How do I stop my dog from being controlling and stop it from barking for no reason?
By Dee from UK
We have a similar problem, but it's better. Dogs are doing their "job" when they bark. They were domesticated by humans for protection and work. In a sense, we shouldn't want them to not bark at all.
I thank my dog at the first bark if I am close enough for them to hear. I thank her, and then try to distract her with something else: a hug, calling her to me into another area, a treat, giving her a little scratch time. Anything that stops her.
If I know what made her bark, I will tell her in a calm way, oh, that's just the neighbors, you know them. Or yes, that's the garbage man; they make a lot of noise, don't they? Chatty and conversational. She often ignores what she used to bark at, barks for a shorter time, so while not totally under control, the barking is better and at a level with real situations I can tolerate. (02/02/2010)
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