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Author, Darlene Wagner Butler, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

There are vocal dogs and quiet dogs. For some,  barking comes naturally as a form of vocal communication but, in excess, can be quite a nuisance for the human members of their pack, as well as their neighbors. If your pooch barks incessantly when left home alone, bellows at birds and squirrels he spots outside, or becomes overly vocal when visitors arrive, a bit of proper training can help.

 

Often, a pet parent’s immediate reaction to a barking dog is to shout at him. Unfortunately, since your dog responds to tone, he probably misinterprets your yells for barking, thinking you’re joining in on the fun. As well, your shouting may influence Fido to bark even more, as it’s a form of attention. He may even begin to bark at nothing, just to get a reaction from you. Most forms of verbal or physical discipline will be perceived as attention from his human. Once the attention stops, he will likely continue to bark assuming more attention will follow.

 

Why Do Dogs Bark?

 

There are many reasons why dogs bark ~ to show excitement, distress, affection, nervousness, boredom… they simply can’t express emotions the way people do, so they bark their emotions. Your dog considers barking a solution to a problem. If he barks when you leave him home alone, upon your return he thinks his barking called you back. If he barks at your neighbor taking a leisurely stroll down your street, once the neighbor is no longer in site, he thinks he successfully chased off a threat.

 

Possible Solutions

 

While there are emotional factors at play, one of the main reasons these emotional factors result in boundless barking is simple ~ your four-legged friend has pent-up energy. Be sure to fulfill your dog’s mental and physical needs on a daily basis. Challenge him with brisk walks in new environments, obedience games and play time. This alone may do the trick. After all, more exercise = less energy = diminished desire to bark.

 

Another possible solution is to change his belief that barking results in attention. Rather than scold or give him physical contact when he barks, silently turn your back to him and walk away. Be patient and wait as long as it takes for him to be quiet. Hopefully, he will soon learn barking is counter-productive.

 

If your dog barks at a specific stimulus, such as other dogs or the vacuum cleaner, work to desensitize him to the stimulus. Begin with the stimulus at a distance and gradually work it closer to him, rewarding him with treats for every few feet the stimulus moves toward him. You want to teach him to equate the stimulus with something good ~ yummy treats! Repeat the process as often as it takes, and keep in mind it may take a few days or even a few weeks for the new behavior to be learned.

 

Finally, try teaching your pooch an incompatible behavior. When he starts barking, command him to do something else. Perhaps toss a treat on his bed and say “go to bed.” Teach him to react to a stimulus that would otherwise make him bark by commanding him and rewarding him to do something else.

 

Don’t let your dog drive you barking mad! Work with him to curb his undesirable behavior and remember, reward is the best motivator. Praise him as he does the right thing, not afterward. Hopefully this will eventually teach your dog to do the right thing next time!

 

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Author, Darlene Wagner Butler, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Dogs bark. It’s a fact of life. Their bark serves as a form of vocal communication but, in excess, can be a bother for the human members of their pack, not to mention the neighbors! If your canine companion barks up a storm when left home alone, yelps at critters he spots outside, or loudly and at great length “announces” visitors when they arrive, perhaps it’s time to curb his barking behavior with some training.

 

As a pet parent, it might be your immediate reaction to shout at your dog when he barks. Unfortunately, since your dog responds to tone, he probably misinterprets your yells and thinks you are joining in on the fun by barking, too! And your shouting may influence your barking buddy to bark even more, as he interprets it as a form of attention. It’s even possible he will begin to bark at nothing, just to get a reaction from you. Most forms of verbal or physical discipline will be perceived as attention from his human (even if it’s meant to be disciplinary). Once the attention stops, may continue to bark purely for added attention.

 

Why Do Dogs Bark?

 

There are several reasons why dogs bark ~ to communicate their excitement, boredom, discomfort, hunger… They simply can’t express emotions the way we can, so they bark them instead. To your dog, his bark is a solution to a problem. If he barks when you leave him, when you return he may think his barking called you back. If he barks at strange cat who enters your yard, once the cat wanders off, he may think he successfully chased off a threat.

 

What’s a Pet Parent to Do?

 

While there are several emotional factors at play, one of the main for a dog’s boundless barking is simple ~ he has pent-up energy that needs to be redirected. Fulfill your dog’s mental and physical needs on a daily basis. Challenge him with vigorous walks in new environments, obedience games, training sessions and some good ole play time. This alone may be the solution to your barking mad situation. After all, sufficient exercise = less energy = less desire to bark.

 

Another possible solution is to shatter his belief that barking leads to attention. Rather than scold or him when he barks, turn your back to him and walk away. Be patient and wait as long as it takes for him to be quiet down. Hopefully, after repeated tries to gain your attention with no success, he will soon learn barking is counter-productive.

 

If your dog barks at a specific object, such the vacuum cleaner, work to desensitize him to the stimulus. Begin by placing the object at a distance and gradually work it closer to him, rewarding him with treats for every few feet the stimulus moves toward him. You want to teach him to equate the stimulus with something good ~ yummy treats! Repeat the process as many times as it takes for him to no longer react by barking. Keep in mind, it may take a few days or even a few weeks for the new, acceptable behavior to be learned. Be consistent and be patient!

 

Finally, try teaching your pooch an incompatible behavior. When he barks, command him to do something different. Perhaps toss a treat on his bed and command him to “go to bed.” The new learned behavior will be a good substitute for his barking and, with the help of a few treats, should be readily accomplished with sufficient training.

 

Don’t let your dog’s barking drive YOU barking mad! Work with him to curb his undesirable behavior with plenty of verbal praise and other rewards, such as treats and toys. For a pooch (as with most humans), learning there is a reward can be a very powerful motivator! Praise him AS he does the right thing, not afterward, so he recognizes the correlation.

Hopefully this will teach your dog to do the right thing next time!

 

 

 

 

 

About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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