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Cannon Falls, MN 55009
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651-222-0885 Twin Cities
Barking - Canine Noise Pollution
seems to be one of the most irritating canine behaviors. It
annoys dog owners as well as the neighbors. Rather than
trying to control or modify the barking, most owners try to
make the dog cease barking altogether. Please remember
their bark is an imitation of our voice. It is how
they communicate! It is
inhumane to punish a dog for what it does naturally. Barking
is as normal as wagging their tail or burying a bone.
From the human
perspective the timing of the behavior is inappropriate
From the canine perspective they are telling us that
they would like our attention, companionship and guidance.
Rather than trying to stop your dog from barking entirely,
it makes more sense to teach them when they can bark. Most
often, dogs are ignored when they are quiet and punished
when they bark. Thus, through negative reinforcement they
are rewarded to bark. Reward or praise the quiet times
and the good or appropriate behaviors. Do not yell at them
to quit barking. From their perspective-- you are joining
their fun. Instead teach them to bark on command. Also
teach them that they are allowed to bark three times, then
give the command “no bark” and put your fingers around their
nose. Another method is to spray lemon juice or bitter apple
in their mouth or squirt Tabasco sauce on their tongue.
We do not recommend leaving your dog tied outside
unattended. In stead, take your dog out for a walk or jog.
Burn off their excess energy as you build your healthy body,
relieve stress, and gain peace of mind. Spend time obedience
training or playing with them.
A tired dog is a happy dog!
Consistently communicate what your expectations are
for your dog.