Boredom Barking and Frustration Barking: Stopping the Barking

This post is part of the series 10 Reasons Why Dogs Bark and How to get the to Stop Barking

Other posts in this series:

  1. Territorial Barking and Alarm Barking: Quieting those Dogs
  2. Separation Distress Barking and Fear Barking: Stop the Barking
  3. Boredom Barking and Frustration Barking: Stopping the Barking (Current)

Boredom barking has got to be the worst.  They never seem to tire of it and it can go on for hours.  The repetitive non-stop bark that just about drives you crazy.  I remember back when I was young, the chained dogs in the area did it all day, all summer.  Luckily, there are no more chained dogs in the area.  In fact, the alpaca guard dogs are the only dogs that live outside around here anymore.  Which is a good thing.

Boredom barking is just as common in the house though, especially when dogs are home alone all day. Dogs use it as a way to self-soothe, and well, as entertainment when there’s nothing else to do.  So how do you go about stopping the barkers?

Boredom Barking:  Stopping the barking

Since boredom barking is born of boredom.  The answer is simple, keep your dog busy.

First, remember to ignore the barking.  Completely.  It has to produce no benefit for the dog to break the habit.

Treat dispensing toys, stuffed and frozen Kong type toys, chew bones (never leave your dog alone with rawhide) such as Nylabones.  All of these are great for keeping dogs entertained for a while.  Hiding treats around the house for him to find is another great boredom buster.  Just be careful where you hide them, you don’t want Rover chewing up your shoes because he wants the treats in them.  Same goes for furniture and anything else you would prefer to have left in one piece.

A Quiet command is another great tool for those with boredom barkers.

And as always, a tired dog is a good dog.  Make sure your pooch gets plenty of exercise anytime they’re going to be left to their own devices for a while.

Frustration Barking

The bone slides under the couch and Jackyl can’t reach it.  So he starts barking.  Hoping that someone will take pity on him and retrieve it.  We used to give in.  Now he sits patiently by the piece of furniture that something he wants is under.  It took some time and patience, but we got there.

There is no easy fix unless he already knows a Quiet command.  So, the only way to get the point across is to ignore the barking.  Don’t give him what he wants.  It can be hard to do.  Especially when he’s only 2 feet from you.  But if you give in once, you will hear about it every time something he wants is out of reach.  When he quiets down, then either give him what he wants or distract him with another activity.

So, the only way to get the point across is to ignore the barking.  Don’t give him what he wants.  It can be hard to do.  Especially when he’s only 2 feet from you.  But if you give in once, you will hear about it every time something he wants is out of reach.  When he quiets down, then either give him what he wants or distract him with another activity.

Marking quiet behavior, by rewarding it whenever you witness it is also a good idea for frustration barking dogs.

And when he’s waiting patiently for that ball that rolled under the desk, you’ll smile and be proud of yourself.  Then you’ll retrieve the ball.  Because, face it, you are the chief ball retriever in these situations.

This post is part of the series 10 Reasons Why Dogs Bark and How to get the to Stop Barking

Other posts in this series:

  1. Territorial Barking and Alarm Barking: Quieting those Dogs
  2. Separation Distress Barking and Fear Barking: Stop the Barking
  3. Boredom Barking and Frustration Barking: Stopping the Barking (Current)

 

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