How to Stop Dogs From Barking When the Owner Is Not Around

Doggie driving the neighbors crazy when you're not around?
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Your mental powers are telling you that Fido is barking non-stop when you're not around. OK, it's probably the neighbors who are complaining about it, but the results are the same: Fido goes into barking mode every time you leave the house. The good news? It's a fixable problem.

Step 1

Figure out what's causing the barking. This can take some detective work on your part. A nanny cam installed in the main room -- or whatever room the dog spends the most time in -- could help. Try to get one that records sounds, so you can identify any noises that might be triggering the barking. If you can spare the time, pretend that you're leaving, but instead hang around nearby, in a place where your dog cannot see, hear or smell you. Take note how soon the barking starts and how often it occurs. This will give you a clue as to what triggers the barking.

Step 2

Give Doggie something to do when you're not around. Freeze a bone or a treat inside a container full of water. This will keep him busy for a while, licking away to get to the treasure. Chew toys might also do the trick. Or leave the TV on and tune it to an animal channel. Not only will the images entertain him, but the sounds might block some of the outside noise that's triggering the barking.

Step 3

Consider a bark collar. No, not the kind that shocks the poor dog every time he barks. Instead, get a collar that emits an annoyingly high pitch or one that sends a blast of air into the dog's face and neck every time he barks. These collars work best if you have only one dog, as they can be triggered if another dog barks near it. You don't want Fido to suffer when it's Rufus making the noise.

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