Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

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Dogs make wonderful companions and ideal pets, but sometimes even a good dog can become an incessant barker. As your dog learns that silence is rewarded with treats and barking is ignored, you'll need to gradually extend the period of time that your dog must be quiet before receiving a treat. For best results, vary the amount of time your dog must remain quiet before getting a treat. As you extend the amount of time that you're out of your dog's sight or behind closed doors, you should incorporate counterconditioning methods like a puzzle toy to keep her distracted. Once your dog can be comfortably left alone for 90 minutes, she will most likely be able to handle four to eight hours of solitude. If you are consistent with your training and practice several times each day on the weekends and at least twice a day on weekdays (such as before work and in the evening), you may be able to accomplish long-term comfort in under a month.[37] However, every dog is different, and your dog may need a longer training period or more training sessions each day. When you have someone come to the door pretending to be the mailman, it's imperative that your friend does not leave the porch until your dog is quiet. Depending on your dog's age and physical abilities, you can exercise her in a number of ways. Shock collars are similar to citronella and ultrasonic collars, but instead deliver a brief electric shock to the dog's neck.
There are numerous reasons why dogs bark, and that problematic behavior is both annoying and, in many places, illegal. Also called "attention-seeking barking," request barking is a common problem for dog owners. When your dog finally does stop barking, it's important that you praise and reward her for her silence.
Counterconditioning is a common treatment method for dogs that typically involves training the dog to associate something fearful with a reward.
If your dog has moderate to severe separation anxiety, she most likely will not be cured overnight. It takes a lot of training and practice to get your dog comfortable with prolonged absences. Once your dog has done this successfully on 10 or more occasions, you can begin giving the quiet command without showing her a treat. Once your dog has learned the quiet command in training sessions, you'll need to apply the quiet command to real-world scenarios. If your dog barks compulsively for no reason, or tends to bark when she's left alone (in the yard, for example), she may be engaging in boredom barking. Learning and practicing tricks is an excellent way to prevent boredom in dogs and discourage compulsive behavior. In addition to exercise, leaving distractions around the house is a great way to inhibit problem behaviors like boredom barking. If your dog has barking problems whenever she sees or hears something outside, a simple solution might be to block her access to seeing or hearing that trigger. There are many different types of dog behavior specialists, each with their own unique qualifications.


Bark deterrents like anti-bark collars are very unpleasant for dogs, and should only be used as a last resort when no other method has worked.
These collars typically have a number of different settings to change how intense the shock is, and if using one of these collars it is best to use the lowest setting possible to prevent injury to the dog. The first step to quieting your dog's barking is to find out why she is making so much noise.
The first step to breaking a dog's request barking is to stop giving your dog what she wants whenever she barks. Even after you've discontinued your reinforcement of that behavior, it will most likely take a while to break your dog of the habit. In the case of separation anxiety, instead of fearing someone or something, the dog fears being left alone. A good way to get your dog more accustomed to solitude is to gradually desensitize her to being left alone and reinforce the fact that getting ready to leave does not mean abandonment.
Dogs that bark when left alone may be experiencing separation anxiety, but there are usually other symptoms which accompany that problem, like destructive behavior, bathroom problems, and following you around when you're home.
While walking your dog is, of course, an important part of getting her exercise (even if you have a fenced-in yard), it may not be enough.
Once you've determined why she's barking, you'll know what actions to take to get her to stop. Make sure your dog always has plenty of cool, clean water to drink any time she needs it, two to three nutritious meals each day, and access to the inside of your home. Learning how to silence your barking dog can help ensure a quiet community and keep you out of trouble with the law.
Some dogs bark whenever they are exposed to novel or unusual stimuli whether they are sounds, sights or odors.
Effective crate training techniques when your dog is first obtained should decrease the dog's anxiety when it is left alone in its crate (see our handout on 'Crate Training in Dogs'). Providing your dog with a consistent and predictable daily routine (see our handout on 'Training Dogs – Enrichment, Predictability and Scheduling') can help your dog to be calmer and more settled through the day.
Also, by providing predictable consequences, you can insure that calm and quiet behavior is reinforced and that you never reinforce attention seeking behavior (which may escalate to barking).
When you obtain a new dog, having a second dog may greatly reduce distress vocalization at times when your dog cannot be with family members.
If your dog's excessive barking problem has been going on for some time, he may be suffering from separation anxiety. However, the barking becomes problematic when it gets too loud, too frequent, or will not stop on command. In order to train the dog to quiet down on cue, you must find an effective means of quieting the dog, which should be preceded with a verbal command. Your dog will probably not understand what you want if you just loudly tell your pet to 'be quiet', especially if silence does not follow the verbal command. In fact, yelling may just add to the noise, anxiety and conflict, thereby encouraging your dog to bark even more.


One of the most practical techniques for teaching a dog to cease barking on command, is to teach barking on cue.
Numerous repetitions allow the dog to associate the word 'bark' or 'speak' with the action. Dogs that bark on command can then be taught to turn off the barking by removing the cue or stimulus, and giving a 'hush' or 'quiet' command just before the barking subsides.
It can be difficult or impractical to teach a dog to be 'quiet' on command if the barking cannot be predicted or 'turned on', or if it is too intense. Another method to teach a "quiet" command is to wait until your dog is barking, for example in response to a doorbell. When the dog is quiet (which should happen because dogs cannot sniff and bark at the same time) you can praise your dog, say 'good quiet' and give the treat. Alternately, distraction or remote punishment devices (see below) can be used to disrupt the barking.
One of the most effective means of interrupting barking and ensuring quiet is a remote leash and head halter. A pull on the leash disrupts the dog and closes the mouth, which should also coincide with a verbal command such as 'quiet' or 'hush'. By first releasing the dog, and then giving a reinforcer such as praise or food if the dog remains quiet, you can reinforce the quiet behavior. Soon the dog should associate the closed mouth and the verbal command with the absence of noise, and begin to stop barking when given the verbal prompt alone.
However, in some cases, the household situation in which the dog resides may make it extremely difficult to correct completely or sufficiently. Even a small amount of barking could disturb a sleeping baby or upset neighbors (particularly in apartments or townhouses).
When trying to resolve barking problems, the motivation for the barking behavior is an important component. Excessive levels of punishment can increase anxiety and further aggravate many forms of barking, while mild punishment merely rewards the behavior by providing attention. Surgical debarking is a drastic and often permanent method of decreasing the sound of the barking.
Devocalization may need to be considered when owners are confronted with the option of immediately resolving a barking problem or having to give up their pet. However, all attempts at behavior modification should be continued to try and address the underlying motivation for barking and perhaps result in a permanent solution.



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