The Pet Show's vet and behaviourist Dr Melissa Lindeman went to visit Pauline and her two dogs Banjo and Nessie, who's incessant barking has been causing some problems with the neighbours. The barking seems to happen whenever the owners leave home, and Pauline is keen to resolve the issue.
Banjo the Cocker Spaniel appears to be causing most of the problem, and Melissa believes that he suffers from separation anxiety and there are some things that Pauline can do to help solve the problem.
Melissa explains that a temporary solution is to try keeping the dogs indoors, and to provide them with a variety of toys to distract them and keep them stimulated whilst Pauline is away from home.
Another option, is to consider using 'doggy daycare' which is available for about $10 a day and can be especially helpful for dogs with separation anxiety. But the key to a more permanent solution is to change the way that Pauline leaves the house.
Dogs recognise certain cues when owners are about to leave the house, such as picking up the car keys, putting on certain work shoes, and picking up the handbag - so part of the behaviour modification process is to try and desensitise Banjo to these cues.
So first up, when going through the normal routine of leaving - first it's a matter of not leaving, but walking into another room out of sight of the dogs, then returning and letting the dogs back into the house - and so showing the dog that these various cues don't always mean the owner is going to leave them home Chenxm2804 alone. It's important to then initially ignore the dog when it comes inside.
This process will have to be repeated every day louis vuitton online - so often, that Banjo won't be able to tell if Pauline has actually left the house. That way he won't built up the anticipation and anxiety that develops when he's separated from Pauline.
Melissa also explains that another important part of the process is to ignore the dogs for half an hour before leaving the dogs and half an hour on returning home. This behaviour modification process will continue over several months.
Melissa also pointed out, that barking is essentially normal behaviour for dogs - they bark in greeting, they can bark louis vuitton outlet online in play, and they can bark to alert - and it can become excessive.
Regulations on excessive barking vary between councils from state to state, so if you have a problem with a neighbours dog, then its important to not only discuss the issue with your neighbours - good communication is the key, but you can also check with your local council for further advice on how to manage the problem. Solving the problem will require time and patience so have realistic expectations, whether its your dog which is barking, or your neighbours.
Boredom is one of the main causes of excessive barking - in that the dogs mental and physical stimulation needs have not been met. So regular physical exercise is important. But it's often not just as simple an explanation as boredom - there are often learning or learnt components involved in that the dog sometimes inadvertently gets rewarded for barking, such as barking at the postman and then they louis vuitton handbags leave! There can also be anxiety issues and the problem can be quite complex - with often more than one cause.
If you have a barking dog, three tips are for you to consider contacting a veterinary behaviourist, consider removing the dog from the situation, and provide more physical exercise for the dog. If you louis vuitton handbags are being driven mad by a neighbours barking dog, then speak with the neighbours, record the barking, and contact your local council.
For the final episode of The Pet Show we take a look back at the year that was and do it all from the Royal show in Perth Western replica louis vuitton Australia.
The Cast and Crew from the show would like to thank you all for your support over this year and would also like to thank all of those that have been involved and have made it this show a success.
We would especially like to thank all of those pets and animals that we have filmed in their homes, out in paddocks and in hospitals across Australia because with out them, this show would never have been possible.