Excessive Barking and How to Deal With It

Dogs just naturally bark. They can't stop it because it's fun to them, or from fear, or just because they like to bark. Even when you want them to stop barking, you can't unless you know why your dog is barking in the first place.

Excessive Barking and How to Deal With It


Here are some situations when your dog may bark:


1. N curious. They'll bark when they see something that's new or unusual, like a tux or feathered birds, like a squirrel flying overhead. They'll bark over and over, just because they are excited or anxious. Quickly, you can see when they are peeing and pooping at the same time. That may look cute, but once it happens - you'll wish you didn't show encouraging behavior because of your uncertainty.


Try ignoring your dog, or simply getting up and walking away when they start bathing in the rain. A sure fire way to get attention from your dog is to get her attention by barking - yet another behavior you want to curtail.


2. Bored. Like people, dogs need stimulation. Dogs afflicted with separation anxiety often bark simply because they are bored. If your dog is this way, actually giving her more toys, each with their own separate opening, will help give them a feeling of independence and let them know that you care.


3. Competing or territory. A dog that has a real dog vs. man mentality is another factor to consider. A dog that barks when another dog walks by or the neighbor's dog comes to visit may be what you need to teach her to stop doing. By whenever your dog barks, say "Stop!" in a stern voice, and immediately give her a toy or chew bone as a substitute (though don't give your dog two at once - they should only have one). When your dog stops barking, give her a praise treat. If she doesn't bark again, but instead seems to be watching you intently, give her another treat. Your dog needs to know that you associate being quiet with a treat, so you'll have to keep giving her treats as long as she keeps barking. But the best way to teach them is to stick to the treat routine, but be sure to give "quiet" the highest priority.


4. He's hungry. Dogs are crazy about food. If you're not sure what your dog needs, feed her last thing at night before you go to bed, and only give her a small snack in the morning. You need to try and work out what your dog's metabolism is like; and because of that, you may need to give her a higher quantity of food in the morning.


5. He wants to play fetch. Playing fetch with a puppy is as natural for dogs as pig drinking water. If you want to give him the exercise he needs in the way of learning to fetch, give him a ball. Toss it up in the air, let your puppy have a go, and then pick it up and throw it again. What they do, is learn to fetch the ball and their ability increases. That way, your puppy is getting a lot of exercise for his biddable, and he won't lose his lunch nor become arolienic. You know who wants to be fit, right?


Just ask Terri O'Cook, owner of Terri'sUTION Supplies a dog supply boutique in downtown San Francisco. When she's in the mood, she'll make an appointment at her Piggy Park and walk her dog over to the water fountain. She loves the water fountains because her dog drinks the water and gets plenty of hydration. On a hot day, she'll even take cool drink after a long walk for relief. When she's comfortable enough near the water fountain, she'll come over and rest in the shade of the water fountain while her dog does a few "dog burns."


Terri O'Cook's company, Terri'sutions, will soon open their first San Francisco location at 510landia B&B, which is scheduled to open in fall.


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