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Dog Barking Problems
15 Free ways to keep the Peace
Has you dog been barking up the wrong tree lately. Not only shatteringyour nerves, though that of your neighbors. In fact, it seems that everytime a leaf falls, the mail man calls, or a car stalls, your dogs outburstsshatter the peace. Barking is normal, and a little bit is okay.......It's just that some dogs have more to say than others, and this is whereyou have to step in and draw the line, when your pooch doesn't knowwhen to call it quits, you need to tell them. Don't just leave it and thinkthat they will figure it out for themselves. Because you will be waiting avery long time indeed.
These tactics are for Dogs Only:
Exercise them Often:
A couple of good walks or play sessions a day canhelp your dog to be calm. A dog needs exercise, and all that pent upenergy has to go somewhere. This is where you need to take your poochfor a walk, even better if you have a park near you where you can take aball and play with them to let them run that energy out of them. Insteadof barking all day, they may well sleep all day.
Mask outside noises:
If your dog is super-sensitive to noises in theenvironment, try blocking some of that noise out, so they are not soinspired to bark as much. Silence for dogs; as for us is the same,sometimes you need a little soothing with other noises such as music,there are even music disks that you can buy especially designed for yourpooch, ( I have one such disk, see my site for details and ordering) Whitenoise machines can also do the trick, so can turning on your TV at anormal level.
Let them chew it over
: Your dog will have a hard time if he's busychewing on bones or doggy toys Chewing is a real stress-reducer andoccupier of time. Like we may have a stress ball that we can manipulate,your dog also can find solace in chewing, as their mouth is all they canreally use. If your going to be gone for a while, give your dog his veryone chew treat just before you leave. There are products you can now buythat are designed for this very problem. One being a ball, where you canput doggie treats in it, and the dog has to work at the ball, in order to get
the treats out, this is also an added bonus, as the dog - as you knowloves to treat their tummies.
Catch up on your cleaning:
Turning on the vacuum cleaner can alsoblock out unwanted noises in the environment, try blocking some of thatnoise so he isn't so inspired to bark. This may only be a tempory timefiller, as we don't want you to be vacuuming all the day. Yet it is good forthose times which are the worst, say when there is allot of traffic on theroads at the time, or whatever gets you pooch really going.
Thank them for their thoughts:
Sometimes just praising your pet willmake him hush. As your dog may be trying to tell you something. Didyou think about that! they may generally see or hear something that theyfeel its their duty to tell you about, after all. They do consider themselvesthe guard dog, and when you acknowledge them, they may realize it isok, and that you have taken heed of their warning and turn off thebarking.
Give them something to think about:
If your dog often gets lonely andvocal when your away, try rubbing your hands over their chew treats andbedding if you feel so inspired, before leaving. Your scent will remind themof you, and they may not miss you as much. This may seem a littlestrange, though you must think, these dogs still have their naturalinstincts, and they were a pack animal, when they recognize each other orthe failure scent of the matriarch or anther dog in their pack are close athand, it is consoling to them, and they feel more secure. The dog doeshave a sense of smell many times effective to us, so smell is a veryimportant part of their existence.
Insist on quite time:
Sometimes you dog will still keep on barking afteryou acknowledge their watchdog wolfs. Say 'Quite! or Be Quite!' sharply,though without yelling. If they blink and stop barking, than praise themwarmly. Coming back to the pack animal instinct again, I informed you tosay your command sharply and not to yell, in the wild, a superior dog tothemselves would bark sharply at them to scold. This is what you arealso doing, and because of this, the way in which you are saying it wouldbe the most effective than any other. It doesn't hurt to occasionally giveyour dog a treat when they stop barking. After all, the dogs belly mostoften than not rules-the-head. What your also doing is taking their mindof the barking and making them realize it is good when they havestopped, though I would not recommend it every time as the dog willbegin to expect it, and maybe even bark just to get you to stop them andreceive a treat. You better believe it, your dog has many wiles, don't sellthem short when it comes to those things, especially them it comes totreats.
