I have a 5 year old male Maltese and all he does is bark we have tried …

I have a 5 year old male Maltese and all he does is bark we have tried everything I have done training with him I have tried anxiety meds for dogs I have tried bark collars thunder vest and even leaving a tv on with dog music a blanket with my scent toys bones and nothing at all works and my neighbors get really upset and complain about his barking and have even threatened to call animal control but I don’t know what to do any more please help

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Krista Magnifico
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Hello, I firmly believe that every dog barks for a very good reason. The challenge is spending enough time and effort to figure out what they are trying to tell you. Start at the vets office with an examination and diagnostics. Look for any signs of pain, infection, allergy, inflammation, discomfort, etc. I always (ALWAYS!) also do a rectal exam to check anal sacs. Then we talk about the home life environment. How much exercise and attention is your dog getting? Has anything changed in the household? A recent arrival or departure? Anything? If the barking is becoming obsessive and… Read more »

scgreco413
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Good morning- Start with your vet and an exam and open discussion. You mentioned that you did training- that is fantastic. Be sure to continue practicing it and using it. Mental stimulation = mentally tired and that helps contribute to a satisfied dog. Food? Sit/paw. Door open (inside or outside)? Sit. Want to be pet? Down. And so forth. Also- walks. Walks or runs or both make a good, tired dog. A tired dog is a well behaved dog. I am a HUGE advocate for walking with your dog(s). It is exercise and so much more. It helps establish order… Read more »