How Do I Stop My Dog Chasing Other Animals?

How Do I Stop My Dog Chasing Other Animals?

Before dogs became domesticated they were wild and lived by preying on other animals big and small. Their predatory drive was a mechanism that ensured their very survival as a species and was hard wired into their brain. The predation sequence in such dogs was “see-chase-grab-kill”.

In domesticating the dog some of this sequence has become weaker though it has never been totally removed, and all domestic dogs exhibit instinctive predatory behaviours to a certain extent, with some breeds of dog being more prone to this type of nature than others.

As humans we have, over time, also been responsible for breeding some dogs specifically in order to take advantage of that instinct, such as Herding breeds, Sporting breeds, Hounds, Terriers, Northern breeds and Wolf hybrids. . we often use and work many of these dogs.

Through years of genetic selection and training we have produced these working dogs that are very good at chasing and moving livestock but without the “bite-hold-kill” sequence thrown in.

Predatory Aggression, is a term often used to describe the behaviour of domestic dogs who target another dog, cat, sheep or indeed any other animal, then move with sudden impulsive action, silently and rapidly to bring that target down and then attack the vital organs of that creature in order to kill it. The main difference between an attack of this nature and standard aggression is that the dog fully intends to kill either by shaking the prey violently or choking it.

This behaviour is due to the retained instinctive desire to chase things that resemble prey; and because predation is instinctive, it is not based on the dog being hungry. Moreover, it is a behaviour that is marked by the absence of anger, neither is it based on self protection or competition for resources.

Dogs who exhibit predatory behaviour usually do not advertise their intent prior to attack which can make it all the more shocking.

Movement of the “prey” will always be the trigger that starts the sequence, so by allowing your dog to chase down small creatures will only serve to strengthen this instinctive drive. The behaviour is particularly dangerous because it cannot be fully trained or conditioned out of the dog, neither will medication be of any help because the instinct is hard wired into the dogs mind.

Just because the behaviour is inherited and instinctive doesn’t mean that it is either desirable or acceptable and it can be downright dangerous.

Such a dog living in a home with an infant child is also very risky because children under three years of age move quickly and often make high pitched noises that can make such a dog believe they are prey, whereas very tiny babies may resemble injured prey to the dog who may then pounce.

However, we can manage predatory behaviours by managing the environment – a suitably trained behaviourist will help you to assess how strong your dogs prey drive is. Once you know this you can then manage the environment by:

Ensuring that your dog can’t get out of your garden or get loose without you

When out walking, always ensure that your dog is kept on a leash, no matter what time of day it is.

If necessary, use a muzzle on your dog. This may seem cruel but preventing the behaviour is better than having your dog removed and destroyed because it has attacked and killed

Get the help of a professional trainer to develop exercises that will re direct and address the challenges of the prey drive, and find an appropriate outlet for him

Ensure that your dog gets sufficient exercise in general, but keep him out of situations that arouse his predatory instincts and never leave him alone with a child, even if he has never shown a desire to attack a child before.

Dogs are amazing creatures, and a delight to be with – Stay Safe, Stay Informed and Stay Happy with your best friend.

How do you prepare your dog for when you go back to work after lockdown?

Once the coronavirus lockdown ends you may no longer work from, home resulting in a new routine for your dogs. This new routine may mean leaving your dog for longer periods of time than they are used to. Dogs are naturally very sociable animals and some may find being left alone very hard and you may notice a change in their behaviour. Some dogs may develop separation anxiety. What is separation anxiety and how can it be prevented?

What is separation anxiety?

Your dog may become distressed when you are preparing to leave home, or after you have left. He may start pacing, trembling, whining, drooling or panting. He may bark far more than usual or start howling. He may start digging at carpets or chewing furniture, such as table legs, or show other signs of destructive behaviour such as raiding the rubbish bin, or may have toileting accidents in the house. This may be in response to boredom, being left alone, or from being separated from one particular person.

