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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: The Art of (stopping) Noise

Dawn O Watson/CNBnews Contributor

Dogs bark for many reasons—because they are excited, anxious, or feel the need to warn. However, some dogs bark for no reason at all.

 It’s frustrating when Fido is constantly barking and shouting over the noise does nothing to calm him. What can you do to correct his behavior in a gentle yet effective manner?

 If your dog will accept a gentle touch when she is in the midst of a barking session a simple “No” with a touch to the top of her head may help. Do not confuse a “touch” with anything more aggressive! She trusts you to be a gentle guardian!

 If you are not close enough to touch her, a “Leave it” or “No” might be enough to redirect her. Always remember to praise her when she accomplishes a task!

 For the record, I vehemently oppose bark collars which indiscriminately shock a dog whenever he or she makes a sound. These devices are torture mechanisms that should be outlawed. Nice of me

 If you would like to discuss more ways in which to calm an anxiously barking dog, please call or text 856.981.8957 or email brotherofthewolf@live.com and I will help you. There is never a fee for non-contact consultation.

 My book, Training Your Dog With Love and Compassion, is available on Amazon in paperback and eBook format and can be ordered at any book store.

 Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Brother of the Wolf, LLC