Anxiety barking usually occurs when a dog is experiencing separation anxiety from his pet parent and family. At times when dogs are left on their own, either in the yard, in an enclosed room or home alone, they will express their anxiety verbally. This nuisance barking and whining shows a dog is emotionally upset and crying out for attention. There are a variety of cures that pet parents can use to eliminate anxiety barking.
Give Your Dog Daily Exercise
Dogs may experience anxiety from not getting enough exercise. Daily exercise is recommended to help burn off their playful energy. When dogs don't have a chance to run, walk or play, they build up the energy internally which causes them to become hyper and uncomfortable -- which can lead to anxiety barking. A brisk walk, a game of fetch or including your dog as a partner in your daily jog will help cure anxiety barking caused from being hyper.
Boredom and not having access to fun and interesting things to do can cause a dog to become filled with anxiety, further verbally expressing his feelings with anxiety barking. Supply plenty of toys for your dog. Treat filled toys will keep him occupied for a while, but also include squeaky toys, balls, rubber bones and plush toys. Surrounding your dog with plenty of distractions will remove anxiety caused by boredom, and your dog will feel less of a need to bark.
Keep a Daily Routine
This may feel boring to some pet parents, but most dogs prefer to have a daily routine. They feel calm and comfortable knowing they eat, take a walk, go to the bathroom and play at the same time each day. At times, some dogs will not adapt well to changes in their daily schedule. They become frustrated when they don't eat on time or conduct any of their other daily activities on schedule. Noticeable schedule changes will cause nervousness and anxiety barking and whining to occur.
Practice Departures and Arrivals
Dogs can become nervous when they see their pet parent leave the room or home, especially for long periods of time. Dogs feel the need to be near their pack leader or pack. When left alone, dogs can become very nervous. Eliminate anxiety barking caused by separation anxiety by practicing departures and arrivals. When departing your home, don't make a big deal out of the situation. Calmly guide your dog to his designated space or crate. Dogs are den animals so they will feel safe and secure in a space that's filled with comforting bedding, blankets and familiar toys. Put your dog in his special place a short time before you leave your home. Then calmly just leave. When arriving home, walk in your door and ignore your dog for the first few minutes. This sounds harsh, but by not making a big deal of your arrival, you are teaching your dog that your arrival and departure are not big deals, so heightened emotions are not necessary. Also, putting your dog in their special place for 20-minute increments while you're home is good practice. Taking your dog for a brief walk to burn off energy is recommended if your dog seems hyper before you leave the house.
Based in Miami, Shellie Alyssa has been writing articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on a variety of popular and informative pet websites including munch.zone. In 2000, she was awarded an editors choice award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry from the International Library of Poetry. She holds a fashion merchandising diploma from Penn Foster College.