Whether they have that deep shuddering “Woof, woof, woof” or that ear
piercing “Yap, Yap, Yap” it can do your head in very quickly.The great news is that barking is not something that dogs need to do in
order to be happy. In fact, generally speaking barking is a sign of stress,
frustration, anxiety or over excitement and none of these emotions are
particularly good for your dog. Or you!Remember a content, relaxed dog does not bark!
So lets take a look at one specific type of barking and get you started on
putting a stop to it…
Dogs who bark when you are not at home is a very common issue.
Usually people have no idea that they have a problem until the
neighbor or even worse the dog control officer pays you a visit.
Understanding why your dog is barking is the key to stopping it so you
can actually address the cause of your dogs problem and not just treat
Now bear with me on this one because… you MUST remember you
have to see it all through your dogs eyes!
So think of it like this…
Your dog is a pack animal and understands that there are leaders and
And one of the pack leader’s jobs is to protect the pack.
So when on Monday morning everybody leaves the house to go to work
and leaves the dog at home alone they become stressed… and so
would you if you lost your pack!
That’s the reason why they’re stressed and barking. They are calling out
to you to come back. They just are trying to do their job.
Think about it… If you are a parent with a young 3 year old child, one of
your main jobs is to keep that child safe, so you keep an eye on them.
All the time. All over the house you know where they are. They are safe.
You are relaxed.
If they suddenly walk out of the house and shut the front door behind
them locking you in what would you do?
Chase after them? Of course…
But. What if the door was locked and you couldn’t open in. And all the
other doors and windows are locked. Then what would you do…
Phone for help? Your dog doesn’t have that option!
Shout for help? Well that is exactly what your dog is doing…
You certainly wouldn’t sit down, relax and have a cup of tea, knowing
your young child was wandering around the streets alone.
Are you starting to see why your dog is stressed and barking when you
And all those other annoying behaviors such as chewing, destruction
and trying to dig under the fence, or jump over the fence that only
happen when you’re not around… Yep, that’s right. They are all
symptoms of a stressed dog that’s desperately concerned about you not
being home and safe. Remember your dog can’t speak English to tell
you any of this!
So what’s the solution? Well it’s almost certainly not by giving them a
bone to chew on whilst you are away. Imagine saying to the parent who
is totally stressed that their young child is out on the streets…
“Don’t worry, here’s a box of chocolates”! You may love chocolates but it
is not going to work in this situation.
Toys jammed full of food and other distractions do not treat the cause of
the problem either. They are only treating the symptoms and so may
work, if you’re lucky, for half an hour or so – max – but not long term.
Most of you will know that this doesn’t work because you’ll have already
The solution is actually very simple.
You need to become the pack leader in your dog’s eyes.
Once you do this correctly your dog will not see it as their job to protect
you. You will be able to come and go as you please and they will be totally
relaxed. This is the real solution to having a calm relaxed dog. No tricks here,
just an honest understanding.
Now. Becoming the pack leader is not complicated. Anyone can do it,
however it’s not really something that I can explain in 2 minutes here. If
you take a look at Doggy Dan’s website he explains very powerfully how to establish yourself as the pack leader and stop dogs from barking when you leave them. There is even a $1 trial of the site that you can take advantage of right now.
Here though are additional tips that you can use in conjunction with
becoming the pack leader that will help stop your dogs barking.
• Exercise: Exercise your dog before you leave them – a tired dog
is more likely to relax
• Find the right space: Try leaving your dog in different areas –
some dogs will relax more outside, others inside and some prefer
smaller areas such as a washroom
• Fed and watered: Always leave water down and make sure that
your dog is warm and fed before you leave
• Pick up the bones: Leave toys around for your dog but not
• Music and TV: Consider leaving music on for your dog or the TV
– these distractions can help
• Herbal remedies: There are some herbal products for dogs
which can help relax them – but again they do not really treat the
cause of the issue, they simply help relax them, and are also
• Dog walkers: A break in the middle of the day can certainly help
break up your dogs day
• Leave calmly: Leave your dog calmly – whilst it’s fun to get
excited when you leave your dog it’s better if you leave calmly.
Say goodbye 5 minutes before leaving to help them stay relaxed
as you go
• Comfort jackets: There are also jackets and shirts available that
are designed to comfort them – however they are very expensive
and have limited success in my experience. I even know of one
dog that actually ate it!
Unfortunately the popular idea that getting another dog is going to stop
the problem is something I would stay well away from. Remember the
source of your dogs issue is not boredom. After all, many dogs who
bark all day when the owners leave are the same dogs who lie around
the house doing nothing most of the weekend when they are at home!
So with all that said hopefully now you have a far better understanding
of your dog’s problem!
I would suggest if you are really serious about stopping the barking immediately then take a look at Doggy Dan’s site and become the pack leader. That will be the end of your issue. To take advantage of your 3 Day $1 trial and take a look around this amazing site
There is actually an entire section dedicated to stopping this sort of
barking under the dog problem section “Separation Anxiety”.
It’s not hard but you have to understand your dog’s problem through
their eyes rather than human eyes! They do not want more bones, or
biscuits shoved into a ball – what they want is a strong pack leader.
So get started now, take advantage of the 3 Day $1 trial now, don’t hang
around. The sooner you turn things around the sooner your neighbors
will be thanking you for it!
Watch this video for more information.
For The Love of Animals Everywhere!