Barking when Alone!


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My name is Kelsie and I have a 10 months old Creme Pieball Mini. She is amazing 99% of the time but I work a full time job and she proceeds to bark from the minute i leave to the minute i get home. When i got her as a puppy i had 2 other dogs that were around and i moved so now she is alone during the day. I think she has some anxiety and I'm not sure what to do about the barking... please help.

In my opinion she is to young to be left alone all day. If she had dogfriends and now is without them she is probibly quite scared.

Give her a safe place, somewhere where she feels safe.

Our dog is 2 years old but he cant be alone for more than 3 hours/day. We have tried every metodh to get him to be calm, so we got dogwatschers. He goes to another family on the days we both work daytime. So he is never alone for more than he can handle.

Have you got her used to be alone step by step? Do not leave the dog alone from one day to another.

Some dogs calms down if they are in one room, not the whole house. Our dog is calm in our bed so we always leave him there.

Good luck!

I had the same problem with my dachshund over a year ago. I had moved from an apartment with roommates, to my own home. The shock of the move, combined with the pack (my roommates) being gone, caused my little guy to bark non-stop when I would leave.

I hired a trainer, and we fixed the problem super quick. It took only a few hours one night to remedy the barking issue. Here's a great point that my trainer said that really stuck with me. He said, "Your dog's barking is because he doesn't want to do what you want him to do. It's not because he's scared or lonely, necessarily. He wants to be in charge. We need to adjust his attitude."

So to fix this, we put my dog in the bathroom by himself with the door closed. I made it really comfy for him - toys, bed, lights on, etc. I also had him wearing a training collar with a remote control, that I had with me. I sat in the other room watching tv, and anytime he protested with whining or barking, I would hit the button on the remote. (just a non-harmful vibrate to his collar. Basically the vibrate is annoying to him.)

After a few hours of doing this, he just sat there quietly. When I let him out, I praised him a lot to reward him for his great behavior. I'm not sure how to do the same training without the collar. Maybe open the door and tell him, "NO!" every time he barked? That may take longer than if you have the collar.

If you are interested in getting one, I bought mine from It's under products/remote training, and called "300M."

After that, I did not have any more issues with barking. I was so relieved, as I think my landlord (who was my neighbor) was on the verge of getting rid of me. We have lived there for almost 2 years now without any other issues with barking.

If anyone is interested in the trainer I used, he is located in California. His website is Aggressive Dogs, Dog Training Orange County, Temecula, Santa Monica Aggressive Dogs, Dog Training Orange County, Temecula, Santa Monica Aggressive Dogs, Dog Training Orange County, Temecula, Santa Monica. If you do use him, please say you were referred by me (Joy with black doxie). Thanks!

I hope this has been helpful...Best of luck!

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Shock collars are unacceptable, if all you used was the vibration, than that's not an issue, though I dont know how that would work. Generally people use shock in this situation, but if you need to shock your dog, you are definitely doing something wrong. I do not use adversives, and do not believe in the pack theory... dogs are not trying to take over the world, for heaven's sake.

Generally, if a dog has seperation anxiety, it's possible to desensitize them to being alone, positively, without punishing them for being anxious (would you want to be shocked everytime you are afraid of something?) I don't have time to write up a desensitization process for you, however it's easy enough to find the info using Google. I suggest you use that,dont punish your dog for being afraid.