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Ask Bondi Vet - How to stop my dog from barking?

In every episode of Ask Bondi Vet, Pete Lazer is joined by one of our Bondi Vets, to discuss the answers to your pet questions.

Pete Lazer - Hello and welcome to Ask Bondi Vet, proudly brought to you by Bondi Vet pet insurance. My names Pete Lazer joined by Doctor Danni. Danni great to have you here. This is the program where we answer all of your pet questions. This one’s been sent in by Gabriel. Gabriel asks, this is a question we are all familiar with;

How do you stop a dog from barking when there is a knock at the door.”

Dr Danni Dusek - Who doesn’t love an overly exuberant greeting when they get to the door.

Pete Lazer - Everyone who lives next door. To the dog that’s barking probably.

Dr Danni Dusek - No absolutely. This can be a really tricky one to tackle and there are are lots of different tips out there as to how to approach it. But I’ll give you one that I’ve found to be useful in the past. So firstly, you are going to need a lot of patience and persistence. Okay and initially we just want you and your dog. So what you need to do is head on out that front door like you are going to the shops or heading down to work. Wherever you’re going, then come straight back and knock on the door, ring the doorbell, whatever you usually do. Of course your dog is going to start to bark. What you need to do is not open that door until the dog stops barking. The just open it up just a tincy little bit. Then once you hear that barking start again yu need to shut and then you need to keep repeating this over and over again, until you can actually walk all the way into that room without your dog barking. Which time you can give them all the praise and reward them for the behaviour that that you are after. So it can be really teadious and that first time can take a long time to get there. But the more times you practice, the faster they will get it. So once you’ve gotten inside you need to come out the back door, round the front and start all over again. Until your dog is completely and utterly bored of this game, in which case you can just give them all the praise and attention and call it quits for the day.

Pete Lazer - Why do dogs bark when there is a knock at the door.

Dr Danni Dusek - That is a very good question and I think it can be for different reasons. So certainly sometimes it can be anxiety driven and if you think your animal is particularly anxious or if there is any signs of aggression. Then I would definitely go and speak to your vet about that, because you will need a different approach to that all together. So my advice is aimed at a dog that is just overly excited, you know full of energy and just really wants that door to open and they’ve just got to learn that to get that door to open they’ve got to be calm and relaxed.

Pete Lazer - Suppose this is also a little tip for next door neighbours as well. To teach the dog next door not to bark at the knock on the door as well.

Dr Danni Dusek - Yes quite a common little issue unfortunately.

Pete Lazer - It is, thanks Gabriel for your question. If you’ve got a question for our Bondi Vet’s, all you need to do is get onto our Facebook page or our website and leave your question there and hopefully we’ll get around to it and we’ll answer it on here as well. That’s all we’ve got time for today, but we look forward to seeing you next time, bye for now.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.