Anyone who owns a dog knows how wonderful they can be. Unfortunately, some dogs can bark a little more than you would like them to. There are products out there that claim to control barking, but what are they, exactly? And are they safe? Let’s consider some of the reasons dogs act this way, and then go over your options.
Why Is My Dog Barking so Much?
Although some dogs’ barking seems to have little rhyme or reason, it’s important to realize that most have a reason for doing it. Unfortunately, their reasons can be hard for humans to grasp. For example, they might think your best friend who is visiting from overseas is a dangerous intruder.
In some cases, chronic barking may be caused by some recurring part of your relationship with your dog. You should be careful not to leave it outside when it’s too hot or cold. Also, be sure to monitor its behavior when other dogs pass by your property. Believe it or not, chronic barking can even be caused by regular old boredom. If boredom is the cause, you’ll need to give him more attention, or at least find him a playmate. As you can see, chronic barking can oftentimes be cured by determining the root cause of the problem.
Anti-Barking Devices Are Another Option
You might also consider anti-barking devices sold by private companies. They work by fitting around your pet’s neck and releasing something like a spray of water or a very mild shock when it starts to bark. For the most part, these devices are very mild, so the chance of harm to the dog is minimized. Needless to say, using one of these does not mean that a pet requires any less attention or care.
But How Safe Are They, Really?
Although anti-barking devices should be safe for almost all dogs, it should be kept in mind that each individual pet could respond in a unique way. Also, the regulations can be more less strict depending on your jurisdiction. Since there are different varieties of these products, and since you won’t know how your own dog will respond to one until it’s actually on him, consider trying one out before you buy it so that you can be sure your pet won’t be too negatively affected by it.
In the end, there are many reasons that your animal may be barking more than usual, as well as many alternatives for controlling that barking. One of these options is to use an anti-barking device. If your dog responds to these without too much negativity, they can be a perfect solution. With a bit of luck, and solid communication with your dog, you could get its barking under control with a minimum of fuss or harm to it. Best of luck with your furry companion!