Excessive Barking

Remedies for excessive canine barking problems to help stop and control dogs that bark too much.

remedies to help stop and control dogs with excessive barking problems

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What is Excessive Barking?

Barking is natural behavior for a dog.  It's one way a dog communicates with people and other animals.  Though it may be desirable for a dog to bark in certain situations, for example to warn that a threat is present, excessive barking is a sign of a problem and may create a nuisance.

The only way to reduce excessive barking is to determine what is causing the dog to bark.  Once you know why your dog is barking, you will be able to devise a plan to reduce the barking.  With a little patience and time, most dogs will stop barking excessively.

What Causes Excessive Barking?

Dogs that are used to having their owners at home most of the time are particularly affected when left at home alone and may suffer from separation anxiety. Separation anxiety sometimes occurs when a dog accustomed to constant human companionship is left alone for the first time, following a long interval, such as a vacation, during which the owner and dog are constantly together or after a traumatic event (from the dog's point of view), such as a period of time spent at a boarding kennel.

If loneliness is the cause of incessant barking, giving your dog more attention may solve the problem. It may result from being left alone for long periods of time without opportunities to interact with you, if he has no companions or toys, if he is a puppy or adolescent (under three years old) and doesn't have other outlets for his energy or if he's a particularly active type of dog (like the herding or sporting breeds) who needs to be occupied to be happy.

Territorial barking may occur in the presence of "intruders," which could include the postman, children walking to school, other dogs or neighbors in adjacent yards or if you have encouraged your dog to be responsive to people and noises outside.

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Help for Excessive Barking

Natural remedies

Natural herbal and homeopathic remedies can be used to address excessive barking in a gentle yet effective manner, using selected herbal and homeopathic ingredients known for their calming properties as well as their ability to treat hyperactive, delinquent, overactive and highly strung pets.

A combination of certain herbs and homeopathic ingredients such as Scutellaria laterifolia, Hypericum perforatum, Belladonna (30C), Cantharis (30C) and Nux vom. (30C) are known for their ability to promote calm and settled behavior. Natural remedies can be a safe alternative to prescription medications, and a natural approach will address underlying causes – and not just the symptoms.

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Tips to stop excessive barking

A multi pronged approach is necessary to alleviate this problem as barking can be one of the most difficult canine behaviors to modify but there are many steps that can be taken to minimize barking.

  • Dogs that are left alone outside for long periods of time can discover that excessive barking can be a great way to get their owners attention and even an angry owner is better than being isolated outside. Bring the dog inside, but do not scold him for barking.
  • Ensure that your dog has enough exercise and stimulation – provide interesting toys and take him for a walk every day so that he can sniff and "read the doggy news".
  • Do not reinforce anxiety induced barking or whining by comforting the dog or talking to them in a soothing voice. Talk, pet or play with them only after they have been quiet for at least two seconds.
  • Socialize your dog to new experiences. Take him to different places and praise him for appropriate behavior. Expose him gradually to the sights and sounds that may trigger barking. Reward quiet relaxed behavior.

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