Barking at nothing. (Or shall we say - "barking at everything"?)
Excessive barking is one noise nuisance you and your neighbours do not need to suffer.
Dogs bark for various reasons - to warn off intruders from their turf, to try and communicate a need to their owner, to have a wobbly when they are not getting their own way, because their adrenalin is running too high or because they are suffering separation anxiety, for example.
Only when you understand what the actual reason for your dog's barking is, can you cure it, and Natural Dog Training teaches dog owners to shift their perspective and see things the way dogs do. For example - when we command them to stop barking, they (not being human) are receiving signals that inform their instincts that we are barking with them. "After all", says one of the greatest British writers, Ian McEwan "Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity. It is the essence of compassion". And what is dog owning without compassion?
Indeed, what is any behaviour modification or dog training without it? Insensitive to the dog's feelings, and not nearly as effective.
Imagining what it is like to be a dog enables the Natural Dog Training programme to actually remove the underlying cause of all unnecessary barking. It is therefore both kind and easy for both dog and owner, and the results are immediate as well as long term.
Pam Whyte was approached by a vet at the Animal Protection Institute in the USA to write a paper for them on curing excessive barking in the domestic dog for the holistic vets, as they stated that her natural approach was the only non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical solution to the problem.
Dogs also bark because we bark! Yes - even though we are unaware of the fact. This is because dogs are aliens, remember! So, because dogs do not command each other, when we command them to stop barking, they think we are also barking! (And we think they are disobedient!) I don't know what they think - perhaps it's better not to know.
So how do we stop our dogs barking for nothing!? Dog Training the Natural Way will give you a simple solution. Through knowing why our dog is barking, you can remove the actual cause of the problem, so the dog no longer feels compelled to draw attention to his need, to his stress, or to his confusion. Or to himself.
Dogs that go to obedience training bark at the next door dog, at dogs on their walk, at people that pass by. This is because dogs at dog training learn to bark. Dogs learn by example - so this is what they are learning from other dogs. (And from the trainers.) this is what they are actually learning. And because a command is also a sharp, loud outburst - they think their owners are barking too. And as we know, barking spreads from dog to another...
If their dog then stops barking, the owner thinks that her or his dog is obedient - but in reality, there is no need for the dog to continue barking because he has accomplished his mission. Provoked a reaction from his owner. I.e. - made them bark. (Owners are never disobedient.) If he hadn't been to obedience training - he would not have learnt how to train his owner to "bark"… (In human lingo, to tell him to stop - in dog lingo, to bark too.) Once you have learnt to look at yourself through the eyes of your dog, it is all so easy. Just child's play.
Pam was asked by an animal protection association in America to write an article for vets who practice holistically, as, they said, she is the only animal behaviourist who can cure excessive barking non surgically and non pharmaceutically. In other words, without either drugging the dog or cutting his vocal cords.
Which are in reality not at all ethical, although they are both widely practised - and even regarded by the mainstream as standard practice, because they are far more profitable than listening to, understanding, and responding to what our dog is trying to communicate to us.
This easy, inexpensive and humane information is therefore regarded as "unscientific", because it contains facts that come from research which has has been conducted in real life - and not in [artificial] laboratories.
Saving Money by Curing Excessive Barking in the Domestic Dog.
by Pam Whyte.
1) To warn intruders off
2) To draw attention to themselves or have a tantrum
3) Due to overreaction or fear
4) They are frustrated or stressed
5) Separation Anxiety.
6) They are bored.
7) Dogs bark in order to train their owners!
8) Because they have been to dog training
9) Because their steroids are up.
This is achieved by removing the root cause of the problem - rather than by simply treating the superficial symptom by disciplining, so-called "positive reinforcement" with treats, (which dogs quickly learn to train their owners to dish up) and so called "negative reinforcement" by making a loud noise, which in theory the dog is supposed to "associate with barking" and therefore not bark, but which actually frequently excites the dog, causing him to bark more. and if it does work, in reality the dog (who is not a machine but has feelings) actually associates this fear-inducing reaction with his owner and this, sadly, can cause him to lose his trust in her/him. Naturally!
Then there are anti-bark citronella spray collars and other torture equipment like electric collars. The citronella spray collars are not regarded as cruel to the dogs because they do not inflict pain. But there are other ways of inflicting suffering - these collars block the dog's access to oxygen for a while, causing him such intense anxiety that he dare not bark again. Not only is this very inhumane, but what if a burglar comes? Cutting the dog's vocal cords, of course is mutilation.
Which are all not dissimilar to stifling a baby's cry to silence her or him, rather than attending to the need that they are trying to communicate to their parents! Natural Dog Training - as the holistic vets in the USA point out - is kind because it teaches dog owners to determine exactly why their dog is barking, and as with a crying baby - to attend to what he or she is trying to communicate to their owner. A dog is a sentient being who needs to be heard and to be understood. Not to be treated like a piece of machinery with an on and an off switch - without any emotions - which is what so many dog professionals are taught to believe. If dogs had no feelings, might as well live with pet rocks.
Excessive barking can also result from dogs grieving when their owners go out. This does not mean that you must never go out in order to keep your dog happy! It means that your dog needs to be more adaptable and to develop self sufficiency.
Pam Whyte points out how dogs that bark whenever they don't get their own way are dogs that have become "attention junkies" and want to be the centre of attention all the time, so when they are not the main attraction, they have a "barking tantrum". Dog Training the Natural Way takes you gently through a programme that shows you how to stabilize your dog's emotions, which gives him peace of mind, thus removing the urge to demand attention whenever he is not getting his own way.
(Yes, it does work for children too. So Pam's clients tell her - and they should know.)
Natural Dog Training has a proven solution. Pam's house calls, Living with an Alien, her Home Training Kit and booklet on adrenalin-related problems all give very high success rates. (And families, dogs and neighbours peace of mind.)
Whether your dog barks "for nothing", "barks all the time", "barks at nothing"' barks excessively", doesn't bark, barks at everything, barks at everything that moves, never stops barking, barks at everyone that passes, barks at visitors, barks at children, barks at every sound, barks at (and with) the next door dog, barks at cats…. (which gives rise to legislation against barking dogs) Dog Training the Natural Way will give you all the solutions! This will also make your dog a far better watchdog, because then you will know that when he is barking, there is a valid reason for it.
Why your dog barks.
1) To warn intruders off. If a dog is to know the difference between normal and abnormal, friend or foe, right and wrong, he has to have mental clarity. Which is basically what this pamphlet is about.
2) To draw attention to themselves, or to have a tantrum. This means that the dog is getting too much attention, so that when they are not the centre of attention, they have a barking wobbly. How much attention to give a dog is roughly the amount of attention one would normally give to a 12 year old child. (That’s not a movie star.)
3) Due to overreaction or fear. A dog that barks through fear usually cannot see out, or does not get out of his property. Allowing our dog to see out of his property gives him a frame of reference for visitors and life in general, contributing to the dog’s (vital) mental soundness.
If, first of all, a dog is given a view out onto the street, (if he barks at everything he sees, his adrenalin is running too high – see later); and second gets taken onto his pavement for 5 minutes a day to sniff and stare at this “big new world”, he does not over react to everyone who comes in. This enables him to distinguish between friend and foe.
Trying to reassure a dog that barks at visitors thinks they are asking him for help. If everyone turns their back on a dog that is barking through fear of visitors, the barking behaviour is not reinforced. He then gets the message that all is well and he does not need to panic anymore. Trying to reassure him only compounds the problem as the dog simply thinks their owners are asking him to rescue them. Dogs do not reason the way we do.