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Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
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When we go away on holiday we always leave one of our daughter

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When we go away on holiday we always leave one of our daughter (22 years old, who lives with us) to look after Molly, however, she constantly barks at night. Molly always sleeps in the kitchen in her bed but she won't settle. She never barks at night when we are all at home. Our daughter walks Molly and makes sure she has food and water. However the constant barking at night makes it very difficult for her to sleep, and we are concerned that it disturbs the neighbours.
Is there anything we can do to prevent this?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Jacustomer, My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today. It may be that she feels secure with you home but when it is just your daughter, she feels the need to protect her and thus barks at any little noise she hears. There are some things you can try. One would be having your daughter work with Molly on obedience commands. If she has been trained already have your daughter practice the commands with her. If she hasn't, I do have a site that can help. The following site is helpful in helping owners train their dog. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.http://www.schutzhund-training.com/training_theory.html Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.http://www.pets.ca/articles/article-dog_nilf.htmhttp://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/training_nothing_in_life_is_free.html If Molly has confidence in your daughters role as boss, she may not bark as much at night. Another method would be training her to the quiet command. speak

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