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Excessive Barking

It is common for a dog who is frightened or overly excited to bark, but excessive barking can and will be a source of irritation to you and your neighbors. In many cases, however, excessive barking may be curtailed with the proper training.

Barking is your dog's way of communicating with you and could mean that he is angry, lonely, hungry or in a playful mood. The first step to successful training is to understand what is stimulating the excessive barking behavior.

Why Dogs Bark
  • Separation - When a dog owner makes too much of a fuss before leaving the house, a dog will bark for more attention.

  • Lack of exercise - Make sure that your dog is getting enough exercise to release his energy.

  • Confinement - Constant or improper confinement behind a closed door in a small place will undoubtedly encourage barking.

  • Outside noise - Environmental sounds such as thunder, or infrequent sounds such as a tractor, car horn or fireworks, can induce barking even among the most timid dogs.

Proper Training Technique
Training should begin at an early age. When your dog is barking excessively while you are at home, tell him no and initiate a corrective jerk if necessary. Use a gentle tone with a shy dog and a firmer tone with a stubborn dog. A shake can may also work. Never let him get away with it, or it will become increasingly difficult to correct the behavior.

If barking occurs when you are not at home, ask the neighbors the time it occurred and if they recognize what the stimulus might have been. Try soothing your dog with a radio turned to a station that you listen to frequently when you are at home.

Make sure your dog is fed adequately and on a regular schedule and make sure that he gets plenty of affection and stimulation from exercise.


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