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Options for Dogs With Barking Problems

Dogs provide companionship and loyalty like no other creature. Unfortunately, some dogs can bark a little more than you would like them to. There are products out there that claim to control barking, but what are they, exactly? And are they safe? Let’s consider some of the reasons dogs act this way, and then go over your options.

Why Is My Dog Barking so Much?

Although some dogs’ barking seems to have little rhyme or reason, it’s important to realize that most have a reason for doing it. Unfortunately, their reasons can be hard for humans to grasp. For example, they might think your best friend who is visiting from overseas is a dangerous intruder.

In some cases, chronic barking may be caused by some recurring part of your relationship with your dog. You should be careful not to leave it outside when it’s too hot or cold. Also, be sure to monitor its behavior when other dogs pass by your property. It could also be plain boredom, in which case it might be trying to get your attention. If boredom is the cause, you’ll need to give him more attention, or at least find him a playmate. In general, barking problems caused by concrete reasons usually have a simple solution.

What About Anti-Barking Devices?

If you’re unable to control the problem the conventional way, commercial anti-barking devices are another method you could consider. They work by fitting around your pet’s neck and releasing something like a spray of water or a very mild shock when it starts to bark. For the most part, these devices are very mild, so the chance of harm to the dog is minimized. Needless to say, using one of these does not mean that a pet requires any less attention or care.

But How Safe Are They, Really?

Some individuals have raised concerns about the safety of such devices. While the previously-mentioned regulations should ensure that they are not harmful, keep in mind that every dog is different. This means that you may want to do your own research ahead of time and see how your dog reacts to wearing one. If it is particularly sensitive, you could consider using one of the milder products, such as the ones that spray water.

Final Thoughts on Bark Control

There are as many ways to deal with barking as there are causes of persistent barking in the first place. One of these options is to use an anti-barking device. If your dog responds to these without too much negativity, they can be a perfect solution. While they are not a panacea, they can be part of your arsenal for keeping an energetic dog on its best behavior.

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