Barking Dog Growing Frustrations

Barking Dog, Growing Frustration

Written By:

Lynn Whitbeck

My mother has the most obnoxious barking dog. The dog barks nonstop at a high pitch. It’s impossible to have a conversation with her in person or on the phone. I know she loves the dog, but what can I do? I want to have my mom talks back! – Leesa in Bar Harbor, Maine 

Answer:

Leesa, I know exactly where you are coming from! Oh my, what serendipity. My mom also has a dog that barks nonstop, along with crazed jumping and constant nipping. I just came right out and told my mom it was really important to me that we could enjoy a quiet conversation. While I made sure that my manner was kind and affectionate towards the dog, I suggested letting the dog play in the yard or nap in another room. My mom was happy to meet me halfway. She wanted to have a comfortable talk as much as I did. Go ahead and try this approach. Good luck!

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