How to stop your dog from barking
Giving a dog something to do whilst it is left home alone is very important. Here are some examples:
- Pacifier toys such a kongs, activity balls and buster cubes that can be filled with food.
- Some dogs enjoy ripping things up so giving them an old cardboard box with treats in to shred in their owners absence can also be a good idea.
For dogs that bark at things that they can see and hear, pull the curtains shut and leave the TV or radio on to drown out any external sounds that may cause your dog to bark.
In some cases, you may want to borrow a friend’s dog to see if canine companionship helps to keep your dog quiet.
Training not punishment
Don’t be tempted to punish your dog for barking, this will only make matters worse. Some people have tried special muzzles on their dogs to help keep them quiet, this is not recommended as your dog could either overheat or choke to death on its own vomit if left unattended whilst wearing a muzzle.