Barking is an important form of communication for dogs, and it’s completely natural. Dogs will bark to express many things, often excitement, or sometimes as a warning or to protect their territory. If your pooch is barking excessively for seemingly no reason, they’re telling you that they’re bored!
Here’s 3 tips to help you battle a barking dog:
A barking dog needs plenty of exercise for physical stimulation – burning off excess energy will tire your pooch out, making them more relaxed and inclined to rest. Set aside some time to take your dog for a long walk, or even play with them – anything that gets them bouncing around and burning off that energy.
Your pooch will benefit from discipline in the form of training / learning commands for psychological stimulation. Having your dog trained can be helpful when faced with battling problem behaviours such as barking. It’s also an important part of a dog’s life; enabling them to socialise and interact without disruption. Positive reinforcement is the key to successful dog training, and nothing says positive reinforcement like treats. Pooch & Mutt’s Calm & Relaxed wheat-free treats include lamb, chamomile and l-tryptophan. While the treats mean you can train your dog with positive reinforcement, their calming ingredients will ease their excitement. Chamomile is traditionally used to aid relaxation and L-tryptophan is essential to form serotonin, the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter. The Calm & Relaxed range also includes our complete, grain-free food that is perfect for dogs that tend to be anxious or excitable. The food is packed with active ingredients, including 45% lean, L-tryptophan rich British turkey, sweet potato and b-vitamins as a digestion-aiding fibre, chamomile, brewer’s yeast, and probiotics and prebiotics to help aid digestion, which can be a cause of stress.
Obviously, everyone enjoys showing their dog affection – but it’s important to make sure you save it for the right time. Rewarding your dog with affection when they are in a calm state will reinforce the relaxed behaviour that you want, as opposed to encouraging the barking / behaviour that you don’t. Don’t worry too much – your dog won’t think you’re mean if you aren’t giving out treats and affection all the time. Your pooch wants to please you and earn your affection -allowing them to do that is one of the best rewards you can give.