Dogs bark when they want to communicate. Excessive
barking is a behavior problem. It is important that the
dog learns when to bark and when not to bark. The dog will
bark when someone is at the door, a car passes by, and
a stranger. They want to protect their environment. It is
normal for a dog to bark when it is having separation
anxiety, is bored or is responding to other dogs.
To prevent this behavior you have to determine what is the cause of
the barking. It is important that the dog gets plenty of
exercise to burn off excessive energy--avoid leaving the dog
alone for too long. Avoid shock collars. Try to get your dog's
attention with a clap and when the dog is quiet give him a
treat. Be very patient with your dog--don't yell across the
yard. Don't let the dog bark constantly as it is very disrespectful
toward your neighbors. Everyone in the family should be
consistent with this training...It's win-win!
A dog trainer or behaviorist can help.
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