Managing Window Reactivity

09/02/2022

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MANAGING WINDOW REACTIVITY

If your dog barks whenever people or dogs pass by your window it’s important to prevent them from practicing this behaviour. One easy way to do this is by setting up management so that they can’t see outside.

You can close the curtains or if you’d like to still allow light into the room you can apply cling window film.

Alternatively you can restrict access to the window. This might involve rearranging the furniture if you have a small dog who climbs up to see out, or setting up an x-pen or baby gate. This way they are not on constant lookout or rehearsing their barking. This can also be helpful for dogs who may be injured by repeatedly jumping up on furniture for a better view.

With any new management arrangement, be sure your dog’s experience is a positive one. Give them time to adjust and plenty of reinforcement to build a good association.

Reducing reactivity at the window can help to lower your dog’s arousal, increasing the likelihood of more calm behaviour throughout the day. This can have a positive ripple effect on other aspects of your dog’s behaviour.

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