How to Help Your Barking Dog!

How to Help Your Barking Dog!

At agility trials, dogs bark A LOT! During one trial I observed and I overheard how some of the trainers attempted to stop the barking. Some trainers ignored the behavior, some yelled while others talked quietly to their dogs while they were barking. I overheard trainers saying that they used a can of pennies, citronella collars and shock collars to stop the barking. These are trainers who profess to be positive reinforcement trainers. The thing I never heard any of the trainers say and never saw anyone do was to find out why the dog was barking. All the training … Continue reading

What Does It Mean When Your Dog Is Barking?

Barking Dog and the Reason Behind It

A barking dog is generally perceived as an annoyance by majority of people. However, a dog’s barking can have a wide variety of meaning behind it, ranging from; boredom, excitement, frustration, fears and alerting when something is out of the ordinary. Many owners look to rid their dog of the barking behaviour but tend to look at the exhibiting behaviour to fix, not the underlying problem which is causing the barking in the first place. When we look at “fixing” a barking dog, you must understand what is causing it, simple examples below: Barking In The Backyard A bored and under stimulated dog. When … Continue reading