Barking Problems ? How To Handle A Barking Puppy That Barks For Attention

For any new dog owner, handling a loud barking puppy can be quite an unnerving experience. Most new dog owners are not prepared for the intense amount of barking and yelping that young puppies start doing the minute they arrive in their new home. Although it is totally natural, some puppies do not give their owners the luxury of quieting down, especially at night.

One of the biggest phases that a puppy will go through is the fear of being alone. And I’m not talking about being alone in the sense of you leaving the house. Some puppies will go absolutely nuts even when you only leave the room for a split second. They just can’t bear to be alone because they are used to having their mommy or littermates around non-stop.

When faced with this situation, what you do? If you run to your puppy to sooth and caress him every time he cries, then you are only feeding the behavior and creating a spoiled dog. On the other hand, if you ignore him and let him bark his brains out, the rest of the family (especially your spouse) will become very annoyed with you for letting the barking go on.

It’s like being stuck between a rock and a hard place, however, we do have some tips to help you deal with your puppy barking situation:

1. The first step is to try to ignore your puppy’s barking if at all possible without yelling at him. Yelling will either scare him from wanting to come near you or will further add to his anxiety levels that and he will continue barking.

2. There is a product called a ?teaching lead? which will enable your puppy to be around you at all times in the house. Use these types of tools so that your puppy can be around you while he is getting used to his independence.

3. When you leave the house, try to refrain from long and drawn out departures. Although it’s understandable to want to pet your puppy and talk sweet to her before leaving the house, it only creates more stress because she will start to associate your behavior with you leaving her side. The same advice goes when you arrive home. Avoid big and exciting welcomes after walking through the door.

4. Try using a simple training aid to get your puppy to quiet down immediately when she is barking. A water bottle that sends a quick burst of streaming spray is a perfect idea. Or you could use a small tin can filled with a few pennies in it. When you go to leave her side and she starts barking, simply throw that can in her area. It will create a startling noise while at the same time diverting her attention. Follow up with the command “no bark” or “quiet”. Pick one and stay with it.

5. When my dog barks I first find out what she is barking about. Maybe there is a axe murderer behind me! Then if it seems she’s bored or wants more treats than she needs I tell her “quiet” in a firm tone (no yelling) then get very close to her face and talk softly to her. She always stops for me. This may calm your puppy down also. You’ll need to stay consistent and your barking puppy will learn when it’s OK to bark and when to be quiet.

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Barking Problems ? How To Handle A Barking Puppy That Barks For Attention — 4 Comments

  1. my dog is always outside in a kennel but i dont like it but its not my dog its my moms i still dont like it what do i do ??????

    how do i convince my dad to let me get a dog i love them i always will take care of it can you help?

    could you tell me how to train the dog after my dad gives it to me?

  2. Convincing your parents to let you have a dog starts in other areas of your life. You need to demonstrate that you are responsible. Do you regularly clean up your room, do chores around the house and always do what you say you are going to do? If so then maybe you cam make a plan with your dad that outlines everything you are going to do to take care of that dog.

    The library has some good books on training and care of dogs and you can borrow them for free. I like the Barbara Woodhouse book – “No Bad Dogs” but I’m sure you can find others.

    Don’t use any dog training that says to hit or hurt your dog in any way. That’s not right. Dogs need discipline, not wounding.

    Why don’t you work with your mom’s dog outside. Show your dad that you have worked with another dog and maybe you can convince him that you can also work well with a new dog.

    Do not get a dog unless you are fully committed to raising the dog and taking care of it for 10-15 years. What will you do when you leave home?

    Good luck!

  3. I have tried what you suggested. I have a 12 week old puppy, we just got her 2 days ago and potty training is going alright, she seems to bo catching on, but the seperation anxiety is getting worse. She follows me room to room and is always at my feet. If I put her in her crate she howls and whines for up to an hour, or if I clost the door so she cant follow me she scratches at the door. At night we crate her, and she will yelp and howl for at least 40 minutes. And by then I usually move her crate next to the bed and sleep with my hand on the top. I know that is a wrong solution and I am probably just teaching her to do it until I give in, but she wakes the kids every night, and we are so tired… what is the answer to achieve a calm self assured and crate trained dog?

  4. So you need to follow through on your training. First you MUST decide what kind of behavior you want from your dog. If it is OK for her to sleep in your room that make that the norm.

    If you don’t want her to sleep in your room you will need to have more will power than your dog. You are training your dog to whine continuously because eventually you come and get her. If you are going to get her anyway, just do it right away, don’t wait 40 minutes.

    If you don’t want that behavior, then you MUST not give in. She will get it.

    Have you tried putting some of your clothing in her crate so she smells your scent or have a ticking clock nearby? Some times that is soothing to the dog.

    So your dog is training you. Be more persistent that your dog and you will train her. Don’t worry. She is OK.

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