I write this out of deep concern
A court ruled on Wednesday, Aug. 30, that an Oregon couple must stop their six loud dogs from barking by having their pets vocal cords surgically removed.
More recently in the state of Queensland, Australia, a pie laced with rat poison was thrown into backyards in a barbaric attempt to kill families three-year-old dog, for alleged barking, fortunately, the plot was discovered, because the pie was filled with more than enough rat poison to kill the dog.
Why did this happen? simply because these dogs had been blamed for alleged excessive barking.
Why do dogs bark?
Barking is a normal behavior for dogs and an important means of communication. They may bark when calling out to other dogs or respond to other barking dogs or when communicating with their human owners. Any noise, no matter how slight can stimulate a barking response.
However, when dogs bark excessively this usually indicates an underlying issue and they can become a nuisance to their owners and the neighborhood. Before you can successfully manage a barking problem you will need to determine the cause of the barking. Your neighbors may be able to tell you how often your dog barks in your absence.
Dogs bark for a variety of reasons and it is important to work out why your dog is barking excessively. Once the underlying cause and ‘triggers’ for the barking are identified, training techniques can be used to treat the excessive barking in a humane way.
Common underlying causes of dogs barking excessively
Is your dog getting regular exercise?
I always take my dog for a good walk in the morning. I have found that taking him for a walk tires him out and also has a tendency to reduce any separation anxiety. This will significantly help with reducing any unwanted barking behavior.
Mental and Physical Stimulation
Providing chew toys and a KONG toy stuffed full with food treats inside them can help to occupy your dog for some time. Providing a raw meaty bone can also provide hours of chewing time for the dog.
Adequate food and water
This one can be a little tricky, my boy is a labradoodle, luckily for me, he doesn’t have the labrador desire to eat anything and everything, his food bowl is always filled and he eats only when he is hungry. If you can leave food out then great, if not maybe a food dispenser might help.
Ignore the barking
Yes I know, this is easier said than done, it is a battle of wills, yours against your dogs and there can only be one winner. And of course, it’s impossible to do if you have a neighbor that is yelling at you to “SHUT THAT DOG UP”.
Try, hard as it is to ignore your dog’s barking, for as long as it takes them to stop. That means don’t give him any attention at all while he’s barking. Your attention only rewards him for being noisy. Don’t talk to him, don’t touch him, and don’t even look at him. When he finally quiets, even to take a breath, reward him with a treat.
Desensitize your dog to the things that get them barking
Gradually get your dog accustomed to whatever is causing them to bark. Start by placing or keeping them away from (the thing that makes them bark) at a distance. It must be far enough away that he doesn’t bark when he sees it. Feed him lots of good treats. Move the stimulus a little closer (perhaps as little as a few inches or a few feet to start) and feed treats. If the stimulus moves out of sight, stop giving your dog treats. You want your dog to learn that the appearance of the stimulus leads to good things (treats!).
Getting Professional Help
Sometimes your dog will need professional help such as the Vet or a professional dog trainer to condition them to stop their excessive barking.
Until now, I would never mention a training collar, I’m not a fan of using an electric shock, sticking a poor dog with painful prongs, or spraying citronella in your dog’s eyes, nose and face.
However, I am going to mention this one, because a friend of mine bought one for his dog and it worked so well, that we have done a deal with our suppliers and are making them available in our store at a bargain price to all our readers.
This amazing collar is the Stop Bark Vibrating Collar
Harmless and Humane works on Vibration Technology and will not harm your dog. Sound & Vibration stimulus to provide safe training cues even for your little puppy. It creates a consistent pattern your dog understands intuitively. Dogs are quick learners – once they realize they can avoid the annoying beep and buzz they stop barking.
Intelligent barking vibration detection instead of sound detection chip prevents false triggering. Only your dog’s barking can trigger the collar while other dogs’ barking nearby can’t trigger it.
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