Information leads the way for change!

Jun 19, 2020

Information leads the way for change!

by Dr. Debra F. Horwitz | Behavior Bits

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When your dog is barking, an audio recording will help you determine underlying motivation. If the barking is excitement or alarm barking there are several things that may help. First, if you are leaving your dog outside, please don’t do that. Not only is it possible for your pet to escape, the stimulation of people and cars going by will likely motivate the barking. It your dog is indoors, try to find a place for them to stay that is away from windows and perhaps use some “white” noise to block out the sounds outdoors. Finally, also provide your dog with other things to do when home alone. Food-dispensing toys offer another way for them to get their daily calories and offer exercise and entertainment as well.

One example is called the LickiMat™. Some dogs like music made for dogs while others like dog TV. Try out some different options and see which one your dog responds to. And check out our bit #5 for some tips on securing a safe place for them that can be used while you are not at home. Our next release covers alarm barking in more detail. So stay tuned!

About the Author

Dr. Debra F. Horwitz
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • 2012 recipient of the Veterinarian of the Year
  • NAVC 2012 and NAVC 2014 Small Animal Speaker of the Year

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