We all know what this barking is, don’t we? It’s our neighbor’s dog. The sound is an endless round of barking, over and over again. Frustrated dogs also show other signs of repetitive behaviors such as digging, licking, chewing, etc. But the barking gets the attention of the neighbors and perhaps eventually the authorities. We wonder, “how can a dog continuously bark like that? Why doesn’t he just give up?” Ironically enough frustration barking (as with all repetitive behaviors) there is comfort in the behavior and a release of hormones that make it possible for the dog to cope with a terrible situation. The situation typically includes being tied up all the time, loneliness, never spending time with the owners or hunger and thirst.
As with barking behaviors, punishment is never the answer. The cure is quite simple. Get the dog out of the situation that is causing the frustration. Let him be a companion, inside and out. Construct an outdoor kennel, built for the size of the dog and allow for exercise, and get him off the tether. The dog wants to be part of the family. He wants to be your companion. I know that I’m preaching to the choir here. If you cannot provide a family atmosphere and properly take of your dog, for whatever reason, find him a new home with a family who can provide the proper physical and emotional support for him.
I suggest that if you have to leave your dog alone for hours every day and have to keep him tied up, please consider doggie day care or a dog walker to give him the exercise and companionship he so craves.
It may seem as though I written a lot about barking over the past few day, but, really, I have just scratched below the surface. There are many curative techniques for barking but hopefully I have been able to describe the various types of barking which should help guide you to the appropriate exercises to stop the unwanted behavior. Most importantly, I want to emphasize that barking (and growling) are forms of communication. Dogs don’t bark to annoy us. They are trying to tell us something and we need to listen, and assure them that all is well in their world.
If you have questions about anything I have said, please, just let me know and I will expand on these core principles.
Tomorrow I will discuss TTouch and how touches, wraps and ground exercises can alleviate the underlying stress and anxiety that fuels all barking behaviors. Talk to you then.