Few things in life can drive you as crazy as a dog barking constantly. Whether they have that deep shuddering “Woof, woof, woof” or that ear piercing “Yap, Yap, Yap” it can do your head in very quickly.
The good news is that barking is not something that dogs need to do to be happy. In fact, generally speaking, dog barking is a sign of stress, frustration, anxiety or overexcitement and none of these emotions are particularly useful for your dog.
Remember a content, relaxed dog does not bark!
So let’s take a look at one specific type of barking and get you started on putting a stop to it…
Knock, knock! Dog Control Calling…
Dogs who bark when you are not at home is a widespread issue. Usually, people have no idea that they have a problem until the neighbor or even worse the dog control officer, visits you.
Understanding why your dog is barking is the key to stopping it so you can actually address the cause of your dogs problem and not just treat the symptoms.
Now bear with me on this one because you MUST remember you have to see it all through your dog’s eyes!
So, think of it like this…
Leaders & Followers
Your dog is a pack animal and understands that there are leaders and followers. The pack leader’s job is to protect the pack.
So, on Monday morning when everybody leaves the house to go to work and leaves the dog at home alone, they become stressed and so would you if you lost your pack!
That’s the reason why they’re stressed and barking. Your dogs are calling out to you to come back. They’re just are trying to do their job.
Dog Pack Leaders Are Like Parents
Think about it, if you are a parent with a young three-year-old child, one of your primary jobs is to keep that child safe. To do this, you keep an eye on them. All the time. All over the house, you know where they are. They are safe.
You are relaxed, right?
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 it? And all the other entries and windows are closed? Then what would you do, phone for help?
Dog Barking is Shouting for Help!
Your dog doesn’t have that option! Shout for help? Well, that is 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.
Are you starting to see why your dog is stressed and barking when you leave now?
And all those other annoying behaviors such as chewing, destruction and trying to dig under the fence, or jump over the wall that only happens when you’re not around. Yep, that’s right!
They are all symptoms of a stressed dog that’s desperately concerned about you not being home and safe. Remember your dog can’t speak English to tell you any of this!
What is The Solution?
So, what’s the solution? Well, it’s almost certainly not by giving them a bone to chew on while you are away.
Imagine saying to the stressed parent that their young child is out on the streets, “Don’t worry, here’s a box of chocolates”! You may love chocolates, but it is not going to work in this situation.
You could treat his problem with a Kong toy jammed full of his favorite treats and other distractions. But, this is only treating the symptoms. It may work for half an hour or so; if you’re lucky. Most of you will know this doesn’t work because you’ll have already tried it!
The solution is actually very simple.
The Solution Is!
You need to become the pack leader in your dog’s eyes. Once you do this correctly, your dog will not see it as their job to protect you. You will be able to come and go as you please and they will be relaxed.
Here then is the real solution to having a calm, relaxed dog. No tricks, just an honest understanding.
Now, becoming the pack leader is not complicated. Anyone can do it. However, it’s not something that I can explain in 2 minutes here.
If you take a look at The Online Dog Trainer Doggy Dan’s website, 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 Dan’s successful method that you can take advantage of right now.
Here are some additional tips that you can use in conjunction with becoming the pack leader that will help stop your dog barking.
Tip Set 1
- Exercise: Exercise your dog before you leave them – a tired dog is more likely to relax.
- Find the right space: Try leaving your dog in different areas – some dogs will relax more outside, others inside and some prefer smaller rooms such as a washroom or laundry.
- Fed and watered: Always leave water down and make sure that your dog is warm and fed before you leave.
Tip Set 2
- Pick up the bones: Leave toys around for your dog but not bones.
- Music and TV: Consider leaving music on for your dog or the TV – these distractions can help.
- Herbal remedies: There are some herbal products for dogs which can help relax them – but again they do not treat the cause of the issue, they help relax them, and are also quite costly.
Tip Set 3
- Dog walkers: Help break up your dogs day by providing a walk in the middle of the day.
- Leave calmly: Leave your dog calmly – while it’s fun to get excited when you leave your dog it’s better if you leave quietly. Say goodbye 5 minutes before to help them stay relaxed as you go.
- Comfort jackets: There are also jackets and shirts available that are designed to comfort them. However, they are costly and have limited success in my experience. I even know of one dog that ate it!
Unfortunately, the popular idea that getting another dog is going to stop the problem is something I would stay well away
After all, many dogs who bark all day when the owners leave are the same dogs who lie around the house doing nothing most of the weekend when they are at home!
So, with all that said hopefully now, you have a far better understanding of your dog’s problem! I would suggest if you are serious about stopping the barking immediately then take a look at The Online Dog Trainer Doggy Dan’s site and become the pack leader. That will be the end of your issue!
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There is an entire section dedicated to stopping this barking under the dog problem section “Separation Anxiety.”
You have to understand your dog’s problem through their eyes rather than human eyes! It can be hard to understand at first. 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, don’t hang around. The sooner you turn things around the sooner your neighbors will be thanking you for it!
Here is a recent testimonial where a client, Michelle Stevens from NZ, talks about how Doggy Dan’s method helped her to stop their family dog barking constantly.