Being a good neighbour
Before you make the decision to adopt a dog or puppy make sure that you can have one living on your property. Some rental and body corporate agreements clearly state that no dogs are allowed to be kept on the premises or they may have a certain size restriction on the dog that you are permitted to own.
Will my neighbours complain about our new puppy?
This is a common question that new owners ask themselves before they bring home a Cavoodle puppy for the first time. The main fear that they have is that their little bundle of joy that they have fallen in love with, will become a nightmare to the neighbours. The 2 main fears are barking and your puppy getting into the neighbour’s yard.
Will my new puppy’s barking keep the neighbours up at night?
Before your new puppy comes home, it is a good idea to let your neighbours know that you will have a new dog at home. It is important to let them know that the dog is expected to make a bit of noise during her first night home as she will be away from her mum and litter mates for the first night in her life. Most pups will settle down within an hour of crying the first night and if it is a young puppy that you are adopting then fortunately the cries will be a lot quieter than the cries of an adult dog. If you are planning to leave the puppy in the house for the first night or so, then it is even less likely that your neighbours will hear her. As your puppy develops into an adult, it is important that you keep on top of any barking issues and never encourage your dog to bark, even if it seems funny while they are a puppy.
Keeping your dog out of the neighbour’s yard
It is vitally important to both your neighbour and for the health of your new puppy to stop your puppy from wandering from your own property and into your neighbour’s place or beyond. Firstly, not many people will tolerate having other people’s pets in their backyard or even their front garden. Many people take immense pride in their garden and will be quite irate at finding your dog there. Also even if your dog is well behaved when there, she will cop the blame for anything that another dog has done such as defecating on the lawn etc.
It is even more dangerous to your dog as they may pick up infectious diseases such as Parvovirus when wandering. If you live in a rural area, many farmers and land owners will shoot or poison dogs to protect their livestock from being attacked. Dogs wandering around without supervision are likely to be hit by cars on the road or be attacked by other dogs. Most local councils will also fine owners of dogs that are found to be roaming.
Being a good neighbour pays off in the long run
If you have a well behaved and social dog that does not disturb the neighbours, it is likely that the neighbours will come to actually like having your dog around and look forward to seeing your dog about. This is priceless as happy neighbours will often be happy to look after your dog when you go away on holidays or during an emergency.