Dogs do have a lot to say, but sometimes their incessant barking can sound a lot like your least favourite record, on repeat. What’s even worse is that excessive barking and high-pitched yapping can lead to unfriendly terms with your neighbours. If only there was a way to keep your fur-kid from waking the neighbours at three o’clock in the morning…
Calling Bobby over and feeding or comforting him to stop the excessive barking won’t work. By doing that, you’re rewarding him for his bad behaviour and encouraging him to do it again. So, don’t be surprised if moments later the barking continues as an attempt for more of your affection and yummy treats.
Don’t yell at poor Bobby for barking. That will only make things worse and incite more barking.
NEVER hit your barking buddy or use any devices like shock collars. This is not only painful and unkind, but automatic bark collars may also deliver shocks unintentionally or too often if you’re not there to monitor things. This unnecessary shock could confuse your pup by “correcting” a problem that was not even there.
4. Debark the pooch
Trying to solve the issue by debarking your doggy is a no go! It’s a risky surgery and while it might be kind to your ears, it’s not to your dog’s emotional state and may cause anxiety.
“Debarking,” or cordectomy is an elective surgical procedure involving partial removal of a dog’s vocal cords. Debarking does not take away the dog’s ability to bark, it just makes it sound quieter and raspy.
When your dog barks, say “quiet” and give him a treat as soon as the barking stops. Repeat this every day, until your dog learns this command. This will stop the barking and cure the ear bleeds.
Dogs are more likely to bark when they’re alone. If you plan on leaving the house for a few hours, make sure that your dog has had enough exercise by taking him for a walk or jog. A tired dog is a quiet dog.
Playtime is super important because, sometimes, dogs bark for attention. Bobby needs mental stimulation and bonding time with his favourite human. If you keep him busy, he won’t have time to bark.
Some medical problems can cause excessive barking, from bee stings to brain disease to ongoing pain. Senior pets can develop a form of canine senility that causes excessive vocalizations. Make an appointment with your vet to diagnose and potentially treat any diseases associated with excessive barking.
We hope these tips help you stop Bobby from barking unnecessarily. Remember that dogs usually bark for good reason. It’s important to find the cause and take your fur-kid’s needs into consideration. Don’t allow his flaws to get in the way of your beautiful bond with your barking buddy. Afterall, he loves you with all your flaws, too. 😉
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