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Why Does My Dog Bark at Me When I Leave the House?
Apr 20, 2018

If you want to say something to a human, you use English. For dogs, this really isn't an option. If you're wondering, “Why does my dog bark at me when I leave the house?” you may as well be wondering, “Why do I speak?”

Barking is your dog’s way of communicating.

How Do I Stop My Dog From Barking When I Leave?

If your dog barks when you leave and you can hear him or her barking as you walk to your car or elevator, he or she may be trying to tell you not to leave. He or she may also be expressing displeasure or distress at your leaving. If you get the sense that this is the case, there are many ways you can learn how to stop your dog from barking when you're not home.

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The first step is to make sure your dog doesn't suffer anxiety as you leave. Try to stay calm when you need to leave even though you’re leaving your furry companion behind. Go through the same leaving ritual, whether that involves putting on your shoes and jacket or some other ritual.

Stay calm. Just before you leave, give your dog a special treat. This way, leaving won’t be associated with just distress.

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How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Barking When I Leave?

One way to stop your fur baby from crying or barking when you leave is to get him or her used to you leaving gradually. Start by going just outside the door and coming right back. Lavish praise on your dog if they didn't bark. Slowly extend the number of minutes spent outside the door until your puppy or dog becomes used to you leaving.

If your puppy continues barking, you may want to consider obedience training or may want to get professional advice and support. Some dogs are more prone to separation anxiety and may need a little extra help getting calm.

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How Do I Stop My Puppy From Crying When I Leave?

If you have a young dog, it may be harder to train your puppy not to get upset when you leave. It's just natural for your pup to need to spend lots of time with you. It may be best to hire a pet sitter at least part of the time at first. Also, consider crate training to get your puppy used to being alone gradually. Start early so your dog will get used to the idea as he or she grows.

My Dog Barks All Day While I Am at Work. What Can I Do?

Unless your neighbors tell you, you may not know your furry friend is barking or upset all day. After all, when you come in through the door, your furbaby is thrilled to see you and that separation anxiety temporarily disappears.

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Furbo Dog Camera is a great way to ensure you know when your dog is actually barking. You can set up a bark alert so you will be informed when your furry buddy starts barking so you can keep track of your dog’s possible separation anxiety. You can even use Furbo to dispense treats and talk to your dog remotely to calm them down when they do bark.

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