This behaviour can be upsetting, so how can you prepare your dog for your return to work?

Although dogs should not be left on their own for too long the earlier actions are taken the better by spending some time away from your dog during the day, even whilst in the same house. This is particularly important for dogs that have been bought or adopted during lockdown, especially puppies, as they may have had no experience of being separated from their owner. Dogs who have been in rescue or have been rehomed several times can sometimes struggle with being left, especially in the first few weeks of being rehomed. This is probably due to a variety of factors, including the stresses experienced while in kennels and learning to adapt to a new home.

Start by leaving you dog alone for just a few seconds and then move onto minutes and a couple of hours. Take your time if your dog shows any sign of distress. If being left alone is too much for your dog you could start by being in the same room but avoiding eye contact and then move on to being the other side of a stair gate, being in another room and then finally out of sight and earshot. Give plenty of praise and rewards such as treats and toys. Being relaxed during this process will help not make a big deal out of it and the aim is that your dog feels relaxed and comfortable when left on their own for some part of the day. Being left at home should be fun!

As well as building on controlled periods of time alone giving your dog something to do will help reduce their anxiety when they are left alone and help them develop positive associations with being alone. Using food and enrichment toys such as Kong’s, appropriate chew toys, lick mats and slow feeders to keep him occupied. Provide your dog’s usual meal or healthy fillers such as cooked chicken, vegetables or peanut butter.

How to prevent possible triggers from causing anxiety?

You can desensitise your dog to any signs that you are leaving the house. Try opening and closing doors without leaving, picking up and putting down car keys throughout the day, picking up and moving shoes and bags or putting on a coat and walking around with it before removing it.

Do not use punishment as this will not work and will cause more harm

Any punishment given on returning home won’t help stop the problem. Dogs associate punishment with what they are doing at that moment in time and so a dog will not link the telling off with their actions before their owner came home, even if they are taken over to ‘the scene of the crime’. It is not that they cannot remember what happened; they just won’t be able to make a connection between the punishment and something they did hours ago.

If punished your dog will not only be feeling anxious about being left, but will also be worried about you returning, which can make any symptoms much, much worse.

Scamps and Champs provide puppy visits and a dog walking service whilst following the latest government and DEFRA advice. Get in touch to discuss your individual needs.

What do Scamps and Champs dog walkers do when it rains?

What Do Scamps & Champs Dog Walkers Do When It Rains?

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We walk your dog! If you are happy for us to, we will always take your dog out in the rain. We love dog walking and are just as happy to go out in wet weather as we are on dry days. Dog walking in the rain is often as enjoyable as walking in the sun. It can be lots of fun and your dog will still have an engaging, fun and stimulating walk. A lot of dogs LOVE wet walks! I’m thinking of the Labradors and Springer Spaniels I know who lie down in the biggest puddle at every opportunity they get!

We will put your dog’s raincoat on, if he has one, to prevent him getting absolutely soaked and will always dry your dog well with towels after a dog walk.

If you would rather your dog not get too wet, then we can take him out for a toilet break and play inside instead.

Why chose a dog walker from Scamps and Champs Bristol?

Scamps and Champs are one of the country’s top pet care services, offering a professional level of pet-sitting and dog-walking excellence, within the animal care sector. Scamps and Champs are a well-known, established brand, offering a caring and trust-worthy service, to all pet owners and animals.

Scamps and Champs Bristol never pack walk your dog with multiple other dogs, as we fully understand how precious your pets are to you and therefore, we believe in a caring service and treating each dog as if it was our own.

