Stop Dogs Barking
How to stop dogs barking is not only a human problem. It can be annoying to have a dog constantly barking disturbing your peace, and the neighbors!
Barking is not something that dogs do in order to be happy. In fact, generally barking is a sign of stress, frustration, anxiety or over excitement.
None of these emotions are particularly good for your dog. Or you!
Few things in life can drive you crazy as a constantly barking dog. Whether they have that deep shuddering “Woof, woof, woof” or that ear piercing “Yap, Yap, Yap”. It can do your head in very quickly.
Remember a content, relaxed dog does not bark! So lets take a look at one specific type of barking and get you started on putting a stop to it…
Dogs who bark when you are not at home is a very common issue. Usually people have no idea that they have a problem. Until, of course, the neighbour or even worse the dog control officer pays you a visit.
Or a note left at your front door that simply says, “Stop dogs barking!” This can be a frightening message. Who left it and what might they do?
Understanding why your dog is barking is the key to stopping it. 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 dogs eyes!
So think of it like this…
Leaders & Followers – Which One Are You?
Your dog is a pack animal and understands that there are leaders and followers. And one of the pack leader’s jobs is to protect the pack.
So, what happens on Monday morning when everybody leaves the house to go to work?
They leave the dog at home alone and he becomes stressed. So would you 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 are just trying to do their job.
Think about it. If you are a parent with a young three year old child. One of your main 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.
But, if they suddenly walk out of the house and shut the front door behind them.
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 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 by constantly barking.
What do you do to stop your dog barking? You certainly wouldn’t sit down, relax and have a cup of tea, would you?
Knowing your young child was wandering around the streets alone, you would be frantic.
Are you starting to see why your dog is stressed and barking when you leave now?
Other Annoying Dog Behaviors
And all those other annoying behaviors – what is going on there?
Such as chewing your new running shoes you left at the front door. Destroying the cushions on the sofa as though it is suddenly snowing in July. Trying to dig under the fence, or jump over the fence 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 to tell you any of this!
So, what’s the solution? Well it’s almost certainly not by giving them a bone to chew on whilst you are away. That’s not going to stop dogs barking for very long.
It is not treating the cause; just the symptoms of a greater issue.
Imagine saying to the parent who is totally stressed 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.
A Kong toy jammed full of his favorite treat and other distractions do not treat the cause of the problem either.
They are only treating the symptoms. This 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, right?
The solution is actually very simple.
Become the Pack Leader to Stop Dogs Barking
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 totally OK and relaxed with it.
This is the real solution to having a calm relaxed dog. No tricks here, just an honest understanding.
Now. Becoming the pack leader is not complicated. Anyone can do it. And it will stop dogs barking when you leave the house and them alone.
However, it’s not really something that I can explain in 2 minutes here. If you take a look at 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 the site that you can take advantage of right now.
Other Tips to Stop Dogs Barking
Here are additional tips that you can use in conjunction with becoming the pack leader that will help stop your dogs barking.
- 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 areas such as a washroom
- Fed and watered: Always leave water down and make sure that your dog is warm and fed before you leave
- 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 really treat the cause of the issue, they simply help relax them, and are also quite costly
- Dog walkers: A break in the middle of the day can certainly help break up your dogs day
- Leave calmly: Leave your dog calmly – whilst it’s fun to get excited when you leave your dog it’s better if you leave calmly. Say goodbye 5 minutes before leaving 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 very expensive and have limited success in my experience. I even know of one dog that actually ate it!
Adding Another Dog is Not the Answer!
Unfortunately, the popular idea that getting another dog is going to stop the problem is not the answer. And, something I would stay well away from.
Remember the source of your dog’s issue is not boredom.
After all, many dogs who bark all day when the owners leave are the same dogs who lie around the house. They are the same dogs who do 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!
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You can become the pack leader. Problem solved! That will be the end of your issue!
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There is actually an entire section dedicated to stopping this sort of 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, don’t hang around.
The sooner you turn things around the sooner your neighbors will be thanking you for it!