Have you ever experienced leaving your dog to head to work, school, or any outdoor activities and once you get home you received a number of complaints from your neighbors that your canine companion did nothing but bark and howl while you were gone? And it leaves you wondering why because he seems so fine and calm the moment you left him this morning.
Well, your dog’s barking can be caused by a lot of reasons like anxiety, disturbing noises, and boredom. Even though you want to be there to calm him down, you can’t because you won’t be able to stay home all day long.
All you can to do is deal with how you can lessen or tone down your dog’s barking to not irritate your neighbors. Here are a few tips on how you can do that:
1. Obstruct his view
A dog’s barking can be related to his response to threats or astonishing sights that may cause him to react loudly. For this reason, you can cut him off from the world outside your home through closing your windows and putting curtains to stop them from seeing and hearing things from the outside like birds perched on a tree outside.
You can consider doing this every time you leave the house for the day.
2. Minimize and limit the noise
Together with blocking your dog’s view from the outside, you should also learn how to minimize and limit the noise he can hear. You can try turning on the television or the radio so he can’t hear strange things outside but remember to not turn up these appliances too loud as it may cause agitation to your canine friend and also to your neighbors.
Having these constant noises inside your home and not being able to see the world outside can create the feeling that as if someone is with him inside your house.
3. Give him enough exercise
One more reason that can be considered as to why your dog keeps on barking is because he might be simply bored or restless inside your home.
So before you leave him for the day, try putting him in his leash and give him a morning walk or jog so he can release some energy out of his system, doing this routine will most likely result to him lazing around quietly while you are gone.
4. Keep him busy and occupied
One more thing that you can do to remove your dog’s boredom is to provide him with some entertainment materials to keep him busy and occupied throughout the day. You can always create a do-it-yourself (DIY) treat for your canine friend by buying a tennis ball and cutting a 2-small inch along the side.
You may put several treats inside the ball and give it to your dog while showing where you got the treats before you leave. He will be concentrated on getting these treats for himself for long hours and will silence him up.
You can also buy him a Kong toy which is specifically made to keep dogs entertained. You can fill his toy with peanut butter then put it in the freezer before giving it to him. See how much he will be occupied on getting every drop of the frozen peanut butter. Just remember to not leave anything that may cause him to choke.
5. Provide positive reinforcements
When you are home with your canine friend, grab the chance to give him positive reinforcements. Like when he sees a bird on a tree outside your home and he stops barking, give him some treats to let him know that he is behaving well, doing this can result in his better behavior especially when you are not around.
6. Have your dog trained
A lot of dogs respond very well when they are trained by the help of a crate. They become comfortable in small confined spaces whenever they are alone.
If your dog doesn’t want to be confined in small area you can always try using an Ex-pen. There are many decent priced pens that you can find, these can be very useful to you since they are very portable and are esy to store.
If you think you have tried everything in keep your canine friend entertained and isolated, you can always consider having a professional trainer. Professional trainers can teach you a lot of tools and techniques to lessen or permanently sop your dog from improper barking.
7. Pay a visit to your vet
Sometimes dogs may also experience separation anxieties just like humans; it can range from mild to severe. Dogs with this kind of anxiety can be very difficult to manage and appease since they create noises more than their occasional barking and howling.
If you think you have tried everything you can to calm your dog, maybe it is time to consider bringing him to the vet and give him medication.
Remember that you should not give medicines to your canine buddy without guidance and prescriptions from his veterinarian. Their medications are far from humans’ dosages. It is highly advised that you always consult before giving any medication to your pup so as to not worsen the current situation.
8. Hire someone to take care of your pup
If your budget is not that very tight, you can also consider hiring a pet sitter to visit your canine buddy during the day while you are not around. You’ll never know if this might be the perfect solution to your barking problem.
Your pet sitter can give your pup his potty break and can also give him treats or other necessities that he needs. Having someone around can boost their energy and can look forward to your return by the end of the day.
9. Relieve and reassure your neighbors
Your dog’s barking and howling habits will definitely not be fixed overnight, so you need to address your neighbors concerns and queries personally. Apologize to them and assure them that you are working on the problem.
If in case your neighbors have dogs of their own, you can introduce them and see if there might be a chance to have a new fur friend for your dog. You can always ask your neighbors if they are interested to walk your dog and maybe make a few extra bucks.
By constantly practicing these tips, you can lessen and eventually stop your dogs improper barking in no time!
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