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HOW TO WIN THE BARKING DOG BATTLE

Posted on Apr 06, 2017 by deborah  | Tags: dog, dogs, canine, canines, barking, bark, loud, whining, crying, howling  | Comments (0)

Tips to try for a more peaceful pooch


 

How to win the barking dog battle!!

Try these tips for a more peaceful pooch:

 

1. Identify what could be triggering the barking.

Common triggers include:

  • Sounds outside (and above, below and beside you if you live in an apartment)
  • Dogs, other animals, or people seen from windows
  • Environmental changes such as construction
  • Boredom
  • Illness or aging changes that cause discomfort, anxiety or confusion
  • Separation distress

Tip: Videotaping your dog can help you identify triggers.

 

2. Modify the triggers

  • Play white noise, calming music, or turn on the television
  • Apply opaque static window film to block common window watching spots.
  • Increase physical and mental exercise (e.g., puzzle feeders, games, training, walks).
  • Schedule a time to bring your dog to the clinic for a physical exam and a behavior discussion.
  • Consider a dog walker, pet sitter or doggie daycare.

 

3. Stay calm

  • Avoid scolding, physical corrections or electric bark collars, which can increase the stress and anxiety.
  • Teach the dog how to be calm and quiet. A positive-reinforcement-based dog trainer can help.
  • Remote training machines that strategically dispense treats can be effective-especially when you’re away from home. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations.

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