What if your dog barks at things from inside your house or apartment?
Number 1 is that they don’t address the underlying issue, whether that’s boredom, lack of exercise, aggression, overexcitability, or an especially strong reaction to being startled. Whatever’s going on with your dog, it’s your job as his guardian to pay attention to that and work toward fixing it.
Number 2 is that appliances malfunction. Number 3 is that, even functioning correctly, they can be set off by noises your dog has not produced. The classic case in a two-dog household is barking by the other dog. Number 4 is that when a behavior is strongly motivated—and this kind of barking usually is strongly motivated—attempts to punish it often don’t work.
Step 7. When Should You Get Professional Help with Your Dog’s Barking?
And Number 5 is this. If you’ve set your dog up to relax and snooze the day away by exercising him and cutting back the outdoor sound-and-light show, and you’ve conscientiously worked on rewarding quieter behavior and teaching him to stop barking on your cue, and you’re still not getting anywhere, it’s time to get competent in-person help. Your dog may be exceptionally anxious, or have a developing problem with aggression. A medical condition might be making him irritable. A smart professional will be alert to all these possibilities and can work with you herself or refer you appropriately. In short, the more your dog’s behavior makes you wish for a quick fix, the better the odds that what’s really called for is careful planning and professional help. Remember the tortoise and the hare!
Meanwhile, I hope you and your loud dog, your quiet dog, and your in-between dog will visit me on Facebook, where I’m The Dog Trainer, follow me as Dogalini on Twitter, or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I read all my questions and comments, and though I usually can’t reply individually, I may use your question as the basis for a future article. Thanks for listening, and remember: notice your dog when she does something right.
Image courtesy of Shutterstock