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15 Free ways to keep the Peace
Has you dog been barking up the wrong tree lately. Not only shattering your nerves, though that of your neighbors. In fact, it seems that every time a leaf falls, the mail man calls, or a car stalls, your dogs outbursts shatter 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 where you have to step in and draw the line, when your pooch doesn't know when to call it quits, you need to tell them. Don't just leave it and think that they will figure it out for themselves. Because you will be waiting a very long time indeed.
These tactics are for Dogs Only:
Exercise them Often: A couple of good walks or play sessions a day can help your dog to be calm. A dog needs exercise, and all that pent up energy has to go somewhere. This is where you need to take your pooch for a walk, even better if you have a park near you where you can take a ball and play with them to let them run that energy out of them. Instead of barking all day, they may well sleep all day. Mask outside noises: If your dog is super-sensitive to noises in the environment, try blocking some of that noise out, so they are not so inspired 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 your pooch, ( I have one such disk, see my site for details and ordering) White noise machines can also do the trick, so can turning on your TV at a normal level. Let them chew it over: Your dog will have a hard time if he's busy chewing on bones or doggy toys Chewing is a real stress-reducer and occupier 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 can really use. If your going to be gone for a while, give your dog his very one chew treat just before you leave. There are products you can now buy that are designed for this very problem. One being a ball, where you can put 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 know loves to treat their tummies. Catch up on your cleaning: Turning on the vacuum cleaner can also block out unwanted noises in the environment, try blocking some of that noise so he isn't so inspired to bark. This may only be a tempory time filler, as we don't want you to be vacuuming all the day. Yet it is good for those times which are the worst, say when there is allot of traffic on the roads at the time, or whatever gets you pooch really going. Thank them for their thoughts: Sometimes just praising your pet will make him hush. As your dog may be trying to tell you something. Did you think about that! they may generally see or hear something that they feel its their duty to tell you about, after all. They do consider themselves the guard dog, and when you acknowledge them, they may realize it is ok, and that you have taken heed of their warning and turn off the barking. Give them something to think about: If your dog often gets lonely and vocal when your away, try rubbing your hands over their chew treats and bedding if you feel so inspired, before leaving. Your scent will remind them of you, and they may not miss you as much. This may seem a little strange, though you must think, these dogs still have their natural instincts, and they were a pack animal, when they recognize each other or the failure scent of the matriarch or anther dog in their pack are close at hand, it is consoling to them, and they feel more secure. The dog does have a sense of smell many times effective to us, so smell is a very important part of their existence. Insist on quite time: Sometimes you dog will still keep on barking after you acknowledge their watchdog wolfs. Say 'Quite! or Be Quite!' sharply, though without yelling. If they blink and stop barking, than praise them warmly. Coming back to the pack animal instinct again, I informed you to say your command sharply and not to yell, in the wild, a superior dog to themselves would bark sharply at them to scold. This is what you are also doing, and because of this, the way in which you are saying it would be the most effective than any other. It doesn't hurt to occasionally give your dog a treat when they stop barking. After all, the dogs belly most often than not rules-the-head. What your also doing is taking their mind of the barking and making them realize it is good when they have stopped, though I would not recommend it every time as the dog will begin to expect it, and maybe even bark just to get you to stop them and receive a treat. You better believe it, your dog has many wiles, don't sell them short when it comes to those things, especially them it comes to treats. Leave the party: Some dogs, like people, hate talking without an audience. 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 are your dog wants you to hang around, so turning your back and walking away from them, causes a dilemma in their book, and they will soon realize 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 dogs head. Don't think that they will get the idea after one time, it takes some goes so your dog gets the idea. Some learn quicker than others, so keep with it. So... leaving the room can make them see that they is doing something wrong. To reinforce the lesion, you can also ring a bell or something similar, like a whistle, only a short burst though, and don't blast the whistle, your dog has a quite hearing, do this before leaving. Let it ring or whistle for a couple of seconds and when you think your dog has heard it, leave the room. Over time your dog will learn to associate the ring with your leaving, and they will be more likely to keep their thoughts to themselves. 