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How to Stop Excessive Barking

dreamstime_xxl_34775947Excessive barking is one of the most frustrating things a dog owner has to deal with. 

Barking is a natural part of being a dog, but if your dog barks excessively, it can be incredibly frustrating! Luckily,  you are not helpless to excessive barking, and there are many things that you can do to discourage your dog from barking so much. Our veterinarian in North Bellmore is dedicated to helping your dog stay happy and healthy, and that’s why we’ve come up with this list of tips to stop excessive barking:

#1. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. 

As we mentioned in a previous blog, one possible reason for excessive barking is boredom. If you leave your dog alone for long periods of time, he or she will have lots of pent up energy that leads to excessive barking. Making sure that your dog gets lots of exercise will help to curb this boredom.

#2. Stay calm when your dog barks. 

The last thing that you want to do is yell when your dog barks. This will only confuse your dog, because he or she will most likely think that you are joining in on the barking. Additionally, dogs reflect the emotions of their owners, and if you get frustrated and upset, so will your dog.

#3. Don’t reward your dog’s bad behavior. 

Even if your dog is barking out of anxiety or to get attention, you should never pet, hug or comfort your dog when he or she is barking. This will only teach him or her that barking gets him or her what they want.

Learn more tips for dealing with excessive barking when you stay tuned for our next blog.

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