Sunday, July 6, 2008

Do Dogs Get Separation Anxiety?

They sure do...
Dogs are pack animals; when they are left alone, some become stressed when the pack leaves without them. This is called separation anxiety and is a common cause of nuisance barking. Dogs are natural warning devices. However, barking should stop when the dog is commanded to do so.
Excessive barking is simply an issue that has to do with loneliness. In fact, loneliness is typically the number one reason why a dog will resort to behavior problems. Barking is monotonous and repetitive and it is a sound that few people can tolerate for any length of time. Excessive barkers are created, not born. And as you know, loneliness and the need for attention are the most common causes of such behavior problems.
So what do you do about it?
Ignore his barking (easier said than done, I know), and reward him for his silence at the end with a praise, pat, or treat. Repeating "quiet" or "silence" when the dog is barking and rewarding him when he ceases can also teach him better manners. Ignore the barking, and ignore the dog. She or he needs to learn that she does not get attention from barking.
Someone has a dog that barks all the time and it doesn't ever seem to stop. What makes it even worse is when it is you own dog that is causing all that ruckus and you have no clue how to stop barking dogs or where to even start. Someone somewhere has dealt with the same issues and found a way to resolve them.
Just be patient!
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