Our dog has started barking all. day. long.

posted 6 months ago in Pets
Post # 2
4841 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Cut off access to the backyard when you’re not home and get training asap for their separation anxiety. Something obviously has triggered this behavior and having a trainer come by when you’re at work to witness their behavior and barking should help.

Post # 3
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

What happened in January? Did you move? Move furniture? Bring in new furniture? Did you get new neighbors? If your neighbor is home all day, does he/she make a lot of noise? Is there construction anywhere nearby? 

Sometimes SA can be triggered by things that seem inconsequential to us, like rearranging furniture or bringing in something new. Could be a new piece of electronics that emits a strange noise, could be the sound of construction equipment… For my SA dog, it was the fact that my neighbor was home while I was gone (townhouse), and she could clearly hear the neighbor through the walls and, to her, it sounded like I was home but hadn’t taken her out of her crate yet. We never could solve it (turns out that she needed other dogs, too, but I think hearing the neighbor sounds made it worse).

Training. Don’t let him outside when you’re not home. If you haven’t, read “I’ll be home soon”. It’s a little booklet or pamphlet about SA. Goes through alone training and you might need to give that a try. If all else fails, anti-anxiety medication be helpful while you’re working on the training, but it doesn’t sound like he’s quite at that level. 

Post # 4
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

loudsilence99 :  your neighbor is telling you now because they’re probably at their wits end by this point and it’s easier to share that multiple people have issue with it.  You’ve used a barking deterrent device in the past so you know barking is an ongoing issue with your dog.  I feel so bad for your neighbors having endured prolonged dog barking noise myself! You have to try to keep your windows and doors closed and when you go outside your relaxation is ruined! I feel sorry for your dog too. Some dogs are just barkers. They really need an environment where they’re  free to be themselves without disturbing others. I don’t think an apartment/townhouse is that environment.  I hope you’re able to find a solution before the neighbors get local authorities or renters/homeowners assoc involved or someone does something physically to your dog! Sadly I’ve heard of that happening….

Post # 5
3420 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

loudsilence99 :  Obedience class isn’t going to prevent him from barking when you’re gone. And if it’s some kind of “pack” training class, it isn’t a good idea at all. General training will help though. It’ll give him confidence, and tire him out. 

You absolutely need to walk him before you go to work. I take 10 to 15 minutes every day to walk my dog, and yes it sucks to get up 15 minutes earlier, but it’s an enjoyable time for both of us. 

Why are you giving the dog access to the backyard? If I was your neighbor I’d be so mad. You need to confine him to a smaller, indoor space. If crate training doesn’t work, give him a small room. Preferably one that doesn’t share a wall with neighbors. Close the curtains so he can’t see outside and bark at cats. And if giving him backyard time is because you’re gone too long for him to wait to pee, hire a walker.

Here’s my routine: Every morning, I walk my dog for 10 to 15 minutes. Before I leave for work, I turn on a white noise “waterfall” video on YouTube for him, which is 10 hours long. I give him a Kong toy with some peanut butter in it, and make him do some tricks (mental stimulation) to earn it. I close the windows and turn off the light. He is confined to the bedroom, which has his crate in it (but he isn’t locked in the crate). He gets at least a 30 minute walk in the evenings, on top of at least 5 minutes of training and mental stimulation games.

Post # 6
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

You absolutely need to exercise your dog properly. A dog who isn’t exercised gets bored, and bored dogs often bark (or become destructive). A morning walk might not even be enough, depending on the energy level of your dog. We have to take ours on a run every morning to ensure they’ll behave during the day.

Post # 7
517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I think you are taking good steps foward. A dog behaviorist should be able to help sort out the barking. How much exercise does he get a day? My Springer Spaniel requires at minimum a 3 mile run in the evening and playing fetch in the morning. Bored dogs are always getting into trouble.

Exercise in the morning is a great start. Maybe also give him a strong time consuming dental bone that he likes when you leave the house that will take awhile to chew. Maybe bully sticks as well. 

You could also get one of those dog nanny cams where you can talk to your dog and it dispenses treats. This would allow you to spy on him and see if he is barking but also give him treats when he isn’t or call him indoors.

Does the anxiety and barking improve if the other older dog isn’t crated? Mine are great together but the younger one barks for a little while if we take the older dog with us and leave her. Kenneling isnt the same but…just a thought.

I can’t imagine leaving my dog in a dark room for 10 hours a day! My dogs love to look out the window and watch what’s going on, people, pets, cars, thoroughly entertained though they don’t bark unless someone is at the door.

Post # 8
1560 posts
Bumble bee

Start running or walking briskly in the mornings to tire him out. Added bonus you’ll get fit too 🙂 I couldn’t imagine a life sitting in a dark room listening to a waterfall for ten hours…. Have you looked into a local dog walker or sitter to check in during the day? A little bit of company can break up the day and with morning exercise he’ll probably snooze in between until you get home. 

Post # 9
1342 posts
Bumble bee

Why is the smaller dog in the crate all day? I really don’t agree with crating dogs for long periods of time regularly. You’re basically locking them in a small cage for 8 hours or longer because you haven’t trained them or set up a suitable environment for them to be in while alone. I think crate training is okay as a training device during the night when you’re in the house or for short periods of time, but it shouldn’t be used as a permanent solution as it’s cruel and doesn’t teach a dog how to behave. So first thing I would do it take the smaller dog out of the crate. 

I also would not allow them access to the back garden when you’re not around, the bigger dog is bored and has become territorial, so is probably barking at any noise they hear outside during the day, and maybe cats or other animals. My dog barks a lot when she’s outside, but rarely barks indoors. When we’re at work we leave her inside with the radio on because she will bark if she hears people banging or talking loudly outside, I’ve recorded her all day and she might bark three times in 8 hours for less than 30 seconds if she hears something loud, but that’s it. 

Post # 10
75 posts
Worker bee

I agree with previous posters re getting the morning walk in, and also leaving distracting toys such as kongs filled with yummy treats. My sister freezes (dog safe home made) baby food in a kong for her retriever and spaniel to keep them occupied and they love it! I would also say that dog behaviouralists are amazing for things like this, and will probably save you time to resolve the issue. 

As a last resort perhaps doggy day care is the answer, although costly. I have a colleague who swears by it. 

Post # 11
1539 posts
Bumble bee

Poor pups. Something is upsetting them. I agree that the backyard is a no no while you are out of the house. Too much risk. Perhaps hiring a dog walker for a mid day walk would help them get energy out.

Post # 12
4910 posts
Honey bee

Id get him a puzzle toy with a treat inside.  Some dogs need smentsl stimulation. 

Plus you may need to hire a walker for mid day. My friend did that. She walked her dog in the am and pm and had a walker come mid day. 

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