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Barking

Barking

Herbal and marine remedies for noisy dogs and puppies to help stop and control barking and whining problems.

Animals routinely experience irregularities in bodily systems, including the Central and Autonomic Nervous systems, requiring a correction to restore emotional balance, to promote relaxation and reduce nervousness and to balance mood and provide feelings of comfort and security.

Many dogs and cats experience emotional distress for a variety of reasons, including environmental and situational stressors such as traveling, daycare, boarding, vet and grooming visits, introduction into a new home, loss of a family member or pet, separation from owners, visiting guests, transitional or traumatic events, competitive events, abuse, an inappropriate diet (one which contains processed foods including corn, wheat, soy or other fillers) and general anxiety that is commonly experienced that includes irregular behaviors manifest as excessive barking,  panting, trembling or shivering.

Barking is natural behavior for a dog. It's one way a dog communicates with people and other animals. Though it may be desirable for a dog to bark in certain situations, for example to warn that a threat is present, excessive barking is a sign of a problem and may create a nuisance.

Barking consists of a series of short, sharp sounds that tend to vary little in tone or pitch. Normal barking is common for dogs of all ages, but persistent barking is difficult to endure and can annoy pet owners and neighbors alike.

The only way to reduce excessive barking is to determine what is causing the dog to bark. Once you know why your dog is barking, you will be able to devise a plan to reduce the barking. With a little patience and time, most dogs will stop barking excessively.

Your dog uses barking, howling and whining as a communication tool, to imply that your pet is hungry, needing affection, is stressed or ill or that there is a visitor.

Causes for problem barking may include:

Genetic pre-disposition (some breeds are prone to more frequent barking)

Improper confinement (a locked room, crate or enclosed yard without shelter from the elements)

Lack of exercise (energy is released through barking)

Environmental sounds (other dogs, passing cars, thunder, sirens, ringing phones)

Boredom (long periods without playmates, treats or toys)

Separation anxiety (a dog may bark for attention)

Dogs that are used to having their owners at home most of the time are particularly affected when left at home alone and may suffer from separation anxiety. Separation anxiety sometimes occurs when a dog accustomed to constant human companionship is left alone for the first time, following a long interval, such as a vacation, during which the owner and dog are constantly together or after a traumatic event (from the dog's perspective), such as a period of time spent at a boarding kennel.

If loneliness is the cause of incessant barking, giving your dog more attention may solve the problem. It may result from being left alone for long periods of time without opportunities to interact with you, if he has no companions or toys, if he is a puppy or adolescent (under three years old) and doesn't have other outlets for his energy or if he's a particularly active type of dog (like the herding or sporting breeds) who needs to be occupied to be happy.

Territorial barking may occur in the presence of "intruders," which could include the postman, children walking to school, other dogs or neighbors in adjacent yards or if you have encouraged your dog to be responsive to people and noises outside.

Once you have determined a cause of your dog’s excessive barking, you can begin to work on effective solution. Barking can alert you to an intruder on your property, so getting your dog to stop barking is a tricky situation. A dog should still bark at a stranger, yet know when barking is out of hand.

If your dog’s barking has created neighborhood tension, it might be a good idea to discuss the problem with your neighbors. If excessive barking is getting out of hand, consider consulting an animal behaviorist for further advice. Your vet may also be able to help – and may prescribe certain medications to lessen your dog’s excitability. However, keep in mind that these drugs can be strong and may dull your pet’s senses.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies function as a brain tonic, containing calming properties which can lessen excessive or anxiety driven barking, can soothe the central and autonomic nervous systems, treat hyperactive, delinquent, overactive and highly strung pets, treat symptoms related to biting, scratching, hyperactivity & overactive libido.

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level support to soothe, relax, calm and provide pain relief to nerves, muscles and all bodily systems (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems), for all types of behavior including anxiety disorders, allergies, digestive colic, storms, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, ADHD and ADD, to maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, reduce neuro inflammation and modulate inflammatory response.

Soothed & Serene – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems, to soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative and nervine effects that can bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune responsereduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

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Life’s An Itch (learn more) promotes optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin, atopic and parasitic allergens, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues, alleviates respiratory congestion, as a bronchodilator and for asthma (used preventatively and at the onset of an asthma attack), for coughs, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, also known as COPD, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, swelling, inflammation, hair loss, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) is used to help support adrenal glands to respond normally to stress and metabolic demand, to support glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, to regulate stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, to balance blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, to increase muscle use, ability and stamina, to provide anti-inflammatory and immune support, to help maintain healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Conventional Remedies:

As a pet owner, you may want to consider behavioral or obedience classes. Spray bottles are sometimes effective at getting a dog to stop barking.

A veterinarian may recommend a shock or bark collar. These types of devices are only recommended after you have exhausted all other behavioral modifications. Bark or shock collars are not recommended for use if barking is related to Never yell at your dog. Rather use a spray bottle while your dog is barking and reward your dog when it stops barking.

Avoid using devices that emit loud or high frequency sounds that interrupt and deter barking. These devices can be controlled by the owner, but also by intruders!

Walk your dog daily – it’s good exercise, both mental and physical

Take an obedience class with your dog.

Provide interesting toys to keep your dog busy when you’re not home (but make sure your dog will not choke on them!)

Keep your dog inside when you’re unable to supervise him.

Let your neighbors know that you’re actively working on the problem.

Teach your dog a “quiet” command. When he begins to bark at a passer-by, allow two or three barks, then say “quiet” and interrupt his barking by shaking a can filled with pennies or squirting water at his mouth with a spray bottle or squirt gun.

Have your dog neutered (or spayed if your dog is a female) to decrease territorial behavior.

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separation anxiety, fears or phobias because punishment can make fear and anxiety behaviors worse. 


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