Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

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Most dogs or puppies will settle down and stop crying or barking within a half-hour after they are left alone. Remain the dominant pack leader and alpha male – this means eating first, going through the door first, and not letting your dog sleep in your bed.
If you constantly reprimand your dog when he barks he is getting lots of attention which maybe what he is after. Don’t leave your dog near a window where he can see other people or animals, close the curtains or put your dog in another room.
If your dog is barking in front of you do something to distract him, fill up a tin with some stones and give it a shake when he barks, this will startle him and when he is quiet give him a reward. If you want to be successful when learning how to stop dog barking, be consistent, fair and actually try and understand what your dog is trying to communicate to you, he maybe actually trying to tell you he is hungry that he wants to go out or something else. Congratulations, you have managed to control and learn how to stop dog barking in the future. Continue to practice each technique every-day until you have a dog or puppy who knows you will understand him without all the noise. Some people are even faced with giving up their dogs because they feel like they can’t leave the dog alone barking all day. It is very important when learning how to stop dog barking that your pooch does not have any medical problems. 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').


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. One of the most practical techniques for teaching a dog to cease barking on command, is to teach barking on cue. 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'.


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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