Instinct still makes dogs bark, whine and howl. They do this to signal someone coming (they always seem to know the UPS guy is coming), a threat of some sort (if the postman is a threat), excitement, and carrying on a conversation with the dog across the street. At times, the excitement makes them piddle on the floor. At those times, a dog potty solution would be best. There are solutions that are much easier to train your dog with than potty pads. Dogs & puppies want to go to the bathroom on real grass. Therefore, fake grass or wee wee pads are not going to do the trick. The best way to get your dog to stop peeing in the house is with a real grass or dog patio.
First, the pet parents need to determine the cause of the barking. A little barking is okay, but when it becomes all day, then something must be done. Neighbours tend to get upset about it, especially if they work the graveyard shift.
Solution: If boredom or anxiety is the cause of the barking, then the pet would benefit from her attention being switched to something else. Take her for a long walk, play with her in the park, dance with her, work out with her, and give her toys which won’t bore her too soon. These take his/her mind off his/her problem and engages it in long-term thinking.
No one should expect a dog to never bark. That’s as unreasonable as expecting a child to never talk. But some dogs bark excessively. If that’s a problem in your home, the first step is figuring out what causes your dog to bark too much. Once you know why he is barking, you can start to treat his barking problem.
Barking is one type of vocal communication that dogs use, and it can mean different things depending on the situation. Here are some reasons why dogs bark:
Territorial/Protective: When a person or an animal comes into an area your dog considers his territory, that often triggers excessive barking. As the threat gets closer, the barking often gets louder. Your dog will look alert and even aggressive during this type of barking.
Alarm/Fear: Some dogs bark at any noise or object that catches their attention or startles them. This can happen anywhere, not just in their home territory.
Boredom/Loneliness: Dogs are pack animals. Dogs left alone for long periods, whether in the house or in the yard, can become bored or sad and often will bark because they are unhappy.