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My Barking Dog

Dear Highlights,
My dog barks every morning at 7:00. Sometimes I like to sleep in. How can I keep my dog from barking before I wake up?
Jethro, California

It’s likely your dog barks in the morning because he needs to go outside. Part of being a responsible pet owner is taking your dog out on a regular schedule so he can “do his business.” He doesn’t understand that you want to sleep in. He just knows what he usually does and needs to do at that time of day.

Your dog may also like being with you so much that he’s barking to get your attention. If he has a habit of barking even after his needs have been met, you and your parents might talk to a veterinarian or professional dog trainer about it.

Art by: Keith Frawley

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