Barking is an important communication tool for our canine companions from puppyhood to seniors. They bark to express themselves, either to other dogs or to humans. As such, any noise can cause your dog to bark, but when your dog barks excessively it often indicates an underlying issue. This can be frustrating for you (and maybe your neighbours), but rest assured you are not alone! We’ve shared some tips below to help your dog to refrain from barking during stressful events.

Top 5 Tips

1. Understand your dog

  • There are many reasons why your dog may be barking, including boredom, fear, over-excitement or seeking attention.
  • Try to understand the situations your dog is barking in and whether it is when they are affected by something that stresses them (e.g. being left home alone, when meeting dogs they do not know on a walk).
  • Seek advice from qualified behavior experts who can assist you with the specific situation that concerns your dog.

2. Use a Calming ThunderShirt

  • ThunderShirt is a calming jacket that, helps your pup to feel calmer when faced by challenging situations which has resulted in them barking.
  • ThunderShirt’s patented design provides a calming effect by applying a gentle, constant pressure.
  • 1,000,000+ dogs have already been helped – yours could be next!

3. Use positive reinforcement dog training

  • Always avoid punishing your dog for barking – punishment could actually increase their barking, lead your dog to show undesirable behaviour and affects the bond you have.
  • You’ll have better results with positive reinforcement, using treats and rewards when your dog does the things you want them to!

4. Keep active!

  • Physical activities like walking or playing fetch help both you and your dog release tension.
  • Don’t forget to keep your dog mentally active too. Activity feeders, chews, games and training all work your dog’s brain!

5. Contact Your Vet

  • If your dog continues to bark in stressful situations, contact your veterinarian for additional assistance. There may be an underlying medical reason for their barking and your veterinarian can also direct you to a qualified behaviour expert.