* Train your dog. Get it used to the idea that you are away for periods of the day and don't make a fuss when you leave.
* Some dogs bark because they want to join in what's going on outside. Try leaving your dog so they cannot see out. Leave windows closed, so any barking is less likely to be triggered off - and heard.
* Avoid leaving your dog in your garden or yard unsupervised.
* Occupy your dog or take it for a walk when the problem is likely to occur, such as when people are leavin.
* Try not to encourage your dog to bark in excitement before a walk or a meal, for example.
* Some dogs will settle only if they hear voices. Try leaving a radio on low.
* Try not to leave your dog for long periods. Take it with you if possible.
BARKING dogs are the bane in the life of the noise-busters of Huddersfield.
One of the most common noise-related complaints received by Kirklees Council staff is about barking dogs.
Constant barking, yapping or crying by a dog at any time can disturb people and be a considerable nuisance.
Now, Kirklees Environmental Services are working in partnership with the National Society for Clean Air to promote national Noise Action Week, from May 23 to May 27.
And the officials want to recruit dog owners to help their campaign.
Paul Bailey, of Kirklees, said: "Noise affects everyone's quality of life. Noise Action Week aims to encourage us all to consider the noise we make and the noise that bothers us and find practical solutions to everyday noise problems.
"Often, dogs are noisy when the owner is out, so the owner doesn't know until someone complains.
"A dog may bark due to loneliness, boredom or frustration, to gain attention, to defend its territory or due to medical problems.
"In law, a barking dog can be a noise nuisance. The owner can be taken to court if he does nothing to stop it. But this is a last resort," said Mr Bailey.
Anyone experiencing problems due to their own or someone else's barking dog can phone the Dogs and Animal Welfare Service on 01484 226883.