Did you know that excessive dog barking can cause you intense stress? Whether it's your neighbor's dog that wakes you up in the middle of the night or your own hound that startles you while you work at home, you need to stop dog barking noises for your own health.
The adverse effects of noises are many: sleep deprivation, hearing impairment, psychological and performance problems.This means that you may be affected in many areas of your life including your relationships and your work.
Noise stress can also make you feel annoyed at things that you otherwise wouldn't be. The state of annoyance can further exacerbate the problem because you may feel you need to be isolated from others.
Dog barking becomes a problem when it is too frequent. All dogs bark at some point and this is OK, it is one of the ways in which they communicate. It becomes a problem when it's constant.
A recent scientific review article tells us that noises that disrupt sleep can seriously affect your physical and mental health. Unpredictable and frequent noises can raise your blood pressure and sounds that disrupt sleep at night have been associated with cardiovascular diseases in the elderly.
Intermittent noises (like a dog barking) have more adverse effects than continuous noises (like a machine sound on the background). Even if a night time noise doesn't completely wake you up, it can change your sleep pattern from deep sleep to shallow sleep. This reduction in deep sleep can cause you chronic tiredness during the day.
Wouldn't you like to know how to stop dog barking?
Noise produces a change in your stress hormones, which consequently will alter many physiological and psychological functions. For example, a startling noise will not only set your heart pumping faster, it will also make you loose focus and concentration.
Interestingly, your personality can also determine how well (or bad) you will cope with noise. Introvert people are more likely to be affected by noise than extroverts, in fact the latter might thrive with a little bit of noise during dull tasks.
Now that you know the adverse health effects of disproportionate canine barking it is time to solve the problem. Here are the steps to follow:
1- Find out why your pooch is barking so much: Keep a written log of when and why your canine friend barks. This will help you identify the trigger and either remove it or train your pet to be quiet.
2- Once you have found the cause, pick the right way to deal with it. Never punish a dog for barking, this could lead to more serious issues like fear and biting. I will also like to discourage you from using electronic collars. These work through punishment and most of the time make more harm than good.
Following is a list of possible reasons for excessive dog barking, click on each link for advice and tutorials on how to stop your dog from barking:
3- While you are working on training your pooch, find ways to relax yourself too. Try spending quiet times with your hound, massage his body while you watch a movie or listen to music. Spending time with your pet is actually one of the recommended ways to relieve stress.
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