Scamps and Champs Bristol offer a premium dog walking service which includes all the following:

  • A free meet and greet consultation to discuss your individual pet care needs. We can offer you a regular or flexible dog walking service, each package is tailored to your individual needs and your dog’s personality.
  • An online booking option – quick and easy to use.
  • A fully insured and police checked pet carer.
  • GPS tracking – location check in service.
  • Electronic feedback and photos during each visit – so you know what your dog has been up to!
  • Individual group size – Scamps and Champs don’t believe in pack walking your dog in large groups. However, if they love company and would benefit from socialising with other dogs, then we are happy to pair your dog up with a walking buddy or two. Assuming everyone is getting on well with each other and that every dog is going to benefit from a group walk, we are happy to walk your dog with up to three other pup-pals.
  • A main dog walker and a back up dog walker – so when your main dog walker is unable to walk your dog your back up dog walker will. You and your dog will previously have met both your main and your back up dog walker.

If this is the kind of dog walking service you would like then get in touch on 0333 200 5827

Why Use A Dog Walking Service?

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Dog walking саn be a tremendous stress reliever аnd brіng іmmеnѕе hарріnеѕѕ whеn  dоg аnd owner аrе аt one.    We would all love to be able to stay at home all day with our beloved furry friends but it isn’t always possible.   Some people work or are out of the house for long periods or you just might want to go for a family day out.

Hiring the services of a professional dog walking company can help.  The demand for this ѕеrvісе hаѕ rіѕеn over rесеnt уеаrѕ as реорlе’ѕ lives have bесоmе buѕіеr wіth work аnd ѕосіаl еvеntѕ.

Here аrе some reasons why you might want to use a dog walking service.   

Buѕу Lіfе

Wе undеrѕtаnd thаt lіfе gets buѕу and you may not always find the time to walk your dog.  Dog walking ѕеrvісеѕ саn hеlр уоu manage уоur time аnd schedule effectively tо еnѕurе thаt уоur dоg gеtѕ the attention it dеѕеrvеѕ.   Your соmраnіоn can hаvе all thе fun іn thе world while уоu are аt work оr out for the day.  Allоwіng уоur роосh to exercise when you are not аt hоmе will еnѕurе that hе оr ѕhе іѕ саlmеr аnd ԛuіеtеr whеn уоu gеt bасk!

Prоfеѕѕіоnаl Experience

Your dog will be walked by a dog walker who is fully insured and all walks will be GPS tracked.    Your dog walker will fit the walk to meet your best friend’s physical needs and, of course, capabilities.

Recovering From Illness

If you have been ill or recovering from an operation, hiring a professional dog walking company can help take the pressure off you while you get well.   

Overall, dоg wаlkіng ѕеrvісеѕ аrе еxtrеmеlу соnvеnіеnt. They bеnеfіt both you, as аn owner, and уоur dоg. Yоur dog wіll also be іn ѕаfе аnd knоwlеdgеаblе hands, whіlе you are not there.

Whether or nоt іt is to exercise your dоg dаіlу оr tо саrе, play аnd walk hіm аnd kеер hіm соmраnу аll dау, dоg wаlkіng ѕеrvісеѕ and рrоfеѕѕіоnаl pet саrе are an increasingly popular service.    It can prevent boredom, chewing or destructive behaviour. 

You might not need help with walking your dog but would like someone to pop in at lunchtime to give them a bit of company and a toilet break.    We offer a 30 minute home visit for puppies and older dogs.

If уоu аrе ѕtrugglіng tо jugglе wоrk, family, a ѕосіаl life, аnd еxеrсіѕіng уоur dоg  thеn hіrіng thе services оf a dog wаlkеr will give you peace of mіnd, thаt whіlе уоu are аwау, your dog іѕ exercised, looked аftеr аnd fed соrrесtlу.

Scamps & Champs offer a reliable, professional dog walking service.    We will never “pack walk” your dog with large groups of other dogs.    We can provide off lead walks with your written permission.

All of our dog walkers are fully insured.

Contact us to find out more or check availability in your area.

Is Doggy Daycare The Best For Your Dog?

If уоu have ever hаd dоubtѕ about leaving уоur dоg аt hоmе аlоnе when уоu head оff fоr wоrk оr еrrаndѕ оr a dау оut wіth frіеndѕ, doggy dаусаrе mау bе rіght for уоu. Whіlе the bеnеfіtѕ to you mіght bе оbvіоuѕ, the рluѕеѕ for уоur dоg can аlѕо bе great.

