Very expressive, the dog expresses itself naturally through barking which can quickly come under noise pollution. The Public Health Code thus provides that “No particular noise should, by its duration, repetition or intensity, affect the tranquility of the neighborhood or the health of man, in a public or private place, (…) whether through the intermediary of a person (…) or of an animal placed under his responsibility “.
Thus, unmeasured barking falling within the neighborhood disturbances can make the master legally at fault. Indeed, the law considers that the latter is responsible for his animal and must, as such, in control overflows possible, even in case of absence.
Why is my dog barking?
There are many reasons why your dog barks, and most of the time they are negative. This is due to the origins of your animal, whose proximity to the wolf explains that the barking initially appeared to announce a danger. However, the dog can also express satisfaction in a context of affection (caress, excitement to see his master again…), of play or of walking.
If each animal is different, with its own character, one breed will however have a higher propensity than another to barking: this is for example the case of burrows as hunting dogs, when the Rottweiler express themselves without excess and that the Bassenji are quieter.
As the master of your animal, it is your duty to understand its barks and to differentiate those which are natural from those which mark a physical suffering that may arise from a pathology. In the first case, the dog will stop barking once its need has been satisfied (hunger, thirst, need for activities, etc.), which will not be the case with the second hypothesis which will then require special care. If, however, the veterinarian does not perceive any health problems, there is a good chance that the education provided is insufficient.
The dressage has indeed its importance insofar as it will also affect the animal’s ability to remain alone at home, more or less long. The boredom or the anguish of solitude may cause the dog to bark after any noise or visual stimuli (a passerby, etc.), or even without external excitement.
In your absence, he can also honor a mission that is as natural as it is essential: the defense of his territory. It will then behave like a real watch dog and will bark against any approach it considers inappropriate.
How can I reduce my dog’s barking?
Dog training is essential, because it shows the animal that the position of dominant is not vested in it. Carried out from an early age, it should allow the master toassert authority without ever using violence for an optimal relationship of trust. Sometimes playing indifference when soliciting the animal is an interesting strategy to impose this hierarchy.
Dressage involves the basic orders : reminder, sitting / lying / standing positions, “not moving” and finally STOP. When the dog is in the learning phase, the process is ideally accompanied by treats, toys and / or petting as a reward. This technique encourages good behavior and must therefore be continued, especially when the animal calms down after barking for example.
In addition, a tired dog will have little energy to bark. Necessary for his well-being, it is your duty to regularly take your pet out so that he can exercise himself, walking on a leash is still the simplest solution. Dog sport, like agility (obstacle course), is another way to exhaust your dog, while making him progress on the physical, mental and relational levels.
How can I control my pet’s unwanted barking?
If, despite your dog’s education, he continues to bark excessively in your absence, the dog bark collar is to be considered temporarily. Depending on the model, it sends the animal a slight electrical pulse, ultrasound or a spray when its barking is repetitive and untimely. Harmless and painless, it will correct the bad behavior of the animal which will calm down because of the unpleasant sensation caused by its barking.
Zoomalia offers you the electric bark collar Zolia Barking Stop LUX which produces sounds or electrostatic stimulation. Adapted to all dogs from 5 kg with an adjustable neck circumference and respectful of their skin, it first informs the noisy animal by audible warnings before sanctioning it in the event of continued barking. The seven intensity levels of the collar offer progressive discipline with positive results from the first week of use.
The problem is half-resolved once the source of the barking has been identified, because it suffices to remove the factor afterwards. However, educating your pet is essential to avoid bad behavior and to encourage those that suit you with rewards. If this persists, do not hesitate to contact a veterinarian, a trainer or a canine behaviorist.
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