My memorable experience residing with a smart dog began the first day I was able to take a seat on a plane with a terrified Chihuahua. Yes, you read that correctly, a Chihuahua. I’m not exaggerating. It was a warm summer night and my husband and I were heading for our new home in North Texas.
Our flight was delayed and a couple of hours later we arrived at our new home. The moment we stepped inside, there was a cacophony of noises. The dog, a large male mixed breed, was barking so hard that it made the seat behind me shake. We saw his tail wag in agitation. His eyes were wide with excitement. And he was wagging his tail furiously as he was jumping around.
I told my husband that this dog was more agitated than I was. He took the dog into the house. I had to sit by the kitchen for a few minutes to calm him down. To make matters worse, I was in one room and my husband was in another. When I returned to the kitchen, the dog was barking again. All of a sudden, he took off running and disappeared. The tail wagged faster. The eyes were wide with agitation. And he was on the go again.
This went on for several minutes. Then he stopped. I was curious as to what he did wrong.
He was wagging his tail as he barked. He looked at my husband. Then he started barking again.
Then he continued barking. And barking. And barking. I tried to comfort him. He would stop barking when I would calm him down. He was having a great time.
I noticed that the dog never stopped barking even when I placed a bowl of chicken broth down in front of him. The tail stayed high and wagging. The eyes stayed wide and excited. The legs never stopped moving.
When the dog barked, I tried to give him a treat. I would stop when he stopped barking. But he would keep barking. So I would wait a few moments then continue the treat when he stopped barking. He would be wawing his tail harder when I gave him a treat.
All of a sudden he barked. And I was curious as to what he did wrong. He would stop barking when I gave him a treat. So I waited a few moments then I tried again.
Finally, he stopped barking. We both were confused. I wondered what he did wrong.
He wasn’t barking when I placed the bowl of broth down. But he would stop barking when I would place the bowl down. So I waited a few moments then he tried to get the food. When he would not give him the food, I stopped waiting and continued giving him treats.
He barked. And I was wondering why. After he barked, I was curious about what he did wrong. He was always a good dog. But he just liked to bark.
So, I decided to get to the bottom of this. I went to the bookstore. Bought some books. Did my best to learn all I could about barking dogs. The results were surprising.
I had not realized until this research that many people had actually written books about barking dogs. It turned out that they sell these books to help owners stop barking dogs. The owner should also get training books to help the dog understand what is wrong.
So the dog owner should also get a barking dog training manual to teach the dog what barking is and how to stop barking dogs.