Leave the party:
Some dogs, like people, hate talking without anaudience. So if all your praises and commands fail to keep them quite,leave the room, that's right! leave the area your pooch is in. Chances areyour dog wants you to hang around, so turning your back and walkingaway from them, causes a dilemma in their book, and they will soonrealize that their attempts for getting noticed are not going to work.Though, you will have to keep this up to reaffirm the idea in your dogshead. Don't think that they will get the idea after one time, it takes somegoes so your dog gets the idea. Some learn quicker than others, so keepwith it. So... leaving the room can make them see that they is doingsomething wrong.To reinforce the lesion, you can also ring a bell or something similar, like awhistle, only a short burst though, and don't blast the whistle, your doghas a quite hearing, do this before leaving. Let it ring or whistle for acouple of seconds and when you think your dog has heard it, leave theroom. Over time your dog will learn to associate the ring with yourleaving, and they will be more likely to keep their thoughts tothemselves. It also helps to praise your pooch when they stop barking.
Try a homemade shake:
A shake can have an effect on dogs that is
 canine equivalent of fingers on a blackboard to us. Yes! I know... Putsome coins in an empty soda can and tape the opening shut. When yourbarking pooch doesn't respond try our command to "be quite!", shake thecan a couple of times. They don't like the sound, so they often stop whatthere doing when they hear it. You will probably get a shock reaction tothis sound, as they were not expecting it, and this quick result usuallystays with them, they learn much quicker.
Dampen their enthusiasm a bit:
To remind your dog that you'dappreciate some quite time, give him a firm 'NO!' followed with a shortblast from a squirt bottle. You may wonder... A squirt bottle, well, yes.They just don't like it, the jet of water coming from something like abottle is under pressure, and is not something that they would normallyexperience in the wild, so.. it is not something they are used, or hardwired into their brain. If they don't like water, they will tend to stop.Some dogs do like water though, with the exception that it is coming outunder pressure, I and see why it would not work, though you could trysetting it to a harsher jet of water, when squirted. It's best to aim for thebody and not for the face, this is for obvious reasons, as we would not dothis to ourselves either.
Seek deliverance from the mail man:
If you dog goes ballistic wheneverpeople come to the door, you may need the help of an accomplice. Onepossible solution is to have a talk to your mail man, and have your mailman slip a tasty treat through the door slot when he comes to deliveryour mail. Of course you would have to organize a spot where to keep thetreats, so that the mail man can just pick one up and do the deed close tothe door. Your dog may stop seeing these people as threats and mightnot feel the need to bark.
Bring them inside your home:
If your dog sleeps outside and likes toexercise their vocal cords at night, you may want to bring them indoors.Not only will they have less to bark at, they may also feel safer indoors,and not feel the need to bark at every sound outside, in which they mightfeel is a threat. This is also something I would advise if there is animpending storm coming your way. As dogs often don't like the sound orrumble of thunder.
Try gentle pressure:
Many experts recommend training collars, like the
Promise System
or the
Gentle Handler 
, similar to the halters used onhorses, the collars may come with 10 foot leads. It is best to see what ison offer at the pet shop or on line, it sometimes pays to see whatdifferent products types are out there. When your dog starts barking,pulling the lead will gently press his mouth the few seconds that youapply pressure. In this way, your dog will gradually learn that thishappens every time they bark, and being not a favorable reaction, yourdog begins to work out if they stop barking this reaction wont happen.The beauty is that you will never have to scold your dog, or even sayanything to him, the collar speaks for itself by stopping the behavior. Thecollars are more humane and effective than a choke collar, and some dogswill start barking less, in as little as a few training sessions. If it takeslonger, persevere with your dog, as like people. We all learn at differentstages, some quicker, some slower. And I also have to say Yes! somebreed of dogs are smarter than others. So the smarter will work outthings in a shorter time, to achieve your required results.
Try shock therapy:
Your veterinarian may recommend a specialized barkcollar, which either delivers a high frequency sound or a light shockwhenever your dog barks. Some of the collars go off immediately, whileothers allow the dog to bark a few times before kicking in. They can beextremely effective, but you really need to work with someone who canhelp you get a good collar and training. You can ask your vegetarian forthis advise. Though, I would not recommend this sort of product use,unless you are not getting anywhere with your dog, or you are not thereto curb the barking during the day, these products are automatic and dothe job for you, if you cant be there.

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