Barking is your dog’s method of communicating. They can’t use their words as we do, they bark and use body language instead. Professionals from a puppy school are known to be able to decipher the body language that dogs use to express themselves.
It can become an absolute nuisance and quite stressful when your dog is excessively barking, however. It can result in neighbour complaints and council warnings. None of us wants any of that.
There are a number of reasons, the best way to figure it out is to monitor their behaviour. When, where, how often and at what is your dog barking?
The most common reasons may be:
The above sound very similar to how a baby may behave in those circumstances, replace barking with crying.
Try and figure which of the above are the reasons for the barking. If you don’t know, try a few different techniques.
Some of the above are easy to solve, such as getting your attention or excitement. We need not dwell on these. The ones we are more focused on are the boredom, fear and noises. Going through a dog training in Sydney can help your dog handle these situations better, but there are things that you can do yourself.
I’ve been asked about Barking collars. I’m not a big fan at all. Whilst this may be a quick fix and actually work in the short term. It has long-term consequences. This is because the dog is being punished every time they bark with a spray in the face. This can lead to aggressive behaviour and negative associations with normal things they would instinctively bark about.
Remember that Barking is an instinct for dogs and their main way of communicating. If they have a need, they will bark. Make sure you’ve addressed any core needs they may have to rectify the behaviour.
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