Dogs are man’s best friend for plenty of reasons: they lift your mood when you’re sad, and keep your heart healthy and stress levels down by taking YOU for walks, or doing some goofs dogs know best, and of course, we can’t forget the fact they are willing to give their lives to protect you.
Dogs have the instinct when they have to defend the property or the owner, letting us know something’s amiss with their barking, but what happens when the barking turns into a behaviour problem, excessive and without reason? There’s one Cesar Millan, so what are those of us, not dog whisperers, left to do?
There’s always the help of dog professionals as an option, but if you’re willing to give cheaper solutions a try, you can start with the puppy spray collar. The effective and harmless collar (it’s pet safe!) has an in-built microphone sensor so every time your dog barks it activates the sensor and the painless spray is released in front of the snout.
It’s great with training also, teaching the dog the spraying is a consequence of the barking. Sometimes, though, it depends on the breed of dog or the dog itself meaning what works for some dogs may not work for others, and if it doesn’t work with the puppy spray collar you might find the static correction bark control collar more useful.
How this behaviour problem goes also depends on you as the owner. It’s advisable to do a bit of training whenever you can if you want to see some improvement. A situation like this requires determination, as well as patience; you can’t expect to see results overnight.
You have to show your dog when it has to stop barking by correction, and giving treats when you see progress is made to reward the effort. It’s necessary to stay attentive to when your dog starts barking, how long the barking goes to see if there is a pattern and uncover the reason behind it.
In some instances, it may be just excess of energy expressed as boredom or loneliness through barking, signalling your dog needs more activities and spend more time with you so it’s up to you to come up with more fun stuff for your furry friend to be able to restore peace again.
In other cases, there may be a health issue behind it which requires special care, and you would have to do some tests and check ups at the vet to be sure.