Dоggy daycares оffеr uр a ѕlеw оf fun аnd іntеrеѕtіng thіngѕ for dоgѕ to dо іndооrѕ аnd оut.   They mау play hіdе-аnd-ѕееk оr find-the-treat, tаkе lоng grоuр wаlkѕ, enjoy a rоund of tug-of-war, or even bе trеаtеd tо a movie mаdе especially for dоgѕ оnlу. If hе іѕ staying in a рrіvаtе residence wіth оnlу a few оthеr dogs, hе mіght be оn thе couch nеxt tо hіѕ dog ѕіttеr bеіng ѕсrаtсhеd and pampered. He will bе wеll cared fоr аnd enjoy an еxсіtіng and fun dау away frоm hоmе.

Thе рrеmіѕе behind dоggy dаусаrе is еаѕу tо undеrѕtаnd. A ԛuаlіfіеd fасіlіtу рrоvіdеѕ a ѕаfе and hеаlthу environment with lots оf humаn and dog іntеrасtіоn. Group рlау, tоуѕ, trеаtѕ, activity, аnd rеѕt periods аrе аll part оf the mіx, and іn most саѕеѕ, daycare buѕіnеѕѕеѕ are ореrаtеd bу dоg lоvеrѕ whо thіnk thаt ѕреndіng thеіr dауѕ wіth a bunch оf dоgѕ is the nеxt best thing tо hеаvеn.

Dоggy dаусаrе сеntеrѕ offer a brоаd rаngе оf ѕеrvісеѕ.   Some offer overnight bоаrdіng, trаіnіng рrоgrаmѕ, аnd grооmіng, as well аѕ mаѕѕаgе, hydrotherapy аnd оthеr health treatments. Often thеу аrе hоuѕеd іn buіldіngѕ wіth lаrgе ореn ѕрасеѕ thаt can bе separated for large dоgѕ аnd ѕmаll to mеdіum-ѕіzеd dоgѕ and ԛuіеt аrеаѕ fоr uѕе whеn thіngѕ gеt tоо raucous. Aѕ wіth kennels, thеу usually have оutdооr аrеаѕ for еxеrсіѕе.

Doggie daycare can be suitable for medium to high energy dogs who enjoy the company of other dogs and have good social skills.

If your dog gets easily stressed, anxious, is a bit more laid back, they may prefer to stay at home snoozing on the sofa or in their dog crate.    If you are out for long periods of time, you could enlist the services of a dog walker to come in and take your dog for a walk or a pop in visit for a toilet break.

A lot of reputable doggy daycare centres will have a dog trainer/behaviourist on site to oversee the play/interaction between the dogs and separate when necessary.   It is also essential that your dog gets plenty of rest time between play sessions.

All doggy daycare facilities must be licensed by the local council and have adequate insurance cover.   You will be asked to provide proof of your dogs annual boosters and kennel cough vaccinations.

Finally, соllесtіng rеfеrrаlѕ from friends with dogs is a perfect step and fіnd оut where your frіеndѕ еntruѕt thе well-being оf thеіr four-footed frіеndѕ аnd mаkе саllѕ from thеrе.   Have a look on facebook and instagram and ask to go for a visit.   

All doggy daycares will insist on a trial assessment/familisation session first to make sure your dog is suitable for doggy daycare.  If your dog has ever shown aggression to other dogs, they probably won’t be accepted. A one to one solo dog walk with a dog walker would be a better option.

Ask the daycare centre owner how many dogs approximately are in each group, are small/large dogs mixed together, how many dogs to each staff member, what is the procedure if a dog fight occurs, what training do the staff receive and how do they deal with unwanted behaviours.

If your dog would be more suited to a home based doggie daycare or would prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home with a daily dog walk/visit, contact us on 0333 200 5827 to find out more about our dog walking/home visit services.

