Trust me, I know what you’re going through pretty well.
How would I know these feelings of frustration so intimately?
Simple, my wife got a small Poodle and the little begger absolutely would not stay quiet for 10 minutes. I swear, if an ant walked across the road he would carry on for 20 minutes non stop. I was just about to lose my marbles with the little loudspeaker.
Now, please don’t missunderstand me, I love animals and I especially love dogs. I don’t know about you, but personally I love well behaved dogs.
So, not really wanting to incur my wife’s wrath for suggesting Fido be relocated several States away just to make the barking stop, I started researching to really find a solution or at least find some other options and find them fast.
Here are a few of the things to stop the dog from barking that I discovered:
All the books said “You need to find out why the dog is barking in the first place”. And I’m thinkin yeah, right, sure! I don’t know why the little dim bulb’s carrying on, just make it stop.
But I do have to agree with them, there is good barking and bad barking. So when training your dog it is important to teach your dog the difference between nuisance barking and good barking (like if it’s 2 am and I’m snoring keep quiet, but if you see a guy with a mask a gun and a sack, Bark!).
As it turns out there is actually a lot of different kinds of barking, there’s reactive, territorial, separation anxiety, fear and warning barking. And without becoming a Sigmund Freud for Animal Planet tm I really couldn’t tell you which was which.
I did find a few things that actually worked really well. What the heck it only took 5 hours of reading & video’s and it cost more than the dog did to buy all the books to find one that worked.
But here’s one of the tips that it said that worked really good. Every time the dog barks give it a piece of bacon with 1/2 a Prozac stuck into it (ok, ok, so that was my solution and not exactly what the book said, but the dog liked it!) Just kidding!
No really, what the book said was give the dog an alternate outlet. And because it might truly take me an hour and a half to watch the Television show 60 Minutes, I’m thinking, alternate outlet, WHAT! they want me to plug the little bugger into a wall socket?
Well, turns out I was wrong, they meant every time it starts yapping give him a soft toy and toss it around for a second so he gets the idea to play with it. This way when the dog starts feeling anxiety, nervousness or separation it will look for the toy and find comfort in it.
There are a ton more tips that I got at => http://stopdogbark.tripleyourinfo.com/
But I sure hope this one helps, it worked for me even better than the Prozac and at a buck a pill that stuff gets kinda spendy after a bit.