Bark Control – the problem and the solution.

In an ideal world dogs would not be left for long periods unattended but the reality for a lot of people is that they have to work and let the dog to entertain itself for longer periods than maybe they would like to. I know there will be people out their arguing that people working long hours should have thought about this prior to getting a dog but circumstances change. Most owners are responsible pet owners who have given a lot of thought to taking on a pet and prepared accordingly but we live in a fluid environment and things change, jobs change, lifestyles change so owners have to adapt.

Under these circumstances some dogs can get bored and resort to barking to gain attention which can cause problems with neighbours. If you are in this situation here are some helpful tips which may alleviate the problem:

  • Spend as much time as you can with your pet – play is important and they love the attention and interaction.
  • When you are not available make sure your dog has plenty of access to stimulating, engaging items such as interactive toys, balls, chews, agility products, etc.
  • If you know in advance that you will be away for a few hours organise for a friend to call over for half an hour to check on your dog and interact with it.

I've tried all of the above but he still barks!

There are two other options open to you at this stage:

1. Dog Trainer - A qualified dog trainer can call to your house and work on the problem with you and your dog. Here at Pet Essentials, Carrigaline we would be only too happy to recommend a local dog trainer.

2. Petsafe Good Boy Bark Control Collar - A very effective product suitable for all sizes of dog. The product has 6 levels of correction and works automatically triggered by a continuous stream of barking. The collar initially applies a low level of correction in the form of a mild static shock that is uncomfortable for the dog. If the dog continues to bark the level of correction increases. This is a very effective product but should only be used a last resort. The collar should not be worn for excessive periods of time.

If you would like to discuss any of the above with our trained staff please do not hesitate to contact us on 021-4834653, e-mail info@petessentials.ie or contact us through our facebook page.