@DenverDogWhisperer Since 1994
This is your dog's way of communicating a distress signal to you. Somewhere along the line his/her needs as an animal and canine have not been met.
Some customers share that they love coming home because their dog greets them by excitedly jumping up and barking which proves their love. But in nature, dogs don't bark, yelp, or jump on family pack mates in a burst of affection. This is hugely disrespectful and conveys anxious stress.
Dogs that greet their owners in this way are trying to communicate. Humans view this as undying love. But the pup is trying to convey that he is lonely and bored, has needs that are not being met, and/or feels the need to reestablish the pack hierarchy with him at the top since you have been separated. The excitement is your dog's way of burning off excess energy in both brain and body that has been building through the day.
Don't be taken aback by this revelation. Dogs don't use emotions like people do. Remember, they're dogs with the needs of (1) exercise, (2) discipline/rules, boundaries limitations, structure. To love a dog means you must honor him/her as anial and canine. This means fulfilling him as nature intended.
Dogs bark as a way of communicating. If your dog barks, there is a reason. It may be simply a response to a stimulus, like a jogger running by the house or it may be your dog's way of asking for help. You need to find out why your dog barks to stop this behavior.
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As the pack leader, it's your job to step in and control excessive barking. These 5 tips will help you stop excessive nuisance barking in short order. Contact Denver Dog Whisperer for help. Sometimes it's hard to be objective when your heart is emotionally involved.
1. Correct dog problem behavior and follow through.
Tell your dog to stop barking using a look, a sound, or a physical correction. But don't stop there. Your dog may pause and then go right back to what he was doing. His body relaxed, but his brain was still on alert. Be patient. Wait until your dog completely submits before you go back to what you were doing.
2. Stay calm when trying to stop dog barking.
Constant barking can be irritating, but you won't be able to correct the dog behavior problem if you are frustrated. Animals don't follow unbalanced leaders. In fact, your dog will mirror your energy. If you're frustrated, he will be, too! And barking is a great release for that frustrated energy. Take a moment to curb your own internal barking first.
3. Stake your claim to stop the barking.
Is your dog barking over and over again at the same object, person, situation, or place? Then you need to step up and claim that stimulus as your own. Use your body, your mind, and your calm-assertive energy to create an invisible wall that your dog is not allowed to cross. Do it with 100% dedication and focus, and the results may surprise you.
4. Stop the barking by meeting the dog's need for physical and mental challenges through exercise.
Excessive barking is often the result of pent-up energy. If this is the case, the solution is simple: release that energy in more productive ways. Does your dog receive a daily walk? Can you make the walk more challenging with a bicycle, a backpack, or by walking on an incline? Can you provide more mental challenges, such as herding, agility training, or simple obedience games? There are many, many ways to increase the challenges in your dog's life. Find one that you enjoy that your dog can participate in safely.
5. Get our professional help to stop dog barking.
When you brought this dog into your life, you made a commitment to provide the care he needs. Prevent dog barking, and other dog behavior problems by calling in a canine professional to help him cope with a behavior issue.