Dogs bark. It’s natural. But have you ever wondered why dogs bark anyway? Depending on the situation and the dog, Fido may bark for a variety for reasons including but are not limited to the following.
· Fido is happy.
· Fido can’t contain his excitement over something.
· Fido may be bored.
· Fido is feeling anxious.
· Fido is afraid of something.
· Fido is saying “Hello!”
· Fido may be feeling aggressive.
· Fido wants your attention.
· Fido is not really feeling well.
As mentioned, it’s normal for dogs to feel inclined to bark. You should expect it as a dog parent. It’s unfortunate that if the dog is allowed to get away with his excessive barking most of the time, it can be hard to control his behavior and even correct the problem with barking. This then results to frayed nerves, sleepless nights for you and even for your neighbors, and discord in your community. In short, a problem barker has a negative effect on you as the dog’s parent, your neighbors, and almost everyone your dog comes across with daily. NuVet Labs understand how this can be stressing you out so we’ve compiled these helpful tips to help you manage the situation when you’re living around the problem barker.
1. Don’t yell at your dog.
Yelling at Fido never helps you or him. You give Fido the impression that you enjoy barking each time you yell. The best way to teach him to follow your example is by speaking in a calm but firm tone of voice when dealing with him or other people when he is around.
2. Teach your dog to follow a command to be “quiet”.
Dogs are intelligent creatures and can be taught and made to understand when it is acceptable and not acceptable to bark. Train him to keep “quiet” by teaching him patiently about the command to be “quiet” until he learns to pick up your instructions.
3. Positive reinforcement
Achieve your goals in the baking department by giving Fido treats as rewards whenever he follows your command. This way, the positive behavior is reinforced and will help him stop barking at the wrong time eventually.
4. Mental and physical activities
Have you ever tried being at home all day without anything to do? If you did, there’s a huge chances you’ll be barking, too, like Fido. Keep in mind that a bored dog isn’t a happy dog. If you see your canine companion spending most of his time sleeping and has less engagement with you or your other family members, this can cause a variety of problems for your furry friend. Aside from boredom, your dog can turn to an anxious dog.
Anxious dogs have a tendency to bark so prevent this from happening by finding time to engage with your dog through a physical or mental activity for at least an hour a day. You have the option of breaking this up in increments of 5, 10, and 15 minutes per activity. Also make sure that your furry friend’s mental alertness is also attended to. Why not try cheese, a Kong matched with a peanut butter, or any kind of reward or chew toys specially made for dogs? Keep in mind that a bored dog will also chew things aside from barking, so address these unpleasant behaviors by engaging Fido in mental and physical activities regularly.
Since you are training your dog to learn a new behavior, consistency is one of the keys to get him to be successful. Make sure you are consistent in addressing the problem barking so you don’t confuse him and make the problem barking worse by sending him a mixed message.