Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Dog's barking has become a ritual.

Byline: Pet Care DR. JEFF NICHOL For the Journal

Q: I love my indoor dog; she's a great guard dog. It's just that when I come home from work, she barks and barks and barks. I know she's very happy to see me, but she makes so much noise. What can I do to keep her silent when I come home? I don't want to put one of those antibark collars on her because I want her to bark while I'm away.

Dr. Nichol: You have forged a healthy, loving relationship with your dog. She's so happy to see you that she wants to tell you, and the whole world, all about it. But, hey, it's also kind of annoying.

Part of the problem is that your girl's enthusiasm has driven a ritual of anxiety that you might be encouraging inadvertently. …

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