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15 Nov 2004

excessive barking
i have a friend who has 2 daschund's, the one is a puppy, one fully grown. she stays in a complex and her neighbours are complaining that the dogs bark costantly from when they leave home till when they get back. she is considering having their voice boxes removed or putting them down!!!! i think that is far too drastic and there must be another way. could you give any practical advice? when they are at home the dogs are inside with them and they are fine.
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Hi Natalie
Dogs bark for a reason. You need to find the reason before you can stop the barking. I would guess that it may be separation anxiety (when your friend is out, asleep or not paying them attention), which is due to over-attachment. Your friend needs to take them for regular walks, let them socialise with other dogs and people, give them toys that they can chew and play with on their own and generally give them less attention when at home. Debarking may be the only solution in the long run, but it should be a last resort and I suggest that a consultation be sought by an animal behaviourist. (See www.animal-behaviour.org.za for an accredited ABC)
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
ANIMAL BEHAVIOURIST
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