Dogs bark for a number of reasons and some breeds are genetically programmed to bark more than others. When choosing your dog breed, you might want to take into the consideration the kind of household setup you have. For instance, if you live alone and need to be away at work for long hours, choose a dog that is okay being left alone. If you have a yard where your dog will be living, try not to choose a dog breed that is fiercely territorial. In any case, you need to train your pet not to bark when you’re away. Here’s how
- Begin by teaching your dog the command, “Quiet!!” Practice while you’re in the house. Once it has learnt that, move on to the next step.
- Go through the motions of your departure and leave the house, but only for a few short minutes.
- When your dog does not bark, praise it well. If it barks, stay outside the door and give a strict, “Quiet!!” command.
- Extend the period gradually until your dog learns to stay quiet.
In addition, there are several tips to keep in mind.
- Make sure you exercise your dog well before you leave. Unspent energy is going to make it restless and it will bark when left alone.
- Make sure it is fed and watered and has had a potty break.
- Cover your windows with drapes so your dog is less aware of passers-by. A dark room also has a calming effect on it.
- Give your pet interesting toys that keep it busy, preferably ones that dispense food. A bored dog expresses its frustration by barking.
- Leave a radio or TV on when you’re away. The noise will give your dog an impression of your presence.
- Work out a very special treat for your pet for the times when you’re away so it associates your absence with something wonderful.