May 15, 2005, 10:48 AM
Post #2 of 3
Re: [snowpuppy] barking problem and help needed urgently
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It's hard keeping a dog in an apartment ... also you don't say how old your pup/dog is, how long you have had him, or where your pup/dog sleeps in the apartment ... But you need to do something NOW ... for obvious reasons ...
(A) First ~ realise that all dogs will bark ... and barking is a natural instinct ... A dog uses its bark to communicate ... It is impossible to prevent a dog from barking completely, all you can do is reduce incidence of barking.
(B) Second ~ If you just got your pup/dog ~ and he is still a pup ~ it's normal for a pup to bark the first few nights because he is frightened, in a strange place.
Things you can try:
(1) Spend as much time as you can with your dog, the faster a pup gets used to you & his environment, the more at home he feels ~ the less frightened he is going to feel at night when its dark and quiet ~ and therefore the less he will bark.
(2) Make sure your pup/dog gets plenty of exercise just before bedtime ... Play with him, use a toy or ball ~ whatever works ... the more tired your pup/dog is ~ the less likely he is to bark ...
Also make sure your pup/dog gets to go to the toilet before bedtime ... so that he is not barking because he need to go pee or poop.
(3) Let your pup/dog sleep in your room ... Make him a bed with a small mattress ... and let him sleep next to your bed. Being close to you will help him feel safer, and so again ~ less barking.
If you do the above ~ there is a good chance your dog will reduce its barking.
Remember ~ no punishment ~ no scolding ... that is only going to frighten him even more ... What you must do is make your pup/dog feel really comfortable and safe with you in your apartment.
All that said ~ please re-think your circumstances, it is going to be very difficult to raise a dog completely in-doors ~ without ever taking your dog out. Being in constant fear of being found out ~ is going to be so stressful.
"De-barking" a dog will reduce the sound of the barks ~ but will not stop the dog from barking ... and as mentioned above ~ barking is natural to a dog.
All the best