Why doesn t my dog bark anymore?
Why does my dog still bark at 6 or 7am? My dog is very old now and doesn t bark as much. At first she would bark and then quiet down. Then she stopped at all, until this week. I have lived at this house for almost 30 years and have never had to chase her to stop her. There is a cat at home and she loves it and she doesn t worry about it. It does not bark and she plays with it and even sleeps next to it. I have noticed no changes in the dog and she has no illness. There has been a change in me and I can t sleep because I wake up every hour and it is really disturbing. My first time it was like a nervous breakdown for me. I was going through my whole life and I could not even say my name. I was just saying the first thing that came into my mind. And now it doesn t feel that way, but its very disturbing. I have a very good relationship with my dog, so she is never out of my sight. We feed each other and everything. I just need her to stop. I want my sleep.
Hello Dr. Becker,
My dog has been barking at 7:00 A.M. since I had her. I try to give her some toys but she only takes them away and puts them back. Sometimes she brings them outside. I know it is bothering me and I can t sleep. What can I do?
Thank you for your help.
We have had the same issue with our dog over the last few months. The only thing that seemed to help was a behavior change...my dog was much more calm and "cozy" to be around. Now her bark has come back with a vengeance. I can hear her bark at night, as well, she likes to bark at squirrels and rabbits.
I would take this opportunity to re-evaluate what is going on with your dog...she's making some kind of behavior change and I would imagine that this is what is making her more territorial. I know when I had a dog that barked this much...I would find someone else to take her in. I don't like that either.
This is the most confusing post ever. Some are really helpful with your issue. But I didn't need any additional information to just get upset about my dog barking. I have a three year old chocolate lab and he barks when he thinks someone is coming. I've come to the conclusion that we are never getting rid of the barking but that I can work on him being at ease with people around, and him barking becomes a warning rather than an attack.
My dog makes a loud barking noise when she thinks I'm at work. She is at least 8 years old and was a stray. I feel like when I get home she wants to get attention from me. When I'm at work she thinks I'm at home and wants to stay in her home which is a kennel. The kennel is kept locked. I have tried everything including the clicker but nothing is working.
There are so many options. You can call and ask if you can have it microchipped. Then if you get a microchip reader at a local store, you can scan it and see where they are. If you don't want to do that, there are always options. I would look into this option.
If there is someone in your house that seems to be the cause of the problem, I would not take them into consideration. My dog was raised with me and loves to bark at people that come into our house. I have no idea why she does it but she wants to have a friend. It's just the way she is. She doesn't bark at people or even strangers, she just wants to have someone that she knows. I would just put yourself first and make sure that you are as relaxed as possible so that you are not going to be bothered. When I'm anxious or worried or stressed out, my dog will get nervous and sometimes start to bark. If that happens to me, I just put my arm around her and say 'shhh' and then she calms down. If you can do the same, you will find that it may work. Also, do not punish her if she barks. That is a no go in the way of dog training. That is simply teaching her that barking is what you say to do.
If you haven't already, microchip your dog and then look online for pet care professionals. Then, when you need one, they will come out and take the chip and scan it. They will then have a GPS device that locates them within several hundred feet of you. That way, you know they are in your house or yard. A GPS device can also help with your next dog. If I need to find a replacement for my dog, I will go to the vet and say, 'I want to find the puppy that looks like my dog.' And, they will find the one.
If you have the money, you can go to an emergency boarding kennel and get an overnight stay for your dog. Most dogs are fine being left alone while you are at work. I know that my dog loves it when I come home after being gone and she always greets me with a kiss and wags her tail. If that doesn't work for you, then just plan ahead so that you can make your dog's stay comfortable and calm during the night. If you have an older dog, there are many dog boarding kennels that you can go to. Most of them can even accept dogs that are too old to be trained. These kennels can also help you find a new dog and they will get a dog ready for you to adopt. They might also help you find a good home for an elderly dog that needs more care than you can give. If you have the time and are going through a major move, or if you work a lot and need someone to come in and feed your dog and take care of him during the day, then it may be worth it to find a dog boarding kennel in your area.
Now, we can say that the most important thing to your dog is you. He needs a healthy relationship with you. Just like you have people in your life that make you feel good, you need to find those people for your dog. Dogs want companionship. They want a dog that is going to give them constant affection and love. They need people to keep them company, play with them and watch them while you are away. And, they need their owner to give them a good, healthy, wholesome diet that will make them feel good, look good and feel like a million bucks. What I am talking about here is your four legged furry friend. I believe that if your dog feels like he is loved, then he will love you back. It is up to you to love your dog.