Calming the persistent barker -

Calming the persistent barker

The last thing you want is to get a call from your neighbor complaining that your dog barks all day long while you're at work. Pet Pro Luciano Aguilar has a few options for keeping your persistent barker calm and quiet.

It's a simple fact of life: dogs bark. And if there is an intruder in your house, you're definitely going to want your dog to bark. What you don't want is for your dog to bark all day while you're at work. The situation may seem unfixable, but there are a few things that you can try to stop the barking - and your neighbors will certainly be glad you did.

For your dog, barking is a form of communication. Most dogs bark when they're unhappy, or maybe they're bored or lonely. Dogs have a lot of energy and if they aren't well exercised they get bored easily and bark.

You may want to consider a professional dog walker to walk your dog while you're gone. A tired dog is less likely to bark and more likely to sleep the day away. Of course, dog walkers can get expensive. So you might want to ask a friend or neighbor to walk your dog at least once during the day while you're at work. Also, leave some of your dog's favorite toys for him to play with. 

You may want to leave a radio or TV on at a low volume. Your dog will enjoy the company of the human voice and may not be as inclined to bark.

As a last resort, you can try an anti-bark collar. There are two types: One emits a spray of citronella when activated by a bark. Dogs have a highly developed sense of smell and don't like this scent.

The other type of anti-barking collars deliver a small electrical stimulation when activated by a bark. It's mildly uncomfortable and is a good motivator to keep quiet. While both of these collars are safe, it's a good idea to have a professional instruct you on how to properly use them.

In the end, if nothing else seems to be working, take your dog to the vet for a check up. Sometimes a persistent bark is the sign of a medical problem that, once addressed, will stop the barking.

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