Pet Subjects: 'Why does our dog go into a barking frenzy and how can we stop him?'

Pete Wedderburn
Rescue dog Kaleb Credit: Patrick Bolger

Dear Pete

We have a gentle but excitable nine-year-old English pointer who throws himself at the picture window, barking in a frenzy every time anyone comes to the front door. The minute they enter, he wags his tail and is very friendly. Then when they prepare to leave, he starts to bark, again throwing himself at the window as they pass. Why is he doing this and how can we stop him?

C&TD, Devon

Dear C&TD

He has a strong territorial instinct and he’s letting you know that there are potential intruders outside, trying to see them off by barking at them. As soon as they are indoors he recognises them as friends, but when they are outside his protective instincts are restimulated all over again....

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