How to Solve the Stressful Problem of Barking

Barking is as normal of a behavior for dogs as breathing is for humans. However, when the barking has become out of hand as in just plain too much or even incessant, this is typically a strong signal that something might need to be corrected or is wrong. In order to correct this you can either make a change in your pet’s environments or try to change its habits. Many dog owners love to cuddle and spoil their pets and don’t realize that while some of this is absolutely fine, lavishing constant attention does not teach the dogs what to do when they are alone, begin to feel neglected and then act out. Next time when your dog barks, before getting annoyed at his behavior, your should remember that it is not his fault for being so spoiled.

Before leaving the house you need to make sure that your dog is prepared for your absence. Leave him enough food and water, but don’t leave more food than he is supposed to eat, as he might overeat out of boredom or stress for being left alone. It is very possible that the problem dog barker has never really learned how to be alone and be ok with it. You’ve taught him that everybody should please him all the time and when you “abandon” him, even for a short while, he might get depressed.

You must understand that whatever you tell your dog, he won’t be able to understand, and that all he learns, he learns from your actions and attitude. If you’re nice to him and cuddle him before leaving, he will feel encouraged to bark in your absence. Also, when you get back home and look extremely content, he will understand that you are happy to see him.

If you own a dog that misbehaves and barks more than it should, then you should probably consider purchasing one version of bark collars - a device invented especially for these types of dogs. There are a few different ones available and I find the Citronella spray bark collars to be one that work but does not inflict any pain or super-high pitched sounds. It is a safe, harmless spray that goes off in front of the dog’s nose. People can sense this smell too, but some of them actually find it pleasant. However, the dogs don’t really like it and they will soon learn it’s best to keep quiet rather than smell the scent. You don’t need to send your dog away when there are so many options for you to train it into behaving better.

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Many times when a dog barks is nothing more than a natural reaction. You can choose from many models of bark collars that can train your dog into barking less. Click here to find out more on the types of bark collars available.

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