My dog barks when I leave the house. It’s a common problem, but its also frustrating. So lets take a look at how to stop your dog from barking when you leave the house.
We’ve covered dog barking before, and we even have a free printable to help stop dog barking.
But if your dog barks as soon as you leave the house, it could be a sign of deeper problems. In general, relaxed and content dogs do not bark excessively.
You want your puppy happy, right? Check out these 9 ways to stop your dog from barking when you leave.
Stressed Dogs Bark When You Leave the House
It’s a common problem: You leave the house and your dog starts barking.
Or, maybe you didn’t even know it was happening until a neighbor told you that your dog barks constantly while you are away. Either way, its not good for you or your dog.
Barking is normal, but excessive barking is a sign that your dog is stressed. It could be frustration, anxiety or over-excitement.
Its important to understand why your dog is barking so you can fix the problem and not just treat the symptoms. So why is your dog stressed?
Let’s look at it through Fido’s eyes.
Dogs Bark When They Are Stressed
Remember that your dog is a pack animal. One of the jobs of the pack leader is to protect the pack.
When your dog thinks he is the pack leader, he gets stressed when everyone leaves the house. He thinks its his job to get everyone back in the house.
By barking, he’s calling everyone back.
If you are a parent, one of your main jobs is to keep that child safe.
You keep an eye on them all of the time. If you know they are safe, you are relaxed. If they suddenly walk out of the house and shut the front door behind them locking you in what would you do?
Chase after them? Of course… But. What if the door was locked and you couldn’t open it?
Then what would you do… Phone for help? Your dog doesn’t have that option! Shout for help? Well that is exactly what your dog is doing.
How to Stop Your Dog from Barking When You Leave the House: 9 Tips for Success
- Exercise: Exercise your dog before you leave them – a tired dog is more likely to relax.
- Find the right space: Try leaving your dog in different areas – some dogs will relax more outside, others inside and some prefer smaller areas such as the laundry room.
- Fed and watered: Always leave water down and make sure that your dog is warm and fed before you leave.
4. Pick up the bones: Leave toys around for your dog but not bones.
5. Music and TV: Consider leaving music on for your dog or the TV – these distractions can help.
6. Herbal remedies: There are some herbal products for dogs which can help relax them – but again they do not really treat the cause of the issue, they simply help relax them, and are also quite costly.
7. Dog walkers: A break in the middle of the day can certainly help break up your dogs day.
8. Leave calmly: Leave your dog calmly – whilst it’s fun to get excited when you leave your dog it’s better if you leave calmly. Say goodbye 5 minutes before leaving to help them stay relaxed as you go.
9. Comfort jackets: There are also jackets and shirts available that are designed to comfort them. A popular version is the Thundershirt.
The Long Term Solution to Stopping Barking When You Leave
If you want to get to the heart of the problem read on.
Whether it’s barking or all those other annoying behaviors such as chewing, destruction and trying to dig under the fence that only happen when you’re not around check this out: They are all symptoms of a stressed dog that’s desperately concerned about you not being home and safe.
Remember your dog can’t speak English to tell you any of this.
So what’s the solution? It’s not to give them a bone to chew on while you are away.
Toys jammed full of food and other distractions do not treat the cause of the problem either.
They are only treating the symptoms and so may work, if you’re lucky, for half an hour or so – max – but not long term.
The long term solution is actually very simple.
You need to become the pack leader in your dog’s eyes. Once you do, your dog will not see it as their job to protect you.
You will be able to come and go as you please and they will be totally relaxed. This is the real solution to having a calm relaxed dog.
No tricks here, just an honest understanding.
Becoming the pack leader is not complicated.
Anyone can do it, however it’s not really something that I can explain in 2 minutes here.
It’s definitely something you should read up on, or better yet watch some video demonstrations.
I found a good one at Doggy Dan’s website he explains very powerfully how to establish yourself as the pack leader and stop dogs from barking when you leave them. Or you can sign up for a free video series.