Advice for Dog Owners
Dogs are not, by nature, solitary animals and they need the security of a family group. Pet dogs regard their owners as a substitute family and soon become distressed when left alone.
Why Dogs Bark
There are a number of reasons your dog may bark, including:
- Attention seeking
- Boredom or frustration
- Defending its territory
- Medical problems
Simple Things to Try
- Get your dog used to the idea that you are away for different periods of time and at different times of the day. That way he won't be so concerned each time you leave. Also, don't make a fuss of your dog when you leave him.
- Try putting your dog on his own in another room - at first for a few minutes, then gradually build up the time you leave your dog alone. Do not return to your dog until he is quiet for a period. When you return, praise him.
- Some dogs will bark because they want to join in what's going on outside. If this is a problem, try leaving your dog so that he cannot see outside.
- Some dogs will settle only if they can hear human voices. Leaving a radio on at low volume might help, but make sure the radio is not too loud - You don't want complaints about that!
- Try not to leave your dog for long periods. If you have to, see if there is someone who can look in during that time. Maybe that person could also take your dog for a walk or let him out into the garden, if you have one.