Ack! Stop! No Bark! What to Do When Your Dog Barks for Fun

Beverly Hills MI dog barking for fun

So, you thought you were going to get off easy, didn’t you? Your sweet little puppy, or even your older dog, barely made a peep. Sure maybe a grunt or little growl or an adorable “booff” every now and then, but all in all there was barely a bark to be heard, even when there was a knock at the door. 

But then, all of a sudden, that pesky squirrel started taunting them with a vengeance. Or the dog next door started up a steady regimen of recreational barking (perhaps at the pesky squirrel, even)… or leaves started falling from the sky and rustling in the breeze! And then, out of the blue, your dog found its voice and it was game on.

Now, it seems, your dog is barking at every little thing. Is the ball not throwing itself? WOOF! Has the cat (gasp!) come downstairs unexpectedly? WOOF! Is the food bowl half empty? WOOF! Are those crazy leaves still falling outside? WOOF! And heaven forbid that that squirrel is scampering along the fence still… WOOF! WOOF!

And what’s worse? They’re still not barking when you want them to. What’s an exasperated dog owner to do when it seems like your dog barks for fun?

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Rewarding Good Petiquette

petiquetteIt’s reasonable to set behavior expectations for your pet. However, while they want to please you, they also have to answer to their instincts. This may result in scratching, marking, barking, humping, escaping, and other behaviors you could live without. Luckily, there are some pretty easy ways to achieve good petiquette. A well-mannered pet is right around the corner!

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Take Positive Dog Training to the Next Level

Mixed Pit Bull Breed Being TrainedDogs are hard-wired to please their owners. Unfortunately, when they “act out” or behave badly, some owners respond in a fashion that actually reinforces the offense. Indeed, the idea that dogs implicitly understand what we want is important, but getting to the bottom of what they need from us is equally important.

Remember, the best dog training involves building trust, establishing control, and mastering basic commands. From there, the sky’s the limit!

Bad Dog!

House training, barking, chewing, jumping, digging, soiling, escaping, and begging are just a few standard wayward canine behaviors. When a dog’s needs aren’t recognized, phobias, separation anxiety or canine aggression can develop, creating a rift at home. However, through positive reinforcement, even the most difficult dogs can be trained successfully.

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