Dog Barking Solutions
Step One: Understand the cause
Understand why your dog barks and solutions to this will be easier to implement. If you are still unsure, check these reasons or try keeping a diary of when your dog barks to look for patterns in behaviour.
Step Two: Alleviate concerns
If you are concerned about your dog's health, then please consult your vet.
If your neighbours are concerned about your dog's barking, then please let them know that you are working on a solution.
If your council is concerned then you may need to let them know that you are seeking professional help to quieten your dog.
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Step Three: Short-term solutions
Various short-term solutions may help with your dog's barking problem., although these may reduce the noise only in the short-term.
Generally, even if short-term solutions help, the unwanted behaviour may return to previous levels when the treatment is withdrawn or the dog gets used to it.
Long-term solutions are the only way to quieten your dog. These may take time to implement (hence their name!) and can require the services of experts such as animal behaviourists or experienced dog trainers.
Step Four: Long-term solutions
It may be beneficial to consult an animal behaviourist or a dog trainer to help you understand your dog's barking problem and give you instruction on how to quieten your dog.
There is generally no magical, quick fix solution to solving barking problems and owners often have to be prepared to change their behaviour. Depending on the cause, some of following solutions may be effective:
Change of routine
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