There’s nothing unusual if your dog barks. What’s not so normal is for your dog to bark all the time, without any apparent reason. If this is the case, you need to step up and make a change in your dog’s life in order to change its behavior. Because some dog owners manifest their love through cuddling and petting, the dog feels encouraged to insist in its loud behavior and constantly craves for more attention. This is why you shouldn’t blame the dog next time he barks annoyingly and realize that it is not his fault, but your own.
Before leaving the house you need to make sure that your dog is prepared for your absence. Be sure he or she has plenty of water, enough food (don’t go overboard here unless you want an overweight dog who eats out of loneliness or boredom, much like some humans do), and has a nice and comfortable place to just chill out where he is not able to see other pets or people. It’s very likely that the dog isn’t used to being left alone and this is why it gets so loud in your absence. He has soon learned that the world revolves around him and when he finds himself “abandoned” in the empty house he becomes distraught and starts barking-did you expect differently?.
Even if you talk to your dog, it’s obvious that he won’t get a word you say; what he can learn from is the way you behave with him. When you go overboard and go on and on about how everything is going to be just fine and you will be back very soon, you are actually just making things worse. When you come back home, and start to cuddle him right away, he will know that he is allowed to do anything.
If you have tried everything you know to do and are still struggling with a dog that barks far more than the average dog, there are some things called bark collars that in my opinion should be one of the last things to try for some peace and quiet. There are a few different ones available and I find the Citronella spray bark collars to be one that work but does not inflict any pain or super-high pitched sounds. These collars don’t inflict pain but are rather annoying for the pet. They produce a citrus smell that some people actually enjoy. Because dogs don’t like it, they will soon learn it’s better to shut up before the spray activates. You don’t need to send your dog away when there are so many options for you to train it into behaving better.
Many times when a dog barks is nothing more than a natural reaction. You can choose from many models of bark collars that can train your dog into barking less. Click here to find out more on the types of bark collars available.