Dogs’ way of seeking attention and alarming for impending threat is through barking. They bark when they are hungry, they bark when they see their owners around to ask for affection, they bark when they sense something unusual, etc. Some dog owners worry about leaving their dogs alone at home because the barking might disturb and annoy their neighbors.
The real deal is, you do not really have to hire the reputed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan, just to solve this barking problem. Below are simply doable techniques on how to keep a dog from barking when left alone and from other circumstances.
- Discreet goodbye.
Dogs that have become so attached with their owners tend to react when they sense that their owners are leaving the house. Studies show that dogs suffer from separation anxiety, too. Aeddy, our three-year-old rottweiler, would even plod on our front gate, barking as the car takes off. To avoid this, make it a habit to spend at least 5 minutes of relaxed time with your dogs. Play around or feed him. Keep him busy as you prepare for work and leave discreetly.
- If you intend to leave your dog at home for the entire day, stock up on his or her needs: food, water, and your barking prevention weapon—a chew toy. The trick is to let your dogs have something they can play with and get busy with when left alone.
- If your dog seems to bark a lot at passersby, keep him confined in an area where he or she won’t see anyone around. It could be in the garage or inside the house, provided that your curtains are closed. You do not have to worry about burglar threats because this technique will catch the bad guys off guard.
- Proper training. The common mistake dog owners commit is lavishing their pets with so much attention until such time that the dogs become distraught when left alone or ignored. Veterinaries suggest to pet dogs only as a sign of treat when a good job has been done. For example, when a dog keeps barking, reprimand him by shouting stop. When the dog stops barking, pet him. Do this often so he would recognize that if he is not barking, he gets a treat.
- Associate objects for stop barking command. When a dog is inside the cage with water, food, and a toy, but still keeps on barking, splash him with a little amount of water on the face. He’ll surely stop for a second. When he barks again, splash him again. Do this technique repeatedly whenever he barks, especially at night.
He’ll be trained to associate a splash of water on the face when he is noisy.