Do you lie awake at night cursing the dog next door? Have you had enough of his nuisance barking?
In the majority of cases, bringing the problem to the attention of the dog owner is enough to rectify the situation. Often the dog's owner may not even be aware there is a problem until you let them know. If you handle the situation diplomatically, you stand a better chance of finding a solution and may not only curb the unwelcome barking, but also improve your dog's quality of life.
Perhaps it is your own dog's persistent barking that is driving you mad? Relax! There are many things you can do rectify the situation.
Dogs bark for a number of reasons - for attention, to challenge intruders, to let other dogs know their whereabouts, and out of excitement. But the number one reason dogs bark is out of sheer boredom from being forced to lead an isolated life. Remember, dogs are pack animals and they love nothing more than being in close contact with other pack members-that's YOU!
Start by trying to include the dog in more family outings. For pet owners who confine their dog to the backyard 24 hours a day, this would mean bringing him into the house for a visit at least twice a day. Frequent walks, car rides or simply relaxing with the dog will help relieve his boredom and need to socialize. Acquiring a second dog may help, but be careful you don't get two barkers!
Barking at People
If your dog tends to bark at certain people, such as your newspaper carrier, make a point of introducing them to your pet. If they know his name and can talk to him, chances are good that the dog will grow accustomed to them and bark less frequently.
If your dog has become a problem barker, you need to evaluate the situation. Dogs may adjust perfectly well being left alone in your home because they are in a controlled environment, but the back yard is another matter! Dogs are, by nature, pack animals and they are often uncomfortable when left alone outside. They may feel insecure in such a large area, they may hear strange noises or experience unpleasant weather; all which may cause fear and anxiety -- AND barking. If your dogšs excessive barking is becoming a problem, re-evaluate the reasons why you are leaving him outside. Do you leave him in the back yard when you are away so he can get fresh air and exercise? If so, the problem can be solved simply and immediately. If he needs more fresh air and exercise, take him for a walk and then leave him, safe and sound, in the house.
Regardless of how frustrated you may get when dealing with a problem barker, remember that common sense and kindness can are the keys to success. Excessive barking is, most often, created by placing unfair expectations on our dogs and trying to mold them to human cultural habits.
Do not turn a water hose on your dog or use an electronic bark collar without taking the time to evaluate the situation from the dogšs point-of-view! Using a bark or citronella collar without close supervision and proper instruction is risky. These devices have been known to misfire a shock if the dog simply sneezes or yawns. Why take the risk? Be patient, and remember that the problem didnšt develop over night. It will take time and perseverance to break this bad habit
The most extreme solution is to have your dog de-barked. This is an operation performed by a veterinarian to sever the dog's vocal cords permanently so that he cannot bark at all.Before you ever opt for surgery, seekthe help of a professional dog trainer. And be sure you analyze the reasons that your dog is barking. If the nuisance behavior has developed because you are neglecting to give your dog adequate exercise or socialization, you may want to consider finding a new home for him, rather than opting for surgery.
Article submitted by: © Terri Perrin (Biography & Additional Information)