“Our dog barks during the night!”

By |2018-09-21T11:09:06+10:00October 4th, 2017|Barking, Exercise|

Dear Sarah, Our dog barks during the night. Is there any way we can stop her? Rebecca C Hi Rebecca, Absolutely! There can be a number of causes for night time barking, so let’s take a look at each of them in turn. 1.      Is she getting enough exercise and mental stimulation throughout the day? Exercise needs (both physical and mental) vary from dog to dog. Is she getting enough exercise to make her tired? Perhaps exercising her in the evening (rather than the morning) and ensuring that she has to work for her evening meal (out of a [...]

“My dog stresses when we aren’t home. Could she have separation anxiety?”

By |2018-09-21T15:00:24+10:00March 5th, 2017|Barking, Separation Anxiety|

Dear Sarah, My dog really stresses when we’re not home. The neighbours say that she barks the whole time we are gone. We think she’s got Separation Anxiety. What can we do? Mitch M Hi Mitch, Dogs who display signs of anxiety when their humans aren’t home are suffering from something known as Separation Distress. In some cases, there can be a medical cause (so make sure that you get a full health check done by your vet). In other cases, Separation Distress can usually be split into two main categories – Separation Anxiety and anxiety about being alone. [...]

“The neigbour’s dog barks all the time. Is there anything we can do?”

By |2018-09-21T11:25:02+10:00December 27th, 2015|Barking, Boredom, Separation Anxiety|

Dear Sarah, We have a dog next door who barks all day when her owners aren’t home. She also barks at us whenever we go out into our backyard. It’s driving us all nuts! What can we do? Sharon N Hi Sharon, Dogs bark for a variety of reasons and barking when owners aren’t home can be indicative of a number of things including boredom, stress or separation anxiety. The very first thing that I would be doing is having a friendly chat to your neighbour. As the barking occurs when they aren’t home, they may not even realise [...]

“According to the neighbours, my dog barks all day. What can I do?”

By |2018-09-21T12:27:41+10:00March 27th, 2014|Barking, Boredom, Exercise|

Dear Sarah, I’ve received a complaint from my neighbour about my dog barking when I’m at work. Is there anything I can do to stop him?   Elaine G Hi Elaine, Barking is a common and tricky problem to solve as dogs bark for a variety of reasons. Some bark because they are bored or haven’t had enough exercise. Others bark when someone (or something) comes close to or onto the property (as far as some dogs are concerned, leaves falling and branches swaying fall into this category!). Some bark because they are stressed or anxious when alone. And some [...]