Do you remember when you first own a puppy? I’m sure you also remember those first few nights where you lose some sleep because the puppy spends all night crying. You have to get up several times to comfort her and assure that everything is okay, just to woke up again just after a few minutes when she starts to cry again.
Fast forward that to 6 months to one year, and your constantly barking dog is starting to drive you crazy. Whether it’s that deep shuddering “Woof, woof, woof” or that “Yap, Yap, Yap” that is like piercing your ear it can get to your head in very quickly.
You started to ask yourself, why is she punishing you? Does she really love to see you suffer? Well, the good news is that she doesn’t bark to be happy, and your dog barking might be a sign that she is stress, frustrated or over excited which are not particularly good for your dog.
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So let’s take a look at one specific type of barking and get you started on putting a stop to it…
One of the common issue is your dog barking when you are not at home. And you wouldn’t know it until a neighbor or even worse the Barangay officials pays you a visit.
To address the cause of the problem not just its symptoms you must understand why your dog is barking. Now bear with me on this one because… you MUST remember you have to see it all through your dog’s eyes!
Let’s put it this way…
Your dog is a pack animal and as such, understands that are leaders and followers. And one of the pack leader’s jobs is to protect the pack.
So at Monday morning when you go to work and no one is left in your house, your dog become stressed for being home alone, and you would too 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.It’s the same thing with human, we keep an eye over our little children to keep them safe. You know where they are at all times. When they are safe, you are relaxed.
If they suddenly walk out of the house and shut the front door behind them locking you in what would you do?
Chase after them? Of course…
But. What if the door was locked and you couldn’t open in. And all the other doors and windows are locked. Then what would you do…
Phone for help? Your dog doesn’t have that option!
Shout for help? Well that is exactly what your dog is doing…
You certainly wouldn’t sit down, relax and have a cup of tea, knowing your young child was wandering around the streets alone.
By now, you would have started to understand why your dog is stressed and barking when you leave.
Other symptoms that your dog is stressed are chewing, destruction and trying to dig under the fence, or jump over the fence that only happen when you’re not around. They are concerned about you not being home and safe. And this are the language they use to tell you this.
So how can you solve it? Giving them a bone to chew while you are away won’t do the trick. It’s like telling a parent who’s stressed that their young child is out on street “Don’t worry, here’s a box of chocolates”! They may love chocolates but it is not going to work in this situation.
Toys jammed full of food and other distractions do not treat the cause of the problem either. They are only treating the symptoms and so may work, if you’re lucky, for half an hour or so – max – but not long term. Most of you will know that this doesn’t work because you’ll have already tried it!
How to Train a Dog Not To Bark?
1. Become the pack leader in your dog’s eye. If done correctly, your dog will realize that it’s not his job to protect you. They will be totally relaxed of you coming and going anytime you please.
This is how you can have a calm relaxed dog. No need to do tricks, just a better understanding about your dog.
Now. Becoming the pack leader is not complicated. Anyone can do it, however it’s not really something that I can explain in 2 minutes here. If you take a look at Doggy Dan’s website The Online Dog Trainer he explains very powerfully how to establish yourself as the pack leader and stop dogs from barking when you leave them. There is even a $1 trial of the site that you can take advantage of right now.
2. Give your dog an exercise before you leave them, your dog is more likely to relax when he’s tired.
3. Try to look for an area in your house where your dog will feel more relax, for some dogs its outside, others inside and some might even prefer a smaller area such as your washroom.
4. Feed your dog before you leave, leave a bowl of water and ensure he is warm.
5. Leave some toys for your dog to play around but definitely not bones.
6. If you can, why not leave the music or TV on. Distractions might help.
7. You could try some herbal products for dogs which can help to relax them, but it will not treat the cause just relax them, and could cost you.
8. Hire a dog walker. A break in the middle of the day can certainly help break up your dog’s day
9. Leave your dog calmly, while it is more fun to be excited when you leave your dog it is better if you leave quietly. Say goodbye 5 minutes before leaving to help them stay relaxed as you go
10. There are also jackets and shirts available that are designed to comfort them – however they are very expensive and have limited success in my experience.
Some people have this idea that getting another dog is going to solve the problem. They forget the fact that the issue is not their dog being bored. Besides, lots of dogs who bark all day when the owner is not home are the same dogs who lies around the house, not doing anything when they are home.
If you are serious about stop dog barking, you should take a look at Doggy Dan’s site and become the pack leader. That will be the end of your issue.
You can take advantage of their 3 day $1 trial and take a look around this amazing site The Online Dog Trainer
An entire section was dedicated on how to stop dog barking under the dog problem section “Separation Anxiety”.
It’s not hard but you have to understand your dog’s problem through their eyes rather than human eyes! They do not want more bones, or biscuits shoved into a ball – what they want is a strong pack leader.
So get started now, take advantage of the 3 Day $1 trial now, and don’t hang around. The sooner you turn things around the sooner your neighbors will be thanking you for it!
Here’s a video testimonial of a lady who’s dog stopped barking using Doggy Dan’s method.
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