If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?
I don’t know about the tree, but the two little dogs who barked all day did become a problem as soon as their owner moved to a condo. The owner of the dogs is a friend of mine, and she and her dogs now have neighbors. Unhappy neighbors.
She didn’t know the dogs were barking because no one had ever heard them and reported them. But now, she needs a solution if she’s going to keep the condo of her dreams.
Dealing with one barking dog is one thing, but two barking dogs, or multiple barking dogs make the problem a little tricky to deal with.
The first recommendation from trainers is usually “give the dogs something to do.” Trainers often suggest Kong™ toys or canine puzzles that involve the dog working to find a treat.
Another common suggestion is to leave the television or radio on so the dog has “company.”
And finally, some trainers suggest citronella collars that emit a burst of citronella when the dog barks.
On Wednesday, I’ll write about solutions for handling nuisance barking.
Citizen Canine readers, do any of you have experience dealing with dogs who bark while the owners are at work?
** When it comes to handling behavior problems, it is unethical to give advice without seeing the dog. The purpose for presenting the information here is to educate trainers and CGC evaluators.