HOMESKOOLING 4 DOGS

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Barking

Make your dog's life more interesting
Give your dog more exercise. Get out and take a walk together
Keep your dog indoors when you are not able to supervise their outdoor time.

Make your dogs life more interesting and stimulating when he′s alone

Limit your dog's view to areas that would cause him to bark.
Give your dog more attention. Spend quality time together.


Barking is a normal behavior for dogs, and dogs will bark for several reasons. If barking is inappropriate or excessive you must determine why your dog is barking.  When does the barking occur?  What context or circumstances does the barking occur?

 

Reactive Barking

                Breed Predisposition

                                Watchdog barking

                                                Territorial

Protective

                                Alert Barking

                                Excitement

                   Response to noises

Fear

Response to loud noises

Response to people

 

Boredom / Isolation / Frustration

Isolation anxiety

Attention seeking

Separation anxiety

Active dog without outlets for his energy

 

Social Barking

                Response to other dogs barking

To invite play

Attention seeking

 

Learned Barking

Is barking worst when owners are home?

Owners will often shape the barking to be more intense and frequent.  Dogs often learn that they only get attention or let into the house with frequent and intense barking.

If you have a breed that is genetically predisposed with behavioral characteristics such as excitability or watchdog barking, you will not be completely successful in changing the dog's behavior. If you started with this type of dog at 7-weeks of age you would have influence in the form of control on its behavior as an adult.  

If excessive barking is the result of boredom, fear, attention seeking or a learned behavior, you can affect change in the dog's behavior.

You may need to:

Provide your dog with more exercise

Give your dog more attention

Make your dogs life more interesting and stimulating

Keep your dog inside when you are not able to supervise his outdoor time

Limit your dogs view of the things that cause him to bark; close curtains/blinds, screen off areas, and limit access to areas

Teach your dog a quiet command

Get your dog used to events that trigger the barking

Mask noises with the use of a radio or television

Teach your dog to spend time alone, or away from you

 

We do not recommend any type of bark collars. These collars to not distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate barking, therefore we do not recommend their use. In our view it is never appropriate to punish a dog for appropriate behavior. Dogs have enough challenges learning to live with us without us adding confusion.

De-barking should never be considered.

Give your dog safe items to entertain themselves with.


For more ideas to entertain your dog, go to the "Enriching Your Dog's Life" page.