ll be hyper, under-exercised and wound-up. Leaving your dog in a relaxed in-home environment with a fellow dog lover is so much easier on your dog–he/she will spend his/her days relaxing on comfy sofas and sunlit porches, it’ll be like he/she never left home at all.

2. Your dog will get individual love and attention.

At a boarding facility or multi-dog boarding homes, your dog’s needs may be overlooked because there are too many dogs to keep track of. With one-on-one in-home boarding, your pup won’t get lost in the shuffle. They’ll be getting one-on-one care–this means only your dog(s) stay with us and get belly rubs and cuddly naps galore. We can keep close track of your pup’s food intake, exercise, and demeanor, so if for any reason your pup is acting a little different, we will let you know right away.

3. You will receive cute updates of your dog.

When you drop your dog off at the kennel, you might only get a blurry photo and a vague report card at the end of the stay. We, on the other hand, can send you photos and text updates as often as you’d like, whether it’s a picture of your lazy Shih Tzu lounging or a video of your active pup playing fetch. We also have a Client App that allows you to receive all those cute photos and updates straight to your smart phone. Download the Time to Pet App today!

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4. You’re getting the best price.

A kennel can cost upwards of $80/night; this gets very expensive, very quickly. We can offer lower rates and discounts for longer stays. For even more peace of mind, we are license, insured, bonded, pet first aid & CPR certified.

5. Your dog will get exercised and socialized.

After being cooped up in a cage with only a few hours of playtime, it’s no wonder dogs act strangely when they come home from the kennel. Here at A Barking Good Time we will make sure your pup’s able to play to their heart’s content. Also, if you have a senior dog that needs to take it slow or a puppy that needs to work out his/her energy, we can accommodate.

The next time you’re planning a trip, consider leaving your dog in our loving home. Your dog’s wagging tail will help you know you’ve made the right decision.