Have you noticed that your senior dog has been barking more than usual? Don’t be afraid, this is especially common in aging dogs. Here are a few reasons why they tend to bark more along with solutions to help them.
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When dogs are young puppies and again when they are older, they have a hard time controlling when and where they go to the bathroom. They may wake you up in the middle of the night because they cannot hold it, or they may have an accident on the floor. If this happens, just know they are not doing it on purpose and not to punish them.
Frustration is extremely common with senior dogs. If they feel as if they cannot accomplish a task, they may bark until you come for help. An example of this may be climbing up steps or jumping off a bed. Just help your furry friend and they will be okay.
Older dogs can have problems with vision or hearing, and this may make them frustrated or scared. They may think they see something or hear something, when really there is nothing there. Senior dogs also cannot regulate their temperature as easily as they can when they are younger, so if they become too hot or cold, they may be agitated as well.
Your pup may start to become confused or have signs that they do not know what is going on. They may bark at nothing or be barking for help, but it is not a worrisome sign.
If you think that your senior dog’s barking is becoming an issue, it may be time to talk to your veterinarian. They will be able to prescribe medicines or advise on certain solutions to help. But here are a few tips that may help your dog at home without a trip to the vet.
Keep a schedule
Try to keep a schedule to follow with your senior dog so that they know what to expect. Too much change may spark anxiety in your dog, and it is better to try to stick to a daily routine.
Create a smaller area
Your furry friend may actually feel safer if they are in a contained area. They may like their dog crate again, or more likely, they will feel more protected if they are in a smaller space. You can limit them to a few rooms with a baby gate, and you will know where they are at all times so it is easier to get to them.
Give them an item of yours
Dogs feel safe when they smell your scent, so try adding a t shirt or blanket of yours to their area. They will be able to smell your scent when you are not there, which will help to calm them down. It may help calm them down and reduce the barking.
Know that barking is extremely common and will be more prevalent the older a dog gets. Be mindful that they most likely are doing it because they feel like they need help, not because they are trying to be malicious. Stay calm, and be gentle with your senior dog.