Barking

BARKING

Training the dog to respond to a “quiet” command, after a “sit”/”stay” is excellent, but must be done before the barking begins. Yelling or punishing the dog will only reinforce the attention, and once the dog is quiet, a reward should be given. If the barking is already underway, placing a food reward near the dog to get it’s attention should deter the bark long enough to stop the bark. Once the dog is sniffing the treat, give the “quiet” command. Once the dog is quiet, reward with “good quiet” and give the treat.  When the “quiet” command is established, retraining with increasing stimuli such as new people, doorbells, etc, can be presented.

Barking collars or other remote training devices can be used – appropriate use is of paramount importance, with rewards again being used for good behaviour.

If you are having a problem with barking with your own dog, please discuss the most appropriate approach to correcting the problem with a veterinarian.

Barking is a natural habit of dogs to signal other members of the canine and family pack in times of play and in times of warning. However, excessive noise can certainly be a common complaint from neighbours. Socializing and crate training puppies can certainly help to prevent problem vocalization by eliminating anxiety and fear in new situations where the dog may otherwise feel threatened. Attention getting barking must not be rewarded by petting, feeding or even talking to the dog when barking.

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**UPDATE!** She was returned to her owner last night! Thanks for sharing and helping to get her home!

This little youngster was found tonight on Bidwell St in Tillsonburg near Maple Manor. Anyone know where this pup belongs?
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Well oops! We meant to post some photos of our friends from the past couple of weeks, but the beautiful long weekend weather distracted us! Keep in mind that this heat can be dangerous! Here are some hot weather tips:

1. Please please please do not leave your pet in the car! Home is far safer than a rapidly heating car. It only takes minutes!
2. Go for walks early in the morning or later in the evening when the heat is less intense.
3. Five second rule for pavement and sidewalks! If you can’t hold your hand on it for five seconds or longer, it is too hot for your pet and will burn their feet.
4. Make sure cool water is always available!

Stay safe and have a great Canada Day Weekend! 🇨🇦
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