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My dog has separation anxiety when I leave the house and constantly barks.
He is inside my home when I leave but a neighbour has complained.
Kind regards

Answered Thursday 12 February 2015

Hi Madeline, thanks for the question.

Barking dogs is in fact one of the most common complaints to local council! Separation anxiety is a complex behavioural problem which we recommend you discuss with your local veterinarian.

Some things he or she might suggest include changing your routine when you leave the house so your dog can’t predict your departure, making sure you don’t reward attention-seeking behaviour and potentially changing some aspects of his environment or exercise regime. We have also had success with Citronella anti-bark collars which you can probably purchase from your local veterinarian. Sometimes the collars will not work as the anxiety being experienced by your dog can overwhelm the negativity of being sprayed with citronella. In these instances it is worth discussing the problem with your vet as they may consider prescribing anti-anxiety medications to assist with the condition.

It is also worth discussing the problem with the neighbours and even dropping a flyer in the nearby mailboxes. It is much easier to appease people before the fact than try to unwind the problem once it has been brought to your attention. If one person is complaining it is a fair bet that others in the area are annoyed as well.

Hope this helps, and good luck!


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