Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tips For Controlling Your Barking Dog

One of the major complaints about dogs in suburbia is barking. Your neighbors will hate it if your dog is always making lots of noise, so you definitely need to do something about it. These are the top tips on how to control your dogs barking.

1. Find out why your dog is making so much racket. Dogs bark for a certain reason, and until you find out the reason behind his noise, it will be difficult to end it. Some reasons are being bored, solitude, or interruptions by people in your neighborhood.

2. As tricky as it is, don't shout at your dog to hush. In his eyes, he'll think you're adding in and it will simply make his barking worse. If he is being loud, take him away from the location. Take him in the house or sidetrack him from that aggravating cat and that will help take his mind off barking.
3. Fix boredom with toys, mainly if you are leaving your dog by their self. There is lots of food dispensing toys such as the Buster Cube or the Kong Wobbler. If you set his food in these toys, it will give him more time to eat his food, and he'll have fun doing so. Also, think about dog training classes to offer your dog some rational exercise. A sleepy brain can make your dog settle as much as a weary body.

4. Speaking of exhausted bodies, you might have to boost your dog's workout to use up his surplus of energy. This is mainly the case with breeds that are very active, such as working, herding or gun dogs. Bring him for a run or toss the ball for him until he is wore out. He'll be extra fascinated in taking nap than barking at the cat looking at him from next door.

5. If your dog is barking at passers by, you might want to make a fence he can't look through. This could cost you hardly any money but it is priceless in terms of positive neighborly relations.
5. Dogs are pack animals and aren't made to have extended periods of time on their own. Isolation can be improved with any doggie day care or the purchase of another dog. You may be capable to trade doggie babysitting with a dog owning friend, so all dogs have someone to play with. If you do choose to search for a companion dog, then make certain that you can financially afford the additional expense, and have an endorsement plan available if your dog doesn't get along good with the newest addition.

If you have done all of these things and your dog is still barking unremittingly it's time to find specialized help. Ask your vet for a recommendation of a professional behaviorist and they'll assist you in finding a resolution that can work for you.

Don't allow a noisy dog come between you and the neighbors. With a bit of work on your part, it won't take long before you love the sounds of silence.

Dr. Susan Wright, DMV is a professional on dog bark collars and dog training collars. Susan has been giving care for pets as a practicing veterinarian for more than 10 years. As an authority on domestic pet care, Susan likes writing articles that help people give the best care for their pets.

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