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... Put some coins in an empty soda can and tape the opening shut. When your barking pooch doesn't respond try our command to "be quite!", shake the can a couple of times. They don't like the sound, so they often stop what there doing when they hear it. You will probably get a shock reaction to this sound, as they were not expecting it, and this quick result usually stays with them, they learn much quicker. Dampen their enthusiasm a bit: To remind your dog that you'd appreciate some quite time, give him a firm 'NO!' followed with a short blast 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 a bottle is under pressure, and is not something that they would normally experience in the wild, so.. it is not something they are used, or hard wired 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 out under pressure, I and see why it would not work, though you could try setting it to a harsher jet of water, when squirted. It's best to aim for the body and not for the face, this is for obvious reasons, as we would not do this to ourselves either. Seek deliverance from the mail man: If you dog goes ballistic whenever people come to the door, you may need the help of an accomplice. One possible solution is to have a talk to your mail man, and have your mail man slip a tasty treat through the door slot when he comes to deliver your mail. Of course you would have to organize a spot where to keep the treats, so that the mail man can just pick one up and do the deed close to the door. Your dog may stop seeing these people as threats and might not feel the need to bark. Bring them inside your home: If your dog sleeps outside and likes to exercise 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 might feel is a threat. This is also something I would advise if there is an impending storm coming your way. As dogs often don't like the sound or rumble of thunder. Try gentle pressure: Many experts recommend training collars, like the Promise System or the Gentle Handler, similar to the halters used on horses, the collars may come with 10 foot leads. It is best to see what is on offer at the pet shop or on line, it sometimes pays to see what different products types are out there. When your dog starts barking, pulling the lead will gently press his mouth the few seconds that you apply pressure. In this way, your dog will gradually learn that this happens every time they bark, and being not a favorable reaction, your dog 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 say anything to him, the collar speaks for itself by stopping the behavior. The collars are more humane and effective than a choke collar, and some dogs will start barking less, in as little as a few training sessions. If it takes longer, persevere with your dog, as like people. We all learn at different stages, some quicker, some slower. And I also have to say Yes! some breed of dogs are smarter than others. So the smarter will work out things in a shorter time, to achieve your required results. Try shock therapy: Your veterinarian may recommend a specialized bark collar, which either delivers a high frequency sound or a light shock whenever your dog barks. Some of the collars go off immediately, while others allow the dog to bark a few times before kicking in. They can be extremely effective, but you really need to work with someone who can help you get a good collar and training. You can ask your vegetarian for this advise. Though, I would not recommend this sort of product use, unless you are not getting anywhere with your dog, or you are not there to curb the barking during the day, these products are automatic and do the job for you, if you cant be there.
Know when to switch strategies: People often don't know when to call it quits when a particular approach does not work. They will keep on one method of training for months even thought its just not working. If you haven't seen improvement within three to five days of using one anti-bark technique, try another one. Don't get stuck, you are not only wasting your time, you are also repeating an unwanted method on the dog time and time again.
You could learn something when your dog barks to know how to treat it. Your dog like ourselves have many tones of barks that tell you how your dog is feeling and what your dog is trying to convey. As they cannot speak in our language, they use the only language they know. And that is doggy talk, being in a state of different tonal barks, there are many.
If your dog is whining between barks, for example, they may be telling you that they are frightened or they doesn't want you to leave the house. A dog that barks for a long time, with brief pauses between identical-sounding woofs, is probably board. An exuberant bark, however, means that your pooch is ready to play. Eventually you could get to know what your dog needs just by listening to them.
I would advise you to listen carefully to what your pooch has to say, this way... is is not only Dr Doolittle that has the gift of knowing what the animals are saying. You can never know all of what your pooch is trying to convey, as it is a different language to ours, though you can learn enough to know the basics, and your dog has already adjusted their barks to convey many things to you and also with their body language, you will be set on the right track to know when to praise them for their barks of warning and also the barks that you just don't want.
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