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To be able to control you dogs barking you must first understand why it is barking. Your dog communicates through barking and you will develop an understanding of your dogs barking over time. Sometimes your dog will bark for the right reasons, when it needs to go to the toilet or when something is wrong. Don’t forget, there is good barking and bad barking!. As a dog owner, you are responsible for teaching your dog about barking and making sure you don’t become one of those annoying neighbours. Remember, you are the boss and your dog will follow your instruction about what to do and what not to do.
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Maybe your dog is bored, lonely or anxious?
The number 1 cause of uncontrolled barking is a dog who is feeling anxious and lonely. Perhaps your dog spends every day, all day alone while you are at work? Make sure you are providing your dog with plenty of exercise to compensate for that, 1 – 1.5 hours per day depending on size and breed. A walk before or after work is highly recommended. Consider hiring someone to walk your dog in the mornings and/or evenings if it’s too difficult to arrange. Your dog will appreciate this attention. There are many dog toys available for you to try. Dogs love balls and perhaps you could even leave your dog a bone to chew on. If you have a few dog toys, try rotating them weekly to help your dog “rediscover” a toy.
Dogs who spend too much time alone will often become nuisance barkers. . Spend a lot of time with your dog playing and showing it affection. Dogs thrive on this. Include your dog in family activities when you are at home. Happiness is the sign of a loved dog. A dog that has its other needs met is also less likely to display other inappropriate behaviors and you won’t need to Stop Your Dog Whining.
Is it playtime for your dog?
Giving in to barking so that you will stop what you are doing and play, is the worst thing you could do. A bad habit will be reinforced, if you do. Your dog does not respect you if it is harassing you in this way. You will need to ignore this behaviour if you don’t want your dog to demand your attention in this way. An effective way to do this is to turn your back to your dog, without responding and move away. This is likely to confuse your dog to start with. Barking has worked before so if it keeps going for longer, it might work again. Don’t do it! Be firm. You will probably have to endure worse barking before the barking improves. Lots of praise is required to reinforce the correct behaviour. Let your dog know how pleased you are, with positive reinforcement. After a short time of consistent work your dog will re-learn this behavior and stop barking to attract your attention.
Effective dog training requires consistency. All pack animals of which dogs are one, need to know who is in charge. Your leadership is necessary for your dog to respect you and become well adjusted, well behaved and happy. Remember, quiet does not always mean good. If your directions are clear your dog will learn when it is and is not appropriate to bark.
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