Tired of yapping? How to stop nuisance dog barking.

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Anxiety and Stress

Many dogs will bark if something has scared them, or if something in their environment is causing them stress. There are many different triggers that could cause anxiety in your dog, so it’s important to watch your dog’s body language and identify the source of their anxiety.

  • Thunderstorms, fireworks, and other loud noises
  • Being left alone
  • People or dogs walking near their home (territorial barking)
  • Car rides
  • Changes to their environment

Boredom or Frustration

Dogs need exercise and mental enrichment every day to burn off excess energy. Without proper stimulation, dogs will get restless and find other outlets for their energy like barking.

Attention-Seeking

Similar to a boredom bark, your dog could be barking because they know it gets your attention. If your dog barks for attention and you respond in any way, even to say “quiet,” you reinforce the behavior in your pup’s mind.

Excitement and Play Barking

Barking is a common way for dogs to greet other dogs or people, and it’s one way that your dog can let you know they’re excited to see you. Yapping is common in packs of dogs to communicate excitement to each other.

5 Ways to Stop Your Dog from Yapping

The method you use to stop your dog from barking will depend on what’s causing your dog to bark in the first place.

1. Provide Sufficient Exercise

If your dog is barking out of frustration or boredom, increasing the amount of exercise they get every day can quickly solve your barking issue.

  • Puzzle toys and interactive feeders
  • Snuffle mats
  • Trick training
  • Scent work like “find it” or hide-and-seek

2. Desensitize Your Dog to the Trigger

If your dog is barking as a reaction to seeing or hearing something, the best way to stop the barking is to slowly desensitize them to the trigger. This can be a long process, but it’s important to work with your dog to improve their quality of life.

3. Teach “Place” Training

Another great way to quiet the barking is to teach your dog an incompatible behavior. Many people choose “place” for this training, but you can choose any behavior that you’d like.

4. Ignore the Barking

If your dog is barking for attention or for food, the best thing that you can do is ignore them. Your dog will associate any response from you as a sign that their barking works.

5. Dietary Hemp Seed Oil

If you have an anxious or stressed dog, hemp seed oil could help naturally manage your dog’s stress responses. Hemp seed oil can help to regulate various functions such as sleep, mood and pain and many owners report that it helps reduce stress and anxiety symptoms in their pets.

Support Your Dog’s Health and Happiness with Natural Supplements

Hemp seed is rich with fatty acids, packed with protein, and an excellent source of many essential vitamins and minerals that can help ease anxiety and support your dog’s overall health.

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Dr. Ailsa Rutherford

Dr. Ailsa Rutherford

Senior practicing veterinarian. Member of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons in Emergency. Head of Animal Health at Buddy Pet P/L.