Every dog owner has had them. Or, at least, they have heard about these same difficulties. It happens whenever a sweet, adorable bundle of fur grows up without learning the basics. Suddenly, this sweet creature is a destructive, mouthy, juvenile delinquent.
On the other hand, you could have just taken in a dog of dubious history. This is an older animal. It may have built-in insecurities and issues you do not know about. They soon manifest themselves. It may not be a pleasant experience.
There are several basic behavioral problems you and your dog may face. They range from barking to chewing to biting. Many have simple solutions. Others are more complex. In the following articles, we will consider some of the more common issues facing dog owners.
The very first thing you need to ask yourself is “Why?” Why is the dog barking so much? Is it behavioral? Is it the breed? Is it from any specific trigger mechanism?
You must remember that barking is one way a dog expresses him or herself. It is natural. It acts as a warning mechanism for its people. However, when purposeful barking evolves into constant yipping and yapping, you need to look at the rationale behind the behavior.
Some dogs exhibit this kind of misbehavior because they are bored. The dog could also be anxious, excited or wanting attention. A dog may also bark because, like some people, he or she simply likes the sound of their own voice. It is important you understand the why of the bark before you can work to correct the behavior.
There are various approaches to solving the issue of constant barking. It is easier to address if the dog is barking from boredom or anxiety. The solutions frequently boil down to the following:
- Spend more time with your dog. Make sure it is quality time. Socialize, play and simply “hang out” with him or her. It may be he or she has been alone too often as everybody goes about their busy lives.
- If you are very busy during the day and/or you need to spend time away from your dog, have someone come in. Have a neighbor or friend drop in. You can hire a dog walker or dog sitter to help out. This will reduce boredom and decrease anxiety. Your dog will receive stimulation. Your dog will realize someone will always be there for them.
- Enroll your canine companion in doggy day care. This solves the boredom during the day. If you pick a qualified day care facility, your dog will have a great time. Doggy day cares are a good way for your pet to socialize and have fun. Moreover, if you drop off and pick up within a certain time frame, it reduces anxiety levels.
- If you do not have the time, make it. Play, train and ensure your dog gets adequate exercise. This will wear him or her down. It will make your dog feel happy, content and reduce anxiety levels. If your dog is aware that, no matter what, you are coming home to walk and play with him or her, it helps reduce stress.
- Train your dog. Enroll him or her in a training class. They will learn the commands of “Speak” and “Be Quite” or “Silence.” This will help them differentiate between the right and wrong times to vocalize.
- If your dog is trying to get attention by barking, do not reward him or her.
- Reward your dog for suitable barking. Always praise and give treats to the canine who barks when he or she should.
There are 2 other methods for controlling undesirable barking. Both are extreme. Both are cruel. Neither are recommended for use. Avoid anti-barking collars. They are inhumane. Also do not even listen to anyone who says the best way to controlling barking is to remove the vocal cords.