Do you wonder what to do about a barking dog?
Are your neighbours complaining? Do you wonder what to do about a barking dog? In this article we discuss different ways in which you can stop your dog from barking, as well as what could be causing them to bark in the first place.
What to do about a barking dog? – Introductions are essential
Any introduction of new people into the household involves a procedure to acquaint one with the other in a gradual, positive way. New people in your dog’s territory can be unsettling and unnerving for your pooch. Even just the arrival of your domestic worker or gardener could leave him feeling shaky. This does not have to be a problem though. There are ways to make your dog feel comfortable. You can encourage your domestic help to develop a meaningful relationship with your dog by giving him his meals and taking him for walks.This will help your dog to see them as a friend, part of the pack – and not the enemy.
What to do about a barking dog? – Show them you are boss
Stop rewarding your dog by holding him and using ear massage. One of the reasons for the excessive barking is that you’re not in charge – your dog is. It is important for your dog to always know that you are the boss – you are the leader of the pack. If you have allowed your dog to lead the way at home, change will not be easy but – changing his behaviour is still possible, and it will have many long term benefits. Consulting an animal behaviourist will teach you effective calming signals and ways to use positive reinforcement