At Tuscany, our community is happy to welcome our residents and their furry friends! When it comes to owning a dog, barking is sure to happen. There are a number of causes that can be associated with barking and the key is to figure out the cause of the barking. With these tips, you can better understand the cause of your dog’s barking and create a home where you and your dog can both thrive at our pet friendly Delray Beach apartments.
One of the main reasons that your dog may excessively bark is when they are alarmed or being protective. If there is a loud noise, which can happen in an apartment community, your dog’s first response may be to bark. This barking is generally out of fear, but it is also to protect you and alert you that something is going on outside.
Another reason for excessive barking is out of stress or separation anxiety. This cause of barking is especially common in rescue dogs that are still getting adjusted to their new surroundings and happens most often when they are left alone. This can also be accompanied by pacing and destructiveness.
For dogs that aren’t anxious or easily scared, barking may be used as a greeting for other dogs or people, as a way to get attention, or they could be barking out of sheer boredom. These dogs are generally more relaxed and it can be easier to pinpoint the cause of the barking.
For dogs that bark out of alarm or protectiveness, you may want to limit their view and cover any windows that your dog may be able to see out of. If they are barking when you are gone, you may try leaving a television on or turning on some music that will distract your pup from outside noises.
If your pup has separation anxiety, this may be more difficult to treat. You can try the same approach of distracting them with noise from television or music, or you can try aromatherapy. Lavender is great for soothing, but you’ll want to be sure that the essential oils you’re using aren’t harmful to your pup and this list is a great guide. If none of these solutions are working, it may be necessary to contact your vet and see if your pet needs prescribed medication.
With dogs that are barking as a greeting, or need attention, they can be trained to deter the behavior. The Humane Society has a variety of training solutions that will help with barking for dogs that bark as a greeting or when they need attention. For your dog that gets bored easily, you’ll want to make sure that your dog stays entertained with sounds and a variety of toys throughout the day. You can even keep an eye on them throughout the day with this Furbo Dog Camera. Monitor them during the day and when they are behaving, the device can be loaded with treats that you can give to them to reinforce their good behavior.
Come home to our pet friendly Delray Beach apartments and find the perfect place for you and your pup to call home. Contact us at Tuscany today for more information!