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At The Fitzgerald Channelside, our pet-friendly community is happy to welcome our residents and their furry friends! When you have a dog, some barking is inevitable, but with these tips, dog owners can keep the barking to a minimum and create a comfortable living space at our apartments in Tampa, FL where their pups can thrive.
#1 Keep Them Entertained
One of the reasons that your dog may be barking excessively is because they hear outside noises, or because they are just bored. Turning on the television or playing some music will override the outside noises and divert your dog’s barking. You’ll also want to keep some toys easily accessible so that they have something to distract themselves with while you’re away.
Essential oils will not only relieve your stress, they are good for your pup’s stress, as well! You can rub the oil along their backs, or any other area that your pup can’t lick. Lavender oil is a popular oil that is known for its soothing effects. However, you will want to be careful with the oils that you use, as some can be poisonous to dogs. This helpful article will outline which oils are best for your dog and which are harmful.
For dogs that are barking out of protectiveness or as a greeting, there are several commands that they can be taught that will deter barking. When teaching the “quiet” command, you’ll first need to teach them how to “speak.” Once they’ve learned how to speak, you can then hold a treat out and tell them “quiet.” Repeating this will condition your dog and ensure that you can have them stop barking as a greeting or out of protectiveness. You can even keep an eye on them throughout the day with this Furbo Dog Camera. Monitor them during the day and when they are behaving, the device can be loaded with treats that you can give to them to reinforce their good behavior.
#4 Anti-Stress Devices
If your dog becomes stressed or has separation anxiety, anti-stress devices may soothe their anxiety. This ThunderShirt has a more than 80% success rate in calming dogs that are anxious by supplying a small amount of pressure that is shown to instantly calm anxious dogs. You can also try a citronella spray collar. Dogs do not like the taste of the citronella and these shock collar alternatives will help reduce the amount of barking.
Come home to our apartments in Tampa, FL and find the perfect place for you and your pup to call home. Contact us at The Fitzgerald Channelside today!