Ever heard something like “my lovely Fido is so clever, it’s a pity he can’t talk?” The dogs may not use the human language, but they definitely have their own ways of communicating with the owner. Barking is one of these, although sometimes it can be pretty disturbing.
When it barks, the dog invites you and, in fact, they asking something from you. Sometimes, dogs use noise to warn and point to danger. To us, barking is disturbing and boring, while for dogs this is a normal way of communication. However, what to do in situations where you have to leave your barking pup without supervision for a while?
Train Your Pup on Time
The rule is that every dog should be trained from the earliest age, or at least from the moment you bring it in the house. It doesn’t necessarily involve expensive courses and professional trainers, but only to discipline your beloved pet to be obedient.
Dogs are social animals, and they are scared of loneliness. However, you can’t change your life habits from the root to satisfy your pup. Therefore, you need to learn it how to behave when you are not around. Of course, this refers to a period of several hours, while you’re at work or out with friends.
The first and foremost thing is to teach dogs not to depend on owners all the time. So, show them where food, water, toys, and their sleeping place are. And what is really important, to do number one and two only outside.
Adapting to the solitude must be gradual, as the dog would not experience trauma. While doing this, a lot of help can be space limitations and getting your pup used to stay in the box. The box should be presented to your pet as a comfortable place for rest and a safe stay while you’re not at home.
Make Them Busy
Many breeds of dogs are hyperactive because they have been pet like that for centuries. When dogs are hyperactive, that’s because they don’t have enough activity, especially if you live in urban areas. People usually don’t have time to devote themselves to their pets. That can cause dogs to become unbearable with all that energy and barking, especially when you leave the apartment.
The dogs should always be kept busy; otherwise, they’ll turn their boredom into barking and making chaos all over the place. In this way, they show how much you missed them. The neighbors will probably also be aware of this if the dog was whining all the time.
Before you leave the house, entertain your dog with active training, which means walking and playing with them. If you plan to be absent for a while, you should psychologically make your pet busy. Show your dog some mental games to entertain it when you’re gone. Train your pet to use automatic feeders or look for hidden toys in which you put treats. That will distract it from barking.
Leave Your Scent to Remind Your Pup of You
The sense of smell is very expressive in dogs, and they can have unusual reactions to the scents. Using their flair, they move through space, perceiving the danger, but also the presence of their loving humans. And before your pup sees you, it will know that you are approaching, just because of your scent.
The smell of the owner is irresistible to them; even when you think that “you are not reeking,” your dog “catches” the pheromones that your body produces. You have to leave your scent for a dog to feel your presence even when you are not there. Maybe your old t-shirt or toy can help. Leave it in the place where your pup usually sleeps, but let it sniff that stuff first. Soon it will become its favorite little thing.
Fulfill All Dog’s Needs
The dog will bark when it needs something, like food or going out. For being calm at least for a while, without thinking about what chaos your pup can make while you’re not around, fulfill all its needs before you leave the house.
Give your pet food and water. Then take it for a walk and play some fetch with it. Then water it again. Most dogs will do their thing as soon as they go outside, but if that doesn’t happen, be patient. Take at least an hour for your pup before you leave the house. The dog may endure hunger until you come back, but it can happen to pee on the carpet just because of spite.
Before you go out, leave to your pup some food and water, just in case. If everything is available to it, a dog won’t bark to call you. If you plan not to be at home all day, ask someone to go around your pup, and possibly take it out for a few minutes. Dogs like to sleep, so make a cozy corner for your pet to take a nap and wait for you peacefully.
Find Some Quiet Place
One of the methods to keep boring barking under control is blocking the dog’s view of the property. Dogs are very territorial animals, and they want to prove themselves as good guards. Even when you’re not in the house, they’ll bark to warn someone about something.
So, pull the curtains on windows and doors, and prevent your pet from seeing passers-by and other animals. Dogs will think that each of them is a potential danger, and that’s why they will persistently bark.
Also, limit your dog’s movement if it is not a good boy. If you have no choice but to put your pet indoor, let it stay in a well-isolated room where you will put all the necessary things, from food and water to toys.
Let Them Think Someone’s At Home
Have you heard of the concept of white noise? This can be of great help to you if you want your pup to stop barking when you are not at home. You don’t need any specific devices and gadgets; it’s enough to leave TV or radio on. You can even download a CD with a few hours of these soothing sounds that will be played on your sound system while the dog is alone in the house.
Many studies have shown that dogs tolerate solitude a bit easier when something is happening around. The silence can be so “loud” when you’re alone, right? Leaving TV on, in some way, will camouflage outer sounds, so these won’t additionally irritate your pet to see what’s going on outside.
Besides, any sound device turned on will create an image for your dog that you are somewhere in the house. If the TV is too loud, there is a chance that the dog will bark on it. The optimal volume of sound is enough to calm your four-legged friend, even to put it on sleep.
Ask Someone to Visit Your Pet
Ask someone who loves your dog, to go around it at least once a day. It can be a cousin, a neighbor or a friend who lives nearby. They will check whether your dog barks or cries. If they can spend a few minutes with your pet, give it treat or something like that, that would be even better.
Dogs look at this unexpected visit like this: “I know this human, and I like him, so I’ll behave nice.” It would be best if they could take your pup for a short walk or to take a leak. So your pet will get a “new dose” of attention, and will not have to “call” anyone or to bark just because it is bored or lonely.
Anti-barking collars are often used in dogs training courses. The sensor in this gadget reacts to vibrations when the dog barks and releases warning tones (at the beginning); next steps are smooth and harmless electroshocks to warn your pet if it still barks. However, although these won’t hurt your pup, anti-barking necklaces are recommended only when all prior methods don’t help.
Avoid Leaving Dog in Unknown Places
Doggy daycare exists very long, and if your dog got used to this kind of accommodation while you’re not at home, that’s great. However, without an adaptation period, your pup can feel this as a very traumatic experience.
In the vicinity of other dogs and unknown people, dogs usually become anxious, and instead of stop barking, it will yell all the time trying to call the owner. Also, if you doubt your pup won’t be a good boy after you leave the house, close it in a room or crate, and then compensate for that loneliness as soon as you get home.
No matter how much you love your dog, admit that your ears sometimes do not enjoy its barking. And just think of how it can bother others. While you are near your beloved pup, it is possible to prevent it from disturbing others with its barking. But when you must go, using one of the mentioned method to stop it from making noise can help.