What Happens At A Scamps & Champs Meet & Greet

What Happens At A Scamps & Champs Meet & Greet

Free Meet & Greet at Your Home

The first thing that we do after you sign up for our services or enquire about our services, is come out to meet you and your pets at your home at a time that suits you.

You can take us through your pets usual routine and talk us through the information you have provided in your pet’s profile on our pet sitting software.   This way we can always be sure that we are providing pet care to your exact instructions.

You can show us where the pet food is kept, pet bowls, water bottles, leads and harnesses, favourite hiding places and anything else you think we might find useful.

We will be able to answer any questions you may have about our services and show you around the pet sitting software if required.

You can introduce us to your pets and talk through any habits or behaviours that you think we ought to know about and also any medications that need to be given.

We will bring our folder and show you our company insurance, references, dog home boarding arrangers licence and dbs checks.

You can update/add additional information to your pets profile at any time, upload photographs of your pets and also upload vaccination records.

If you are interested in dog walking services, we would then arrange for the dog walker who will be walking your dog to pop round to meet you and collect a key so you can meet the person who will be coming into your home.    We do have a team of dog walkers so we will always provide cover if your regular dog walker is on holiday or off sick.

Contact Us

Interested in finding out more about Scamps & Champs Dog Walking & Pet Care and how we can help?  Call us on 0333 200 5827 or contact us through our online form on our website www.scampsandchamps.co.uk.


What are the health benefits of daily dog walks?

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Can man’s best friend make you healthier? The answer is most definitely Yes. Not only that but taking your dog for a walk not only improves your health, but also the health of your dog.

Public Health guidelines say that we should all take as many opportunities as we can throughout the day to be active. The more we do, the better it is for both our mental and physical health. So, if you have a dog to walk you are at an advantage as you have a planned activity scheduled into your day from the outset.

So, how exactly does walking your dog effect your health?

Walking is therapeutic by helping reduce your stress giving a positive psychological effect. This can lower your blood pressure. Increasing relaxation, walking can provide good thinking time and after a walk a solution to a problem may become clearer. Being outside is good mental stimulation for your dog too, reducing boredom and bad behaviour. He will have much needed quality time with you which strengthens your bond with him, and the feeling of companionship is good for both of you.

Walking your dog becomes a habit needing discipline. Those early morning walks before work can be hard on waking, but once out with your dog you feel a lot more energetic, positive and have a sense of accomplishment. Seeing the look on your dog’s face when you are getting ready to go for a walk makes it all worthwhile! Having to be responsible for caring for a dog is a good motivator and can help reduce depression and improve sense of well-being.

Having a dog to walk encourages you to go outside, and to explore your surrounding area. You may find walks in areas that you normally wouldn’t find if you didn’t have a dog to take out. You will have more exercise in the fresh air promoting better sleep.

Walking your dog is a free way to get fit, with no need to pay to join a gym to get fit. The physical benefits of dog walking are plentiful. It is good for your heart, muscles, joints and waistline! This also applies to your dog!

Walking your dog inevitably allows you, and him, to meet new people and quite often make new, long lasting friendships with other like-minded people. It is sociable, even if you don’t want to talk to someone your dog may think differently and you will find that you find yourself stopping, commenting or having a chat with other dog owners and their beloved pets.

If you have a dog but need help to walk him on the days you find it difficult to then get in touch with Scamps and Champs Bristol. We provide a professional dog walking service. We love walking dogs and will provide stimulating walks to ensure your dog is happy. We never pack walk and offer a flexible dog walking service to meet your individual requirements.

Get in touch with Scamps and Champs Bristol on 0333 200 5827 or bristol@scampsandchamps.co.uk

Supporting You with Your Anxious Dog in London

At Scamps and Champs South East London we are receiving more and more enquiries from owners of dogs who are anxious, and who want to know whether we have the knowledge and experience to care for their pet.

