Why Is My Dog Barking?

DON’T KNOW WHY YOUR DOG IS BARKING AND HOW TO MAKE IT STOP?
THEN IT IS TIME TO CALL US!!!

Dogs generally make five distinct sounds; the key is knowing how to distinguish between them and how to stop unwanted barking.

You can generally tell when a dog is sounding the alarm and is ready for action because his bark becomes mid-range and in quick succession. The faster that the dog is barking the more that it is worried that someone/something could be nearby and about a possible threat or danger. It is the sort of bark that makes you get out of your comfy chair to see what is going on outside. It usually doesn’t last long, unless there is a real threat (or perceived threat).

Whereas a dog that is trying to get your attention because it is lonely is lower in pitch, more soulful and may be just a single bark every few minutes or so. It is saying I miss you, I am lonely. Please pay attention to me. It generally works too because the dog will be told to shut up, giving it the attention that it wanted, causing it to repeat it again.

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Is Your Dog Being Aggressive

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Our dogs are generally a reflection of us, how we treat them, and how we have bought them up. If a dog isn’t exercised enough, fed properly, trained correctly, socialized enough or never shown any affection/attention then you may have a problem dog; the key is to know the right approach for, not only your dog, but the whole family.

When confronted with an aggressive dog you can employ certain methods that may reduce the risk of a bite. Firstly remain calm and show no fear. Do not run away. Do not make eye contact with the dog. A big yawn and looking off to the side will often reduce the risk of a bite, as a yawn signifies that you are not a threat.

Did you know that the position and movement of a dog’s tail is very important because it helps to communicate a myriad of things such as the most commonly recognised, happiness and playfulness, but it also helps to convey fear, anxiety and even aggression to other dogs. A dog that has no tail can therefore be treated as if it were something to beware of, because it is unable to give the right signals and therefore will exaggerate other movements (i.e. wag its body, or bite because he can’t show his fear any other way) to compensate. This can be confusing to other dogs and can lead to attack.

Did you know that a diet high in protein can result in some behavioural issues in relation to serotonin levels? There is an Amino acid called Tryptophan that is present in a dog’s diet that helps the body to produce Serotonin, which is found in the nervous system, which helps to control the dog’s mood. If you feed your dog too much protein the Tryptophan’s have to compete with the other amino acids in the body, becoming less affective. This can completely alter the mood of the dog. They can become aggressive, anxious, depressed, insomniacs and very hungry; all making for a not very pleasant dog! As a rule you should feed your dog a balanced diet that contains no more than 25% protein.

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Why Is My Dog Misbehaving?

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We take a holistic approach to your dogs problems; the key is looking at your dog’s life as a whole and knowing how to make sense of any unwanted behaviour.

It is a good idea to see a vet before addressing behavioural problems because there may be an underlying cause that is making the animal act erratically. If the dog’s behaviour has changed suddenly or over time, it could very well have to do with its health. Any dog owner is usually pretty in tune with their pet and will “just know” that something isn’t right, so in those circumstances it is best to take the dog to the vet. Even if you aren’t 100% sure but the dog just doesn’t seem right, I always think it’s better to be safe than sorry. Besides once the dog has a clean bill of health you can then start to work on the problem at hand, with one less problem to worry about.

Dogs need to be walked for more than just exercise. To be happy they really need to experience the world around them; the sights, the sounds, but especially the smells. It keeps them alert and happily in touch with the world around them. Of course depending on the breed, they will also need a certain amount of exercise. (E.g. A Border Collie that has been bred to run around all day chasing sheep needs more activity than my neighbour’s bulldog that would quite happily lounge around all day.) Dogs that aren’t walked enough can often become very naughty and destructive; they may bark more and can even develop bad habits (tail chasing) out of boredom.

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Behavioural ‘Dog’ Training

Our private one on one training lessons offer solutions to behavioural problems.

Whilst we offer the basic (sit, stay, etc) our lessons take a holistic approach not only encompassing basic obedience, but also your home environment, family, lifestyle, behavioural issues and any bad habits. Furthermore as all dogs and owners are unique we work with you to ensure the lessons are tailored to your needs and lifestyle. We work with you at your home, and in your local area as this helps your dog be more comfortable, also ensuring that all family members are able to join in and learn the methods to ensure consistency. Generally these consultations are designed to address behavioural issues, where we work with you to identify the reason behind the unwanted behaviour and how to manage it effectively for long term positive outcomes.
These may include :

  • Dog aggression and dominance
  • Excessive barking
  • Jumping up at people (lack of respect)
  • Pulling on the lead
  • Mouthing and nipping
  • Anxiety, lack of confidence, timidity or fearfulness
  • Attention seeking
  • Destructive behaviour (e.g. digging)
  • Not listening to owner

We work on these issues by helping the owners understand why the dog is behaving in such a manner and how to stop it.
We often help clients that have previously participated in group training but find that our methods offer faster and greater results, as your tailored training is focused on just you and your dog for the whole lesson.

Your lesson can be arranged at a time and place to suit you, and you can pay as you go, although a discount is applied to any payments made of 10 lessons or more at a time.

The First Lesson

This lesson runs for approximately an hour and during this time you will learn :

  • The History of the dog
  • How your dog thinks
  • How dogs like to be treated
  • Specifics of your particular breed
  • What we should never do around our dogs and why
  • What is the right equipment for your dog
  • Particular problems you are facing

We then also complete three basic leash manners :

  • Leaving the house in a relaxed manner
  • Start walking without pulling on the lead
  • Stopping the dog from rushing through open doors when leaving for a walk

Ongoing lessons

The subsequent lessons will run for approximately half an hour each, and should flow from one lesson to the next. It is expected that you will practise in between lessons. The goals of our lessons differ to suit different needs, but often see you walking your dog on a loose lead, your dog sitting or laying down on command, calmly walk along beside your newborns pram, or playing nicely with other dog.