The Constant Barker
Every venue has one, right? A dog that barks without cessation or pause, and sometimes goes higher, and higher, until you’re sure the dogs’ vocal chords are bleeding, because you know your ears sure are! A bark here or there is to be expected, and some breeds are just talkers (Huskies, yes I’m talking to you!) but there’s talking, then there’s barking. And if that dog is yours, it can be embarrassing and nerveracking, not something you need before stepping onto the course!
To spare yourself the embarrassment of having ‘that dog’, try taking your dog out of their crate (if they are in one) and playing a game of tug-of-war. Hard to talk with your mouth full! Another trick is finding your dogs’ favorite kong stuffing and giving it to them. Again, the mouth is full! When you get home, though, it’s time to start preventative training. Some dogs learn to only speak when spoken to, and a good ‘hush!’ command works wonders. Remember to reward the behavior you want – quiet!