This is an area of service that some of our pet carers have particular experience of and they also have the patience to slowly build a trusting relationship with the anxious dog. The support we can offer for these dogs has to be carefully planned in close collaboration with the dog’s owner, and for the most anxious dogs, we have to start slowly building the relationship some months before the owner plans to leave the dog alone in our care.

Beautiful Spanish Podenco, Rufus, is a great story showing how both owner, Clare and one of Scamps and Champs South East London’s pet carers, Klaudia, have worked brilliantly together to build up Rufus’ confidence, with the ultimate aim of Clare being able to leave Rufus whilst she goes out for whole days, either for work or for other reasons.

Klaudia started visiting Rufus in his home a few months ago. Visits about 1-2 times a week were arranged when Clare was there. Klaudia started by just being in the same room as Rufus and Clare, ensuring that she moved slowly and quietly around him, as new people, loud noise and quick movements were very frightening to him. Rufus loves a sausage and Klaudia began to win his confidence by slowly feeding these to him.  Although treats don’t always work with Rufus, he gradually allowed Klaudia to stroke him and in time would also stay in the room with Klaudia without Clare being there.  Now, Clare explicitly tells Rufus she is leaving the room or house and repeats Klaudia’s name to him.  Last week, when Klaudia arrived, Rufus came to meet her and wagged his tail and allowed her to stroke him immediately! It is still a challenge for Rufus when Klaudia arrives and Clare isn’t there, but he is gradually reducing his fears and they are now going to work on Klaudia letting Rufus into the garden and getting him back into the house on her own.

Klaudia, who is delighted that Rufus is accepting her, says the key to giving him confidence is to be patient and relaxed and not to rush him. She knows Rufus’ triggers and the signs of anxiety in him; no eye contact, jumping back, shaking and freezing. Close collaboration and planning between owner and pet carer is key and ensuring that you are gradually working towards key goals.

Ultimately we hope to be able to offer dog walking services to Clare for Rufus and to be able to pet sit in the house if Clare needs to go away.

Rufus’ story is just one from several dogs we are slowly getting to know and love at Scamps and Champs South East London.  Please contact us to find out more about how we can support you with your anxious dog.

For a detailed quotation, please contact us for further information.

Scamps and Champs South East London are members of the National Association of Registered Pet Sitters and the Pet Industry Federation. Contact Scamps & Champs via our online form, to check availability and make a booking.

How to keep your dog safe when Dog Walking in Bristol in Winter?

How To Keep Your Dog Safe In Winter

Here are some tips from Scamps and Champs Bristol to keep your dog safe when out walking during these winter months.

Ensure your dog wears a collar and ID tag when out and about, that he is microchipped and that the chip details are up to date. This is MOST important all year around. 

Keep your doggy friend safe by ensuring he can be seen in the dark by using a high visibility jacket and a flashing collar. Letting yourself be seen in the dark is equally important so wear clothing that is visible in the dark whenever possible. Also, think about your footwear to avoid slipping and falling whilst out walking your dog.

Keep your dog warm. Short haired, young or older dogs may benefit from a warm winter dog coat. Also, consider letting his hair grow longer over the cold winter months.

Regularly check your dog’s leads, collars and harnesses for wear and tear or damage. Check they are all working properly. Be aware that if it is very cold it can be difficult to do up lead clips and attach them to collars and harnesses. Check for rust as wet weather may make the metal clips rust.

Keep anti-freeze out of reach of your dog. Anti-freeze is tasty but is highly poisonous to a dog. Keep out of reach and mop up any spills immediately.

When you get back from your dog walk it is important to wipe your dog’s paws, legs and tummy. Grit and dampness can irritate his skin.

Ice can slice! Take care as stepping on ice when out walking can cause cuts and bleeding on your dog’s paws and legs.

Don’t let your dog walk on frozen ponds as he may fall through the ice into the water if the ice is not thick enough to take his weight. It is hard not to go in after him if he falls through, but you must never do this. Instead encourage him to swim back to you and call the emergency services.

