How to Stop Dog Barking When Left Alone? When we leave our dog alone at home, we are interested in staying calm and do not destroy objects or bark to avoid discomfort to neighbors. When a dog barks, when left alone at home, it can be due to different reasons: boredom, separation anxiety, alarm bark (when he hears noises outside), fear, …
In this article, we will see some tricks so that the dog does not bark when it is alone, as well as important aspects to prevent behavioral disorders that can manifest with barking and be howling when we are absent.
How to Stop Dog Barking When Left Alone
It is very important to accustom our dog to stay alone at home without causing anxiety or stress. In different articles, we have dealt with the issue of separation anxiety and how we can accustom our partner to stay alone.
It will be important to do it progressively and avoid an excess of attachment, dosing the attention we give him during the day to promote his independence and avoid having a bad time when we are not.
Giving him a Good Walk:
Before leaving him alone for several hours also helps us to stay calmer. A good walk should include both physical activities, sniffing and social contact.
If our dog enjoys a good walk before being left alone, we will prevent him from barking or breaking things from home because of boredom and lack of activity.
Leave Dispensing and Interactive Toys:
These are toys in which the dog must use his skills to get a reward (usually some prizes). The best known is the Kong, but any dispensing ball serves, toys that can be programmed to issue prizes periodically, puzzle games where the dog must move pieces to get the reward, etc.
It is important to consider the difficulty of the toy. Some are very simple and we can leave them from the beginning. For the most difficult, it will be necessary to teach the dog to use them before leaving them when he is alone.
Keep in mind that these toys will not serve to keep the dog distracted for several hours. So they should not replace other aspects, such as the one mentioned in the previous points.
Leave the Radio or Television ON:
Some dogs appreciate this because it makes them feel accompanied. The sound of the radio or TV breaks the absolute silence of the house and generates a sense of companionship.
Although not all dogs identify this sound with the presence of people at home. In the case of some it is enough to avoid problems such as barking in our absence.
If our dog shows an alarm bark. That is, barking when listening to noises outside the house or seeing people or other dogs pass through the window, isolating the windows or draping the curtains will avoid or, at least significantly reduce the bark for this reason.
Finally, more than a trick a tip. If when leaving by the door of the house you hear your dog bark. It is not advisable that you return to enter. If you do, you will reinforce this behavior because the dog will learn that barking gets you back.
If your dog barks when it is left alone, we recommend contacting an animal behavior specialist. As we have commented in the introduction, there may be several reasons. With these tricks, you can prevent barking by staying alone. But if you already do and trying some of them you can not solve it. A professional can help you identify the causes and give you more specific guidelines.