Dogs communicate and express themselves through barking. Dog “talking” is normal and every breed and every age will talk to some degree, whether it’s through howling, whining, or whimpering. However, barking is only considered a behavioral problem if it’s excessive. This common dog behavior often tops the list of significant problems among pets.
Excessive Barking Symptoms
Before you can correct the problem, you need to figure out why your dog is vocalizing in the first place. Here are common canine forms of communicating:
- Warning or alert
- Responding to other dogs
Excessive Barking Treatment
Taking your dog to obedience training is the most efficient way to treat his bad behavior. Make sure to go as soon as you see signs of excessive barking, as bad behavior is hard to unlearn. Beyond obedience training, the following suggestions should help:
- Avoid leaving a dog alone for long periods of time, and/or train him to deal with separation anxiety
- Avoid shouting at your dog, as it may actually cause him to bark more
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise to burn off pent-up energy
- Never encourage your dog with petting or feeding when he is barking for attention or because of anxiety.
- Train your dog to “Speak and Be Quiet” (i.e. talk and be quiet on command)
- If needed, National Pet Pharmacy offers products that may help in training:
Multivet Anti-Bark Spray Collar Deluxe and Premier Pet Gentle Leader Headcollar for Dogs.
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