When walking in snow be mindful that this new walking environment can be very exciting to your pup so consider keeping him on the lead.

NEVER leave you best friend alone in a car. Never. Not in cold or hot weather.

Consider changing your dog’s routine. If you are finding it difficult to exercise your dog in the dark evenings after work, then get in touch with Scamps and Champs Bristol who provide a professional dog walking service. We can walk your dog at a time that you think is best for him. We can vary the route, so your dog is entertained by experiencing new sights, sounds and smells.

How To Stop Your Dog Barking When Left Alone

The incessant volleys of yips, woofs and whines of dogs when left alone can be a big problem for any dog owner and even the neighbours, except if you live in a detached house in the countryside. All dogs bark as way to communicate with their owners but a dog that barks continuously can cause so much trouble. To get your dog to stop barking when left alone, you have to first discover what triggers the reaction so you can address the situation effectively.

Here are some common reasons dogs bark:

  • Genetics
  • Attention seeking/demand
  • Alarm
  • Territorial
  • Frustration
  • Boredom
  • Fear
  • Play barking
  • Separation distress

Now that we’ve identified the factors that could be causing your dog to be especially vocal when left alone, here are some to tips to get them to stop.

1. Mask the sounds

Generally, most dogs bark when startled as a reaction to sounds they’re hearing. The solution here is to control the environment so you can limit their exposure to things that get their attention, and a good way to do that is to mask the noise with other sounds. For example, you could use a fan, a radio, a t.v. or a white noise machine to help your canine relax and lower their stress levels.

If you live in an apartment and share walls with others, covering up the sound of what’s going on outside can help keep your dog calm which in turns prevents frequent barking.

2. Use sight barriers

Another way to solve your dog’s barking problems via environmental management is to block your pooch’s sight-line to potential barking triggers. This solution is ideal for dogs that are territorial/alarm/defence barkers as it aids to prevent visual stimulation which can trigger your dog.

For outdoors, you can cut off visual access by using private fencing or privacy hedges in the garden.     If your dog stays indoors, you can leave the curtains closed or close the blinds. Alternatively, you can use place removable plastic films which allows light in but make the windows opaque. Be sure to place the window film a few inches above your dog’s line of sight to reduce the chances of visual stimulation.

3. Use treats and toys

As you leave the house, give your dog a chew-toy that has your scent on it to keep him busy. This can help distract your pooch as you leave and also keep him calm since the toy has your scent on it. The toy could be a stuffed Kong toy or a safe chew bone stuffed with cheese spread or peanut butter (without xylitol), but what counts is that the toys will keep their mouth occupied with something aside from barking.    Interactive treat toys are also a great way of keeping their minds busy.

Similarly, give your dog treats as a way of rewarding him for not barking. If he hears a noise from outside or doesn’t bark when you’re out of sight, praise him and give him a treat. Rewarding your dog is an excellent way of getting him to associate his refusal to react with something positive.

4. Create a quiet zone

A dog that suffers from separation anxiety shouldn’t be allowed to move freely at home, so create a quiet zone for them in the house where they can be when you aren’t at home. Ideally, the spot should be the quietest part of the house like a back bedroom, utility room or space. You can include a dog crate with comfortable bedding for them, and don’t forget to leave some food and water for them too.

5. Uses exercises

Some dog breeds like retrievers, pointers, setters and collies were originally used to work all day and they tend to become restless if they’re under-exercised. They need to be kept busy or they might resort to barking due to boredom. Experiment with different dog exercises to discover the ones that come close to tiring your pooch out. A panting, utterly exhausted dog will be too tired out to waste his remaining energy barking.

6.  Hire A Dog Walker

Hire a dog walker if you are out at work all day to tire your dog out and to break up his day.

All in All

If you have applied all the tips above and still can’t seem to get your dog to stop barking, you might need extra help from a dog trainer/behaviourist.   Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Get in touch with your local Scamps and Champs Branch here to discuss your pets needs.