|Does Your Dog Need to Bark All The Time|
Although a woof or two to let you know that a stranger is definitely approaching the home is fine, a barking session that proceeds without respite is obviously not called for. Dogs who bark like this will also generally start in as soon as they hear any odd noise or catch a glimpse of something moving outside.
Some dogs bark merely to keep themselves amused. Like people, dogs can become bored, and this is most likely especially true with dogs that belong in the operating breeds. These dogs have been used over the centuries in various occupations, and if just still left to sit with nothing to do, they will bark to pass enough time. Dogs that have been left out on a chain are particularly prone to do this.
Sometimes our dogs love us so very much that they just can't bear to have us away from them. They will bark when we go out, evidently hoping that the barking will cause the owner to return. This is called separation stress and anxiety. Dogs with separation nervousness may also be destructive in the house as well, tearing up furniture and eliminating on the floor, bed, or sofa.
One of the most common mistakes owners make when attempting to curb extreme barking is to pay attention to it. This doesn't mean that you praise the dog or give it a treat when it barks, but even yelling at your dog is providing attention - like children, dogs will need negative attention if nothing at all else is available. One way to handle a problem barker is to deny the attention that they crave when barking. However, staying silent and unresponsive while the bark session is going on isn't enough; you have to pay positive attention to your dog when the barking stops. Spending more time playing with your dog or otherwise offering affection can help to curb barking.
The best time to address barking problems is definitely when the puppy initial comes into your home. Young puppies will most likely bark out of exhilaration, but once again, paying attention to them when they do not bark is an excellent way to short circuit future barking problems.
Obedience training for canines of any age is another way to either control or prevent barking issues. A puppy that undergoes obedience schooling not only learns a certain set of commands, but also comes to understand his place in the home 'pecking order'. This is not a bad factor as wild dogs of all kinds have an established social purchase that helps maintain the security and order of the pack. Learning what is considered appropriate behavior will keep the home and neighborhood much more peaceful. While obedience schooling is most effective when started early, adult canines also respond well to this training, especially when it seriously emphasizes positive reinforcement.
There provides been a good deal of controversy over the use of bark collars on dogs, and there are arguments for both sides. Some dogs respond rapidly to even a vibration on the throat, but anyone who uses these collars should recognize that some dogs will be able to block out the 'stimulation' and will continue barking. Injury can be achieved to the dog if the collar can be used too long, particularly if there are no outcomes.
It is possible to train an issue barker to stop serenading, but in all cases, it will take time, endurance, and understanding. Always remember that your pet doesn't realize that it is being a pest, and finding out what is causing the behavior is the first step to stopping it.