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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nuisance Barking

One thing about dogs that can drive you crazy is constant barking. Whether it is a deep shuddering “Woof, woof, woof” or that ear piercing “Yap, Yap, Yap” push your button very quickly. Generally speaking, barking can be a sign of stress, frustration, anxiety or over-excitement, none of which are particularly good for you or your dog.

Remember a content, relaxed dog does not bark!

A common cause of barking can be dogs who are left at home alone. Unfortunately, pet owners often are not aware of the problem until they receive complaints from a neighbor or worse yet, animal control comes calling. Understanding why your dog is barking is key to stopping it so you can actually address the cause of your dog's problem and not just treat the
symptoms. In order to understand this problem, you need to see it through your dog's eyes. Visualize this....your dog is a pack animal, which means there are leaders and followers in a pack. One of the pack leader's jobs is to protect the pack.
So when on Monday morning everybody leaves the house to go to work and leaves the dog at home alone they become stressed… and so would you if you lost your pack! That’s the reason why they're stressed and barking. They are calling out to you to come back. They just are trying to do their job. So, do you see why your dog is stressed out and barking every time you leave the house?

A lot of annoying doggy behaviors like chewing, destroying things, digging, etc., only happen when you are not there. That's correct, these are all symptoms of a stressed out dog who is worried about you not being home and safe. Obviously, your dog can't express these worries to you in English, right? Oh, if only it could be that easy, we could just sit down and have a talk with Rover to work out the problems!

So what’s the answer? Well it’s certainly not by giving them a bone to chew on while you are away. Imagine saying to a parent who is totally stressed that their child is out on the streets…“Calm down, here’s a box of chocolates”! While you may love chocolate, it's not going to work in this situation. Toys, treats and other distractions are not going to solve the problem, they are only an attempt to treat the symptoms. Oh they may work for a short period of time, but not likely in the long term.

So what is the solution? You need to become the pack leader in your dog’s eyes. Once you do this correctly, your dog will not see it as their job to protect you. You will be able to come and go as you please and they will be totally relaxed.
This is the real solution to having a calm relaxed dog. No tricks here, just honesty.

Becoming the pack leader is not complicated, in fact, anyone can do it. But, it's not really something that I can explain in 2 minutes here. However, you take a look at Doggy Dan’s website, he explains very powerfully how to establish yourself as the pack leader and stop your dog from barking when you leave him.

Here are additional tips that you can use in conjunction with becoming the pack leader that will help stop your dog's barking:
• Exercise: Exercise your dog before you leave him – a tired dog is more likely to be relaxed.
• Find the right space: Try leaving your dog in different areas – some dogs will relax more outside, others inside and some prefer smaller areas such as a kennel.
• Fed and watered: Always leave water and make sure that your dog is fed before you leave.
• Pick up the bones: Leave toys around for your dog but not bones.
• Music and TV: Consider leaving music on for your dog or the TV – this really helps my dogs stay calm.
• Dog walkers: A break in the middle of the day can certainly help break up your dog's day.
• Leave calmly: While it's fun to get excited when you leave your dog it's better if you leave calmly. Try to say goodbye 5 minutes before leaving to help him stay relaxed as you go.
• Comfort jackets: Thundershirt is a wonderful product that has worked well for my chihuahua, Chuey. He particularly has anxiety when riding in the car and the Thundershirt has been a great help in this area. While it doesn't work for all dogs, it is worth a try, in my opinion.
Unfortunately, the idea that getting another dog is going to stop the problem is something I would stay well away from. After all, the source of your dog's barking is not boredom. Many dogs who bark when their owners leave are the same dogs who will lie around the house doing nothing when their owners are at home.
So, I hope that you now have a better understanding of your dog's problem! I really do suggest that if you are serious about stopping the barking immediately, then please take a look at Doggy Dan's site and learn to become the pack leader. That will be the end of your issue.

To take a free look around the Doggy Dan site.
There is an entire section dedicated to stopping this sort of barking under the dog problem section "Separation Anxiety".
It’s not hard, but you must understand your dog's problem through his eyes rather than human eyes! They do not want more treats or toys, what they want is a strong pack leader.
So get started now, don’t hang around. The sooner you turn things around the sooner your neighbors will be grateful for bringing peace back to the neighborhood.

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