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Stop Your Bulldog from Excessively Barking

Stubbornness is a very well-known trait in Bulldogs. Although Bulldogs are known for being friendly, they can develop behavioral issues if not properly trained.

A Bulldog that lacks discipline can exhibit unwanted behavior such as barking. Early training can help prevent your Bulldog from barking excessively.

But what can you do to stop your dog from excessively barking once he has learned this bad habit?

Do not be intimidated by your Bulldogs’ stubbornness, and most importantly do not become frustrated with your dog. There are several methods to correct excessive barking in a Bulldog. The first thing you need to do is assess the reasons for your Bulldogs’ barking. A dog may be driven to bark for many reasons including; solitude, boredom, anxiety, and being territorial.

If your Bulldog becomes anxious when left alone, then you might want to consider having someone care for your dog while you are away. This will reduce your dogs’ anxiety and loneliness. Anxiety can also become a psychological disorder.

Speak to your veterinarian about different medical options for treating anxiety in your dog. If your Bulldog is not exercised daily or entertained, it is also possible that he will become eager for attention. Excessive barking can be a sign that your dog wants some attention. Also, it is uncommon for a Bulldog to be aggressive, but they can be territorial.

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Barking at people or objects passing by is a sign of your dog being territorial. You should be calm when facing this problem; otherwise, your dog will become confused and think that you are encouraging the barking. Keep your dog away from windows, doors, and gates. This will make it less likely that your dog will see the passing people or objects.

If basic training fails to stop your dog from excessively barking, you can use other mechanisms. Citronella spray collars are popularly used for correcting barking issues. The collar is not uncomfortable, and fits just like a regular collar. It contains a small detachable device where the citronella is stored.

Each time your dog barks, a strong citronella scent is gently sprayed. This smell is not enjoyable to dogs, and they will soon be conditioned to not bark. Although the device is gentle and does not cause physical harm, it can be frightening for sensitive dogs. Also avoid using a citronella spray collar if your dog is allergic to any of the ingredients.

Due to a Bulldogs’ nature of being stubborn, you should choose gentle and motivating ways for training. Positive reinforcement is an agreeable way to discipline your dog. Never use punishment or physical correction to discipline your dog.

One method you should never consider is debarking. This is considered inhumane, and is quickly becoming illegal. It is currently illegal in the United Kingdom and in some parts of the U.S.

Debarking is a surgical procedure, where tissue from the vocal cords is removed to reduce vocalization. If you are having trouble controlling your Bulldogs’ excessive barking, seek help from veterinary or dog training professionals.

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