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For Dogs that Bark at People Syracuse NY

From UPS guy to door to door salesmen, our pets seem to bark at them all. But why do dogs always seem to get disturbed by those who wear uniforms and bark at them? Read on for more information if your dog in Syracuse also has such an issue.

PETCO
(315) 454-3949
310 Northern Lights (Route 11)
North Syracuse, NY
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm

PetSmart
(315) 446-6320
3401 Erie Blvd E
Syracuse, NY
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

PETCO
(315) 449-0084
3150 Erie Boulevard East Suite #500
Dewitt, NY
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm

Pet Depot
(315) 487-6533
3730 Milton Avenue
Camillus, NY
 
Pet Express Of Central Ny, Inc.
(315) 458-0852
7687 Frontage Road
Cicero, NY
 
PetSmart
(315) 468-1379
3553 West Genesee
Syracuse, NY
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

Pet World - Dewitt
(315) 445-9510
3649 Erie Blvd. E.
Dewitt, NY
 
PetSmart
(315) 652-1627
3865 State Route 31
Liverpool, NY
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

Ebeling's Pet Center
(315) 652-2329
4138 Route 31
Clay, NY
 
Petland Of Syracuse
(315) 752-0444
5701 East Circle Drive
Cicero, NY
 

For Dogs that Bark at People

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We’ve all heard the cliché about the disgruntled mail man with the throbbing dog bite from his route. Or the meter reader being chased out of the yard by a particularly upset canine. From UPS guy to door to door salesmen, our pets seem to bark at them all. But why do dogs always seem to get disturbed by those who wear uniforms and bark at them?



First of all, you have to consider who these people are that your dog is barking at. Anytime your animal is encountering a uniformed individual it is because they are intruding into your property (from your dog’s perspective). Be it entering the yard to read your kilowatts consumed, dropping a letter into your mail slot or knocking on the door, this stranger is encroaching on your family’s property and space to your dog. Your dog does not know who this person is, they are coming onto his territory and they are doing it for reasons beyond your dog’s comprehension. To your dog, they are a potential threat to your safety and a nuisance on his turf. This, of course, upsets and angers your dog enough to bark at him.



But why just people in uniform, you might ask; when the neighbors ring the doorbell, the pooch is as cool as a cucumber. Perhaps it is because most anyone that would come to your home without a uniform on is not a stranger, but is someone that you have specifically introduced him to in a friendly manner. Conversely, anyone in a uniform that would approach your home is not someone you’ve been able to introduce your pup to, mostly because they are probably someone you would’ve introduced yourself to, let alone your doggie.



Your dog is barking from the fear and nervousness of a situation they are not familiar with. This sort of anxiety is usually easily aided by training. One thing you can do to get your dog more comfortable with strangers is something called gradual desensitization. What that means is that you are placing him in these unfamiliar situations at a slowly increasing intensity until he is comfortable with even the most intense of these situations. If you don’t already walk your dog around the neighborhood, do so and see how he reacts to strangers across the street, strangers approaching on the sidewalk, mail men out in someone else’s yard.



You could also take your dog to a busy park with plenty of strangers and engage him in training exercises there. As he gets more and more comfortable as time goes by, be willing to move your training sessions closer and closer to groups of strangers.



Another tip is to distract your dog when he is being approached by strangers or finds himself in a situation that makes him nervous. If the UPS guy knocks on the door and your dog starts to bark, grab a treat and make him sit. Getting him distracted and also obeying is a great way to show him that there is nothing to be afraid of and you have the situation under control.



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